Dedham Historical Society & Museum

612 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026

Date Posted:
September 19, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts





The Dedham Historical Society & Museum seeks a part-time Archivist/Librarian to oversee, promote, and steward its important collections that reflect the history of one of the oldest and most historic communities in the nation. Candidate must be forward-thinking and enthusiastic about outreach and engaging audiences. Responsibilities: Care for archival collections and reference library using current archival and records management best practices, maintaining the physical collection with an eye toward preservation and access. Provide reference and/or research services to historical and genealogical researchers, in person or by phone, email, or mail. Use database programs to catalog materials for accessioning and for research (DHSM uses Past Perfect). Make materials accessible by writing finding aids and working with volunteers to do the same. Post/write to social media channels about collections at least 2x/week. Contribute information to the DHSM website and bimonthly newsletter. Provide ideas, reference services, and content for programs, publications, exhibits, reports, grants, etc. Participate in and assist with school programs. Explore options for and eventually integrate digitization. Seek grant funding for archival projects and work with the executive director on the submission of grants for the archives and library. Referencing the Collections Policy, appraise external library and archival materials for possible accession to the collection through gifts or purchase; consider materials for deaccessioning. Build volunteer archives/research team and oversee those volunteers. Create monthly visitor reports for the board. Reports to executive director. Hours currently Tuesday & Thursday, 9-4; 2nd & 4th Saturday, 11-2. Hours can be altered to candidate's schedule, Tuesday-Friday (will remain fixed once established) + 3 hours alt. Saturdays. Send resume/cover letter to

Graduate degree in relevant field and/or ALA-accredited degree (MLS/MLIS or equivalent). Familiarity with collections databases. Working knowledge of historic collections and their care and handling. Experience with research and writing. Organizational and communications skills. Ability to work independently and as a team. Interest in posting to social media.
How To Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to
Apply by:
September 20, 2019
About this Organization:
The Dedham Historical Society & Museum (DHSM) was founded in 1859 for the purposes of collecting and preserving material related to the history of Dedham, MA, from the 1600s to the present. The DHSM works within the community and beyond to establish an appreciation for the town’s history and place within the culture of the region, connecting the past to the present. Established in 1636, the original land grant extended 200 miles to the border of what is now Rhode Island, since sectioned into 16 towns. The DHSM holds an important collection of American fine and decorative arts relating to the town and early Massachusetts history, and a library and archives housing rare materials ranging from original documents from the town’s founding, industries, military, maps, church and civil records, etc. Dedham is the seat of Norfolk County and home to many “firsts” in the nation. For more information about Dedham, visit The Dedham Historical Society & Museum is a charitable, educational institution, organized under Chapter 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.