Digitization Assistant

Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia

Job Title: Digitization Assistant

Duration: 30 hours per week, Monday-Thursday

Start and End Dates: May 8, 2017 – August 3, 2017 (375 hours total)

Hourly Wage: $16.00/hour


Project Title:

The Fromson family letters


Project Description:

The Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia (JMABC), administered by the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia (JHSBC), is seeking a Digitization Assistant for the digitization of the Fromson family fonds. This project will commence May 8, 2017 and end August 3, 2017.


The Fromson family fonds [1930 – 1975] contains 45 cm of textual records and approximately 100 photographs. There are 150 letters, 100 assorted documents (including Ralph and Anne Fromson’s marriage certificate, postcards, invitations, and other ephemera), and 100 photographs:

Ralph Fromson joined the army and served in several branches across Canada, and was stationed in Regina from 1942-1945. Ralph writes of his experiences trying express his Judaism while in the army, including being billeted with Jewish and non-Jewish families, and connecting with his Christian bunkmates. Anne Fromson (nee Goldberg) came from a large family and struggled deeply with isolation and loneliness when her husband was away, often staying with extended family to lessen her burden. These family members were in some cases prominent members of the Jewish community, and Anne chronicles the private lives not often recorded. The family went on to be involved with Beth Israel synagogue in Vancouver for many years.



The ideal candidate for the Digitzation Assistant at the JMABC will have:

a demonstrated interest in working in an archival or heritage institution shown through previous volunteer or paid work experiences and/or an academic background in a related field such as history, anthropology, museum studies, library studies or archival studies. Preferences will be given to archival studies students;

-basic computer skills and will be comfortable working independently at a computer station. Experience working with databases such as AtoM (Access to Memory) will be considered an asset;

-experience with digitization and Adobe Photoshop will be considered an asset;

-experience with cataloguing and knowledge of Rules for Archival Description (RAD) will be considered an asset;

-excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal.


The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia advocates a barrier-free workplace and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.


The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia appreciate all those who apply; however, only those chosen for an interview will be notified.


Please submit a resume and cover letter by email by the application deadline 6pm, Sunday April 23rd, 2017. Attention: Alysa Routtenberg, Archivist – Email: