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Manuscript Processor (Part-time, temporary)

  • Phillips Library/Peabody Essex Museum
  • 08/21/19
  • Rowley, MA
  • 01969
  • $15 / Hourly
  • Part-Time

The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum in Rowley, MA, is seeking a part-time temporary Manuscript Processor. They will be responsible for arrangement and description of the records of the Salem Marine Society, founded in 1766 by sea captains to provide relief for disabled and aged members and their families; to promote knowledge of this coast; and to communicate observations for making navigation safer. The Society continues to fulfill its original purposes, and also provides scholarships for aspiring mariners as well as generous support for local maritime and historical programs. Under the supervision of the Manuscript Librarian, the Manuscript Processor will arrange the material and prepare a descriptive inventory using word processing and/or ArchivesSpace. They will identify items requiring basic preservation measures and identify LCSH subject headings to add to the catalog record.

Education and Experience

Successful candidates will be working towards an ALA-accredited MLS with an archives specialization. They will have excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational, planning, analytical, and conceptual skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Office and other basic computer literacies. Previous experience processing special collections and knowledge of archives terminology and standards including DACS is a plus. Sensitivity to proper care and handling of special collections materials is required. Ability to lift/push up to 40 pounds is required.


This is a contract position for 165 hours (about 3 months part-time at 2 days per week). The salary is $15/hour. Working hours at the Phillips Library are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and scheduling is flexible. The library is located at 306 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, MA.

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter and resume with Manuscript Processor in the subject line to PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Overview of the Phillips Library

The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum is the Museums research library. It includes several hundred thousand printed volumes, a linear mile of manuscript collections, as well as thousands of logbooks, account books, diaries, printed ephemera, maps, photo albums and photographs. The vast collection includes subjects related to Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Oceanic, Native American, and other world art and cultures plus subjects related to Salem and Essex County art, architecture, history, and culture.

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