WCFTR Head Archivist Position Available


Head Film Archivist, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research

The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks an experienced moving image
archivist to oversee the film and video collections of the Wisconsin Center
for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR) and, in affiliation with the UW’s
School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), to teach one course
annually in archival theory and practice. The WCFTR is administered by
The UW Department of Communication Arts. In cooperation with the Wisconsin
Historical Society (WHS), the Center sustains one of the nation’s richest
archives in the performing arts, housed at the WHS Building.

SLIS is one of the nation’s top-ranked programs in library and information studies, and it offers archives specialization as an MA degree option http://www.slis.wisc.edu/ 


  • Acquisition, maintenance, and preservation of moving image collections
  • Facilitate research access to WCFTR- and WHS-owned film and video
  • collections
  • In coordination with WHS, oversee cataloguing and indexing of moving image
  • collections
  • Supervise student workers and rotating staff in handling WCFTR-related
  • reference requests
  • Participate in outreach efforts drawing from archival collections
  • Conduct training sessions in archival research and management for campus
  • users.
  • Assist in daily management of WCFTR office
  • Teach one foundational course annually in archival theory and practice in SLIS’s archives specialization. Engage in appropriate levels of student advising and curricular administration within SLIS.

For a complete description, please see:


Requirements: MA or MLS (or equivalent) in moving image archiving; or MLS
(or equivalent) in library and information studies (with archival emphasis)
and coursework in film/media studies; or MA (or equivalent) in film/mass
media studies with substantial archival training and experience.

Preferred qualifications: 2 to 5 years of archival experience with emphasis
in moving image archiving preferred. Expertise in moving image archiving
essential; expertise in manuscript and digital archiving also desirable.
Evidence of teaching ability essential; teaching experience desirable.

Application: Submit curriculum vitae, contact information for three
professional references, and cover letter highlighting appropriate training
and experience, including where applicable information relevant to teaching

Send material to the attention of

Mary Huelsbeck,
WCFTR Assistant Director,
via email to huelsbeck@wisc.edu;
or via USPS to

6039 Vilas Hall,
University of Wisconsin,
Madison WI 53706.

To assure consideration, all materials must be received by October 25, 2013.

The UW Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Unless
confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of
applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed
confidentiality. A criminal background check will be conducted
prior to hiring.