Project Archivist for Music Special Collections

Oberlin, Ohio
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Apr 18, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Oberlin Conservatory Library is seeking a full-time Project Archivist to assist in preserving and providing access to the Library’s music-focused special collections including the Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton Collection and other collections related to jazz and American music. This is a twelve month Administrative and Professional Staff (A&PS) position that will report to the Head of the Conservatory Library, with project guidance from the Conservatory Special Collections Librarian. The position will also have significant interaction with the College Archivist, the Conservatory Technical Services Librarian, and the Conservatory Public Services Librarian. The position will also interact with the Core Reference Team in providing resources and guides for interdisciplinary coursework and study. This is a one year appointment with a possibility of renewal for a second year.

The incumbent will work with an assortment of American music artifacts including that of Milt Hinton, a distinguished jazz bassist and photographer. Enjoying an extensive career that stretched from the 1920s through the end of the 20th century that embraced jazz and popular music, he performed with such greats as Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand. The collection includes date books, correspondence, financial records, photographs, audio and moving image materials, and ephemera that provide an unrivaled perspective on the life of an extremely accomplished bass player who thrived in spite of institutional segregation. This position serves as a pathway for emerging talent to work on a fascinating jazz history collection, promote its unique perspective in history, and ultimately draw attention to the life and experience of an exceptional African American musician.


• Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited institution or equivalent degree with a specialization in archival studies or special collections; recent graduates are encouraged to apply
• Knowledge of the principles relating to archival appraisal, survey, arrangement, description, and preservation
• Experience with processing collections and creating finding aids
• Accuracy and consistent attention to detail while maintaining a very high level of productivity
• Ability to work with the public, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a commitment to serving students, staff, faculty, and the public in a courteous manner
• Experience with Microsoft Office and Google’s G Suite of applications
• Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Working Conditions
• Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds, climb a ladder, stoop and reach in a variety of physical locations
• Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible.

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