Job Posting: Project Archivist, Cornell Hip Hop Collection, Ithaca NY

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in Cornell University Library is searching for a Project Archivist for the Cornell Hip Hop Collection. The mission of the Cornell Hip Hop Collection (CHHC) is to preserve and make accessible the artifacts documenting the rise of hip-hop into a global cultural movement. CHHC consist of the archives of many historically prominent Hip Hop pioneers. The purpose of this two-year, grant-funded position is to make accessible the Afrika Bambaataa archive which the CHHC acquired in 2013.

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Technical Services, the Project Archivist will be responsible for the arrangement and description of approximately 550 cubic feet of records, identification and referral of items for conservation treatment as necessary, and the preparation of an EAD-encoded finding aid and other descriptive access tools. The Project Archivist will work closely with colleagues in the Digital Scholarship and Preservation group to coordinate the digitization of audiovisual materials and rare album covers. The Project Archivist will recruit students and coordinate their activities with the collection, assigning tasks, maintaining schedules, and monitoring the overall pace and direction of work. The Project Archivist will submit regular progress reports on processing statistics.

The Project Archivist will participate on library-wide committees and will be expected to participate in professional activities related to archives, including reporting on the project in collaboration with collection curators.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archives and records management theory and practice, including experience processing archival records.
  • Knowledge of relevant standards for archival description, including DACS and EAD, and familiarity with other metadata standards.
  • Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a production-oriented, team environment.
  • Ability to work quickly, efficiently, and meet project goals and deadlines.


  • Knowledge of and strong interest in hip hop culture and history.
  • Experience arranging large, complex collections.
  • Two to three years of relevant professional experience, preferably in academic archives.
  • Supervisory experience.

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