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Archivist, Dedham Historical Society & Museum (Dedham)

The Dedham Historical Society & Museum (DHSM) seeks a part-time Archivist/Librarian to oversee, promote, and steward its important collections that reflect the history of one of the oldest and most historic communities in the nation.  The archives have been described by professional consultants as being among the most significant in New England. This position is part time. If you are interested in a full-time position please do not apply. 

Essential functions of the DHSM Archivist/Librarian:

·                     Provide reference and/or research services to historical and genealogical 
        researchers, in person or by phone, email, or mail.

·                     Use database programs to catalog materials for accessioning and to run

reports (DHSM uses Past Perfect).

·                     Referencing the Collections Policy, appraise external library and archival 
        materials for possible accession to the collection through gifts or purchase; 
        consider materials for deaccessioning. 

·                     Care for the archival collections, on-site and at off-site storage, and reference 
        library using current archival and records management best practices, 
        maintaining the physical collection with an eye toward preservation and 

·                     Monitor climate and housing of materials in appropriate archival enclosures,

        boxes, and on shelving.

·                     Make materials accessible by writing finding aids and working 
        with volunteers to do the same.

·                     Post/write to social media channels about collections at least 2x/week.

·                     Contribute information to the DHSM website and bimonthly newsletter.

·                     Provide ideas, reference services, and content for programs, publications, 
        exhibits, reports, grants, etc., and create exhibits using materials from the 

·                     Assist with school programs and provide resources to support educators.

·                     Work with Past Perfect database to provide online accessibility/digitization of 
        archival materials.

·                     Build volunteer archives/research team and oversee those volunteers.

·                     Create monthly visitor reports for the board.

·                     Seek grant funding for archival projects and work with the executive 
        director on the submission of grants for the archives and library.

·                     Report to and under the direction of the executive director.


·                     Graduate degree in relevant field and/or ALA-accredited degree (MLS/MLIS or equivalent).  

·                     Working knowledge of historic collections and their care and handling.

·                     Experience in aiding researchers and undertaking research.

·                     Strong organizational and communications skills. 

·                     Familiarity with collections databases and digitizing collections.

·                     Experience with research and writing.

·                     Familiarity with social media; ability to write for online audience and post.

·                     Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Full/Part Time

Part Time





Closing Date


How to Apply

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