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Curatorial Assistant, Manuscripts

The successful candidate will conduct research on the permanent collection of over 230 objects in the manuscript’s collection contributing to the development of the online catalog, with a specific focus on provenance and collecting history, bibliography, and exhibition history. As part of a team, he/she will develop descriptive content, enter data into TMS (The Museum System) database, review historical documentation, undertake bibliographic searches, perform editorial functions to assure accuracy and consistency, and engage in various aspects of collection documentation management. Assists staff and scholars on accessing the collections, responds to reference inquiries, and participates in curatorial projects as needed. May offer public gallery tours and contribute to academic publications.

Major Job Responsibilities --------------------
Applies knowledge of art, research procedures, and online resources and databases to the documentation of the permanent collection
Prepares reports on research results and may prepare in-house reports
Performs basic collection management and editing functions

Qualifications ----------------
Bachelor’s degree in art or art history required; Master’s preferred
0-2 years art historical or museum experience
Competent to work in basic curatorial functions
Reading fluency in at least one foreign language (modern or ancient) required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities ---------------------
Reading fluency in German preferred
2-3 years similar research experience preferred
Proven ability to collaborate in teams across disciplines and build relationships
Experience with art historical research and writing

Relevant research areas: North America, Medieval, Book arts

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