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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position, and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan invites applications for its program of Project Archivists, a hiring initiative to match recent graduates with term-limited positions aligned with the library’s key initiatives. Multiple positions are available; terms range from one to two years depending on projects.

In a team environment, Project Archivists develop essential career skills and contribute to strategic goals in the library’s priorities in curation. This search welcomes in particular applicants with experience and/or interest in the curation of complex, contemporary archives with a variety of formats and genres both analog and digital. Examples of current priorities include the digitization of audiovisual materials and large-scale digitization of archival collections in multiple formats.

Project Archivists join a team of fourteen professional archivists who are committed to pursuing best practices and innovative ideas in collecting, curating, and promoting both academic research and public interest in the records of the University of Michigan and major collections relating to the history of the state of Michigan, its peoples, and organizations.  Examples of recent and ongoing priorities are the library’s adaptation of and research in the use of Aeon, ArchivesSpace, Archivematica; learning analytics; research and implementation of new processes relating to rights reviews and removable media; and the conversion and curation of large and complex digital collections. The Bentley enjoys a strong partnership with the University of Michigan Library system, sharing services and expertise in curation and co-hosting symposia recently on digital practices, academic research using archived websites, and on optimizing researcher services through Aeon.

Each Project Archivist reports to a Lead Archivist who oversees work in one of the functional areas within the Curation Division.  Start of employment in Summer 2017 is preferred.

Required Qualifications*

Master’s degree in archives and records management from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or subject expertise through the attainment of an advanced degree relevant to archival administration 

Ability to work effectively in a team setting and to meet demanding project deadlines with project management skills

Practical understanding of important features and functionality for archival access and curatorial systems

Proven capacity to acquire new skills and to synthesize and act upon complex technical information and developments

Ability to routinely move 30-40 pound boxes and to occasionally ascend/descend ladders and/or stairs

Additional Information

The Bentley Historical Library was established in 1935 by the University of Michigan Board of Regents to carry out two functions:  to serve as the official archives of the University and to document the history of the state of Michigan and the activities of its people, organizations, and voluntary associations.  As of 2016, the Bentley has amassed extensive holdings including more than 64,000 feet of archives and manuscripts; 57,000 printed volumes; 1.5 million photographs and other visual materials; over 10,000 cartographic items; and nearly 50 terabytes of curated digital content.  The Bentley has been awarded the Society of American Archivists Distinguished Service Award and has demonstrated ongoing leadership in the archival profession.  Former employees of the Bentley hold senior positions at archival institutions throughout the country. 


The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities, This position offers 24 days of vacation per year, 15 days of sick leave per year, and opportunities for professional development.


Project archivists are term-limited positions without eligibility for promotion.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period, and review will continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.