Society of Southwest Archivists

Archivist II | National Cowboy Museum (Oklahoma City, OK)

  • 01 Sep 2023 6:12 PM
    Message # 13249269
    Jacalyn Pearce (Administrator)


    The Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center (DRC) houses the Museum’s archival collections and research library. The Archivist II will manage and provide access to the DRC’s collections through appraisal; arrangement and description of legacy and incoming acquisitions; creation of finding aids; and implementation of collections management and preservation practices. The Archivist will also contribute towards archives-driven outreach such as public programming, social media content, and exhibitions. 


    • Inventories, assesses, arranges, and describes archival collections to current national best practices.
    • Enters accession and resource record information into ArchivesSpace for legacy and newly processed collections following DACS guidelines.
    • Assesses potential collection additions; makes recommendations for acquisition of new collections and de-accessioning of existing collections; interacts with donors.
    • Participates in the development and implementation of complex digitization projects for large photographic and archival collections.
    • Engages with Museum staff to stimulate and encourage the use of Dickenson Research Center resources; create and participate in internal outreach initiatives.
    • Assists with onsite events and gives tours of the Dickenson Research Center.
    • Creates and updates records relating to collections, including accession records, processing plans, inventories, and usage statistics.
    • Manages volunteers and interns.
    • Writes and contributes to department grant proposals including the annual funding grant.
    • Maintains the security of the collections and department.
    • Trains and demonstrates the ability to perform reparative descriptions.
    • Prioritizes daily tasks and projects to maximize efficiency.
    • Self-motivated and works with minimal supervision.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including public speaking.
    • Uses critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Works well with others and maintains professional manner using tact, initiative, good judgment, and confidentiality.


    • Master of Library and Information Science with an emphasis in archives or records management from an ALA accredited university with 3+ years of work experience in archives or special collections.
    • Experience preserving, arranging, and describing archival collections.
    • Ability to apply the standards outlined in Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) as well as experience applying other descriptive and metadata standards (Encoded Archival Description (EAD), MODS, etc.)
    • Experience with content management systems
    • Training and demonstrated ability to perform reparative description and other archives-related diversity initiatives.
    • Must have a valid Oklahoma Driver’s License.
    • Ability to lift 40lbs boxes, bend, squat, climb ladders, and kneel.
    • Ability to see color and have visual acuity.
    • Knowledge of Adobe Suite products.


    • Familiarity and experience with digitization and scanning of archival materials.
    • Knowledge of the art, history, and culture of the American West.

    Salary Range: $42,000-46,000

    Schedule: M- F 8am to 5pm with some evening and weekends based upon events

    How to Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to and write “Archivist II” and your name in the subject line. The position will have an application deadline of September 18, 2023.

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