DATE ENTERED: March 28, 2019
POSITION: Manuscripts and Special Collections Librarian
LOCATION: The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington, DC
APPLY BY: No date specified

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, a non-profit membership organization, has an immediate, full-time opportunity for a Manuscripts and Special Collections Librarian to manage the manuscript collection as well as digitization projects related to the manuscript and other special collections.

The National Headquarters located across from the Ellipse, near the White House, at 1776 D Street, is well known as the home of Constitution Hall and Memorial Continental Hall, both National Historic Landmarks.  It includes the DAR Library, one of the nation's premier genealogical research centers, and is ranked as one of the most important national institutions based on the uniqueness of sources. Many thousands of volumes of genealogical compilations, record abstracts, and other materials such as family histories, cemetery record transcriptions, and Bible records are available only at the DAR Library.

Essential Responsibilities Include:

  • Processes new manuscript collections and manages existing collection.
  • Oversees the overall maintenance and condition of the Library Manuscript and Special collections.
  • Assists with Library digitization projects.
  • Assists researchers at the Library Reference Desk on a regular basis.
  • Oversees donation process for potential acquisitions process of manuscript materials.


  • MLS / MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Minimum of 1-3 years experience processing and cataloging archival and manuscript collections in a Special Library setting or similar environment required.
  • Experience with digital images and the digitization process preferred.
  • Working knowledge of current trends and developments in cataloging and metadata standards including knowledge and use of cataloging software required.
  • Knowledge of genealogical research skills and best practices is required.
  • General professional knowledge of library policies and practices, including materials selection and collection development, information tools and searching techniques required.
  • Experience with customer service in a library or similar setting is required
  • Experience working in reference services in a Special Library setting preferred.
  • High proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively; and to manage interruptions and shifting priorities and schedules.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent planning, analytical, and organizational skills.

This position works full-time (40 hours per week), Tuesday through Saturday schedule.

This position works at the NSDAR headquarters in Washington, D.C. Relocation assistance is not provided. First preference will be given to local/regional candidates.

For more information about the DAR Library and other programs and activities please visit our website at

Submission Requirements:

Please send a cover letter and resume or application outlining your qualifications and skills for the position along with salary requirements to:

Attention:  Human Resources Director
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
1776 D St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20006-5303
E-mail: [email protected]   
Fax: 202-737-5702