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Collection Development Archivist, Harvard University Archives, (Cambridge, MA)

The Harvard University Archives (HUA) seeks an innovative, collaborative, and motivated individual to join the Collection Development and Records Management Services (CDRMS) team. Reporting to the Senior Collection Development Curator/Archivist (SCDC/A), the Collection Development Archivist (CDA) will perform a range of activities focused on inclusive collection building, outreach, and University records stewardship in service of documenting and providing evidence of the work and lives of the diverse individuals and organizations that make up the Harvard community. These include the personal and professional archives of Harvard faculty, senior administrators, and select Harvard alumni and students, as well as the records of Harvard affiliated organizations and other historical materials documenting the social, cultural, intellectual, and creative life of the university.  

The CDA will ensure that new collections are appraised, inventoried, packed, stable, and well-documented. This work includes arranging for intake of new collections in all formats, liaising with donors, performing site visit surveys, establishing initial physical and intellectual control of incoming materials, and coordinating transport and/or transfer logistics. The CDA liaises with campus organizations to collect, appraise, and acquire materials in all formats to build visual and campus life collections. Working with the CDRMS team and other Archives staff, the CDA will also keep Harvard and Harvard-related publications collections current.  

The CDA assists in identifying records of permanent value in all formats and preparing them for transfer to the University Archives. As a member of the CDRMS team, the CDA supports routine records management offsite storage activities such as placing orders for retrievals and refiles and responding to offsite storage client inquiries. The CDA contributes to ongoing efforts to develop and implement effective outreach and training for employees and students on records management and stewardship.  

The Harvard University Archives has recently joined with the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Fine Arts Library, Harvard Film Archive, and Houghton Library to create Archives, Art, and Special Collections of Harvard Library, a new administrative unit currently planning integrated approaches to technical and public services for archives and special collections across the portfolio. 

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