Archives Management, Museum Archives, Special Collections
The B&O Railroad Museum seeks an energetic, highly organized, and entrepreneurial candidate for the position of Archivist. The successful candidate will be inspired by a vision to achieve a fully accessible collection, working collaboratively with other venues and historical societies to create a joint 15-year plan for B&O related material. This position is perfect for someone who wants to plan for future expansion, ensuring the preservation of history. The Archivist is responsible for maintaining and growing the full B&O Archival Collection and creating an archival center.
The Archivist is responsible for all aspects of the care of the museum’s archival holdings and operation of the museum’s research room and services. The Archivist will also assist with conception, creation, and research of both permanent and temporary interpretative exhibits and related programming and publications contributing to a multi-disciplinary Museum team. The candidate will work to research and promote scholarship on the museum’s archival collection establishing relationships with scholars, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, presenting at conferences; think rigorously and communicate sensitively about the museum’s stakeholders incorporating diversity and inclusion to the extent possible. The candidate will convene museum experts and stakeholders, such as the museum development department, on decisions regarding new acquisitions and conservation of archival collection. Lastly, the candidate is expected to contribute to fundraising through grant narrative contributions, donor solicitations and other activities in support of the Collection and the Museum.
Establish relationships with other related historical societies; create collaborative vision plan
Oversight of Collections, superb customer service
Develop, arrange, and describe archival collections in accordance with accepted standards and practices
Process, digitize, and preserve archival materials and collections including but not limited to architectural records, public documents, and ephemera. Inventory, catalog in Past-Perfect, shelve, and prepare finding aids for archival material.
Provide to the public reference services in the Research Archive, through public hours, appointment requests, and other services
Manage the accession and deaccession of documents to the Archives
Present workshops and programs for external groups, schools, and organizations
Provide expertise and input into the institution’s Collections Plan
Recruit, train and supervise the Archives volunteers and interns (establish college connections)
Provide reference services to staff in support of upcoming and current exhibitions, publications and other institutional initiatives
Coordinate and report on grant projects related to the Document Archives
Maintain consistent nomenclature of non-financial record retention and archives
Work collaboratively (rather than competitively) with other institutions
Other duties as assigned
Minimum of 7 years of direct archival experience;
B.A. required, advanced degree preferred;
Knowledge of best practices and archival standards;
Experience and knowledge of most up-to-date archival digitization technologies and digital asset management;
Detail oriented, team player, able to juggle multiple tasks, shifting priorities in a fast-paced work environment
Excellent customer service
Natural ability to foster relationships with volunteers, expanding the volunteer work-base
Strong national relationships in the professional archival field
Familiarity with railroad history preferred but not required; a demonstrated interest in learning about Baltimore, infrastructure, industrial era, and history required
Additional Salary Information: Compensation is dependent upon experience; the B&O Railroad Museum is prepared to compensate the right person who can help us achieve our long-term growth plans.
About B&O Railroad Museum
The B&O Railroad is recognized universally as the birthplace of American railroading. It was here within the Museum’s 40-acre campus that Baltimore businessmen, surveyors, and engineers set about building the B&O Railroad, laying the first commercial long-distance track, building the first passenger station, and inventing America’s unique railroad. A National Historic Landmark, Affiliate of the Smithsonian Museum, and independent education resource, the B&O Railroad Museum houses over 200 locomotives and rolling stock from 1830 to the present day, and hundreds of thousands of small artifacts including exquisite time pieces, fine art, presentation silver and china, uniforms and personal memorabilia. The Hays T. Watkins Research Library was established in 1991 as part of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Inc. It is named for former Chessie System and CSX Chairman, Hays T. Watkins. Mr. Watkins, Chairman Emeritus of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, oversaw the museum's transition to a nonprofit institution.
The Hays T. Watkins Research Library is dedicated to the history and preservation of American railroading, emphasizing the legacy of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad ...and other significant railroads located in Maryland such as the Western Maryland Railway, the Chessie System, and CSX Transportation. The bulk of the research library holdings document the history of the B&O Railroad from its beginnings in 1827 to the 1970s and place the history of the B&O in the broad context of the social, cultural, political, and economic trends in America. The archives holdings include: B&O Railroad corporate records such as the Directors Minute Books, 1827-1927; corporate documents; manuscript collections; maps; mechanical and engineering drawings; ephemera; B&O payroll files dating 1905-1971; and motion picture films. The library contains over 5,000 books, periodicals and trade publications and over 100,000 still images and photographic prints, slides, transparencies, and glass plate and film negatives, as well as lithographs, paintings and other fine art.