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CONTRACTUAL-Staff Researcher

Staff Researcher

Recruitment #14-999999-998


As the historical agency for Maryland, the State Archives is the central depository for government records of permanent value.  Records date from the founding of the Maryland Colony in 1634 to the present day.  The State Archives identifies, appraises, acquires, describes, preserves, and makes physically and electronically available (in a secure and dynamic environment) the permanent records of Maryland’s past, while providing reliable current information to citizens and public officials for the better administration of Maryland government and understanding of Maryland history.  The Archives describes Maryland state, county, and municipal government agencies, and their origin, functions, structure, personnel, historical evolution, reports, and other aspects of Maryland and its history; and encourages the study of Maryland government and history.  The agency also serves as the custodian of the state's fine art collections.


$9.15 to $11.83 hourly


Annapolis, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

This position is for an intern to serve as staff researcher for the Maryland State Archives project, Finding the Maryland 400. The project examines the military and peacetime careers of members of the First Maryland Regiment during the American Revolution. These men were Maryland's first war heroes, the men who held off the British at the Battle of Brooklyn (sometimes called the Battle of Long Island) in 1776 and allowed the rest of the Continental Army to escape. The incumbent will research and write biographies of these soldiers to be published online, utilizing a wide range of primary and secondary sources. Biographies will explore soldiers' military service, as well as their lives before and after the war, and place them into historical context. Incumbent will also maintain and regularly update the project's research blog with posts about the project, biographical subjects, and historical topics. This is a grant-funded, 35 hours per week position, which will last approximately six months. There is the potential for additional funding which will extend the position. To learn more, see the project website:


  • Research and write online biographies of members of the First Maryland Regiment.
  • Maintain and regularly update research blog.
  • Respond to related research inquiries and directives as needed.

    Possession of a bachelor's degree in history or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university.


    Applicants must submit a sample of academic writing to display a strong writing ability for content, clarity, and grammar.


    Applicants with at least 3 credits hours of coursework in the areas of colonial, Revolutionary, early-National eras and/or Maryland history
    One year professional experience in a position researching and documenting the areas of colonial, Revolutionary, early-National eras and/or Maryland history
    are preferred.


    Current Maryland students and undergraduate or graduate students who have graduated within the last two years are encouraged to apply.
    Applicants will only be considered with the submission of a Maryland State application, an academic writing sample and a current transcript. Only applicants who meet the minimum education and experience requirements will be considered for appointment.  Although the preferred qualifications are desired, they are not required to be considered for appointment. Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, if necessary) to show that you meet the minimum education and experience requirements.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  Information submitted after deadline will not be considered.  Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified.


    Job opportunities within the Maryland State Archives are now accessible through JobAps, the Statewide Recruitment, Examination and Applicant Tracking System.  The online application process is STRONGLY preferred.   By using the department filter and highlighting “State Archives”, you can view all active recruitments within the agency.  First-time users can register for an account by selecting a position to apply for, choosing “I am a new user” at the bottom, then keying in the necessary fields.  Click hereto apply.  If online access is not available, you may submit a paper application and resume, to: Maryland State Archives 350 Rowe Blvd, Room 245 Annapolis, Maryland  21401 Attn:  Teresa Fawley or or FAX:  410-974-3895.  All materials must include the applicant's name and the job number and must be received by 5:00 p.m. of the closing date.

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