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Project Archivist - Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY




MaristCollegeis beginning an 18-month project with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to digitize the Graphic Materials Series in the Lowell Thomas Papers.  The ultimate goal of the project is to make these materials available on the Internet for all interested researchers.  The position of Project Archivist offers the opportunity to work with the graphic materials of one of America’s most prominent newsmen and explorer’s.

Reporting to the Head of Archives and Special Collections and Project Director, the Project Archivist is responsible for the day–to-day oversight of the project which will result in the digitization of approximately 36,000 items.  The Project Archivist will also recruit and train student assistants, prepare the graphic materials for digitization, make the digital surrogates available on the Internet, and create records for the graphic materials.  The Project Archivist will supervise four to eight student assistants.  


• Information Science, Library Science, or related degree from an accredited program with appropriate coursework in archives management or advanced study that includes training in archives management.

• Experience working with and creating digital collections.
• Experience processing manuscript or institutional records, preferably in an academic archives setting.
• Working knowledge of archival and descriptive standards.
• Understanding of intellectual property rights affecting archival material.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; must be able to work as part of a team.
• Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop and the Microsoft Office Suite.


• Experience using a relational database to describe and manage archival collections.
• Supervisory experience.
• Experience working with audio and visual collections. 
• Knowledge of the life and career of Lowell Jackson Thomas.



Commensurate with experience.  Full benefits are included for the duration of the project.



Marist College is a highly selective, independent, liberal arts institution located in the historic Hudson River Valley of New York State, midway between New York City and Albany, the state capital. Situated on a 180-acre campus overlooking the Hudson River, it enrolls 4,200 traditional undergraduate, 850 graduate students and 750 continuing education students.  Marist College has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Barron's Best Buys in College Education, and is noted for its leadership in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process.  Marist recently received a $75 million gift to establish the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development in an architecturally and historically 42,000-square-foot mansion along the Hudson River in nearby Esopus, NY.  Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect and character required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st Century. The College fulfills its mission by pursuing three ideals: excellence in education, the importance of community, and the principle of service.

The Marist College Archives and Special Collections Library fosters research and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of Marist College records and other historical materials by students and faculty, as well as scholars from the community at large.  These collections provide students from Marist and elsewhere an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in historical research using primary documentary material.

The Marist College Archives serves as the official repository of records and other materials that document the history of the College from its founding to the present, and that have permanent administrative, legal, fiscal, and historical value.  The College Archives was formally established in 2000.

The Manuscript Collections are comprised of 3,300 linear feet of material.  In addition to the Lowell Thomas Papers, the College holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of materials concerning the Scenic Hudson Decision, the landmark court case that launched the modern environmental movement.


To learn more or to apply, please visit Only online applications are accepted.


Marist College is strongly committed to the principle of diversity and is especially interested in receiving applications from members of ethnic and racial minorities, women, disabled individuals, and other under-represented groups. 



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