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New York Historical Society

Museum Project Cataloguer

Visitors experience 400 years of history through groundbreaking exhibitions, immersive films, and thought-provoking conversations among renowned historians and public figures at the New-York Historical Society, New York’s first museum. A great destination for history since 1804, the Museum and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library convey the stories of the city and nation’s diverse populations, expanding our understanding of who we are as Americans and how we came to be.
The New-York Historical Society seeks a full-time museum cataloguer for a period of 18 months to work on a grant funded project to research, catalogue, and digitize the museum’s collection of objects related to Long Island, including Brooklyn and Queens. The cataloguer will work in close consultation with the Museum Database Administrator and New-York Historical’s Museum Collections and Curatorial staff members, and in collaboration with Library staff members participating in the same project.
The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library collections hold many thousands of items from the 17th through 21st centuries depicting or otherwise documenting Long Island (including Brooklyn and Queens). These paintings, drawings, decorative arts objects, historical artifacts, prints, maps, broadsides, and manuscripts trace the history of the region and the lives of its inhabitants, often in unique ways. However, many of these objects are not digitized for online access or lack appropriate photography and metadata that link them by description to the region, making it difficult for scholars, educators, students, and the public to locate these significant pieces of Long Island history. Through a grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, New-York Historical will make these Museum and Library collections more accessible to the public via digitization, enhanced cataloging, and improvements to online catalogs that will provide a more comprehensive picture of the area’s history.
  • Identify Museum objects with a connection or suspected connection to Long Island—including paintings, drawings, decorative arts objects, and historical artifacts;
  • Conduct historical research on Long Island objects including geographical and biographical research;
  • Enter and/or enhance object information in the Museum’s database TMS (The Museum System) using standardized thesauri and lexicons;
  • Working with Museum Database Administrator, develop metadata for Museum objects for eventual linkage with Library collections;
  • Take digital photographs of objects to link to TMS records and present online via eMuseum;
  • Perform other reasonable duties as required by the cataloging project.
  • MA in art history, history, material culture, museum studies or related field;
  • Three to five years of museum cataloguing experience;
  • Experience with TMS collection management system;
  • Proficiency with digital imagining and Adobe Photoshop software;
  • Knowledge of current registration methods and art handling techniques;
  • Excellent organization and writing skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility;
  • A successful track record of detail-oriented research; experience with a museum research project is strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge and interest in New York City and/or Long Island history.
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.
Sedentary computer work required. May be required to stand for extended periods and lift objects. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Salary: $55,000/annually
New-York Historical Society provides a generous benefits package for eligible employees to support their health and wellbeing, which includes:
  • Paid time off, including vacation, sick and personal days, and holidays observed by the Museum;
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance;
  • Short and long-term disability coverage options;
  • 403(b) retirement plan with eligibility for employer contributions following one year of full-time service;
  • Flexible spending accounts for health-related expenses, dependent care, and parking and transit expenses;
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees and their families;
  • 20% discount at the NYHistory Store, Parliament Café and Storico restaurant, located within the Museum;
  • Free admission to various museums and cultural institutions across the city.

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