Photograph Archivist
State of Montana 53 reviews - Helena, MT

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Position Title:
Photograph Archivist

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 9484-1319


For more information contact:
State Agency:
Montana Historical Society

P.O. Box 201201

Helena , MT

Phone: (406)444-2697

Fax: (406)444-2696

TTY: Montana Relay Service at 711


  • OR -
Local Montana Job Service Workforce





Job Status:
Full-Time Permanent


Date Posted:

Closing Date:

Montana Historical Society

Research Center

Photograph Archives


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State Application Required:


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Additional Salary Information: This is a grant funded position ending 2/28/2015.

Applicant Pool: If another department
vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may
be used for the selection.

Special Information:
This position is funded by a Council for Library and Information Resources grant to the Montana Historical Society to arrange and describe the Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film collections. This is a two-year project ending February 28, 2015.

The Photograph Archivist is responsible for evaluating, arranging, and describing, the Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film collections.

This position including the following annual benefits :
A contribution of $8,796/year towards health, life, dental, and optional vision insurance;

Choice between two defined retirement benefit plans and optional 457(b) deferred compensation;

Fifteen days paid vacation, twelve days sick leave, and ten paid holidays.

In your cover letter, please discuss your knowledge or experience working with historic photographs and films in an archival setting.

Implements collection development policies, practices, and strategies in respect to the Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film collections to ensure that motion picture films, negatives, prints, slides, and other historical photographic images are preserved, and made available for current and future patrons.

Reviews and assesses the Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film collections to determine condition and historical value. Applies archival collection management theories and methods in determining how the collections and images should be cataloged. This includes the physical preparation of the materials for long-term preservation and care by arranging and housing them according to national recognized standards for photograph and film collections that are consistent with conditions and technology available within the agency.

Produces standardized cataloging in accordance with national library/archives standards for submission to the Montana Historical Society’s online catalogs.

Conducts complex historical research on and compiles histories of individuals, groups, institutions, or businesses related to Lee Metcalf to provide a context for the Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film collections. Applies archival theories to write descriptive inventories, indices, and other professionally approved reference materials in accordance with national and agency standards for the use of staff, researchers, and state employees.

A thorough knowledge of modern archival theory, standards, and practices and their implementation. This knowledge includes an understanding of appraisal methods, arrangement and description, cataloging, preservation, and access.

Knowledge of current and historic photographic and film processes and their individual preservation requirements.

Sound knowledge of Montana and/or American history.

An understanding of historical research methods in both primary and secondary resources, including photographic and film research.

Ability to communicate both simple and complex ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, to people with various degrees of knowledge of archival theories and of historic research ability.

Thorough knowledge of electronic information systems and specialized technology related to archival cataloging and patron information retrieval systems, including MARC and EAD.

This position requires skills and abilities typically acquired through a Bachelor's degree in history, American studies, or a related field and the completion of a Master's degree in Library Science, history, photograph or film preservation or a related field that includes emphasis upon archival science or photograph and film collection management.

Supplemental Questions: None Required

Additional Materials Required:
Cover Letter

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