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"Reflection of Mt. McKinley on Wonder Lake in Denali National Park, Alaska, circa 1988." Randy Brandon Collection, Anchorage Museum, B2016.019.06458.036.04.04.
"Bridge across Hess Creek Canyon, leading the the Hartley house, circa 1885." George Fox University Photographs. GFU.01.09. George Fox University Archives. Murdock Library. George Fox University.
Unknown, "Students in Airplane, 1946." Linfield College Archives Photograph Collection. Image. Submission 113.
"Dr. Henry Fielding Reed leading a Mazama party down the soon-to-be-named Reed Glacier on Mount Hood, 1901." Mazama Library and Historical Collections, VM1993.020 Mt Hood, 1901.
Oregon Metro Archives.
"Deputy Seth Davidson rides his motorcycle up Beacon Rock on March 18, 1930. From the records of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office." Multnomah County Archives.
"Mount Hood from Lost Lake, circa 1910." Kiser Photo Co. photographs, Org. Lot 140, bb000223, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
“University of Oregon Medical School football team, 1894,” OHSU Digital Commons, accessed August 16, 2018.
"Old Fort Road Campus, circa 1950s," University Archives, Oregon Institute of Technology.
"Belle Bloom Gevurtz, Sarah Goodman, Ophelia Goodman, Helen Goodman, Lillian Heldfond, and Ann Zaik at Cannon Beach, circa 1914," Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, OJM2996.
"Men repairing the dome of Congregation Beth Israel building on NW Flanders St., designed in 1925 by Herman Brookman, 1981," Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, OJM9966.
"View of OAC from Lower Campus, 1909." Oregon State University Archives and Special Collections.
"Woman with Child, n.d.," C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana. Joseph Henry Sharp Photograph Collection.
"Green Lake Park, 1985." Seattle Arts Commission. [Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs]. Seattle Municipal Archives.
"Aerial view of Century 21 World's Fair, 1962." City Light Negatives, Seattle Municipal Archives.
"PH037_b089_S00208," Angelus Studio photographs, 1880s-1940s, University of Oregon. Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives.
"Students studying in the library, University of Washington, circa 1908-1909," Arthur Dean University of Washington Photograph Album, PH Coll 903, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
Asahel Curtis, "Forest ranger cabin in the Olympic National Forest in the Elwha Valley, 1924." Conservation Department, Planning and Development division, Lantern Slide Shows, Washington State Archives.
Asahel Curtis, "Stacking alfalfa hay near Grandview, circa 1925." Conservation Department, Planning and Development division, Lantern Slide Shows, Washington State Archives.
"Inauguration of Governor Ferry, November 11, 1889." Rogers (photographer), Inauguration of Governor Ferry Photographs, 1889, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives.
Asahel Curtis, "Yakima Pears." Washington State Library collection of photographs by Asahel Curtis, circa 1920-1940 (MS 0544-29).
"Student in Professor Frank Chalfant's Phonetics Laboratory," 1912. The lab was an early precursor to today's Foreign Language Lab. Washington State University Lantern Slides collection.
Bill Phillips, "Wheel Shop employees in Livingston during the last days of Livingston BN Shops," Park County." Yellowstone Gateway Museum.

jobs in the northwest

  • Archivist - Anchorage, AK ~ Working in collaboration with the Alaska Regional Curatorial Center at the National Park Service’s Alaska Regional Office, Great Basin Institute (BGI) seeks to hire an Archivist to join its Research Associate (RA) Program and provide archival resource support in Anchorage, Alaska. The Archivist will work with park record collections related to resource management. Archivist activities will include arrangement, physical processing, rehousing, creation of finding aids, and cataloging of, minimally, 200 linear feet of archival material. Wage: $28.35 hourly, with benefits. Contract timeline: Annual (52-week) appointment beginning in June/July 2022, or upon availability and successful completion of a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI); Full-time (40 hours per week). Applications are accepted through GBI’s website. Additional information about the position is available through the following URL: https://www.vscyberhosting.com/greatbasin/Careers.aspx....

  • Assistant Archivist - Tacoma, WA ~ The Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Archivist (0.625 FTE). This is a great opportunity to join a vibrant and engaged Archives & Special Collections department that works closely with librarians, staff, and faculty to promote and provide access to our unique collections. The Assistant Archivist is primarily responsible for processing archival collections, providing reference services, assisting with instruction and outreach efforts, and serving as our principal contact for the Abby Williams Hill papers. Review of applications will commence in late June with interviews scheduled for the first weeks in July, with a desired start date in early August. This position is benefited, and the hourly wage range is $20.98 to $26.55 per hour DOE. For a full job description, including salary range and application details, please click on the link below or visit the Human Resources Page, University of Puget Sound, click on Employment, then Staff Positions: click here.

