Hagley is seeking a full-time project archivist to lead an eighteen-month effort to process the papers of designers Ken White and Marshall Johnson.
The records of these two designers comprise nationally significant design collections that describe the evolution of American consumer culture from the Vietnam War era through the end of the twentieth century. Ken White (b. 1923) designed commercial interior retail spaces throughout the United States and his papers describe the innovations in the late-twentieth-century American shopping experience. Marshall Johnson (born 1938) created kitchen appliance designs for companies such as Black & Decker, Proctor-Silex and WearEver and his papers document the ever-increasing number of domestic products for the American consumer and the constant drive for novelty.
This grant-funded eighteen-month project will preserve and make accessible about 550 linear feet of correspondence, project files, feasibility studies, drawings, trade literature, photographs, and financial documents covering the careers of both designers.
Hagley is an independent research library devoted to documenting the history of American business, technology, and industrial design. The successful candidate will work in Hagley Library’s Manuscript & Archives Department.
The Project Archivist is responsible for processing all within the Ken White and Marshall Johnson collections. The Project Archivist will coordinate, as necessary, with other departments.
- Establish work flows for processing roughly 550 linear feet of records spanning a variety of formats: correspondence, project files, feasibility studies, drawings, trade literature, photographs, and financial documents.
- Sort box contents of the unprocessed collections by format.
- Arrange, describe, and where necessary rehouse all items in the White and Johnson collections, following all current standards and procedures established by the Manuscripts and Archives Department. Use Archivists’ Toolkit to manage collection data; create EAD finding aids and other DACS-compliant discovery tools, as needed, for each department; create catalog records, as needed.
- Employ and supervise the assistance of volunteers, as warranted, to facilitate this project.
- Oversee selection process of items to be digitized for inclusion in Hagley’s digital archives.
- Assist in the preservation assessment of collections and selection of materials for conservation treatment.
• Maintain and post to a project blog, incorporating digitized images and documents.
• Promote the collection through professional and academic meetings or other venues.
• Participate in special projects as assigned.
- Master's degree in history and relevant work experience of at least two to five years is required.
- Minimum of two years of professional experience in archival practices and management of multiple collections of containing various formats.
- Experience with best practices in archives and records management theory and practice, including:
- Current metadata and descriptive standards: DACS, EAD, AT
- Knowledge of preservation standards.
- Familiarity of web publishing platforms.
- Familiarity with MPLP (More Product, Less Process) approaches.
- Demonstrated ability to manage projects and tasks in a complex and dynamic environment, and to work effectively with colleagues in different departments across a complex institution.
- Demonstrated ability to manage a project team, consisting of professionals as well as interns and volunteers, and providing the latter with necessary training. Ability to set priorities, manage work, and meet deadlines independently and collaboratively.
- Strong analytical, communication, and writing skills.
- Ability to lift and shelve boxes weighing up to 50 pounds.
Send resume with a cover letter listing at least two references to:
Hagley Museum and Library
Yvonne Dalton, Director, Personnel Support Services
P.O. Box 3630
Wilmington, DE 19807
Review of applications will begin on July 31, 2017 and preliminary phone interviews with qualified candidates will follow. The job will remain open until filled. Start of work date is October 1, 2017.
Hagley is an Equal Opportunity Employer.