Sonoma, CA: Archival Intern, Sonoma Valley Historical Society

Job Opening Title: Archival Intern

Institution/Organization Name: Sonoma Valley Historical Society

Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Sonoma, CA

Application Deadline: January 27th

Link to job posting:

Years of experience required:

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Under the direct supervision of the Archivist, the Archival Intern will get hands on experience processing collections, handling new acquisitions, managing research requests, and assisting the Archivist with reproduction and use projects.

• Survey and process collections, including creating catalog records and finding aids in Past Perfect
• Manage collection records using Past Perfect and other database systems.
• Conduct research on Sonoma Valley subjects, groups, individuals, and events as they relate to collections and research requests.
• Perform basic preservation, such as re-housing collection materials
• Aid the Archivist with new acquisitions as well as reproduction and use requests.

14 hours per week minimum; flexible shifts available, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5:00pm.

About Us
The Sonoma Valley Historical Society was established in January 1937 by a small group of citizens to honor pioneer families and to collect, preserve and share the history of the Valley of the Moon. The Society, a non-profit organization has operated continuously ever since.

The mission of the Sonoma Valley Historical Society is to provide a forum and a resource for the study and dissemination of Sonoma Valley history for present and future generations by identifying collecting, preserving and sharing artifacts, documents and images.

Our collections are highly significant to the history and the people of California. The collections represent the diverse and conflicted history of California and its many peoples including the Pomo, Patwin and Miwok tribes, Spanish padres, the Mexican military, Californios, American pioneers, Bear Flaggers, Chinese laborers, immigrant groups, minorities, entrepreneurs, winemakers, farmers, artists, writers, politicians, and academics. Researchers and community members access our collections for historic preservation projects, interpretive projects, genealogy, corporate histories, school projects, publications, and projects of personal interest.

• Familiarity with databases and collection management systems (experience with Past Perfect is a plus)
• 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. Commuter gas costs will be reimbursed.

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

To apply, please email a letter of interest and resume to: Annie McCausland, Archivist, Final candidates will be asked in for an interview.


About Meredith Lowe

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