The Museum of the City of New York and the Queens Museum of Art jointly seek a Project Archivist for a full-time temporary 18-month CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) funded Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant to process the Worldâ€™s Fair Collections held at both institutions. MCNY and QMA together hold around 12,000 items (approximately 367 boxes and 450 oversize/irregular objects) documenting the New York Worldâ€™s Fairs of 1939/40 and 1964/65, including books, pamphlets, printed ephemera, rare architectural blueprints, original artworks, film and audio recordings, photographic prints and negatives, architectural models, textiles, and realia.
Qualifications: An MLIS from an accredited Library and Information Science program with course work in archival studies is required. The candidate should have at least 2 years of professional archival experience, preferably in a museum or special collections repository. The successful candidate must be a self starter, and possess the experience, confidence, and initiative to develop and carry out a processing plan for two physically separate collections. The position requires someone with good communication skills, experience cataloging in collections management systems, familiarity with DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) and CCO (Cataloging Cultural Objects) metadata schemas, and general comfort and aptitude for quickly learning new technology. The project requires that the candidate have the ability to lift and carry 40 pound boxes unassisted, and climb ladders and step stools in order to remove and replace boxes on shelves. An established knowledge of New York City history in general and an interest in the New York Worldâ€™s Fairs in particular is a plus.
Project period: March 1, 2013 – August 31, 2014.