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Project Archivists, The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives Deadline: April 17, 2020

19 Mar 2020 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Project Archivist, The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

Compensation:   $19.00 per hour plus the requisite benefits for summer contract employees

The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives holds a multi-media collection of historically significant records dating back to the 1700's relating to the church across Canada (and including our international missionary work).  The Archives reflects a busy environment located at the national office for the denomination, and serves researchers based around the world.  Every attempt will be made to offer the student a full professional experience.
Location    Toronto, Ontario
Description and Duties    

Note:  This project is contingent on our successful application for funding assistance through the Young Canada Works (YCW) in Heritage Organizations Programme.  Potential employees must be registered with the YCW Candidate Inventory List to be eligible for a position under this granting programme.  YCW requires that the student applicant be between 16 and 30 years of age as of the start date of the project, legally entitled to work in Canada and returning to school full-time in the fall.  Please go to in order to add your name to the YCW Candidates Inventory List.    

This project offers an excellent hands-on opportunity to do appraisal, arrangement, physical processing and description with textual records - as well as create an on-line website exhibit. Under the direction of the Archivist, the successful candidate will process 13 separate congregational fonds representing unique and historic congregations across the country.  Processing this collection will involve background research on each congregation, some appraisal of items (with Supervisor), arrangement, description using RAD, foldering, preventative conservation, and the creation of a finding aid for each congregational fonds.  The database software used is DBTextworks.  The student will also create a web exhibit on the history of one of the congregations - St. Paul's PC, Prince Albert, SK.  Steps for the exhibit will include:  researching the history of the congregation and community, selecting and scanning the graphics and documents to be used, layout and design work, and writing the narrative and captions.  The student will receive training on WordPress software as part of their skill development over the summer.  The new exhibit will go live by the end of the project.  Existing exhibits featuring records held in the Presbyterian Church Archives may be viewed at


The successful candidate will have completed one year of a degree in archival studies (returning to school full-time in the fall) or will have an undergraduate degree in a related field with the intent to further their education in archival studies full-time in the fall. 

The student should be familiar with: archival principles, appraisal/arrangement/description, RAD, current Copyright law, and the scanning process.  Demonstrated computer skills are required.  Familiarity with collections processing/management and website creation would be an asset.  

How to Apply:   Applicants should post, e-mail or fax a covering letter of application along with their resume (including three references) by Friday April 17, 2020 to:  

Kim Arnold, Archivist
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
50 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M3C  1J7
Fax:  (416) 441-2825

The Presbyterian Church in Canada promotes the principles of equality and we endeavor to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome applicants from all qualified individuals.

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