Curatorial Research Volunteer


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


5401 Woodward AvenueDetroit, MI 48202


This position is located at our Collections Resource Center at Historic Fort Wayne

Assist the Society’s Curatorial department by guaranteeing factual accuracy and quality of our Encyclopedia of Detroit, housed on our organization’s website. Volunteers in this role will collaborate with Curatorial staff to update encyclopedia articles into a trustworthy source; ensuring the accuracy of the content by conducting research utilizing trusted sources. Volunteers will primarily conduct research in this role.

This is a great work-from-home volunteer opportunity for retired (history) teachers with a passion for research and keen writing skills!


  • Review articles by fact-checking information provided;
  • Conduct extensive research to assist in identifying factual material;
  • Draft revisions of articles in Chicago-style format;
  • Assist in identifying articles that require updating;
  • Utilize PastPerfect Online in order to provide a cross-reference, connecting articles to artifacts in inventory;
  • Access to the internet and Microsoft Office (if working remotely);
  • Assist with other writing projects, as needed.


This is a term-limited role lasting for approximately 4 months (16 weeks) in length. All volunteers must have the ability to provide a minimum of 4-8 hours per week for 16 weeks. There are no exceptions.

There will be a 1-month trial period for this volunteer position (average 1-3 articles). DHS will work with each volunteer to assign duties that are the best fit for our needs and each individual interest level.


  • Intermediate computer skills;
  • Maintain the ability to follow precise directions;
  • Possess competency in editing and research skills;
  • Efficiency in spelling, grammar and have great writing skills;
  • Familiarity in Chicago-style writing;
  • Maintain the ability to work individually and as part a team environment.


When working onsite, volunteers should expect a predominately intimate and quiet working environment. This volunteer position is located in a warehouse setting while working in a generally solitary role. All onsite work will be performed in a typical clerical/office work environment.


While performing the duties of this role, the volunteer will spend time sitting and reading. When working onsite, length of time for each shift will be established between the volunteer and Society staff in advance for efficient scheduling; although, for this role, the volunteer may choose to work remotely.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this volunteer role.


Volunteers will receive on-the-job training in preferred fact-checking/research policies and procedures and on the PastPerfect database from our Collections and Exhibitions department.


  • History
  • Data Entry
  • Research
  • Administrative Support

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Maximum 4 months of volunteer service

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