Thursday, March 29, 2007

Huntington P.T. Archival Assistant Wanted

Position: Archival Assistant

Job Number: 057-07
Department: Rare Books
Classification: Grant-Sponsored (2 years),
Hourly, Part-Time, 18.75 hours per week

This two-year position, funded by a National Endowment of the Humanities "We the People" grant, assists with the arrangement, preservation, and description of the archive of noted architectural and garden photographer Maynard L. Parker (1900-1976).

Working under the direct supervision of two Project Archivists and the Curator of Photographs, performs processing, research, and clerical tasks related to the archive; performs basic preservation tasks associated with photographic and archival materials; provides research and reference assistance to the Project Archivist; assists with the basic organization and description of the materials; aids in preparation of electronic and paper finding aids for the collection.


  • Experience in research methods and research library use in the humanities, such as would be obtained through earning a B.A. or higher degree;
  • Familiarity with the work environment of a library,museum or research institution; Experience in computer applications,especially word processing and database software.
  • Must be accurate and detail oriented with a demonstrated organizational ability;
  • Should possess strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proven ability to handle fragile and photographic materials with care and safety.
  • Two years experience in research library, archive, or similar organization;
  • A working knowledge of California architectural and garden history;
  • Experience in arranging and describing archival and non-book materials according to accepted national standards.
  • Ability to make logical decisions and to identify hierarchical relationships among elements of a collection;
  • Experience in handling fragile archival and photographic materials and in selecting proper preservation housings and treatment;
  • Knowledge of photographic techniques and processes, and of issues relating to the preservation of photographic materials;
  • Experience using File Maker Pro or similar database management software, and Word;
  • Ideal candidate is pursuing, or has pursued, graduate-level work in Information and Library Science or American History and/or American Studies.
If you are interested please visit the Huntington Library's employment website at

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