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Posted: 01/18/2018

Employer
Historical Society of Princeton

The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) is located at the Updike Farmstead at 354 Quaker Road in Princeton, a six-acre property with a late 18th century farmhouse, large barn and several other outbuildings. The Updike Farmstead currently houses a museum that interprets Princeton’s rich history through changing and permanent exhibitions; space for educational and community programs; and HSP staff offices. The museum is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays. HSP is also the custodian of a diverse and considerably-sized local history collection, stored off-site, which includes a range of social history, decorative art, fine art, archaeology, and archival items. HSP holds between around 3000 objects in its three-dimensional collection, including 65 pieces of Albert Einstein’s furniture, almost 1000 manuscript and archival collections (some collections several linear feet), approximately 15,000 photographs and negatives, and over 2,000 large maps and architectural drawings.


Position
Collections and Research Assistant
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Princeton, NJ
Details
 

The Historical Society of Princeton is seeking a Collections and Research Assistant to oversee its public research function, assist with collections management, and help develop new exhibitions and programs. This is a part-time position reporting to the Curator of Collections and Research.

RESPONSIBLE FOR:

Research Services

  • Responding to research inquiries by email and phone
  • Scheduling and supervising research appointments Pulling requested materials from the collection
  • Fulfilling photograph reproduction and permission requests
  • Overseeing rights and reproduction invoices and contracts
  • Keeping organized records of research services and fees

Collections

  • Performing regular gallery checks and monitoring RH/temperature levels in galleries and storage areas.
  • Creating and maintaining collections records in PastPerfect Museum Software 
  • Digitizing historic photographs and other collections materials
  • Promoting the collection through social media posts

Exhibitions and Programs 

  • Working with Curator to develop and execute exhibitions 
  • Compiling research for exhibitions and programs as requested by staff
  • Assisting with putting together material for school and public programs 
  • Assisting with the development of new digital walking tours
  • Overseeing outside exhibition consultants as necessary 

Fundraising

  • Participating in research and writing for relevant grants
  • Researching new sources of grant funding

General

  • Assisting with major HSP events
  • Other tasks as assigned

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NEEDED:

  • Undergraduate degree required, preferably in the humanities.
  • Previous experience in a museum, archival, or library setting
  • Comfortable working independently and as part of a team environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Enjoys working with the public.
  • Organized and detail-oriented. Ability to manage many tasks at once
  • Ability to lift to 40 lbs.

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE:

  • Additional consideration will be given to candidates enrolled in a graduate History, Museum Studies, or Library Science program.
  • Familiarity with collection management systems and database management 
  • Knowledge of Princeton history a plus
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Until Filled

How to apply
Please send a resume and cover letter to Stephanie Schwartz at stephanie@princetonhistory.org.
Stephanie Schwartz
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