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Disclaimer: This volunteer position requires an application that will be provided by the Dallas Jewish Historical Society once we receive notification of your interest in volunteering. Please read the full description carefully.
What is a comprehensive inventory?
It is a process, and ultimately a document, used in museums and archives to verify the locations of boxes/collections/objects that make up a collection. Each box, and every item within each box, is cross-referenced against existing records. This allows us to verify that everything is where it says it is, improve our internal records, and update/create records as needed. The word "comprehensive" may sound daunting, but the great thing is-the inventory process can easily be broken down into manageable chunks.
This position will report to the DJHS Archivist, but will occasionally also assist the Executive Director and Administrative Assistant with various clerical tasks. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Dallas Jewish community, while earning experience in a nonprofit setting!
Comprehensive Inventory volunteers will play an integral role within the organization - to assist in the continued organization and accessibility of our extensive and diverse collection. This is a hands-on position that will require a combination of sitting and standing, as well as some lifting and moving of boxes weighing up to 50 pounds. Training will be provided for all tasks and assignments, so no previous archives experience is required. However, we do recommend the following:
- strong organizational skills
- strong attention to detail
- proficiency with Microsoft Office
- an interest in history, historical preservation and/or collections management
Duties will include:
- Verifying storage locations of boxes and objects by cross-referencing existing records/inventories
- Taking detailed notes when there are discrepancies
- Creating accession and item numbers, as needed, in collaboration with the archivist
- Creating or updating box labels
- Updating storage locations in a digital database
- Photographing or scanning of objects and documents, as needed
We require a commitment for a minimum 3 months, with no less than 4 hours per week. Volunteer hours must be served in increments of no less than 2 hours. Each volunteer opportunity is unique and specific projects will be based on the experience, education, and interests of each applicant. Please contact our Volunteer Director and Archivist, Jessica Schneider, to find out more about the application, interview and scheduling process.
Background of the organization:
The Dallas Jewish Historical Society works to collect and preserve the papers, photographs, and artifacts that illustrate the history of the Jewish community in Dallas. We strive to keep the past alive through innovative programming, community outreach, and by making our collections accessible to our patrons and researchers. Our archive includes textual documents, maps, photographs, slides, artwork, objects, textiles, and an extensive oral history collection in various formats from vinyl to digital. Programs include the Lecture Series, the Oral History Program, Historic Bus Tours, and Photo Socials.
Our community engagement efforts and daily tasks result in a surplus of projects that include everything from filing to data entry, to research, to occasional editing and revision of outgoing communications.
We'll work with your schedule.
7900 Northaven RoadDallas, TX 75230
- Data Entry
- Reading / Writing
- People 55+
- Orientation or Training
- Minimum 3 months, no less than 4 hours/week