Project-Based Volunteer Opportunity, Trustees of Reservations Archives & Research Center, Sharon, MA
posted September 29, 2014 3:49 PM
Location Name: The Trustees of Reservations Archives & Research Center
Address: 27 Everett Street
City, State, ZIP: Sharon, MA, 02067
Supervisor: Nicole Lapenta
4-8 hours a week between
Accessible via mass transit
Commuter train from South Station to Sharon. Walk 15 minutes to the Archives & Research Center.
Parking: Parking available
The Trustees of Reservations has a volunteer opportunity available for an archives or cultural heritage student.
The Volunteer will help The Trustees assess and improve archival documentation. The Volunteer will be responsible for reviewing finding aids and comparing them against the physical holdings. The Volunteer will note any discrepancies and work with the Head Archivist to resolve the issues.
The ideal candidate will:
- Have a demonstrated interest in history or cultural heritage work;
- Understand the basic tenets of archival documentation and proper handling of fragile physical materials;
- Be detail-oriented.
This is a 4-8 hour a week position available until the project is completed. Please send resumes to Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers and more than 40,000 members.
The Trustees of Reservations' curatorial resources include archives, buildings, landscapes, ruins and artifacts covering hundreds of years of human history. In the historic houses, at the Archives & Research Center, and in the land itself, TTOR preserves the landscapes and material culture of Massachusetts people. Objects and archives enrich a wide range of programs and activities.
Archives & Research Center (ARC) and the Collections
The Archives & Research Center (ARC) is the hub of The Trustees of Reservations' curatorial stewardship. Located in Sharon, Massachusetts, the ARC provides outside researchers, Trustees staff, and volunteers access to thousands of historical documents, objects, and artifacts related to The Trustees' properties. The ARC, an energy-efficient, climate-controlled building, opened in 2008 and houses 1,500 linear feet of archival materials which document The Trustees' founding role in the land trust movement, the stories of Trustees properties across the Commonwealth, and the lives of American families from the 1600s to the present.
The Trustees' collections represent domestic furnishings, outdoor sculptures, fine and decorative arts from pre-contact to the 20thcentury. They include more than 30 private collections featuring exceptional pieces from indigenous Massachusetts peoples to mid-century Modern. Archival collections include works of art on paper, photographs, maps, architectural plans, garden designs, botanical specimens, manuscripts, letters, diaries, books, business ledgers, legal documents and deeds linked to specific properties and to the organization's history.