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    This position is located in the New York, NY 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. 

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    • Process a wide variety of archival collections of personal papers, or historical records of arts institutions, art societies, art galleries, or arts associations according to national archival standards and best practices for archival processing, and the Archives’ written guidelines and procedures. 
    • Process archival collections comprised of a wide variety of mixed media formats, including traditional paper-based documentation, sketches and sketchbooks, photographic materials, analog audiovisual formats, and born-digital formats.
    • Prepare finding aids that meet current archival descriptive standards and best practices, including DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) and the Archives’ written guidelines and procedures for content.  Encode finding aids in electronic formats and schemas, including EAD (Encoded Archival Description), employing AAA’s templates and/or databases and other automated systems and tools to create XML and/or HTML files that can be deployed to AAA’s website Archives’ website and to Smithsonian’s online finding aid interface.
    • Assess and appraise new acquisitions to determine physical condition, format types, physical access level, research value, and preservation needs.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1420 Archivist

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/528056900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.