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Project Archivist for the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project

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Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: University Library, School of Law

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.


About the Opportunity:

Northeastern University School of Law seeks a skilled and innovative professional for a two-year fulltime grant-funded archivist.  This position reports to the Head of Special Collections and University Archivist in the University Libraries and a School of Law faculty member and supports the work of the Civil Rights & Restorative Justice project (CRRJ).



CRRJ collects and compiles data on racially-motivated violence in the mid-twentieth century. To date, CRRJ’s preliminary academic and journalistic investigations into about 500 cases of racial homicides has generated over 20,000 items-- records captured from the pages of legal documents, political pamphlets, personal letters, photographs, scrapbooks, audio/video interviews, genealogical information, census records, maps, newspapers, vital statistics, and records from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and state and local governmental agencies. The Project holds the country’s most extensive collection of written and visual materials on this historical period.

 Informed by Archives best practices and in collaboration with CRRJ’s faculty, staff, and students, this position is tasked with taking this extensive digital and analog collection of evidence and organizing it for maximum usability—to facilitate the stories contained within to come alive. The position will organize and develop clear classification systems and facilitate appropriate public access to the material. The position will develop policies and procedures governing use of holdings; ensure intellectual property/copyright concerns are addressed within proper legal and policy frameworks; facilitate researcher access to the holdings; and work with professional staff on outreach, publications, and products promoting the holdings.  As a member of both the Law School team and the Library staff, the person will collaborate with colleagues in both groups, including serving on relevant committees and/or working groups, undertaking special projects as assigned, training and supervising students and part-time staff in both units as needed.  The successful applicant will work well in a fast-paced academic setting and be comfortable as a project lead and in a team environment that includes students, academic faculty, and library professionals.



Manage the collection. Arrange and describe formats of material, determine preservation and conservation best practices; analyze copyright and privacy policies and issues for materials not in the public domain; recommend delivery specifications for digitization; ensure long term access through identification and resolution of problems in preservation of materials; manage and ensure completion of grant commitments; hire, train and supervise student employees; manage reference and research services, including use of material for classroom instruction and reproduction

 Process the analog collection and cross-reference the contents of the analog and digital collections.  Create a robust case inventory. Create and implement processing plans and metrics, re-format audio and video materials; update finding aids.

 Create and Implement a Metadata schema for the digital collection.  Create and manage imaging standards for digital objects, re-imaging if necessary; develop workflows for new items to be entered into Northeastern’s Digital Repository; create easy-to-follow standards for future growth.

 Promote the discovery, use and growth of the collection.  Assist in disseminating information about collection; write articles and blogs; assist with writing grants for external support; and participate in events to promote the collection.



  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school or equivalent accredited advanced degree in related field with archival concentration.
  • Broad understanding of trends in Archives and Special Collections as well as technical ability.
  • Strong project management, planning, organizational, and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to communicate effectively and empathetically with faculty, staff, and community partners. 
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds and work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible.
  • Direct processing and metadata creation experience
  • A solid understanding of copyright
  • Attention to detail; ability to manage time and complete projects in a timely manner
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of multiple teams with a broad range of colleagues




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Additional Information:

The Northeastern University Library supports the mission of the University by working in partnership with the University community to develop and disseminate new scholarship. The Library fosters intellectual and professional growth, enriches the research, teaching, and learning environment, and promotes the effective use of knowledge by managing and delivering information resources and services to library users.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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