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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

P/T - Temp Asst Archivist, Whitney (NY)

Temporary Assistant Archivist, Part-Time

  • New York, NY
  • Temporary
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Entry Level
Reporting to the Managing Archivist, this Temporary Assistant Archivist will arrange, describe, and re-house of a unique collection of artists’ material that includes artist publications, press clippings, ephemera, correspondence, artifacts and realia. The position will also involve periodic discussions with the donor of the collection. This is a part-time, 2-days-a-week, temporary (4 month) position for a temporary assistant archivist, available to begin in February 2020. The goal of the project is to make the collection accessible and available for researchers.

  • Arrange and rehouse the collection, following archival best practices in consultation with archivists and conservators
  • 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 Microsoft Excel and ArchivesSpace
  • Monitor the Library reading room and assist with archival appointments

  • 1 to 2 years of experience working in an archival setting preferred. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival best practices and standards, such as DACS
  • Experience with 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 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.

EEO Statement
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.   

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