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Monday, July 20, 2009

TEMP - Achives Assistants - Guggenheim Museum


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is seeking two temporary Archives Assistants. As members of the Library and Archives Department, these NHPRC grant-funded 18 month positions will be part of a project team responsible for arrangement and description of the Hilla Rebay records, James Johnson Sweeney records and Exhibition records within the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives collection. The Archives Assistants will also play integral roles in digitization of select record series within these and the Reel to Reel collection. The Archives Assistants positions will be located at our Brooklyn Army Terminal location and report to the Manager of Library and Archives.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods. The Guggenheim realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and partnerships. With nearly three million annual visitors worldwide, the Guggenheim and its network is one of the most visited cultural institutions in the world.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

There are no direct reports associated with these positions.

Key Responsibilities:

    • Arrange and describe Hilla Rebay records, James Johnson Sweeney records and Exhibition records.
    • Work with Processing Archivist to prepare descriptive inventory (historical note, scope and content note, series descriptions, box/folder listing) using word processing software and EAD (Encoded Archival Description).
    • Identify records requiring basic preservation measures. Work with museum staff to develop and enact conservation plans.
    • Digitize historic records according to established procedures.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

    • ALA-accredited MLS with an archival specialization.
    • Previous experience processing archives collections.
    • Knowledge of archives terminology and standards including DA:SC. EAD knowledge a plus.
    • Knowledge of 20th century art.
    • Excellent oral and written communication, organizational, interpersonal, planning, analytical, and conceptual skills
    • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds

Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to These are funded positions so salary has already been established. Indicate the job title “Archives Assistant” in the subject line. Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Originally posted on a library school listserv.