Project Archivist

The Morgan Library & Museum

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The Morgan Library & Museum seeks a Project Archivist to arrange, describe, and rehouse the records of The New Gallery and E.V. Thaw & Co. (1950‒2017) and selected personal papers of Eugene V. Thaw, a prominent art dealer, collector, and philanthropist. The collection documents the firms’ operation and paper records including correspondence, publications, and ephemera as well as documentation of works of art handled by the firm. The collection also contains E.V. Thaw’s research and correspondence relating to his work as co-author of the Jackson Pollock catalogue raisonné (1978).

This is a temporary, part-time position (approximately 14 hours per week) reporting to the department of Drawings and Prints. The project is expected to last up to 18 months.

The Morgan Library & Museum is committed to diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Morgan strongly encourages applicants with a demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion, and gender equity in programming, outreach, hiring, and collection development.


Specific duties include:

  • Assessing the archival collection comprising approximately 50 linear feet of paper records and establish a processing plan in collaboration with supervising curators and cataloging specialists

  • Arranging and describing the collection and creating a finding aid in accordance with archival principles

  • Physically rehousing the collection in archival containers and performing simple preservation measures such as the removal of corrosive fasteners

  • Conferring with curators and cataloging specialists at various stages of the project to ensure that processing and description meet the Morgan’s needs and those of future researchers



  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Undergraduate degree or significant coursework in Western European art

  • Experience working in a library, archival repository, art gallery, or cultural heritage organization

  • Demonstrated knowledge of archives and records management theory and practice, including experience processing archival records or personal papers

  • Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively, and efficiently, and to meet project deadlines

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel

Physical requirements include close visual acuity; physical handling of papers, photographs, and other archival material; lifting and moving boxes of archival material; and extended periods of sedentary work.

Competitive hourly rate.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should e-mail cover letter and resume to:

Deadline for applications: November 4, 2019

Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit our needs.

The Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed (religion), color, sex (including gender expression), national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, marital status or domestic violence victim status.

Posted on October 4