Job title: Head of Archival Processing
Reports to: Vice President and Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library
The New-York Historical Society, a preeminent educational and research institution, is home to both New York City’s oldest museum and to one of the nation’s most distinguished independent research libraries. The Society is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs, and fostering research that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the world’s greatest collections of books, manuscripts, graphic materials, historical artifacts, and American art documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York.
The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library contains over 20,000 linear feet of archival materials, including family papers, organizational and business records, and visual materials. The manuscript collections document the history of European settlement in North America, with particular strength in the 18th and 19th centuries across a core group of subject areas, including: the founding of the nation; the economic history of New York and the nation; the three major wars fought on American soil; the institution of slavery both locally and nationally; the history of children’s welfare in New York; and the city’s developing social and cultural landscape. The graphic collections fall into four major categories: prints (engravings and lithographs); photographs; architectural collections (drawings, blueprints, and photographs); and ephemera (trade cards and other advertisements, broadsides, sheet music, and other paper items). The library is actively expanding its archival holdings in all areas into the 20th and 21st centuries, including a growing number of born-digital collections.
The New-York Historical Society Library is seeking an innovative, experienced candidate with proven leadership skills to manage the processing of archival collections in its Manuscript Department and Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections.
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Essential Job Duties:
Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee with or without accommodation, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
This is largely a sedentary role using a computer; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stoop as necessary.
Salary commensurate with background and experience. Attractive benefits package.
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The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.