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  • 17 Jul 2019 1:22 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and Archives, the Project Archivist (temporary position) is responsible for the appraisal, accessioning, processing, and description of selected large archival collections that have been designated as high priority.  The Project Archivist is responsible for applying standard archival principles and practices to arrange, preserve, describe and provide access to archival materials of various formats, resulting in collections that are open for research with descriptive tools geared toward an undergraduate and community researcher audience (moderate to intensive processing; not minimal). 

    For complete details and application information, see

    Application deadline: Friday, Aug 2.

    Note: this project position is estimated to last 6-9 months

  • 10 Jul 2019 10:48 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Loyola University Chicago (Loyola) seeks nominations and applications to identify user-focused, innovative, and forward-thinking candidates to serve as the next Director of its Women and Leadership Archives (WLA). This position will provide strategic direction and leadership, work collaboratively across campus, and engage with the local, state, and broader community partners; develop, manage, promote, and make accessible the WLA’s collections in support of Loyola’s teaching, learning, research, and service missions; be responsible for all aspects of archival administration and oversee the activities, staff, and operations of the WLA. This position will be a member of the University Libraries Leadership and Planning Team, share responsibility for policy formulation, resource allocation, and organizational development; contribute to shaping strategic initiatives; and play a key role in establishing priorities, in alignment with the University’s strategic plan. Loyola encourages applications from underrepresented groups and from those with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. For additional information, please visit and

    This position is a full-time, yearly appointment with non-tenured faculty status.

    The Woman and Leadership Archives established in 1994, is located in Piper Hall at the Lakeshore Campus. It collects, preserves, and makes available permanently valuable records that document women’s lives, roles, and contributions. The WLA grew out of the need to care for the records of Mundelein College, which affiliated with Loyola in 1991, and expanded to collect papers of women leaders and women’s organizations. Collection strengths include the subject areas of activism and women’s issues; authors; education; environmental issues; public service; social justice; women religious; and women in the fine, performing, and visual arts. The WLA works in close collaboration with the Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections Department.
    Reporting primarily to the Dean of University Libraries and secondarily to the Director of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, the WLA Director will
    • Develop annual and long-range goals
    • Plan and manage the WLA budget
    • Hire, supervise, and mentor WLA staff (Assistant Archivist, Project Archivist, Graduate Assistants, Interns, and Volunteers) 
    • Coordinate fulfillment of research requests by the WLA staff
    • Carry out appraisal and acquisition of archival records 
    • Develop policies for arrangement and description, preservation, and access of archival records 
    • Work with Library Systems department and Digital Preservation Committee to implement archival technology and ensure stewardship of born-digital archival records
    • Collaborate with partners regarding women’s history programming, tours, and exhibits
    • Engage with faculty in support of classroom archival programs 
    • Work with established and prospective donors; maintain donor-related administrative records 
    • Oversee research for and installation of physical and web-based exhibits
    • Work with the Gannon Center regarding Mundelein College-related activities and donor relationships
    • Advocate for and promote the WLA to the campus community, as well as to external organizations and individuals to increase awareness 
    • Serve on Libraries and campus committees 
    • Actively contribute to the broader profession through scholarship and service

    For more information, requirements, and application instructions, see

  • 09 Jul 2019 10:48 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    The Chicago History Museum is hiring a temporary Project Archivist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago visual materials processing project.

    This position assists Archives staff in the processing of the Lyric Opera materials to ensure that materials are discoverable, accessible, and usable in support of the museum’s mission and purpose. Founded in 1954, the Chicago Lyric Opera is one of the leading opera companies in the United States, featuring performances by world-famous artists in classic and contemporary productions.      

     This is a temporary project position (450 hours total) at $19/hour, either full-time at 35 hours per week for approximately 13 weeks, or part-time at a minimum of 19 hours/week for approximately 24 weeks.  

    The Hiring Manager is Julie Wroblewski, Senior Archivist. For a full job description and application, use the link below:

  • 02 Jul 2019 12:33 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Grad Student Manuscripts and Archives Internship (Paid)

    TITLE: Midwest Dance and Theater Collections Intern

    DEPARTMENT: Modern Manuscripts and Archives


    This 15 week internship is funded by a private donor. Working in the Department of Maps and Modern Manuscripts under the supervision of Newberry archivists, the Midwest Dance and Theater Collections Intern will participate in preserving, arranging, re-housing, and describing Chicago dance, performing arts, and theater archives and manuscript collections.


    Under the supervision of Newberry archivists, the intern will participate in the following archival activities:

    • Arrange and re-house materials in Chicago dance, performing arts, and theater collections according to archival practice.
    • Apply appropriate preservation treatments to collection materials. Treatments include, but are not limited to, surface cleaning, flattening, removal of fasteners, and photocopying.
    • Prepare detailed descriptive inventories for collections in a format compatible with the archival professional standard, Encoded Archival Description (EAD).
    • Participate in identifying analog audio-visual formats in the collections, preparing them for digitization, and creating metadata.
    • Conduct research related to the library’s dance, performing arts, and theater collections.


    Graduate student in a master’s program in library and information sciences and/or public history with coursework in archival processing required. Effective oral and written communication skills, experience working with primary sources, ability to work independently and collaboratively, ability to shelve and lift archival boxes, and familiarity with computer applications required. Academic focus on dance and theater history of Chicago and the Midwest preferred. This position is ideal for an individual intending to work with primary sources as part of an academic career, or exploring the possibilities of archival work.

    Schedule: This internship is for the Fall semester, with a start date in mid-September 2019 for 150 hours (typically 10 hours/per week for 15 weeks).

    Deadline for Applications: August 22, 2019

    Salary: $13.00 per hour.

    Please email cover letter and resume to to apply.

    Please visit our Web site at www.


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