New England Historic Genealogical Society

99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
April 12, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Project Archivist- 12 month assignment


The Project Archivist is responsible for the processing and description of the Reinier Beeuwkes Family Collection.

The Reinier Beeuwkes Family Collection, approximately 1727-1986, contains a significant quantity of original documents, ephemera, and photographs relating to the Beeuwkes, Clark, Drury, and Goodwin families of New England and beyond. Original documents include account books, art, certificates, correspondence, deeds, diaries, genealogical material, newspaper clippings, poetry, receipts, recipes, reminiscences, school papers, and scrapbooks.

This is a temporary part-time (28 hour/week) position. The duration of this position is twelve months and is located within the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s R. Stanton Avery Special Collections in Boston.


1. The Project Archivist will assume responsibility for the processing and description of the Reinier Beeuwkes Family Collection through the appropriate housing of manuscript material, barcoding containers, identifying materials for conservation treatment, creation of an EAD encoded finding aid according to DACS through ArchivesSpace, and the creation of a MARC record.

2. There will also be opportunities to promote knowledge of the project by writing blog posts and/or articles and giving presentations.


The Project Archivist reports to the Manager of Manuscript Collections. However, on a day-to-day basis the work of the Project Archivist will be directed and coordinated by the Archivist.

Typical physical requirements

Candidates for this position should be able to work up to four hours at a computer workstation and should be able to lift archival boxes weighing up to forty pounds.



A Master's degree in history, library science (ALA accredited), or a related discipline is required and work experience concerning the processing of manuscript collections.


· Demonstrated knowledge of archival principles and practices, particularly those relating to the processing of a manuscript collection are required.

· Experience and familiarity with using an archival content management system and technologies applicable for an archival environment

· Experience working with archival content metadata standards and current practice in archival arrangement and description including DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) and EAD (Encoded Archival Description)


· Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are required.

· Strong organizational and analytical skills with proven success in independently prioritizing work demonstrated in meeting deadlines and in managing complex projects to completion.

Preferred Skills:

· Experience using ArchivesSpace

· Experience with genealogical research

How To Apply:

Please email resume and compelling cover letter to Michelle Major (, Director of Human Resources. Review of applications will begin May 6, 2019.

No phone calls please.

Apply by:
May 03, 2019
$18-21 per hour, depending upon experience (28 hours per week; 52 weeks)
About this Organization:

American Ancestors / New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, American Ancestors / NEHGS is the nation’s leading resource for family history research. American Ancestors / NEHGS provides comprehensive family history services through an expert staff, original scholarship, educational opportunities, world-class research center, and award-winning website,, to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history.

American Ancestors / NEHGS is a member-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the study of family history in America and beyond, by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise.

As the flagship genealogical society in the nation, American Ancestors / NEHGS serves more than 260,000 members and millions of online users with more than a billion searchable records on, and through the assistance of a full-time staff of more than 100  genealogical experts and nonprofit professionals.