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Buffalo State College: College Archivist

Buffalo State College E. H. Butler Library

College Archivist

E. H. Butler Library seeks a talented and collaborative archivist to administer and manage the Archives & Special Collections area, and to participate in its associated educational programs. The successful candidate will be expected to provide leadership in areas of cooperative programs and digitization of records and collections. The college archival program is central to the mission of Buffalo State, keeping records for students, faculty and the administration to preserve the history of the college. The Archives & Special Collections area consists of 52 collections, including the Buffalo Courier-Express Library Collection, the Fronczak Collection, the Tom Fontana Collection, and a local history and student research paper collection. Archives & Special Collections works closely with the Monroe Fordham Regional History Center and the Museum Studies Program, providing undergraduate and graduate internships. This position currently supervises two full-time positions.

Essential Functions:

  • Direct, organize, and manage Archives and Special Collections in accordance with current archival standards and best practices, state law and guidelines, and U.S. copyright law.
  • Provide clear vision and strong leadership to acquire, maintain, and preserve collections.
  • Oversee collection processing, preservation, and digitization.
  • Develop fund raising opportunities and actively seek grant support.
  • Explore digital initiatives and manage the Archives & Special Collections Web site
  • Collaborate with the Monroe Fordham Regional History Center and provide internship opportunities, teaching and learning experiences within the Museum Studies Program.
  • Participate on library, college, and SUNY-wide committees.

Required Qualifications:

ALA accredited MLS, or Masters in History with concentration in archival studies. Experience with archival collections. Experience with archival administration and supervision. Familiarity with records analysis, archival accessioning, collection processing, and electronic records management. Demonstrated knowledge of national standards and current trends in the creation of digital records for archives and special collections material and knowledge of the preservation of digital content. Ability to work successfully with a diverse community of students, staff, faculty and researchers.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 years experience in college or university archives.
  • Teaching experience in an undergraduate setting. Successful grant writing experience or participation in successful grant writing activity. Digital project management experience. Digital archives experience.

Persons selected for interviews for the position will be expected to make a public presentation on a topic of interest in the archival field.

Buffalo State College is the largest comprehensive college in the State University of New York system enrolling about 9000 undergraduates and 2000 graduate students. It is noted for significant research and robust sponsored program activity. The campus is located in a lively neighborhood in the heart of the cultural district of the second largest city in New York State. For a detailed look at the college please consult the Web site at

To apply for the position of College Archivist, please send a letter of application indicating how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, a resume, and the names and addresses of three (3) references to:


Mrs. Gail M. Marinaccio, Chair
College Archivist Search Committee
E. H. Butler Library
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Buffalo State College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution that subscribes to all federal, state, and SUNY legal requirements and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or marital or veteran status.

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