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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

F/T - Manuscripts and Reference Archivist - Museum of the City of NY

Manuscripts and Reference Archivist: Museum of the
City of New York

From: "Lacy Schutz" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:34:36 -0400
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Manuscripts and Reference Archivist

The Museum of the City of New York embraces the past, present, and
future of New York City and celebrates the city's heritage of diversity,
opportunity, and perpetual transformation. It does so through a lively
schedule of exhibitions, public and school programs, publications, and

The Museum of the City of New York seeks a Manuscripts and Reference
Archivist to arrange, describe, and care for a collection of manuscripts
and ephemera related to the history of New York City, as well as
facilitate and / or fulfill research requests for this and associated


*        Oversee a large collection of 17th through 20th century
manuscripts, ephemera and, associated material, including, but not
limited to, letters, scrapbooks, invitations, souvenirs, menus, business
records, etc.

*        Introduce current standards of intellectual and physical
control over collections and create finding aids, guides, and / or
object cataloging as appropriate.

*        Appraise collections for content and condition in the context
of the Museum's greater mission and collections policies.

*        Respond to research and reference requests from the public and
from staff for this and other Museum collections.

*        Related duties as assigned.


*        Master's degree in Library Science, and / or an advanced
degree in History with an emphasis in archival studies.

*        Three years minimum professional (post-grad) experience
working with archival collections.

*        Demonstrated ability to respond to reference requests and work
with the public in a service capacity.

*        Knowledge of New York City history.

*        Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

*        Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.

*        Ability to appraise content and make judgments and
recommendations about materials.

*        Knowledge of current conservation and preservation methods for
paper objects.

*        Flexible, reliable, and detail-oriented.

*        Experience with grant-writing and identifying funding sources


The Museum offers an attractive comprehensive benefits package including
a defined benefit pension plan. Salary range - high 40s to low 50s,
depending on experience.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to The Museum
of the City of New York
, Attention: Human Resources Department, 1220
Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029 or email to The Museum
of the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer.