Archivist (temporary position), Pritzker Architecture Prize


The Pritzker Architecture Prize, the renowned international award granted yearly to a living architect in recognition of a body of built work, is seeking an archivist to organize the institutional archives of the prize and help establish the long-term policies for the collection and its care. The 40-hour/week position is estimated to last 10 months and will be based in Chicago, Illinois.

The archivist will survey the holdings (which include approximately 100 boxes of paper documents, photos, slides, videos, some digital materials, books, articles, etc.), arrange and describe the collection, making sure that it is housed according to proper archival standards, and create a finding aid following established archival standards which will allow the easy access (electronically) and retrieval of materials.


  • Undergraduate degree in art history, architectural history, American studies, or similar
  • Master’s degree in library science, museum studies, architectural history or related field
  • Two to three years professional experience as an archivist, collections manager, or related position in a library, museum or private/corporate archive
  • Solid knowledge of established archival standards and best practices for the types of contents and media found in the collection
  • Proficiency with collections management databases, knowledge of preservation and metadata standards for digital collections, and proficiency with basic office software
  • Ability to lift heavy boxes
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Excellent organizational skills and a demonstration of initiative to complete projects


Interested candidates are requested to submit, via e-mail only to a letter of application that specifically states how background and experiences are relevant to the position responsibilities and qualifications; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.  Selected candidates will be interviewed in Chicago on September 25 and 26, 2008.

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