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SUNY Buffalo – Processing Archivist – Poetry

Processing Archivist – Poetry
Posting Number: 1300255
Department: 1377-University Libraries-Music & Special Collections

Position Summary: The University at Buffalo Libraries seek an energetic professional to serve as Processing Archivist to appraise, arrange, and describe literary and manuscript collections in the Poetry Collection.

Within the UB Libraries’ Special Collections, the Poetry Collection is contemporary poetry’s library of record, comprehensive in its holdings of first editions of poetry published in English in the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection includes little literary magazines, important 20th-century presses, and more than 150 manuscript collections, including the world’s largest archive of James Joyce manuscripts and the archives of Robert Graves, Theodore Enslin, Robert Duncan, John Logan, Helen Adam, Robert Kelly, John Montague, Michael Palmer, William Carlos Williams, Basil Bunting, Dylan Thomas, and Wyndham Lewis. The collection also serves as a regional repository for literary presses, literary magazines, literary arts organizations, and archives of the progressive art galleries of Western New York. Additionally, there are substantial holdings of photographs, audio and visual materials, mail art, and visual and concrete poetry.

Under the supervision of the Poetry Collection Associate Curator, the Processing Archivist appraises, arranges, and describes modern and contemporary literary and organizational manuscripts and multimedia in the Poetry Collection according to local and national best practices. She/he will work closely with collection curators on the analysis, documentation strategy, and level of description for Poetry collections, combining extensive subject knowledge of 20th-century poetry and literature with technical expertise. The incumbent will oversee finding aids maintenance and retrospective conversion of legacy records for the department. The Processing Archivist hires, trains, supervises, and assigns tasks to student assistant(s), specifically in the processing of archival and manuscript collections. She/he participates in monitoring patrons in the Special Collections Research Room, and provides reference service and instruction on the handling of rare and archival material. Other duties may be assigned, including developing and creating exhibits showcasing collection material, participating in library instruction sessions, outreach activities, and supervision of interns.

The Processing Archivist is expected to participate in local, regional, and national professional organizations, and represent Special Collections on library committees, task forces, etc., as needed and as appropriate.

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