We are also very appreciative of those who volunteer their time and talents to the Austin History Center. For those who choose to contribute to the community by being one of our volunteers, we offer a variety of volunteer positions. Our volunteers do preservation photocopying, data entry, phase box construction, oral history transcription, arranging and describing manuscript collections, map encapsulation, and processing materials to add to the Austin Files, to name just a few tasks.
To volunteer, you will have to complete a APL Volunteer Application found on the Austin Public Library's Volunteer Program page. Austin History Center volunteers are requested to work 2-10 hours per week with a regular schedule for a minimum of 3 months. Hours can be worked during any of the History Center’s public hours.
Available Volunteer Opportunities:
LGBTQ Collections Volunteer: The LGBTQ Collections Volunteer will be responsible for collection development work focusing on LGBTQ community members, businesses, organizations, and events. Duties will also include research projects, outreach events, and assorted processing/cataloging work. Candidates should have a background/interest in LGBTQ history and current events, and strong communication and organizational skills.
- African American Community Archives Volunteer: Our African American Community Archivist is looking for a volunteer to assist with administrative tasks to help promote our African American collections. Duties include data entry, file organization, and assisting with marketing and outreach. Candidates should have strong writing and organizational skills with a background in African American history.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who have contributed their time and effort to the Austin History Center over the years. Take a look at this Volunteer Milestones tracker to see just how many hours have been committed. If you have any additional questions about volunteering with the Austin History Center, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ayshea Khan at firstname.lastname@example.org.