  • Archive Librarian II - Yakima, WA ~ The Yakima Central Library is hiring an Archive Librarian, who will perform professional level librarian duties throughout Yakima Valley Libraries including: Coordinate and maintain special collections and preserve collection materials. Will uphold the concept of Intellectual Freedom, based on the First and Fourth amendments to the US Constitution, which affords all library users the right to seek and receive information on the subject of one’s interest without examination or scrutiny by others. This position includes benefits consisting of medical, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance and long term disability, Employee Assistance Program, Public Employees Retirement System program, deferred compensation program, vacation and sick leave, 9 paid holidays, and 2 floating holidays. Wage: $24.26/hour, 40 hours/week. For the full job description, please click here. To apply, electronic applications are available online at www.yvl.org or may be obtained at any YVL location and submitted to any Yakima Valley Library, fax to HR at 509-575-3403 or mail to: Human Resources, Yakima Valley Libraries, 102 N. Third Street, Yakima WA 98901. For more information, please contact Human Resources; (509) 575-3433 or hr@yvl.org.

  • Cook Inlet Historical Society Internship - Anchorage, AK ~ The Atwood Resource Center is seeking enthusiastic applicants for this year's Cook Inlet Historical Society Internship. This position is funded by the Cook Inlet Historical Society and the Anchorage Museum. Opportunities and training may include assisting with library and archival processing, researching and reference, developing a resource guide, and processing and describing photograph and archival collections. The incumbent will receive a stipend of $3,000 for the term of the internship. Housing, benefits and transportation are not provided. The term is approximately 10 weeks, start and end dates are flexible. The work schedule will be approximately 25 hours per week, Monday - Friday, during regular business hours. This is a hands-on internship working within the Resource Center. The successful applicant will be enrolled in or a recent graduate of a Master's of Library and Information Science, Museum Studies, History, or an allied field. Previous experience with archival collections, historical photographs, Alaskan history and/or special collections research preferred, but not required. To apply, go online to https://anchoragemuseum.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Please include resume' and a cover letter describing your background and interest in the position. For more information contact Human Resources at employment@anchoragemuseum.org. 

  • Archives Assistant  Chihuly Studio, Seattle, WA ~ Chihuly Studio is seeking an Archives Assistant to join our Registration team. This position will work under the direction of the Studio Archivist and will assist with projects related to processing, preserving, and archiving the collection of Dale Chihuly. Primarily responsibilities will include assisting the Archivist in maintaining and creating documentation processes, in addition to performing routine procedures and established standards and protocols to arrange for preservation of all materials related to the collection. This is a temporary, part-time, hourly position for a period of six months with the possibility of an extension. Pay rate: $18.50/hour. We are actively interviewing and to apply, please click here to submit a resume and cover letter and view the full job posting.

  • Assistant Professor/Archivist and Special Collections Librarian - Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) seeks a tenure-track Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. We seek candidates who can lead efforts to engage with students, faculty, and researchers on projects and programs related to the history of PLU and can participate in our library instruction program. The annual salary for this position is $64,000 per year. For the full description and to apply, please visit: https://employment.plu.edu/postings/6937.

  • Asset Management System Specialist Seattle, WA ~ Gates Archive is seeking an Asset Management System Specialist (contract) to focus on ensuring our digital asset management system and related discovery software meets user needs. This role will be an expert in our digital asset management system (DAMS) and will work with partner organizations, our DAMS vendor, and Archive staff to ensure the system is configured to meet needs for asset ingest, description, permissioning, sharing, and other use cases.  This is a contract position scheduled to begin in May/June 2022 through December 2022.  Annual salary: starting at approximately $90,000. This is contract position through a staffing agency. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to procurement@gatesarchive.com and the application will be routed to our recruiting partner agencies. For the full description, click here.

