Elkhart, Indiana

Archives Assistant

Mennonite Church Archives -- Elkhart, Indiana

1- or 2-year term
Ages 20+
Mennonite Voluntary Service




The Archives Assistant will help facilitate the daily operations of the denominational archives and records management center.  He/she is responsible for providing reference assistance, assisting with the arrangement and description of historical records, performing general clerical work, and managing statistical information about archival operations.


Provide reference assistance.

  • Register new archives users and greet returning archives users.
  • Interpret archival finding aids to answer archives users' questions.
  • Retrieve desired materials for archives users.
  • Respond efficiently and effectively to users contacting the archives by phone, email, fax, or post.
  • Provide accurate information about archives hours and policies.
  • Perform on-demand scanning for remote patrons.


Assist with arrangement and description of historical records.

  • Retrieve and assemble unprocessed materials for review.
  • Rebox materials into document cases and records cartons.
  • Refolder materials in damaged folders; folder unfoldered materials.
  • Label folders and boxes.
  • Create box and folder inventories in online finding aid database.
  • Assign shelf locations to newly processed materials and record in database.


Perform general clerical duties and other duties as assigned.

  • Assist with scanning, digitization, and/or preservation projects.
  • Assist with reshelving projects and update locations in database.
  • Maintain paper and electronic files pertaining to archival operations.
  • Compile statistics of collection use, researcher visits and other archival metrics.
  • Dispose of recycling and trash as needed.

Leadership and communication skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Multi-task, self-manage, and problem-solve. Adaptability and prioritization are imperative.
  • Anti-racism training a plus.
  • Reading knowledge and/or conversational skills in Spanish or in German a plus.

Technical skills and education

  • B.A., preferably in History, Religion, Spanish or German.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.
  • Strong skills in communicating via phone and email.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated experience with online searching in a library or archives environment.
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds unassisted.

 Program info



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 Program site



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