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michigan State univerSity
Director, University Archives & Historical Collections
University Archives & Historical Collections
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University (MSU) seeks a Director of the University Archives & Historical Collections
(UAHC), starting January 3, 2008. The UAHC is chartered by the MSU Board of Trustees to act as the
institutional memory through the preservation of and access to University historical and business records.
In this capacity, UAHC is assuming an increasing leadership role in developing the University’s policies
and practices for managing digital records and objects. MSU is engaged in a major project to upgrade
its enterprise business systems, and UAHC staff are involved, working to ensure that the University’s
information systems and related business processes provide appropriate records management and archival
functionality. The Director will have a unique opportunity to contribute key leadership to a major research
university’s initiative in emerging methods for electronic records management and archiving.
The UAHC also collects and preserves materials of historical value not directly relating to University
history. These materials comprise the Historical Collections and cover areas of local, regional, national
and international interest, from the papers of Michigan politicians to the diaries of Civil War soldiers. The
UAHC supports the University's missions of teaching, research and public service through outreach and
engagement by making its collections available to faculty, student and guest researchers, and by supporting
instruction and scholarship in a variety of ways.
The Director of the UAHC reports to the Vice Provost for Libraries, Computing and Technology, who is in
the role of the University’s CIO. The Director will be responsible for the operations of the UAHC, including
obtaining new materials, developing and directing grant proposals, budgeting and budget management,
managing the staff, working with development staff to build external support for the UAHC, personal
research, and continuing the national and international leadership of the UAHC in the field of records and
archival management. The Director will be expected to possess and exercise management competencies
facilitating effective collaboration with other University academic and support units in achieving the goals
of both the University and the UAHC, as well as effective management of the UAHC and its staff and other
The UAHC holds over 30,000 cubic feet of records, over 1,000 private collections, more than 100,000
photographic images, more than a million photographic negatives, thousands of movie films, videos, and
other visual materials. The UAHC maintains an oral history of the University started in 1999. This project
continues and has to date conducted over 100 interviews that have been transcribed and indexed.
Michigan State University is a pioneer land grant AAU research institution, with over 45,000 students,
over 2,400 ranked faculty, located on more than 5,000 acres. The University provides a competitive benefit
program, 22 days of vacation, and 6 University vacation days.
Salary will depend on experience and qualifications. A joint faculty appointment in an academic department
may be possible. Desired starting date is January 3, 2008. Further information on the Michigan State
University Archives & Historical Collections can be found at http://www.archives.msu.edu.
All applicants who wish to be considered for the position must submit a CV, a letter highlighting their
interest and qualifications pertinent to the position, and at least three references with contact information.
Send materials to:
Chair, Search Committee for UAHC Director
c/o Office of the Vice Provost for Libraries, Computing and Technology
400 Computer Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages
applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and person with disabilities.