Richard & Mary Corrigan Solari University Archivist and Historian
University of Oregon Libraries
Job Location: Oregon
Apply By: Review of applications begins August 21, 2022
Date Created: 07-12-2022
The University of Oregon Libraries in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, seeks an experienced professional with a passion for public engagement and outreach to serve as its next Corrigan Solari University Archivist and Historian.
Reporting to the Director of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), the Corrigan Solari University Archivist and Historian is the primary steward of the UO's institutional history, and works to collect, preserve, and tell the story of the institution's legacy and impacts. University Archives materials are heavily utilized by campus and the public, and have contributed to both the architecture and the museum of the famed Hayward track and field complex in Eugene; as well as to exhibits and publications such as The Architecture of the University of Oregon; Leadership and Legacy: Athletics and the University of Oregon; and Untold Stories: the Hidden History of the University of Oregon, which highlights the stories and experiences of underrepresented communities.
The Archivist and Historian will arrive at an exciting time for the UO and its Libraries. As the University of Oregon continues its growth trajectory, with the recent addition of a rapidly growing data science major, the development of the Phil and Penny Knight Center for Accelerating Scientific Impact, and the bold acquisition of a new campus in Oregon's major population center of Portland; University Archives not only tells the story of UO's past, but is actively documenting the present and creating the record of its future. Through professional curation, collection management, preservation, and solicitation of the permanent record of the University and papers of its faculty and student organizations, spanning all manner of traditional and emerging formats, the incumbent ensures a representative and inclusive institutional history. The Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives have grown and modernized over the recent years, expanding capacity to handle materials of various formats, increasing access to significant collections, and attracting higher use than ever before. The next Archivist and Historian will continue to move us forward, building for the demands and opportunities of tomorrow.
The Archivist and Historian oversees and coordinates the department’s multifaceted instruction program, providing consistent and professional information to faculty, staff, researchers, and the public, and contributing to the University's educational mission while ensuring that students and scholars gain exposure to and practice with critical primary source inquiry. The successful candidate will also supervise and train student workers; coordinate with the Director of SCUA on policy development; collaborate with a campus records management office to distinguish temporary records and ensure compliance with public records retention policies; lead the development of research and reference services regarding UO history; and will function as point person for instruction activities led by UO faculty while employing SCUA collections. This prominent and influential endowed position enjoys strong campus and community recognition of the value and importance of the Archivist and Historian's work.
The UO Libraries and Special Collections and University Archives department offers an ambitious, dynamic, and collegial work environment and strong support for professional development and engagement. Employment with the University of Oregon carries a competitive benefits package including relocation assistance and dual-career support. If you've been waiting for the right opportunity to advance archives practice, fulfill your potential as a historian, and make a meaningful public impact - consider joining us.
The Libraries will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience when evaluating candidates; we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes with relevant transferrable skills from a variety of sources and experiences. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the roles.
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