Job Announcements

Editorial Assistant 

The Adams Papers

The Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society seeks a full-time editorial assistant to begin work in fall 2016. Since its establishment in 1954, the Adams Papers has published fifty volumes of the diaries, letters, and other writings of the Adams family of Massachusetts; currently, we publish two series, Adams Family Correspondence and the Papers of John Adams. Work on the Adams Papers provides a unique opportunity to explore the fields of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century history through the correspondence and writings of one of America’s first families.

About the Position

The editorial assistant provides editorial and administrative support for the project. Editorial duties include transcribing manuscripts, checking footnotes, proofreading, helping with indexes, undertaking minor research, updating the online catalog, and assisting in desktop publishing of the volumes. Administrative duties include correspondence, light event planning, assistance with grant reporting, file management, fielding online reference questions, and miscellaneous secretarial work. This is an early career position, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn and develop the skills of a documentary editor. Applicants must be committed to creating a final product that meets the high standards set by the project. The work requires extreme attention to detail and a desire to collaborate with coworkers on planning and problem solving. This one-year position is grant-funded and renewable subject to continued funding.


  • BA in American history or related field

  • Experience with editorial work, including strong copyediting skills, a familiarity with style guides (Chicago preferred), and a strong grasp of rules of grammar and usage

  • Familiarity with MS Office

  • Ability to work independently and in a small team, managing own time, and communicating effectively to share information and plan tasks with others

  • Meticulous eye for detail and commitment to accuracy

Job applicants invited for an interview may be asked to take a transcription test.


  • MA in American history or related field, with focus on late eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century

  • Familiarity with documentary editing

  • Familiarity with basic XML

For further information, see Review of applications will begin immediately. Position to start fall 2016, if possible.

To apply, please email cover letter, résumé, and names of three references to ap_job[at]masshist [dot]org. Address materials to Sara Martin, Editor in Chief, The Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.  


Library Assistant (Part-time)

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) seeks a part-time library assistant (up to twenty-one hours per week) to greet visitors and provide services to researchers who make use of the Society’s collections in the MHS library.

The MHS is an independent research library that collects, preserves, and makes accessible manuscripts and other materials that promote the study of the history of our nation—a mission that has remained constant since 1791. The MHS holds more than 3,600 manuscript collections, as well as extensive collections of early American imprints, newspapers, maps, printed ephemera, photographs, engravings, and other research materials.

The library is staffed Monday through Friday 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM and Saturday 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM. The ideal candidate would have a flexible schedule including Saturday availability.  

Duties: The library assistant works as part of the reference team and reports to the Assistant Reference Librarian. Duties include staffing the library reception area, answering telephone and email reference queries, monitoring the reading room, paging materials, and assisting the reference staff with various library tasks. The library assistant greets, authorizes, and directs all researchers entering the library; explains MHS library policies and procedures; and directs incoming telephone calls for the MHS as a whole. The majority of the library assistant’s time is spent interacting directly with the public. This position is essential in promoting the Society’s public image and in maintaining the security of the collections.

Requirements: The successful candidate will be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, with coursework in Library and Information Science, American history, American studies, public history, or an archives program strongly preferred; possess a demonstrated interest in American history, with strong interest in Early American or Massachusetts/New England history; be proficient with Microsoft Office applications; have strong research skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong planning and organization skills; possess the ability to work well in a team environment; and have experience working with a diverse public in a customer service or similar position.

Monday availability required; Thursday availability preferred.

Familiarity with user-end functions of an integrated library system (Voyager and/or Aeon) and providing reference assistance, as well as previous experience working with archival materials in a library, museum, or other historical organization are preferred.

This position requires the ability to lift boxes weighing up to fifty pounds and to transport materials loaded onto wheeled carts. 

Salary: $14.00/hour.

Application procedure:  Please send an application by email (preferred) or postal mail, including a cover letter, brief resume, and list of three references to Dan Hinchen, at or Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Applications must be received by 9am, 06 September 2016 to be considered