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Project Archivist, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA


In preparation for its 150th anniversary in 2025, Wellesley College seeks an entry-level archivist with processing experience for a two-year project to improve access to institutional records and manuscript collections in the Wellesley College Archives. The primary job responsibility of the Project Archivist will be to process collections.

This term position within Library and Technology Services includes full benefits. The Project Archivist reports to the College Archivist and works closely with the Assistant Archivist.

Wellesley College is a private, nonprofit liberal arts college for women founded in 1870 and opened for classes in 1875. The College Archives holds more than 7,000 linear feet of materials in a variety of formats and serves researchers throughout the Wellesley community and around the world.

Position Responsibilities:

Arranges and describes (processes) materials with continuing legal, informational or historical value, that provide documentary evidence for the upcoming 150th anniversary that informs the history of Wellesley College and the individuals associated with it; formats include papers, electronic records, photographs, audiovisual materials, and the personal and professional papers of notable alumnae which support the academic mission of the College.

Accessions incoming materials and assists with adapting existing accessioning workflows to ensure best practices are met with efficiency of staff time.

Assists the Digital Collections staff with digitization and metadata creation for materials from the Archives and targets collections that meet existing criteria for potential digitization projects as they relate to Wellesley’s 150th Anniversary.

Basic Qualifications:

Master’s degree in library science, history, or related field with a specialization or significant coursework in archives, OR graduate degree in any field with demonstrated knowledge of archives, such as Certified Archivist status or post-graduate training. Current graduate students who have made significant progress towards a degree are encouraged to apply.

Skills and abilities:

  • Ability to manage large scale and long term projects, including developing workflows, writing documentation, and maintaining statistics
  • Six months of full time or equivalent experience with processing archival collections, including institutional records and manuscript collections
  • Knowledge of or experience with standard archival principles and practices, especially metadata standards (DACS, EAD, LCSH) and best practices for processing analog and digital collections
  • Experience with Archives Space or other archives collections management software
  • Ability to lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working in college/university archives
  • Experience conducting research in archival collections
  • Experience working with users in archives or libraries, or other customer service experience
  • Commitment to issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion


All employees hired after August 2, 2021 are required to upload proof of vaccination against COVID‐19, subject to approved medical or religious exemptions or disability accommodations.

Worker Sub-TypeAdministrative

Time TypeFull time

EEO Statement

At Wellesley, we embrace and honor difference and diversity. We believe the best ideas—the best solutions—draw on a range of voices, perspectives, and experiences. As a college, and as a community, we are dedicated to assuring that all members for the Wellesley community have an equal opportunity to flourish. 

Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60–300.5(a) and 60–741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should go to the following link to learn more and apply: