Oral History Fellow - The New Museum

Job Information


The New Museum seeks an Oral History Fellow to support the Museum’s Oral History program, which will capture the Museum’s early history of presenting emerging artists via the firsthand accounts of artists, curators and other collaborators. The fellow will conduct background research on interviewees, prepare interview materials, and process archives records, making note of areas of the Museum’s Digital Archive that can be developed to more fully reflect key aspects of that history. The Fellow will also assist with populating a newly designed Oral History module within the Digital Archive.   


Responsibilities include:

  • Processing legacy archives records and media in Collective Access.
  • Assisting with background research for the launch of New Museum Oral History project in coordination with the Museum’s 40th Anniversary programming.
  • Identifying collections with related historical materials that are currently underrepresented in the Digital Archive and prioritizing for digitization and ingest.
  • Transcribing oral history interview recordings and vetting transcripts for historical accuracy.
  • Assisting with production of Oral History materials (timecoded transcripts, image captions, etc.) to be showcased on the Museum’s Digital Archive.
  • Producing short reflective essay on digital archives, oral histories and memory, as reflected in the project work.
  • Candidates interested in attaining web archiving experience may also assist with archiving the Bowery Artist Tribute website.


Position Reports To
Starts On
Feb. 1, 2017, 3:25 p.m.

Job Requirements

Computer Skills

Experience using Adobe Creative Cloud Suite to perform batch edits and metadata embedding of digitized visual materials (Photoshop, Premiere, Bridge). Experience using data management and publishing platforms. Familiarity with Collective Access and media production workflows a plus.

Education Required

Completed coursework towards a Masters in Library/Archival Science. Background in art history, with particular interest in contemporary art and/or the artist alternative spaces of Lower Manhattan.

Company Information

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York New York 10002
United States

Contact Information

Amye McCarther
Phone: None
Contact Method

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and current resume (with links to academic and professional projects, as applicable) to archive@newmuseum.org. All materials should be sent as a single PDF. Professional and academic letters of recommendation are welcome, and may be sent separately. Applicants who are selected for the position are expected to keep regular weekly hours 2.5 days/week from February – April 2017, to be negotiated in advance with the Archivist, and will be offered a modest stipend. Application reviews will begin January 9, 2017.

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