Suitland, MD: Contract Archivist, Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives
Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives
Job Opening Title: Contract Archivist
Institution/Organization Name: Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Suitland, MD
Application Deadline: January 19, 2015
INVITATION to SUBMIT PROPOSAL
The Smithsonian Institution's National Anthropological Archives (NAA) is
offering a one year contract for a project archivist. The NAA collects and
preserves historical and contemporary anthropological materials that document
the world's cultures and the history of anthropology. This is a fixed price
award of $45,000 for archival services over 12 months to process the papers of
several anthropologists. The basis of award shall be determined by best value,
as demonstrated by training, relevant experience, and professional references.
Scope of Work
The Contractor will be based in the NAA offices and will process the papers of
several anthropologists including those of Flora Kaplan and Robert I. Levy.
The Contractor will process several collections according to archival
standards and best practices. Processing will include
arrangement and description in DACS-compliant finding aids, entering finding
aid data into Archivists' Toolkit, creating collection-level MARC records,
rehousing materials, and performing minor preservation tasks as needed. The
Contractor may also assist NAA staff with other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Criteria for Selection
The Contractor should have a graduate degree in archival studies from an
accredited history or library master's program. Additionally, the Contractor
• Prior experience processing archival
• Demonstrated understanding of the
archival principles of provenance and original order.
• Demonstrated understanding and
experience with the archival practices of arrangement and description, and
have a working knowledge of DACS standards
• A working knowledge of MARC cataloging
as it pertains to archival collections
Preference may be given to applicants with prior experience using Archivists'
Toolkit; prior experience processing anthropological materials; a degree in
anthropology, archaeology, or other relevant area studies.
To Apply The Smithsonian Institution will accept written bids for this
contract. Bids should include the following information:
• Resume and cover letter describing your
interest and qualifications
• Names and contact information for three
Applicants are encouraged to submit supplementary materials that provide
evidence of accomplishments, such as finding aids.
Please combine materials into a single pdf or Word document and include your
name in the file name, and submit via email to Gina
Rappaport at rappaportg(at)si.edu. Review of proposals will
begin on January 19, 2015.
The National Anthropological Archives is located in Suitland, MD at the
Smithsonian Institution's Museum Support Center (MSC); a research and
collections facility primarily for the National Museum of Natural History.
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