Job Opportunity: Graduate Archives Assistant, The South Side Community Art Center, Chicago

Position Summary

For a project funded by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the South Side Community Art Center  (SSCAC) seeks candidates with a focus on the preservation of African American historical records for two positions as Graduate Archives Assistant to work on a project processing a collection of archival documents at the heart of the Center’s history on a part-time, temporary basis. We are seeking candidates who are passionate about management, documentation, preservation and providing access to archival holdings centered on African American art and the study of African American art and artists with a focus on Chicago. This position is intended to provide hands-on experience for emerging historians, museum and information professionals who are currently enrolled in graduate programs in Library and Information Science, African American Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, American History, African American Studies or related areas. Applications should be sent to open until filled; candidates applying by April 1 will receive fullest consideration.

Please send cover letter and CV including list of three (3) references to

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Arranging, describing and digitizing archival materials: re-organizing fragile materials into archival folders and boxes, handwriting information onto folders, scanning and photography of designated archival and art collection materials.
  • Conducting research to provide information to support the collection
  • Producing documentation to support the physical and digital collection (Metadata, Finding Aid, Tagging, LOC Subject Headings)

Candidates must possess:

  • Coursework in Library and Information Science, African American Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, American History, African American Studies, and/or related fields
  • A demonstrated interest in African American art
  • A demonstrated interest in archives or archival research
  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail; 
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; 
  • Strong interpersonal skills; team-oriented but also capable of working independently with minimal supervision; 
  • Ability to multi-task and be flexible in work assignments.

​The ideal candidate would also possess:

  • Knowledge of cataloging procedures and standard nomenclature; 
  • Knowledge of standard museum collections management practices and procedures; 
  • Physical coordination/ability to handle and move fragile collection objects; ability to lift up to 40 pounds; 
  • Understanding of the proprietary nature of museum collections and documents and ability to adhere to museum policies regarding confidentiality; 
  • Familiarity with museum collections software; knowledge of PastPerfect preferred​​

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