Photograph Archivist -- Texas State Library & Archives Commission -- Austin, TX

Division: Archives and Information Services
Position Title: Photograph Archivist
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Work Location: 1201 Brazos - Austin, TX 78701
Working Hours: M-F 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Salary Group: B-16
Classification No. 7407/Archivist II
Job Posting No. 00018174
Monthly Salary: $3400 - $3700 (Monthly)
Date Job Available: December 15, 2021

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Performs moderately complex (journey-level) archival work. Work involves examining state government records and collections of photographic material; recommending disposal and destruction of records with no archival value; analyzing and arranging archives and preparing finding aids to facilitate access to information; identifying candidates for conservation treatment; assisting researchers, primarily with requests for photographic material; managing permissions for use; consulting with state agencies and private donors for transfers of photographic material; digitizing archival material and preparing metadata; and serving on the agency’s Exhibit Committee. May provide guidance to others. Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  • Organizes and processes photographic and other archival materials in various formats
  • Prepares indexes, inventories, EAD/DACS-compliant finding aids, and catalog records
  • Researches, reviews, and appraises records and photographic materials for archival value; see comment below.
  • Facilitates transfers of records from state agencies and donations from individuals.
  • Provides reference, research and technical assistance to State Archives customers in person, by phone, or mail;
  • Performs collection preservation, holdings maintenance, and relocation as required;
  • Digitizes archival records and creates metadata for digital surrogates
  • Complies with all applicable agency policies and procedures, including safety and standards of conduct
  • Attends work regularly and in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies


  • Assists in developing and conducting workshops, webinars, or similar presentations on basic archival topics;
  • Assists with division outreach and exhibits
  • Assists in the preparation of reports, manuals, and publications
  • May train other archivists on routine job functions
  • May serve on internal committees
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in history, government, library science, or related discipline, with at least 3 semester hours completed in archival administration
  • Two years' experience in the appraisal, arrangement, and description of archives and manuscripts
  • Experience collecting, organizing, researching, and interpreting information from various sources and composing descriptive narratives
  • Experience using word processing, database, spreadsheet applications
  • Ability to work semi-independently and to exercise professional judgment
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to move boxes weighing up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to work in a team environment


  • Experience preparing, digitizing, and adding metadata to photographic materials
  • Experience appraising government records
  • Experience processing and preparing finding aids for government records
  • Experience processing digital collections
  • Experience accessioning archival materials
  • Experience with database management applications, and/or archival content management systems
  • Experience using DACS, EAD, XML, and MARC
  • Experience developing or delivering archival training
  • Experience with current and historic photographic processes and photograph formats
  • Experience handling reference requests for archival materials
  • Proficiency with Adobe Acrobat and/or Adobe Photoshop
  • Knowledge of the Texas Public Information Act
  • Knowledge of Texas history and government, as demonstrated in a work environment.
  • Certified Archivist designation
  • Digital Archives Specialist designation


  • College transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted at the time of application
  • Submission of three technical writing samples at time of application, including at least one finding aid developed solely by the applicant.
  • A criminal history check will be required upon contingent offer
  • Occasional overtime work, including nights and weekends may be required


  • Reports to Assistant State Archivist, with daily oversight by the Team Lead, Archives
  • Has no supervisory responsibilities
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