Grant Funded Project Archival Assistant

at AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library (view profile)
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Date Posted June 10, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Education Requirements Bachelor’s degree or substantial relevant library experience.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $33,536
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $50,304
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The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library (AUC RWWL) supports the teaching and learning missions of four institutions of higher learning that comprise the world’s largest consortium of HBCUs—Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. Conveniently located and easily accessible to each the campuses, the Woodruff Library is the “Center of the Center” a neutral intellectual and social engagement space for the Atlanta University Center community.

The AUC-RWWL is looking for a highly motivated individual seeking to gain experience broadening access and the discoverability of cultural heritage collections in a full-time, temporary position. Working with the Archives Research Center and the Digital Services Department, this two-year grant-funded project will assist with the processing, digitization and access of The Joseph Echols Lowery and Evelyn Gibson Lowery Collection which comprises 460 linear feet of documents, photographs, audiovisual media and objects documenting the civil rights and social justice achievements of Dr. Joseph Lowery and his wife Evelyn Lowery spanning the years of 1946-2014, including their involvement with the Southern Christian Leadership Council. The Grant Funded Archival Assistant will support the Project Archivist in the arrangement, description, preservation, processing, and access of the Collection. This position will collaborate with the Digital Services Department to create inventories, assist with outreach, and create the description of the Collection and will report to the Project Archivist throughout the two-year project. 


  • Assists in arranging and describing manuscript collections to provide access to researchers utilizing preservation and organizational techniques, processing procedures, and archival standards. This includes inventorying, labeling, re-housing, preserving, drafting series descriptions, and using the ArchivesSpace to create finding aids
  • Assists with the basic preservation and processing of archival materials including re-housing and surface cleaning
  • Assists with the administrative needs of the archives includes monitoring and ordering archives supplies
  • Assists with completing inventories, identification and packaging material
  • Assists with developing promotional and outreach materials related to the project including exhibition preparation, articles, presentations at professional conferences and blog posts; participates in team meetings, provides status updates, and project reports


  • Knowledge of African American history
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Experience in an archive or reference department
  • Customer Service experience
  • Experience with digital technologies
  • Strong written and verbal communications, and computer skills
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as part of a team
  • Experience with standard office software such as Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Sensitivity in handling fragile archival materials
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Commitment to working in a culturally diverse environment


  • Experience working with supply vendors
  • Experience with digital technologies 


  • Bachelor’s degree or substantial relevant library experience
  • Knowledge of African American history
  • Demonstrated knowledge of 20th century African American history, literature and culture highly desirable
  • Ability to perform physical activities associated with the archival environment


Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, company paid disability plans, company match retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).

Please include three professional references and salary requirements.

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