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Archivist, Haffenreffer Museum – Brown University, (Providence, RI)

About the Opportunity:

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology archival collections are comprised of more than 20,000 items of cultural and historical significance that enhance the research and interpretive value of ethnographic and archaeological collections, including photographs, manuscripts, ephemera, film, and digital media. These archives are focused on materials that directly relate to or accompany object acquisitions. In addition, HMA is the repository for multi-media archives of federal archaeological collections from Alaska created by Brown faculty. HMA also manages its own institutional records. 

The HMA welcomes applications from candidates who meet many of the stated job requirements in the interest of fostering a diverse and inclusive pool of candidates.


The Archivist reports to the Collections Manager/Registrar. The Archivist manages the museum’s records and archives, including physical, digitized, and born digital holdings, to ensure proper arrangement, description, preservation, and access. The Archivist is knowledgeable about established standards and developments in the field, such as those promoted by The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums and Society of American Archivists. 

The Archivist processes, documents, and manages HMA’s multi-media archive under direction of the Collections Manager, seeking input of other senior staff as needed. They are responsible for arranging, inventorying, cataloging, housing, digitizing, and describing holdings according to current established standards and best practices. The Archivist communicates with interested stakeholders and coordinates and supervises archival visits for viewing or research. 

The archivist performs and coordinates new archival production to current standards, including digitization of multiple types of media, including but not limited to HMA’s film and photographic archives. They work with the Collections Manager/Registrar to maintain records of ownership and transfer. They ensure the physical care and proper arrangement of the HMA’s archives and records collections, including by creating archival storage containers, ensuring sustainable digital archiving practices, and facilitating culturally-informed care and handling. They ensure access and discoverability by producing, updating, and disseminating finding aids, including coordinating with Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online.

The role manages digital assets and rights and reproductions (such as photographic slides, prints, negatives, film, video, and ephemera). This includes coordinating, responding to, processing, tracking, and reporting on all image use requests. They produce prints or other surrogates of HMA archival holdings for use by HMA and external stakeholders. They may supervise one or more student staff. They may promote HMA’s archives and speak about their areas of expertise in teaching or public events. They may contribute to exhibits relating to archival holdings. 

They contribute to defining HMA’s archival priorities and work with colleagues in Brown Libraries and other university centers to align goals and best practices and collaborate on projects. They manage and liaise with contractors performing work related to archival holdings. The role identifies and contributes to grant writing and grant-funded projects related to museum archival holdings. 

The Archivist is encouraged to research and develop innovative ways to highlight the Museum’s media and archival collections and scholarship. They contribute specialized knowledge to strategic planning around the HMA’s records and archival holdings, including encouraging engagement, research, and teaching activities that utilize the archives and relating to the HMA’s upcoming move project. The Archivist also will assist the Collections Manager in the management of, and planning for, the HMA’s non-circulating reference library collection. Other duties as required.

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