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Processing Assistant, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA

Job Description

The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Mass. seeks a part-time (17-21 hours per week) Processing Assistant to work in its Collections Services Department.

The Processing Assistant will assist the Processing Archivists and Senior Cataloger with tasks associated with housing and describing manuscript and photograph collections. Duties may include: creating preliminary inventories and box lists, unfolding and removing documents from enclosures, arranging manuscript and photographic materials, foldering or other types of re-housing, measuring volumes for cases, and conducting research and writing biographical and historical sketches. The work requires an extreme attention to detail and the ability to juggle multiple projects at one time. The Processing Assistant reports to the Senior Processing Archivist.


  • Master’s degree in library science or archives program, or the completion of archives coursework toward the degree
  • Completion of an archives internship or similar hands-on experience with manuscript collections
  • Clear handwriting
  • The ability to read cursive handwriting; note: finalists will be required to take a transcription test
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Commitment to contributing to a collegial work environment
  • The ability to lift cartons of 40 lbs. or more


  • Coursework or a demonstrated interest in American history

Compensation: $20 per hour

To apply, please email cover letter, résumé, and names of three references to the Senior Processing Archivist, Susan Martin, at [email protected].

Preference will be given to candidates whose application materials are received by February 10, 2023.

Additional Information

The MHS requires proof of vaccination and booster for COVID-19 for all employees. Any job offer will be contingent upon completion of a successful background screening.

The Massachusetts Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. We aim to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. Candidates of all backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to apply. We are committed to creating a workplace free from harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by law (also known as membership in a “protected class”).