An essential program area of the Hennepin History Museum (HHM) is its library and archives, where we collect and preserve 2-dimensional and digital documents and make them available for research, exhibits, and other activities to help people understand the history of Hennepin County and the broader region. The archivist is the lead staff member in this effort and collaborates with the rest of the staff and volunteers of the museum to achieve these goals.
The archivist has a dual internal and external focus. The position is responsible for ensuring the collections are properly processed, stored, and preserved within the limits of our physical facilities and current archival standards. And the position works with researchers and museum guests to provide assistance with research requests both online and in person.
Hennepin History Museum is poised to embark on a multi-year planning process to assess our long-range goals and our facility needs, with an assumption that this will result in a capital campaign for new and improved facilities that will maximize our abilities to meet our mission. The archivist will be a key member of this planning effort as we decide the best future for these important collections.
Arrange, describe, and record new and existing collections.
Add existing and new collections into an electronic database and ensure that the database is maintained.
Within the limits of our current facility, stabilize deteriorating materials, protect the collections from new damage, and slow the natural deterioration of materials using accepted and established archival standards.
Provide guidance and research assistance to people both online and in the research library.
Respond to inquiries received from patrons via telephone, email, and research request forms.
Assist in the development and enhancement of museum exhibits with archival items.
Train and supervise volunteers on various archival projects.
Train staff and the public on the care of and access to archival materials.
Advise other history groups and organizations on archival practices and collections, as requested.
Remain up to date on professional standards and practices to maximize the effectiveness of the HHM archives.
Represent HHM and its collections to professional organizations, public agencies, other historical societies, museums, and other organizations.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree in library sciences, history, or related fields.
1-3 years of experience working in an archival or library setting.
Knowledge of professional standards established by the Society of American Archivist and International Council of Archives.
Knowledge of professional best practices and norms, including both legal and ethical guidelines related to archives and libraries.
Knowledge of how to safely handle and maintain archival materials.
The ability to manage people, time, and resources and provide leadership for strategy and direction of the archives area.
Ability to work under pressure and short deadlines.
Ability to multi-task and apply creative problem-solving to various issues.
Ability to communicate effectively via writing, in person, and by phone; with a variety of stakeholders, including visitors, colleagues, volunteers, interns, donors, board members, community members, and others in the field.
Understanding and awareness of the diversity and different perspectives of people who have called Hennepin County home over the years, and an ability to ensure that this diversity is included within the archival collections.
Ability to lift boxes and other objects up to 40lbs; ability to climb stairs.
Ability to learn and use various software applications, and experience with the MS Office Suite and collections management software, especially PastPerfect or Collective Access.
Ability to work variable hours, including weekends when the library is open to the public.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with additional training in archives.
4+ years of experience working in an archival or library setting.
Experience writing and managing grants to enhance the ability to manage and share the collection.
Knowledge or awareness of Hennepin County, Minnesota, and United States history.
Time and Compensation
$38,000-$40,000 per year; full-time position with health, PTO, and retirement benefits for a total compensation package of up to $50,000.