Archivists Job Description


Responsible for preserving and storing important records, documents, and artifacts. Prepares document for storage and ensures it is filed in its proper place for future retrieval.

Primary responsibilities

  • Select documents and books for public display.
  • Archive or store documents according to its category, including as accession lists, indexes, guides, bibliographies, abstracts, and microfilmed copies of documents.
  • Oversee the arrangement, cataloguing, and exhibition of collections.
  • Maintain collections with technicians and conservators.
  • Acquire important documents from universities and museums for display.
  • Preserve documents appropriately.
  • Prepare items for permanent storage and display.
  • Describe, catalogue, and analyze valuable objects.
  • Perform research on objects or items.
  • Coordinate education or public outreach programs.
  • Advertise display of item or artifact.
  • Coordinate tours, workshops, lectures, or classes.
  • Work with the boards of institutions to administer plans and policies.
  • Handle records and documents retained because of their importance.
  • Handle objects with cultural, biological, or historical significance.
  • Collect, organize, and maintain wide range of information for safekeeping.
  • Maintain photographs, films, video and sound recordings, and electronic data.
  • Preserve paper records, letters, and documents.
  • Maintain records to ensure the long-term preservation and easy retrieval of documents and information.
  • Utilize various storage mediums including film, videotape, audiotape, computer disk, or DVD.
  • Utilize computers to generate and maintain archival records.

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