Curator for Tamiment-Wagner Collections - New York University, Division of Libraries

Posted on October 04, 2018


The New York University Division of Libraries seeks a Curator for Tamiment-Wagner Collections in its Special Collections Department. The successful candidate will have deep knowledge of the history of radical politics and labor, a strong and well-documented commitment to public service librarianship, a record of teaching and scholarship relevant to the Tamiment-Wagner collections, an understanding of information technology and its implications for libraries and archives, and an ability to bring vision and strategic thought to the development of the collections and their use by students and scholars. The incumbent will also develop and administer an extensive array of public programming, including forums, seminars, and other events related to our collections.

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About the Tamiment Collections The Tamiment Collections encompass one of the finest research resources in the country documenting the history of radical politics: socialism, communism, anarchism, utopian experiments, the cultural left, the New Left, and the struggle for civil rights and civil liberties. Utopian experiments, women’s movements, and other forms of radical activity are well-documented in the growing collections. Although the focus of Tamiment holdings is the United States since 1865, Great Britain, Canada and other foreign countries are well-represented in the collections. The four primary components of the Collections are:

Political Radicalism: Tamiment holds the official archives of the Communist Party, USA, and the Daily Worker newspaper, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the Socialist Party, and the Democratic Socialist of America, as well as the papers of Eugene Debs, James and Esther Jackson, Michael Harrington, and Howard Zinn (

Labor: Tamiment is the official repository of New York City’s Central Labor Council and holds the archives of many of its unions, including UAW District 65, the United Federation of Teachers, and AFSCME District Council 37 (

Cold War: Tamiment holds many collections relating to the Cold War and its effect on U.S. society. These holdings include the papers of the Nation magazine, Phillip Agee, Howard Zinn, Alger Hiss, and the film archive of Estela Bravo (

Archives of Irish America: The Archives of Irish America is part of the Tamiment Library. This important collection documents the Irish Diaspora in America, its relationship to the American labor movement, to New York City history, and to American culture and society in general. The collection includes the Mick Moloney Irish-American Music and Popular Culture Collection, one of the largest collections in the U.S. for the study of Irish-American music and popular culture (


The Curator for Tamiment-Wagner Collections will have primary responsibility for development of the Tamiment collections and will work with in-kind donors, build extensive relations with a variety of clientele ranging from students and faculty to a wide array of visiting scholars. Working with the Head of Special Collections the incumbent will engage in significant fund raising, grant writing, and project development. Under the direction of the Head of NYU Special Collections, the incumbent will collaborate with colleagues in the development and operation of a unified service and collection facility that is presently being constructed on the second and third floors of Bobst Library and planned to open in Fall 2019, bringing together students and scholars using all of NYU’s rare holdings.

This tenure-track librarian position reports to the Head of NYU Special Collections and is a member of the Libraries Department Managers Group.

Librarians play a key role in the educational mission of NYU by establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and connecting them to the services, content, and tools that meet their research, teaching, and learning needs. They participate in Libraries-wide committees and in professional activities outside of NYU and monitor developments and best practices in academic librarianship.



• Minimum one graduate degree (master’s level or higher) for consideration. A second graduate degree will be required for tenure review. One of the two graduate degrees must be an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.

• Demonstrated understanding of the operation of special collections and the role they play in the mission of a large and complex research library.

• A deep understanding of the fields of scholarship served by the Tamiment Collections and with important issues and current trends in those fields of research.

• Strong communications and interpersonal skills;

• Demonstrated experience in teaching and working closely with students at the undergraduate and graduate levels

• Demonstrated creativity in collaborative program and project development;

• Demonstrated commitment to public outreach and service to a diverse user population. Preferred

• Demonstrated ability in library and archives collection development, in building relationships with donors and sponsors;

• Candidates with strengths in multiple fields, and with demonstrated leadership in one or more of them, are preferred.

• A high degree of facility with technologies and systems germane to the 21st century library.


Tenure track faculty status and an attractive benefits package, including five weeks annual vacation. Salary is commensurate with experience and background.


New York, New York, United States of America


To Apply

To ensure consideration, submit your CV and letter of application, including the name, address, telephone number, and email of three professional references to Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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