Researches, analyzes, records, and interprets 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and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.
This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.
A person in this career:
- Conserves and preserves manuscripts, records, and other artifacts.
- Gathers historical data from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as from books, pamphlets, and periodicals.
- Conducts historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.
- Researches and prepares manuscripts in support of public programming and the development of exhibits at historic sites, museums, libraries, and archives.
- Presents historical accounts in terms of individuals or social, ethnic, political, economic, or geographic groupings.
- Organizes data, and analyzes and interprets its authenticity and relative significance.
- Conducts historical research, and publishes or presents findings and theories.
- Researches the history of a particular country or region, or of a specific time period.
- Recommends actions related to historical art, such as which items to add to a collection or which items to display in an exhibit.
- Determines which topics to research, or pursues research topics specified by clients or employers.