History Colorado – Curator of Archives

Curator of Archives

$4,583.33 – $4,835.00 Monthly
Denver Metro, CO
Job Type
Full Time
History Colorado
Job Number
10/19/2017 11:59 PM Mountain
Department Information
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If you are considering a career opportunity with the goal of making a difference, consider joining the dedicated people at History Colorado. Our professionals inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. The History Colorado Center is a location convenient to downtown shopping, restaurants, and cultural facilities in the Golden Triangle district. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

Your choice of one of two strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined Contribution Plan
Employee wellness programs
Medical and dental health plans
Paid life insurance plan plus additional optional coverage
Free short-term disability coverage plus optional long term disability
10 paid holidays per year plus paid opportunities to volunteer in the community
Generous paid vacation and sick leave benefits
Excellent work-life programs and more

HISTORY COLORADO has a strong commitment to diversity and cultural competence. We welcome responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job

History Colorado’s collection of original documentary materials and artifacts are central to our mission of “Inspiring generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado.” The collection spans curatorial disciplines and typologies and, while recognizing there are issues and collecting goals unique to each curatorial area, staff works collaboratively to research, document, share, and preserve the people, places, and stories of Colorado history.

History Colorado collects in three main areas: archives, artifacts, photography & film. The archives collection includes books, maps, newspapers, serial publications, oral histories, sound recordings, ephemera, and over 8000 linear feet of manuscripts. For more information about the collection please visit: http://www.historycolorado.org/researchers/archives


Oversees, management, acquisition, research, and interpretation of the archives collection.
Builds a meaningful collection for the 21st century through the pursuit of a purpose-driven acquisition and deaccessioning programs tied to institutional vision and goals and the development and implementation of an updated collection plan in collaboration with other curatorial departments.
Improves physical and intellectual control of and access to collection resources through processing and documentation in coordination with Collections Management and Registration.
Supervises contract staff, volunteers, and interns
Works with the Library and Research Center staff to provide and expand broad public access to collection resources through digital means, on-site physical access, and improving documentation to address patron access needs including the creation and revision of finding aids/collection guides
Uses a variety of approaches to outreach including public presentations, education programs, scholarship, social media, responding to patron and scholarly inquiries, and collaboration with other departments and divisions to realize the collection’s full potential as an interpretive and educational tool and a resource for understanding Colorado history.
Promotes the mission and goals of History Colorado through cultivating and sustaining relationships with donors, community groups, colleague institutions, partner organizations, educators, and researchers.
Participates in the exhibit development process which may include serving as a content specialist, collections resource, or exhibit developer depending on the project and team composition.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited institution with a specialization in archives and records management, or a master’s degree in history, American Studies, or other relevant discipline, with significant experience in archives, archival course work, or archival certification.

Also Required:

Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice and proven ability in processing, preservation, and digitization of archival collections.
Knowledge of museum and archival collection standards and best practices and experience with information management techniques and database systems used in museums.
A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience working with archival collections in a museum or other collecting institution with a public audience.
Good communication skills, both written and oral, including evidence of writing and presenting public programs for a variety of audiences.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse community groups, colleagues, researchers, donors, and partner organizations.
Demonstrated cataloging experience with the MARC format and application of professional standards to archival processing and description, including DACS, LC name authorities, and LCSH
Demonstrated experience writing finding aids to archival collections using ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit, or EAD
Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision collaboratively in a team environment.
Experience supervising staff, volunteers, and interns.
Familiarity with collecting, preserving, and providing access to born digital materials

The successful candidate will be a forward thinking and dynamic individual who possesses a passion for preserving and sharing the past and a belief in the power of original documents/photographs/artifacts and the stories they embody to engage people in making personal connections to history through research, exhibit experiences, and educational programs. A creative imagination, the ability to recognize and deal with sensitive issues and diverse cultures, and a willingness to step outside the traditional curatorial role are highly desirable as are:
Knowledge of Colorado history and the history of the American West.
Innovation in curatorial practice to engage audiences with collections in meaningful ways.
Familiarity with EOS.WEB or other OPAC system and the application of DublinCore metadata standars.
Experience with strategic planning for archival projects and the ability to manage a broad variety of tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and constraints.
Successful grant-writing and administration experience.
Familiarity with the challenges of oral history collecting, cataloging/transcribing, preservation, and access.
Experience developing exhibits in a team environment.
Experience prioritizing collections for digitization projects, including familiarity with the nuts and bolts of the scanning/editing/metadata assignation process.
Supplemental Information

Additional requirements for this position:

Ability to work occasional evenings and to travel by car or air, typically for periods of less than one week in duration.
Ability to lift boxes of up to 40 lbs. from 14 ft. shelves while on a ladder
Successful candidate must pass a criminal history background check prior to hire.