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Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

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Projected Annual Job Openings: Not Available

Typical Hourly Wage: $36.36 - $54.76

Typical Annual Salary: $75,600 - $113,900

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Typical education needed for entry: Master's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Conserve and preserve manuscripts, records, and other artifacts.
  • Gather historical data from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as collect data sources such as books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
  • Conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.
  • Research and prepare manuscripts in support of public programming and the development of exhibits at historic sites, museums, libraries, and archives.
  • Present historical accounts in terms of individuals or social, ethnic, political, economic, or geographic groupings.
  • Organize data, and analyze and interpret its authenticity and relative significance.
  • Conduct historical research, and publish or present findings and theories.
  • Research the history of a particular country or region, or of a specific time period.
  • Recommend actions related to historical art, such as which items to add to a collection or which items to display in an exhibit.
  • Determine which topics to research, or pursue research topics specified by clients or employers.

tools & technology

  • Inkjet printers
  • Microfiche or microfilm viewers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Scanners

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Document management software
  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Word processing software

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