project archivist resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Social entrepreneur with deep convictions about the importance of meaning, ideas, and history in our personal and communal lives. Logistical, detail oriented archivist with 50 years of experience in the scholarly and rare book trade; and 10 years of experience in archival management and storage. In-depth awareness of the importance of the safeguarding and transmission of institutional and community memory and stories. A community vision holder and tenacious advocate, with outstanding conceptual, research and documentation skills for project management. Loves working with, and supporting the cultivation of the talents of a team.

  • Strategic plan implementation
  • Collection and concept management
  • Communication skills for supporting project momentum and direction
  • Documentation, research and data base skills
  • Keeping records and developing reports
  • Partnering with team members to implement initiatives and objectives over the long term
Project Archivist, 07/2021 - Current
American Museum Of Natural History New York, NY,

Although I am not a professionally trained archivist, there is a significant overlap between the skills needed for management and organization of used and rare book collections and the archival materials that often accompany them. I have had various roles in a number of community, organizational and personal archive projects over the last 10 years including:

  • Preserving Historic Dinkytown (co-founder and project manager)
  • Dinkytown Business Association (board member and secretary)
  • Oberholtzer Foundation Archives Committee (member and annual work team)
  • Archaeus Project archives (assistant)
  • Bushaway Task Force and Neighborhood Alliance archives (documentation)

I am currently working on three main projects:

  • Literary estate executor and archival assistant to Nor Hall, archetypal psychologist and author of a number of books in the field.
  • Ongoing development of the Preserve Historic Dinkytown archives, for placement in the Community Archives collection at the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Archives; and
  • The Hong Kierkegaard Library archive project has provided an opportunity to engage more deeply in formal archiving skills, such as framework, system and finding aid development; material and data base management. I have particularly enjoyed the opportunity to develop an historic curatorial record of the library for the archive.
Founding Partner, 1976 - Current
The Book House In Dinkytown City, STATE, Bushawaynal life in buying, selling and appraising academic books and collections. The Book House in Dinkytown was established in 1976. It is located in the historic commercial district on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota campus. In 2026, our 50th anniversary, the Book House will pass into the hands of the next generation. My current activities are focused primarily on literary estates, archives and appraisals.

I have been privileged to evaluate a number of remarkable collections, including the libraries of mythologists Maria Gimbutas and Joseph Campbell which established the Opus Archives at Pacifica Institute, Carpentaria, CA; historian of physics Dr. Roger Stuewer, donated to the University of Minnesota; Dr. Paul Holmer’s philosophy collection, donated to Gustavus Adolphus College; and the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College for which I have served as principal appraiser since 1976.

Public Service Volunteer, 06/1983 - 03/2023
Citizen Advocacy And Appointments , , Olafsota Environmental Quality Board, serving two terms as one of the citizen members of the state level board, with 9 state agency commissioners (2014-2022).
Community Organizing and Strategic Planning, 02/1995 - 03/2023
Various Organizations City, STATE,

Each of my many projects through the years have arisen out of commitment to community. An ethos of public service was instilled by my parents, my education at St. Olaf; and my Humphrey School master's degree work in public engagement and planning "For the Common Good".

As an organizer I have helped to shape community responses to controversial issues such as nuclear waste and weapons, transmission lines, frac sand mining, and the protection of historic district resources.

My singular observation is that in order to move forward through such challenges, successful communities and institutions turn to their history to find meaning and common ground for the work ahead. This is one of the reasons that archives are so important. They hold a past, that is key to the future.

Education and Training
Master of Arts: Public Engagement And Planning, Expected in 02/2006
Humphrey School of Public Affairs - University Of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN,
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  • Asset Based Community Development training ABCD Institute Northwestern University 2005.
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology And Sociology of Creativity, Expected in 06/1993
OberholtzerTollefsonSt. Olaf College (Class of 1974) - Northfield, MN
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School Attended

  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • OberholtzerTollefsonSt. Olaf College (Class of 1974)

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  • Project Archivist
  • Founding Partner
  • Public Service Volunteer
  • Community Organizing and Strategic Planning


  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts

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