The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, is seeking an archivist to process, preserve, and describe in electronic formats archival collections documenting African American art and artists. This position is a three-year, full-time grant funded appointment partially funded by The Henry Luce Foundation to support a three-year project at the Archives of American Art to collect and make available primary sources focusing on African American art history.
This position is located in the Washington office of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. The Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve, and make available primary sources documenting the history of the visual arts in the United States. With a collection of 20 million items, the Archives is the largest and most widely used resource on the history of American art in the world.
- Serve as the primary processing archivist for archival collections documenting the African American experience in the art world. Will also process additional archival collections documenting the history of art and culture in America.
- Analyze the context and content of the archival collections.
- Organize, arrange, and preserve archival collections.
- Prepare well-written, concise, and accurate finding aids according to current archival descriptive standards, electronic formats, and best practices, including DACS (DACS: Describing Archives: A Content Standard) and EAD (Encoded Archival Description).
- Use Archivist’s Toolkit or Archives Space software systems to create EAD finding aids.
- Assist with accessioning and logistical operations for new acquisitions, to include collating legal documentation, creating assessment and preliminary-level accession records in the Archives’ collections information system database, shipping, shelving, re-boxing, and labeling.
Desired Knowledge and Experience
- Full knowledge of current archival principles, standards, and best practices for processing and describing archival collections.
- Experience processing archival and manuscript collections, including organization, arrangement, preservation, and description.
- Experience creating DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) EAD (Encoded Archival Description) formatted finding aids using Archivists’ Toolkit or Archives Space systems.
- Experience working with varied manuscript collections and personal papers which contain a wide variety of formats, including preliminary-type artwork, born digital content, and audiovisual recordings.
- Knowledge of the history of art and cultural history in America, particularly the history of African American art and artists. Knowledge may have been obtained through education (degree) or by working with related manuscript and archival collections.
Incumbent will report to the Head of Collections Processing.
Please send a statement of interest and résumé via email to AAACareers@si.edu by May 24. To learn more about the Archives of American Art, visit our website at www.aaa.si.edu.
The Smithsonian is an equal opportunity employer.