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Dallas Jewish Historical Society

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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


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!

Oral History Transcription volunteers will play an integral role within the organization - to assist in the continued organization and accessibility of our extensive oral history collection. This position is largely sedentary will require sitting for extended periods. Assignments for this position can be completed remotely when arranged with the Volunteer Director. Training will be provided for all tasks and assignments, so no previous experience is required. However, we do recommend the following:

  • strong organizational skills
  • strong attention to detail
  • proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe products
  • willingness to learn new procedures and software programs
  • an interest in history, historical preservation and/or collections management

Duties will include:

  • Watching and/or listening to existing oral history interviews
  • Typing each word and associated punctuation as it stated in the interview
  • Pausing, rewinding, and restarting video repeatedly to ensure accuracy
  • Research to verify the spellings of geographical locations, historical events, and names
  • Creating summaries of each oral history upon completion of each transcript
  • Creating catalog records for each oral history
  • Creating finding aids for each oral history
  • Saving each transcript and associated records in the appropriate location


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.

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7900 Northaven RoadDallas, TX 75230



  • Data Entry
  • Organization
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Reading / Writing
  • Critical Thinking


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum of 3 months, no less than 3 hours per week

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