Volunteer and Staff Opportunities

Volunteers are needed for events and in the library and archives. For information about volunteering please reach out to us through the form on our Contact Us page.

Staff Positions Available


Chicago Hellfire Club Processing Archivist (Temporary PT)


Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, Illinois

Time Frame

June 2019 – December 2019


$15 per hour


On average 15 hours per week for 24 weeks (360 hours total)

Flexible hours between 9 AM-5 PM, Tuesday-Sunday (-7 PM Thursday-Friday).

Reports to

LA&M Archivist and Collections Librarian

Job Description

The Leather Archives & Museum is seeking a temporary processing archivist to appraise, process, and create a preservation plan for the Chicago Hellfire Club Collection. The archivist will also research and create a display featuring the collection for a Chicago Hellfire Club event in August 2019.

The Chicago Hellfire Club (CHC) is a gay men’s social organization that provides education and opportunities to adult men who share an interest in S/M. CHC was founded in 1971 and incorporated as the Fireside Club, Ltd in 1989. The CHC archival collection is housed on loan at the Leather Archives & Museum. The CHC Preservation Committee coordinates with the LA&M on storage, processing, and other decisions regarding the CHC Collection.


  • Master of Library and Information Science or Archival Studies (preferred)
  • Demonstrated experience in archival processing and records appraisal (preferred)
  • Experience or education in digital preservation
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Strong communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to life 40 lbs. and meet other physical demands of the position.
  • Ability to sit and perform repetitive motion activities using a keyboard and monitor for long periods of time.

Organizational Background

Founded in 1991, the Leather Archives and Museum is dedicated to making leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish accessible through research, preservation, education and community engagement. Over the last 27 years, the Leather Archives & Museum has become recognized worldwide as a significant center for sexuality research. Our museum galleries serve to present educational and historical material that highlights the silent histories of marginalized and under-represented communities.

The LA&M is recognized by the IRS as a charity under the 501 c (3) provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Nearly all income is derived from members of the Leather/Kink/BDSM/Fetish communities.

The Leather Archives & Museum is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or veteran status.



The LA&M facilities are not ADA compliant. Personnel must be able to negotiate stairs, stand, sit, lift up to 40 lb, and operate a computer.


How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and current resume by 6/1/2019 to the LA&M archivist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.