I’m relocating to New Hampshire in a few weeks and I'll be leaving Historic Charleston Foundation after 17 years as the Archivist/Librarian. HCF will be looking to hire a new person soon. Briefly, HCF’s Archives isn’t traditional; in fact, I’ve set it up as a “hybrid,” incorporating library practices with archival.  Also the scope of the collections is largely historic buildings and historic preservation. I serve about 600 researchers a year in-person and via phone and email, including HCF preservation and other staff members, owners of historic homes, architects, undergrad/grad students, realtors, etc.  I also field many inquiries from other types of researchers with questions about Charleston history, genealogy, etc., so providing reference services is also a big part of the job. Aside from the rewarding work itself, the perks are very nice, e.g., relative autonomy, 35-hour work week, alternate Fridays off, good benefits (health insurance/retirement), parking, and one of the best views in Charleston!


I want to do all I can to help ensure the continued success of the Archives so I’ve reached out to the Charleston archival community and now to the broader SC community to let y’all know that the position will be open and, hopefully, announced soon. To let HCF know of your interest in the position, please send an email to Kerry Erlanger at kerlanger@historiccharleston.org. You can also check HCF's website periodically or consider subscribing to HCF's newsletter, although I’m not sure when or where else it will be advertised. 


Many thanks,

Karen Emmons