Special Collections Archivist Ii

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Job Summary

This is a limited-term position for one year. The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks a motivated and knowledgeable archivist to process and catalog special collections including the papers and records artists, collectors, dealers and critics. The GRI is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their histories. The Research Institute’s special collections contain rare books, prints and drawings, rare photographs, 20th-century art multiples, extensive audiovisual material, and more than 25,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts. Reporting to the Manager of Special Collections Cataloging and Processing, the archivist will work closely with colleagues throughout the Research Institute, and may contribute to scholarly and social media activities related to special collections.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Work independently on assigned projects to improve access to archives and other special collections
  • Survey collections and develop and implement processing plans
  • Arrange, process, and re-house collection materials
  • Create and enhance finding aids based on current standards, best practices, research, and analysis
  • Identify conservation concerns and perform basic preservation practices
  • Maintain knowledge in standards, systems and specialized subjects
  • May research, write, present, and publish about collections and work activities
  • May contribute to outreach activities


  • One or more graduate degrees in Library and Information Studies, Art History, or a related discipline
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience
  • Requires advanced subject, language, and/or technical expertise

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of standards such as DACS, EAD, MARC, and RDA
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work in team-based and collaborative environments
  • Ability to lift and move 40 pounds
  • Ability to climb ladders
  • Demonstrated subject knowledge in art history, photography and contemporary art preferred
  • Strong reading knowledge of at least one foreign language in the GRI’s collecting areas preferred
  • Experience with ArchivesSpace or other collection management systems preferred
  • Must have means of transportation to work sites at both the Getty Center in Brentwood and the Getty’s off-site facility in Valencia, approximately 30 miles to the north

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