Project Conservator (9 months), Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collection - YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Posted on March 13, 2019
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research seeks a paper conservator on a 9-month contract (July 2019-March 2020) to work to conserve oversized materials included in the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections project. Specifically focused on conservation of posters from YIVO’s collection of pre-WWII ephemera originating from Jewish settlements in Poland (RG 28: Poland (Vilna Archives) Collection 1850-1939).
Repair and assess materials from the assigned collection;
Focus of this position is to conserve posters and other oversize materials and prepare them for digitization and long-term storage;
Encapsulate posters as needed;
Meet assigned deadlines and report progress on a weekly basis; and
Complete possible special projects assigned by senior YIVO staff members.
1-2 years’ experience in paper conservation;
or equivalent coursework as part of an art, art history, conservation, or library curriculum;
demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively;
demonstrated ability to meet project deadlines; and
excellent oral and written communication skills.
** Preferred skills
Interest in the history and culture of East European Jewry;
Language proficiency in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, and/or Polish;
1-2 years’ experience working in an archive.
Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package offered.
To apply please email cover letter and resume to Stefanie Halpern, Acting Director of Archives [email protected]
Please include the title of the job you are applying for in the subject heading of the email.
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was founded in Vilna, Poland, in 1925, and relocated to New York City in 1940 with the mission to study the history of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in all its aspects: language, history, religion, folkways and material culture. Today YIVO’s Archive and Library make up one of the largest collections of materials on this subject in the world.