  • Reference Librarian - Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR ~ The Reference Librarian provides reference and instructional services for a wide variety of researchers and learners served by the OHS research library. As a public-facing member of the library team, the Reference Librarian demonstrates exceptional interpersonal skills and creates a genuine, welcoming environment for all visitors. This position provides direct research assistance at the public reference desk and remote services for all library collections, conducts in-depth research, and creates and delivers instruction and programs to diverse audiences. This position works on-site and is part of the OHS collective bargaining unit. Pay range: $21.00-$25.50 hourly. For the full job description and to apply, click here: https://ohs.applicantpro.com/jobs/2317395.html.
  • Digital Collections Assistant - Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR ~ The OHS Research Library is looking for a Digital Collections Assistant; this part time, term position (through December 31, 2022, with potential for renewal) is an opportunity for a current or prospective archives student to gain experience and understanding of metadata creation processes and digitization workflows, while helping to support access to historic manuscript and photograph collections through OHS Digital Collections. The assistant will be paid $16.25 per hour, for 15 hours a week. For the full job description: https://ohs.applicantpro.com/jobs/2342532.html
  • Digital Collections Assistant – Film Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR ~The OHS Research Library is looking for a Digital Collections Assistant - Film; this part time, term position (through December 31, 2022, with potential for renewal) is an opportunity for a current or prospective archives student to gain experience and understanding of metadata creation processes and digitization workflows for audiovisual materials, while helping to support access to historic film and video collections through OHS Digital Collections. The assistant will be paid $16.25 per hour, for 15 hours a week. For the full job description: https://ohs.applicantpro.com/jobs/2339264.html.
  • Yasui Records Project Archivist Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR The Yasui Records Project Archivist is responsible for arranging, describing, preserving, selecting items for digitization, and creating metadata for the Yasui Brothers Company records collection, following established professional standards and OHS library procedures. This position is grant funded for one year through IMLS grant funding. As the collection is large and contains significant foreign language material, it will be processed using an extensible or tiered processing approach, making successful prioritization of materials and outstanding planning and time management skills key to success. The Project Archivist will work in collaboration with the supervisor, other technical services staff, and project translation consultants to assist with identifying materials as needed to process this collection. (Proficiency in Japanese is desired but not required.) A brief public presentation describing the collection and project is expected to take place in Spring 2023 as part of the grant, as well as one to two minor outward communications to OHS members and the community via e-newsletter or blog. The bulk of the work will take place in person, at OHS's offsite storage facility. This position is eligible for participation in the collective bargaining unit, ILWU Local 5. Pay: $24/hr. Resume review will begin May 3, 2022.
  • Assistant Archivist - Gates Archive, WA ~ Gates Archive is seeking an Assistant Archivist to execute and contribute to the development and refinement of end-to-end processing workflows to arrange and describe archival materials in all formats. This position will work under the direction of Collection Development & Description Archivists and/or Manager as well as collaboratively across the organization to support ongoing management and controlled access for archival collections. This is a full-time contract position scheduled to begin in Spring 2022. Pay rate: Starting at $38/hour (approximately $80,000 annually). Review of applications will begin on May 16, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the date the review begins. This is contract position through a staffing agency. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to procurement@gatesarchive.com and the application will be routed to our recruiting partner agencies. For the full job description, click here.

  • Associate Archivist Penrose Library, Walla Walla, Washington ~ The Whitman College and Northwest Archives curates materials that document the history of Whitman College and the Walla Walla region as well as rare books and other special collections housed in Penrose Library. The archives collects, preserves, provides access to, and promotes the use of these materials for teaching, learning, and research. The Associate Archivist assists with the management of all functional areas of the Whitman College and Northwest Archives, including collection management, digital preservation, reference and instruction. The primary area of responsibility will be to develop and maintain workflows for the accessioning, arrangement and description of new and backlogged manuscript and archival materials in all formats, using applicable professional standards and best practices. The position will also oversee born-digital processing workflows and audiovisual format migrations. This work will include surveying collections; developing and prioritizing processing work plans; completing necessary rehousing and arrangement work; identifying priorities for digitization; and managing digital collections in ARMINDA, Whitman’s Islandora-based digital repository platform. Salary range: $55,000-58,500. To view the full job description and access the application portal, please visit this link: https://whitman.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=183. Questions about the position can be directed to Ben Murphy at murphybp@whitman.edu. Application review begins May 9.

  • Records Manager – Juneau, Alaska ~ Sealaska Heritage Institute is an Alaska Native nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goals are to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. Sealaska Heritage also conducts scientific and public policy research that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee. Our Records Manager position is a full-time position, paying ~$55,000 per year. We do require a background and reference checks as well as adherence to our Covid vaccine policy. The Records Manager is responsible for maintaining the records of Sealaska Heritage Institute. To apply, please visit our website’s careers page at https://www.sealaskaheritage.org/about/careers. View the full job description here.

  • Program Manager-Records Management Sound Transit, Seattle, WA The Program Manager manages programs of work related to the development and implementation of the agency’s records and information management initiatives. Under limited direction and working with a team, develops and implements systems, services, and processes to secure official agency records and ensure actions for short term, long term, and permanent retention, disposition, and access. Develops and coordinates periodic program compliance reviews and devises strategies to maximize business effectiveness and legal compliance. This position is full-time. Salary range is $60k to $130k, with a midpoint of $95k. New hires typically receive between minimum and midpoint, however, we may go slightly higher based on experience, internal equity and market. For the full job description and to apply, please visit this link.

  • Special Collections and Instruction Librarian, Reed College - Portland, OR ~ Reed College seeks a Special Collections and Instruction Librarian who will be a collaborative leader of rare books and special collections at Reed, including artists’ books, early writing and printing, Reediana, maps, photographs, and manuscripts, and the college archives.  This role interacts with Reed students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the public, providing access to the collection, delivering instruction and research assistance, creating exhibits, and coordinating Reed’s participation in regional and national initiatives to maximize access to collections. This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position reporting to the Director of Special Collections and Archives. The annual salary for this position is $65,000. Click here for full job description and application portal.

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3. Unpaid positions are discouraged. If an internship is unpaid then it must adhere to the United States Department of Labor's Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act and follow the Society of American Archivists' Best Practices for Internships as a Component of Graduate Archival Education. Volunteer positions must follow the Society of American Archivists' Best Practices for Volunteers in Archives.

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