Archivist, Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art

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Washington, DC
Application closes when 100 received or by October 6, 2017



This position is located in the Washington, DC office of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art (AAA). Founded in 1954, the Archives of American Art fosters advanced research through the accumulation and dissemination of primary sources, unequaled in historical depth and breadth, that document more than two hundred years of our nation’s artists and art communities.

ATTENTION: Due to the large number of qualified applicants for positions of this type, this job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either: (A) The closing date listed above or (B) The date that 100 applications are received; whichever occurs first. If the announcement closes on the date that 100 applications are received, all applications submitted by 11:59pm that day will be given consideration, including those in excess of 100. Continue reading


Visual Resources Coordinator, Newseum

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Washington, D.C.

The Visual Resources department is responsible for researching, acquiring, cataloging and licensing images for the Newseum, as well as managing collections of photographs from photojournalists and photographers to become part of the Newseum’s permanent collection. The images in the Newseum collection relate to current news, the history of the news around the world and the First Amendment. They are used in exhibitions and other Newseum projects, and also serve as tools for public outreach and as a resource for the journalism community, scholars and the public.

The Visual Resources Coordinator contributes to exhibit content development and supports Newseum exhibitions, broadcast productions, education digital modules and marketing efforts. Under the supervision of the Director of Photography and Visual Resources, the Visual Resources Coordinator will:

  • Conduct photo research, and acquire and license images from stock agencies, libraries, museums and online sites.
  • Assume responsibility for cataloging images into a digital asset management system. This includes the input of technical, photographic and descriptive metadata; linking image files to existing database entries; and maintaining accurate records of source and credit information.
  • Assist in management of digital assets throughout exhibit and production work flows, and develop efficient processes to share visual materials during image presentations.
  • Assist in coordination of scanning, resizing, quality check, proofing and delivery of images exhibited in and for the promotion of the Newseum.
  • Manage the Ted Polumbaum image collection. This includes fulfillment of photo research requests, preparation of research copies of requested materials, generation of licenses and coordination of research and license payment.
  • Assume responsibility for digital file processing and archiving as well as labeling, housing and filing of photographic prints and digital media.
  • Organize research documents for future use and maintain library system records for referencing and retrieving materials as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree or MLS/MLIS and/or equivalent experience.
  • Two years’ work experience or educational training in library or archives, museum photographic department or archive, or photo research environment.
  • Experience with photo research techniques and sources, in both analog and digital formats.
  • Experience in working with digital asset management systems or photographic databases.
  • Experience in classifying and cataloging images, and keywording using controlled languages.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with both PC and Macintosh platforms; image editing, organization and display programs (Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, Bridge and Photo Mechanic); and organizational spreadsheet tools such as Excel.
  • Strong knowledge of digital imaging work flow, production tools and software.
  • Knowledge of standards and practices for preservation and management of archival collections, including digital archives.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks. Ability to work on multiple tasks and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational skills, self-motivation and attention to detail.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with visual resources staff, Newseum personnel, fabricators and other vendors.
  • Familiarity with a variety of photographic media and processes.
  • Desired qualification: work experience or educational training as a photographer.

Application Process

Please send resumé and letter of interest to

Application Deadline

September 29, 2017

The Newseum and Newseum Institute are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Digital Archivist, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)

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Part-Time (15 hours/week)
Boston, MA

Under the direction of the Manager of Image Licensing, the Digital Archivist is responsible for the recording and cataloging of visual collection information and serving as a liaison to the MFA Photo Studio. Essential functions include: assigning scan numbers to all new digital images created by the MFA Photo Studio; cataloging all information in Artemis to provide the museum with access to the visual collection for research and ordering purposes; archiving all digital images produced from new photography and special projects; entering records for events, sites and constituents into TMS; proofing digital images in TMS Artemis for Museum objects and life and times photography; working with MFA photography staff to archive life and times photography related to installation, events, constituents and site documentation; cataloging external photography of objects and life and times used for curatorial and educational research, exhibition planning, public relations and publications; working with MFA Studio and Intellectual Property Coordinator to monitor the studio schedule for the timely completion of photographic orders. Continue reading

Conservator, Digital and Media Art, M+

Hong Kong
Apply by September 15, 2017

A cornerstone of the West Kowloon Cultural District, M+ is Hong Kong’s new museum for visual culture, encompassing twentieth and twenty-first century art, design and architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia, and beyond.

Since 2012, M+ has been presenting diverse public programmes and exhibitions, and is amassing a permanent collection, in the run-up to the scheduled 2019 public opening of the museum building designed by Herzog & de Meuron with TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK.

The M+ Pavilion, the first permanent building to be completed in WKCD, will serve as the venue for the exhibitions organised by M+ in the run up to the completion of the main M+ building in 2019. Continue reading

Archival Internship, Museum of Chinese in America

Internship (Fall 2017)
Part-Time (20 hours/week)
New York, NY

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is seeking 3-4 part-time (at least 20 hours per week) Archival Project Interns in Fall 2017.

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is the leading institution dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of Chinese in America. Located in the heart of New York Chinatown, MOCA’s Collections & Research Center provides unique access to the images, papers, oral histories and artifacts which document the story. Continue reading