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Thursday, January 12, 2017

F/T - Project Archivist, Whitney Museum of Art (NY)

Project Archivist
(6 month position)

Reporting to the Director of Research Resources and the Archives Manager, the Project Archivist will work to arrange, re-house, and describe a discreet collection of archival material relating to a prominent twentieth-century American artist. The archival collection is comprised primarily of materials created and collected by the artist, including correspondence, notebooks, illustrations, news clippings, photographs, and other material. The goal of the project is to make the collection accessible and available for researchers in a timely manner. This is a six-month, temporary position and is full-time.

- Survey, arrange, and describe the collection, following archival best practices in consultation with archivists 
- Implement preservation strategies for the handling and storage of fragile materials, identifying items within the collection that may require additional attention. 
- Catalog and describe the collection, using TMS (The Museum System), and ArchivesSpace
- Research artist biography and provide contextual information in archival description
- Perform other related duties, as required

- Master’s Degree in Library Science, Archives, or related field
- 2 years of relevant professional experience
- Demonstrated knowledge of archival best practices and standards, such as DACS
- Experience with TMS, ArchivesSpace, and/or Archivist’s Toolkit 
- Familiarity with archival housing and preservation
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively with excellent time management skills
- Knowledge of and interest in 20th century art

About the Department
The Research Resources department provides access to primary resources, published resources, and other research material relating to the Museum’s support of American art and artists through its history, collections, and programming.

About the Whitney
The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today. 

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment. 

How to Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to: and state “Project Archivist” in the subject line.  The Museum offers a generous benefit package.