Resident Archivist – The Autry National Center of the American West

Resident Archivist

  • The Autry National Center of the American West is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Located in Griffith Park, the Autry’s collection of over 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, which includes the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the largest and most significant in the United States. The Autry Institute supports path breaking scholarship through access to the collections of the Libraries and Archives of the Autry and its two research libraries, the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library. Exhibitions, public programs, K–12 educational services, and publications are designed to examine the contemporary human condition through the lens of the historical Western experience and explore critical issues in society.
  • The Libraries and Archives of the Autry seeks a Resident Archivist for a one-year appointment to serve as part of the inaugural Institute of Museum and Library Services-supported L.A. as Subject Residency Program. The L.A. as Subject Residency Program will provide the opportunity for a post-graduate MLIS student, with an interest in pursuing a career in archives, to learn from professionals and scholars in the field and gain experience in community archives.


Specific duties will include:

o    An initial three-month supervised archival project at the Libraries and Archives of the Autry.

o    Three, three-month rotations at L.A. as Subject member archive locations.

o    Hands-on experience working at community and neighborhood-based archives and enabling residents to share their archival expertise.

o    Hands-on archival work experience in multiple institutional environments.

o    Practical experience with policy and procedural decisions in archival institutions.

o    Teaching experience, and assistance with professional development and networking among professionals.


The successful candidate will have:

o    Basic understanding of archival principles.

o    Strong written and oral communication skills.

o    The ability to work independently as well as with colleagues and archives users from diverse backgrounds.

o    Capability to manage multiple priorities calmly and effectively and meet deadlines.

o    A strong public service orientation and the ability to work in collegial, collaborative and diverse environments.

o    Aptitude for complex, analytical work with attention to detail.

o    Demonstrated problem solving skills and flexibility.

o    Strong interest in Los Angeles history and community- and neighborhood-based archives.

o    Ability to travel to work in multiple locations across the Los Angeles county.

o    Ability to bend, twist and the ability to regularly lift 40 lbs.


Additional Qualifications:

o    Required education: ALA accredited MLIS degree or Masters in Information Science or Archival Science completed since May 2012.

o    Considerable specialized knowledge of contemporary archival and records management principles and practices.

o    Knowledge or background in preservation management.

o    Demonstrated interpersonal, project management, analytical and research skills.

o    Requires computer skills and ability to work with electronic records and databases.

o    Experience utilizing digital reproduction technologies such as scanners and digital cameras for preservation.

This is a full-time, one year fixed term position and is eligible for employee benefits. Employee benefits include health, dental, retirement, and discounts to a wide variety of area events and attractions.

About L.A. as Subject

Hosted by the USC Libraries, L.A. as Subject is an alliance of research archives, libraries, and collections dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Los Angeles region. L.A. as Subject is working to increase the visibility of local archives and improve access to them for students, researchers, K-12 educators, and everyone else with a stake in Southern California history. L.A. as Subject promotes tools and mentoring to help its members with everything from preserving and cataloging materials in their collections to fundraising and public outreach.

Salary: $40,000.00 annually


To apply:

Please mail or e-mail your résumé and letter of interest to:

Valerie Nelson
Human Resources
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

The Autry National Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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