Project Archivist

Contract, Full Time (37.5 hours/week) for duration of IMLS grant (2 years, 10 months)

October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023

About the Greenwich Historical Society

Founded 87 years ago as an organization devoted to collecting and interpreting the community’s history, Greenwich Historical Society has evolved into a vital and growing center with a nationally-significant historic site and a multi-faceted range of programs and activities.  Located on the historic Cos Cob Harbor, home of Connecticut’s first art colony, the Historical Society has two main areas of focus: as a museum (galleries, Bush-Holley House, education center) with related exhibitions and education programs for children and adults, and as a center for Greenwich history (library and archives, preservation and publication programs). Its stated mission is: “We preserve and interpret Greenwich history to strengthen the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to our future.”

Location: Greenwich Historical Society is easily accessible via public transportation. It is a five minute walk from Metro North’s Cos Cob station on the New Haven line.

Essential Duties

As part of an IMLS Museums for America grant, the Project Archivist processes and catalogs archival and manuscript material, rehousing material as necessary in appropriate archival enclosures and creates finding aids in format consistent with other local collections. Creates resource records and enters finding aids in ArchivesSpace.

Works with Curator of Library and Archives to identify materials in collections requiring conservation treatment.

Determines supplies needed to rehouse collections and prepares order lists.

Coordinates with Project Digitization Associate on collection items specified for digitization, offering guidance and assistance as needed.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree, with specialization in archival theory and practice

Experience arranging and describing archival and manuscript material. Ability to work through collections efficiently, with emphasis on a “More Product Less Process” approach.

Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).

Experience using ArchivesSpace, particularly in the creation of Finding Aids and demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel.

Ability to lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds and climb ladder to remove and replace items on archival shelving units.

Recent library school graduates with demonstrated experience processing and describing collections are welcome to apply.


Salary is based on $25/hour (37.5 hours/week) with full-time benefits, holiday and vacation pay.   

Start Date

September/October 2020

Procedure for Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send cover letter and resume to:

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