Full-time Archivist, with competitive salary, full health benefits, generous holiday and vacation
Starting date: mid-March, 2017
Sisters of Loretto Heritage Center, rural Marion County, Kentucky
Loretto Heritage Center Archives and Museum seeks a professionally trained archivist with well-honed skills across the full spectrum of archival functions. Beginning as Archivist under the Heritage Center Director, the successful candidate will have opportunity and encouragement to rapidly transition to full responsibility for the Archives by successfully meeting a wide range of archival challenges.
The Loretto Heritage Center, located in central Kentucky’s historic Catholic “Holy Land,” preserves and exhibits the documentary legacy of the Sisters of Loretto, a pioneering community of American Catholic sisters unique among American religious traditions. Loretto’s standing among centers of state and regional culture will give the Archivist of the Loretto Heritage Center ample opportunity to shape a long-term professional presence in the region.
The Loretto collections date from 1812, when three frontier women established a school and then a religious community among the first generation of Maryland settlers in Kentucky. The Archivist will have major responsibility for managing the institutional archives, manuscripts and personal papers, and photograph collections which span Loretto’s 200-year history of education and social justice advocacy.
In 2012 the Loretto Heritage Center moved into a newly designed space, including new stacks and an award-winning museum. Since 2012 archival staff, interns and volunteers have begun to describe and catalogue the collections into a digital catalogue for which the new Archivist will assume responsibility. The Archivist will also share duties as docent for the museum and will facilitate the use of archival holdings in the continuing development of exhibits and public programming for the region.
The Loretto Heritage Center Archives collaborates with the Kentucky Historical Society to make public the oral histories of individual Loretto members, documenting their contributions to the peace and justice movements of the latter half of the 20th century. The Archivist will assume responsibility for maintaining and adding to this oral history collection, making use of its recordings in appropriate venues, collecting and processing the personal papers of the individuals interviewed.