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Posted: 06/16/2016


Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most widely acclaimed works, was designed in 1935 for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann. Construction of the house began in 1936, and the house’s acclaim has grown steadily since that time. Perhaps better than any single work, Fallingwater exemplifies Wright’s concept of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. The key to the setting of Fallingwater is the waterfall over which it is built. Historically, the falls were a focal point of the Kaufmanns’ activities, and the family indicated to Wright their desire to locate their weekend house near them. Much to their surprise, Wright designed the house to rise above the waterfall, rather than face it. The Kaufmanns adopted Wright’s original scheme with few changes. Fallingwater is owned and operated by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Professional Opportunity
Mill Run, PA


Fallingwater (located 90 minutes southeast of downtown Pittsburgh) seeks a highly-experienced full-time Registrar to oversee the care, management, and proper storage of its collection. S/he will have experience with a variety of media including furniture, textiles, ceramics, basketry, glass, paintings, and works on paper as well as correspondence, photographs, and books. Additional responsibilities include collections care, risk management, incoming/outgoing loans, accessions/deaccessions, and security of artwork in transit. The Registrar will report to the Director of Preservation and oversee temporary intern staff and volunteers.



Specific Responsibilities:


  • Recommend and implement policies and procedures regarding registration to ensure best practices and prevailing ethical standards relating to collections management and safety of collections.

  • Oversee the coordination of accessioning procedures, including paper documentation with accurate information and physical numbering for identification.

  • Direct the creation and/or maintenance of legal and informational documents on permanent collections and loans, such as museum receipts, deeds of gift, condition reports, etc.

  • Supervise the consistent updating of information in the collections management system as well as physical files; resolves discrepancies and inconsistencies.

  • Develop and implement inventory and storage projects, including housing/rehousing of objects.

  • Oversee the dissemination of information on the collection to other departments, researchers, and students.

  • Oversee internal and external object movement, including acting as courier when required.

  • Contribute to department budget development process and strategic planning initiatives.

  • Contribute texts and any documentation for grant proposals as needed.

  • Provide instruction on art handling techniques to staff as needed.






  • A four-year college degree in Art or Architectural History, Museum Studies, or related field; an advanced degree (MA or MS) is preferred.

  • Minimum of 5-7 years museum registration experience with a four-year degree, preferably in an historic house museum setting.

  • Minimum of 2-4 years museum registration experience with exposure to a wide variety of media and collections materials, preferably with twentieth-century design.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of professional museum practices, including registration methods, safe object handling and art preservation, packing and shipping, storage of art, security measures, and object numbering techniques.

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated skill in collection management databases (PastPerfect preferred), MediaPro, Microsoft Word and Excel, and Adobe Photoshop.

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills.

  • Possess the ability and willingness to maintain a high level of accuracy, have a strong attention to detail, and to prioritize workflow. Exhibit a keen sense of diplomacy as well as the ability to work well with a wide variety of museum professionals, vendors, students, guides, and the general public.

  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 35 lbs.


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How to apply
Posting Instructions: Send resume, cover letter and salary expectations to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Registrar in the subject line of the email.
1478 Mill Run Road
Box R
Mill Run, PA 15464

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