Missouri History Museum
  • 21-Nov-2018 to 20-Jan-2019 (CST)
  • Urban Landscape and Community
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Temporary full-time

Comprehensive benefits package

Position Summary:

The Missouri Historical Society has established a collecting initiative aimed at expanding and strengthening its existing collections and resources which document black history in the St. Louis region.

(This is a full-time position but currently scheduled for a five-year term with the possibility of extension.)

Essential Functions:

The Curatorial Assistant will be responsible for:

1. Serving as a curatorial assistant to the MHS Curator of Urban Landscape and Community Identity by:

  • Providing needed research support for collecting opportunities and assisting the Curator with duties related to entering collections information into the collections management database
  • Assisting the curator with scheduling oral histories and obtaining all proper legal documentation for interviews; conducting oral histories with identified subjects, as needed
  • Assisting with the development of public outreach presentations and programs related to the collecting initiatives; delivering public presentations, as needed

2. Creating an inventory of all existing black history-related archival, photograph and prints, library, objects, and sound and moving image collections within the MHS collections. Creating a comprehensive guide to black history collections held by MHS for the purpose of creating greater access to those resources.

3. Working across departments to facilitate black history collections processing needs. Such duties may include...

  • Working with collection Curators to identify black history-related content in the archival, photographs and prints, and sound and moving image collections
  • Under the supervision of the Archivist or Librarian, processing black history-related archival and/or library collections


  • B.A. or B.S. in History, American Studies, Museum Studies, Ethnic Studies or equivalent
  • Master's Degree preferred


  • Proficient understanding of historical research methodologies and resources, as well as, a basic understanding of the fundamentals of historical collections processing. Familiarity with the history of black communities in the St. Louis region is highly desirable.
  • Experience processing archival and/or library collections is preferred          
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and email software
  • Excellent organization and time management skills, as well as, the ability to work well independently or as part of a team
  • Must be comfortable performing public speaking functions and interacting with the public

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled.

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