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Freelance Archivists for Processing Projects

The Archives of the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) in New York is looking for archivists for freelance processing projects.

The Leo Baeck Institute, located at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan, is an archival repository and library devoted to Jewish history and culture in German speaking lands from earliest times up to and through the Holocaust. The majority of our archival collections are from 1880 – 1940. You can learn more about the Leo Baeck Institute by accessing our website at

The freelance archivists will work in close coordination with our senior processing archivist and our head archivist. The tasks consist of processing archival collections, often the personal papers of German-Jewish families and individuals, according to standard archival practices and in-house conventions, and writing a finding aid.

Requirements: The Freelance Archivists must have an MLS degree from an accredited college, or be studying for it, or have equivalent professional experience in an archive. A strong reading knowledge of German is absolutely necessary. In addition, the Freelance Archivists should have a basic knowledge of the history of Jews in Germany and Austria; and should be able to handle the lifting of boxes equal to 30 lbs.

We have several small and mid-size archival collections and will negotiate a price for each assigned project. Work hours are flexible within our office hours, Mondays to Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm and Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm. Work hours can be accommodated according to the candidate’s schedule and based on Covid restrictions.

To apply, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Archivist & Head of Public Outreach Michael Simonson at