Boston, MA; Project Archivist, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum seeks a Project Archivist to catalogue archival collection material created, collected and assembled by museum founder, Isabella Stewart Gardner. This position is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for eighteen-months on a full time basis with benefits.

Reporting to the Archivist and the Curator of Collections, the Project Archivist will catalog 15th- 20th century correspondence, collected letters, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera and memorabilia in the collection management system (EmbARK) aided by legacy catalogues and indices. The Project Archivist will also assist with preparation for digitization, and make updates to the finding aid. The successful candidate will receive training on internal processes in support of the grant project.

Catalogs archival material into the collection management system, EmbARK.
Conducts location and provenance research in museum records.
Creates and updates finding aid in accordance with DACS.
Works collaboratively with interdisciplinary team.

Skills, Knowledge and abilities:
Attention to detail and accuracy.
Research and organizational skills.
Ability to prioritize and work with minimum supervision.
Knowledge of data standards such as VRACore, CDWA, CCO, DACS and controlled vocabularies.
Knowledge of art history/and or 19th and early 20th century American and European culture strongly preferred.
Knowledge of basic preservation practices.
Ability to work independently, climb ladders and lift forty pounds.
Ability and willingness to work with and be exposed to dust and mold.

Education and Requirements:
Current graduate student or Graduate of an Archives Management program or Masters in Library and Information Science program from an ALA- accredited program required.
A minimum of 3 years professional or related work experience required.
Experience with relational databases or a collection management system required.
Experience with EmbARK or TMS preferred.
Working knowledge of professional standards and best practices for archives.
Experience processing archival collections.
Experience with handwritten materials and familiarity with 19th and early 20th century collections.
Experience practicing safe handling of rare materials.
Availability for full time (40 hours per week) work for 18 consecutive months beginning July 2017.
Commitment to working with a diverse staff.
To Apply
Join our dedicated, talented team of employees, interns and volunteers, who are passionate about the work they do to support the Museum’s mission. To apply for this position, please use our online application. This is our preferred application method.

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The Gardner Museum is committed to affording equal opportunities to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disabilities, marital status or sexual orientation. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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