Archives Management, Museum Archives, Oral History
Background and History
In December 2019, the Jackie Robinson Museum will open under the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), a public, not-for-profit national organization founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson and his achievements. The museum will chronicle Robinson’s trailblazing accomplishments against the backdrop of United States history, from his birth in 1919 to today. Museum visitors will explore key moments of his life through narrative, interactives, media, and artifacts. Invoking Robinson’s role as a champion for social and economic equality, the museum’s programming will serve as a catalyst for dialogue on today’s social issues.
The museum seeks a full-time Archivist with specialization in Oral History to organize and process drawings, photographs, archival documents, and oral histories for the museum collection. Under the direction of the Curator, the Archivist will serve as a steward of the Museum’s oral history collection, recording, editing, preserving, maintaining, tracking, administering, and making the oral history collection accessible to staff and the public.
Demonstrate understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and
description through a completed finding aid or other description tool.
Familiarity with MARC and EAD; AACR2 and DACS; and with the use and application of
Organize, assess for condition, assigning unique numbers, cross-annotate, label, catalog,
re-house, and create EAD Finding aids for all collection materials.
Provide research support to the Curator.
In coordination with the curator, conduct oral history interviews in accordance with best
practices, including preparatory research, outreach and follow-up, scheduling, securing signed
release forms, recording, uploading recordings and release forms to the Museum electronic
data storage system, summarizing or digesting salient points, transcribing or supervising
transcripts, and working with Museum staff to catalog interviews in accordance
with Museum terminology and protocols.
Work with the collections staff to maintain and develop policies and procedures to support the
Oral History Program and guide its future direction.
Develop and implement an online format of the Museum’s Oral History collection and
delivery system to make recordings and descriptive information accessible on the Museum’s
Create edited segments of recorded interviews as needed, particularly for Museum exhibition
and online uses.
Provide summary descriptions of, and accurate statistical information regarding, interviews
conducted each month, quarter, year, and total to date, for the Museum’s staff.
Be highly knowledgeable and demonstrably proficient in using audio recording and editing
technology and stay abreast of new developments in the field; evaluate and recommend new
equipment, software, storage and other tools.
Must be able to lift forty-pound boxes of materials.
MA with a specialization or interest in oral history, public history, museum studies, material
culture, or related field preferred. Equivalent experience or MA in progress will be considered.
Knowledge of oral history professional practice, methodology, theory, and ethics particularly as
applied in museum functions.
Experience with audio recording, editing and transcription technology, equipment, and
software; proficiency in audio editing.
Proficiency in using MS Office, Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Highly organized and detail oriented.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively across all departments at the Jackie
Some travel and evening and weekend hours will be required from time to time.
The salary range is $60,000-$70,000. The benefits package includes comprehensive health insurance, including dental and a vacation and personal days off allowance. This position will be filled as soon as possible and will require some weekend and evening work.
How do you apply?
Email a cover letter, resume, and a sample of materials with an explanation of how they showcase your ability to perform the described responsibilities to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Archivist” in the subject line.
This organization is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Additional Salary Information: The benefits package includes comprehensive health insurance, including dental and a vacation and personal days off allowance. This position will be filled as soon as possible and will require some weekend and evening work.
About Jackie Robinson Museum
The Jackie Robinson Museum will celebrate the continuing legacy of one of the most important Americans of the 20th century. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson took a major step for civil rights, breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Robinson also became a key figure in advancing equal opportunity and first-class citizenship for African Americans. The museum will chronicle Robinson’s trailblazing achievements against the backdrop of United States history, from his birth in 1919 to today. Invoking Robinson’s role as a champion for social and economic equality, the museum’s programming will serve as a catalyst for dialogue on today’s social issues.
The Jackie Robinson Museum is designed for learners of all ages with an interest in learning sports and civil rights history while considering contemporary issues through the lens of Robinson’s legacy. Visitors will explore key moments of his life through narrative, interactives, media, and artifacts, including game worn uniforms, Jackie’s 1949 Major League Baseball MVP award, and his military service records. Interactive, thought provoking activities and events will be designed for a wide array of audiences—from innovativ...e workshops and special events for students and teachers, to intergenerational and adult public programming featuring celebrities and renowned experts, and more.
Archives will be available for scholarly studies, and the museum's website will contain dynamic content to encourage both on and off-site interaction.