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Research Assistant, American Silver Catalogue

How You Will Contribute

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is looking for a curatorial Research Assistant to join the Department of American Art in support of forthcoming volumes of the catalogue, American Silver in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. More specifically, this individual will conduct and verify research and write craftsmen’s biographies for volumes 2 through 4.

This is a full-time, paid position with an initial tenure of one year and the possibility for renewal for two additional years.

To apply, please complete an online application and include the following:

  • A letter describing your interest and preparation for this position
  • A writing sample of approximately 10-20 pages
  • Curriculum vitae with education, employment, publications and honors
  • Three references with phone number and email addresses

Specifically, you will…

  • Review and verify information in archival, published, and online sources
  • Compare existing research notes with information in object folders, registrar’s records, and the TMS database
  • Conduct additional research in local and regional archives.
  • Write biographies of artists and entries for objects featured in the catalogue
  • Serve as liaison between American Art and Publications

Your diverse background includes…

  • Master’s degree in American decorative arts or related field
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills
  • Familiarity with archival research in particular.
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