Friday, March 15, 2013

Internship - Bennington Museum

Position: *Archives Assistant*

Starting date: June 2013 (date negotiable)

Duration: 6 months

Hours: 35 hours/week

Pay: $9/hour

 The Bennington Museum’s archival collections reflect the museum’s focus on
Vermont and Bennington area history and culture and include local business
papers, family collections, documents related to local artists and military
papers relating to the Battle of Bennington, Vermont militia and local men
and women who served in the armed forces. Although the museum has been
collecting archival material since its creation in 1928, it has never had a
professional archivist on staff. Many pieces and collections are cataloged
as objects, and some are not cataloged at all. The archives assistant will
assist in an ongoing inventory and cataloging project of the museum’s
archival collections.


Working closely with the Collections Manager, the Archives Assistant will
catalog the museum’s archival collections in keeping with the
professional principles of provenance and in accordance with accepted
professional standards.


   Create basic catalog records for archival collections at the collection
   level using PastPerfect Museum Software

   Research donor and accession records when necessary to match up
   unlabeled papers with their proper accession number

   Implement minimal preventative conservation measures and identify
   materials needing professional conservation or extensive rehousing



   Knowledge of archival best practices standards

   Extremely organized and detailed, consistent and reliable

   Proficient computer skills

   Familiarity with history of the Northeastern United States, with a
   working knowledge of Vermont history and Bennington preferred

   Good communication skills

   Strong research and analytic skills

Preference given to students currently enrolled in, or who have recently
completed, a graduate degree program. Please send cover letter, resume and
list of three references to the address below by April 15, 2013. Please
call or email with any questions.

Callie Stewart, Collections Manager

Bennington Museum

75 Main St.

Bennington, VT 05201


(802) 447-1571 ext. 214