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    This position is located in the Manuscript Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 137724.

    This position is a non-supervisory bargaining unit position.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

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    The Manuscript Specialist (Historian) has primary curatorial and acquisition responsibilities for the collections of the Manuscript Division, one of the foremost special collections repositories in the world. The division collects and preserves personal papers of prominent individuals and the records of political, social, and professional organizations, and makes these materials available to researchers.The specialist works under the general supervision of the chief of the Manuscript Division and performs at a high degree of responsibility in the areas of acquisitions, interpretation of collections, outreach, and advanced reference capacities.

    Possesses authoritative knowledge in an era of American history, such as the modern period, or in a narrower but very complex subject area of American history, such as the history of science and technology. Uses this highly specialized knowledge to locate hard-to-find materials, personal papers, organization records, historical documents, and other manuscript and archival materials and to negotiate with the creator or owner to acquire the materials.

    Researches and writes books, articles, blog posts, and other publications. Makes presentations on historical topics involving complex interrelationships of historical facts and requiring substantial critical judgment. Presentations and publications are heightened by the necessity to present an objective, comprehensive picture of the subject under consideration that clearly establishes the relative values and importance of the many and varied historical facts involved.

    Proposes and oversees digital projects and physical exhibitions, and curates their content.

    Uses a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of American history, archival methods and the research needs of the scholarly community. Analyzes existing Library of Congress manuscript and archival holdings to identify areas that need to be supplemented or where holdings in specific fields are inadequate. Prepares memoranda of recommendation. Reviews plans for organizing newly acquired manuscript collections. Develops criteria for disposing of unneeded material and justifies recommendations regarding the disposition of redundant or inappropriate material of little or no historical documentary value from newly acquired collections of personal papers and organization records. Analyzes the condition of collections and recommends preservation treatment to safeguard them from deterioration, damage or destruction, or from impairment of their value through disarrangement or alteration. Considers the need for microfilming, digitizing, or photocopying.

    Works as needed collaboratively with other subject specialists and curators, and with librarians, archivists, digital liaisons and designers, exhibition coordinators, and administrators in various units and research centers of the Library, and/or at other institutions and agencies in the analysis, promotion, and interpretation of Library collections. Prepares analytic reports on acquisitions and division activities and holdings.

    Makes collections and the information in or about them available in response to individual requests. Exercises a highly specialized knowledge of the subject matter and archival holdings in order to assist specialized researchers and other users of the manuscript collections and archival records.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1410 Librarian

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