San Francisco, CA: Archival Processing Internship, GLBT Historical Society



Archival Processing Intern



Under the direct supervision of the Managing Archivist, the Archival Processing

Intern will get hands on experience processing small to medium size archival collections, with an opportunity to broaden their role to include other areas of archival practice, such as appraisal and preservation. The Archival Processing Intern assists with the following duties:


  • Survey and process collections, including creating catalog records and finding aids.
  • Manage collection records using FileMaker Pro and other database systems.
  • Conduct research on LGBTQ subjects, groups, individuals, and events as they relate to collections
  • Perform basic preservation, such as re-housing collection materials in acid-free folders and containers
  • Aid the Managing Archivist in appraising new archives donations.



February–May 2017. 10 hours per week; flexible shifts available. Monday through Friday, 10am to 4:30pm.



The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. Founded in 1985, the Society is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of GLBT public history. The Society’s professionally staffed archives preserve one of the world’s largest collections of GLBT historical materials. The archives of the GLBT Historical Society contain approximately 800 collections, in addition to over 70 linear feet of ephemera; 5,000 periodical titles; tens of thousands of photographs; approximately 1,000 t-shirts;

thousands of posters; more than 500 oral histories; approximately 1,000 hours of recorded sound; and approximately 1,000 hours of film and video. The archives also has extensive holdings of historic textiles, fine and graphic arts, and artifacts.



  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an MLIS program with coursework in

archival management.

  • Familiarity with databases and collection management systems

(experience with FileMaker Pro a plus).

  • Knowledge of MPLP (More Product, Less Process) approaches.
  • Must be detail oriented with strong research skills.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work both independently with little or no supervision as well as in a team.
  • Goal oriented with exceptional time management.
  • Competency in Microsoft Office systems.
  • Experience working in archives or libraries is preferred.
  • Ability to lift boxes up to 50 lbs.


This position is onsite and unpaid. Intern will receive a complimentary student membership to the GLBT Historical Society for one year, which includes free entry to the GLBT History Museum as well as access to the GLBT Historical Society archives during member-only days.

The internship may be completed for college credit if approved by your program.


Please email a letter of interest and resume to: Joanna Black, Managing Archivist, at Final candidates will be asked for an interview. Deadline is January 18th 2017.


About Meredith Lowe

Outreach Specialist in Continuing Education Services at UW-Madison SLIS. Erstwhile archivist.
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