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CE50 - Archivist III

Band 4  


State Specifications:

General Nature of Work:

Performs archival appraisal, identification and research; preserves historic public records; processes historic documents following established conservation techniques, treatments and procedures; performs professional editing duties in the preparation and

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

Positions in this class with statewide program development responsibility may be found at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

Examples of Work:

(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)

Identifies, analyzes and indexes historic documents.
Packs, shelves, labels and inventories archival holdings.
Restores and preserves disintegrating records.
Interviews and advises users of archival holdings.
Solicits records of historic value.
Writes appraisal and restoration reports; writes historical notes and essays for publication.
Prepares answers to governmental staff and scholarly reference queries.
Plans procedures for the maintenance of documents; ensures the security and the appropriate environmental conditions of security stacks.
Supervises and evaluates performance of employees.
Performs a variety of conservation tasks including surface cleaning, humidification, flattening, repair with Japanese tissue and heat-set tissue, removal of pressure-sensitive tapes, reduction of stains, solubility testing, media stabilization, washing, deacidification and buffering of delicate media, compensation for losses, lining, encapsulation and limited treatment on non-paper materials.
Tests ink for feathering and/or coloring on documents before deacidification.
Repairs books from public and state collections including procedures such as recasing and resewing of text-blocks.
Constructs custom protective enclosures for rare/fragile materials.
Writes fully documented treatment proposals.
Calibrates, operates and maintains conservation lab equipment, such as a pH meter, hygrothermographs, water distiller, microscope, Wet To Soft Spray deacidification unit and light meters.
Participates in disaster recovery activities.
Assists in developing preservation literature and workshops and conducts conservation treatment workshops.
Advises in the development and teaching of new or refined document treatment techniques.
Determines the editorial method to be used for the publication of each document, including abstract summary form or verbatim transcription.
Edits each document; clarifies phraseology; supplies incomplete references and cites authenticity and related information.
Advises researchers and legal personnel regarding historical or genealogical research and supervises special research projects.
Advises and assists local government in the establishment and maintenance of archival programs.
Makes on-site visits to state agencies and local government to evaluate records identified as being of potential archival value.
Reviews and approves architectural plans and specifications submitted for historic grant projects.
Provides architectural counseling and historical evaluation to the historic preservation programs in South Carolina's ten regional planning districts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of archival theory, practice and research.
Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations affecting historic preservation.
Knowledge of South Carolina history and government organization.
Knowledge of conservation techniques and treatment proposals.
Knowledge of photographic conservation techniques.
Knowledge of paper chemistry and/or specialized document conservation treatments.
Knowledge of leafcasting.
Knowledge of journalistic principles and practices.
Knowledge of architectural history.
Skill in deciphering peculiar word usages and unusual calligraphy.
Ability to perform duties requiring superior manual dexterity.
Ability to perform book repair techniques.
Ability to write according to correct English usage and accepted standards.

State Minimum Training and Experience

State Necessary Special Requirements:

Selected positions in this class may require specific major course work within the required bachelor's degree.

Minimum Requirements:

(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)

A bachelor's degree and related professional experience or directly related course work.

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:

A bachelor's degree and one year professional experience or directly related course work.

MUSC Physical Requirements:

This classification is not currently used at MUSC. Please contact the Department of Human Resources for more information.


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