Project Archivist, American Textile History Museum, Lowell MA

The American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Mass., seeks a Project Archivist to process the Troy Mills, Inc. records, a very large (over 700 cartons) unprocessed collection documenting the history of Troy Mills in Troy, New Hampshire.   Troy Mills originally began operating in the 18 th century as Troy Blanket Mills, and changed its focus over the years to manufacturing automobile upholstery.   The company closed in 2003.   The records cover the entire period of the company's history but primarily consist of 20 th -century materials.   


Duties: Under the supervision of the Librarian, the Project Archivist will assess the collection and come up with a processing plan; begin establishing series; focus on processing one or more series at a time, including creating a box and folder list; describing the materials; and overseeing the rehousing of materials by library volunteers.   Processing of this collection will be done in sections as an ongoing project, dependent on continued funding. 


Skills/qualifications: MLIS with concentration in archival studies from an ALA-accredited program; at least 5 years of processing experience, preferably some as an independent contractor; a clear understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures and familiarity with archival standards; close attention to detail; and the ability to work independently.   Experience processing large, 20 th -century collections is mandated.   The working conditions will likely include some exposure to dust and mold, and will involve some physical effort to lift and move boxes.   


Salary: $30/hr. - no benefits. 


To apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, three professional references, and sample finding aid (either as link or attachment) to Jane E. Ward, Librarian, at (please put Project Archivist in subject field) or mail to Jane E. Ward, Librarian, American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA 01854.   Application deadline is Wednesday, July 31, 2013.  

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