Astor Curator & Department Head Of Printed Books & Bindings

The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum seeks a senior curator to lead its Department of Printed Books and Bindings. The Astor Curator stewards and interprets the Morgan’s renowned printed book collection, extending from the invention of printing to modern first editions. Subject strengths include incunables, fine bindings and printing, illustrated books, children’s books, association copies, and notable publications of major authors in England, France, and America. Among the highlights are three Gutenberg Bibles, a remarkable run of Aldines, Grolier bindings, French book illustration 1700 to 1914, World War I poetry, Man Booker Prize fiction, and the Carter Burden collection of American literature.


The Astor Curator is responsible for developing sophisticated and lively exhibitions that take full advantage of the Morgan’s holdings along with those of other institutions; for promoting awareness and understanding of the collection through public programs, publications, and digital projects; for the long-term growth, preservation, and documentation of the collection; and for supporting the work of outside researchers.


A dynamic individual who is able to move easily between scholarly work and engagement with the Morgan’s various communities, the Astor Curator forges strong relationships with collectors and donors, serves as an articulate ambassador for the Morgan in the scholarly community, and enjoys sharing the collection with the general public. They oversee a staff of two curators and are expected to work collaboratively across departments.

How to Apply

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

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 March 4