What is an Archivist?


Archivist Job Description

Archivists are responsible for appraising, acquiring, describing, preserving and facilitating access to records that have a permanent value. They work with records throughout their entire lifecycle, and oversee their disposal or retention in an archive.



Job Duties

• Oversee and provide advice about the development of reliable record making and record keeping systems        

• Supervise and direct the work of graduate students, interns, assistant and other personnel

• Generate public awareness of the records by conducting outreach activities

• Authenticate records and their production

• Design and direct research projects related to archived records

• Develop and manage preservation systems for digital records

• Facilitate access to records by arranging and describing them properly

• Locate, acquire and preserve valuable records and perform subsequent research



Scholarships for Becoming an Archivist

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as an Archivist. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our History Scholarships page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for getting into this field. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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