Curator of Archives, History Colorado

CLASS TITLE: Non-classified

LOCATION: Denver Metro, Colorado

PRIMARY PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver CO 80203

SALARY: $4,583.33 – $4,835.00 Monthly

OPENING DATE: 10/05/17

CLOSING DATE: 10/19/17 11:59 PM

JOB TYPE: Full Time

Description of Job
History Colorado’s collection of original documentary materials and artifacts are central to our mission of “Inspiring generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado.” The collection spans curatorial disciplines and typologies and, while recognizing there are issues and collecting goals unique to each curatorial area, staff works collaboratively to research, document, share, and preserve the people, places, and stories of Colorado history.

History Colorado collects in three main areas: archives, artifacts, photography & film. The archives collection includes books, maps, newspapers, serial publications, oral histories, sound recordings, ephemera, and over 8000 linear feet of manuscripts. For more information about the collection please visit:


  • Oversees, management, acquisition, research, and interpretation of the archives collection.
  • Builds a meaningful collection for the 21st century through the pursuit of a purpose-driven acquisition and deaccessioning programs tied to institutional vision and goals and the development and implementation of an updated collection plan in collaboration with other curatorial departments.
  • Improves physical and intellectual control of and access to collection resources through processing and documentation in coordination with Collections Management and Registration.
  • Supervises contract staff, volunteers, and interns
  • Works with the Library and Research Center staff to provide and expand broad public access to collection resources through digital means, on-site physical access, and improving documentation to address patron access needs including the creation and revision of finding aids/collection guides
  • Uses a variety of approaches to outreach including public presentations, education programs, scholarship, social media, responding to patron and scholarly inquiries, and collaboration with other departments and divisions to realize the collection’s full potential as an interpretive and educational tool and a resource for understanding Colorado history.
  • Promotes the mission and goals of History Colorado through cultivating and sustaining relationships with donors, community groups, colleague institutions, partner organizations, educators, and researchers.
  • Participates in the exhibit development process which may include serving as a content specialist, collections resource, or exhibit developer depending on the project and team composition.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited institution with a specialization in archives and records management, or a master’s degree in history, American Studies, or other relevant discipline, with significant experience in archives, archival course work, or archival certification.

Also Required:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice and proven ability in processing, preservation, and digitization of archival collections.
  • Knowledge of museum and archival collection standards and best practices and experience with information management techniques and database systems used in museums.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience working with archival collections in a museum or other collecting institution with a public audience.
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral, including evidence of writing and presenting public programs for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse community groups, colleagues, researchers, donors, and partner organizations.
  • Demonstrated cataloging experience with the MARC format and application of professional standards to archival processing and description, including DACS, LC name authorities, and LCSH
  • Demonstrated experience writing finding aids to archival collections using ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit, or EAD
  • Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Experience supervising staff, volunteers, and interns.
  • Familiarity with collecting, preserving, and providing access to born digital materials


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