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Special Collec Archivist II
Special Collec Archivist II
The Getty Research Institute (GRI)
Post Date: 03 Aug 2022


Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks a motivated and knowledgeable archivist to finish processing the papers of renowned artist Claes Oldenburg, and critic, art historian and artist Coosje van Bruggen, who collaborated with Oldenburg on more than 40 public sculptures over three decades. Comprising 690 linear feet, , the partially processed archive covers every period of both Oldenburg’s and Van Bruggen’s careers, including their independent work as well as their collaborations. The archive contains more than 2,000 sketches and collages, 450 diaries and notebooks, and extensive correspondence, photography, ephemera, and audiovisual materials, as well as plans, objects and templates related to projects.

Reporting to the Manager of Special Collections Cataloging and Processing, the Archivist’s duties will include physically processing and arranging the material according to archival best practices; creating an online finding aid in compliance with local guidelines and national standards; communicating and closely working in partnership with curatorial, conservation, and digitization staff; writing blog posts and participating in outreach activities related to the collection. The Archivist II will supervise a Library Assistant assigned to help with the processing for one year of the project.

This is a limited term position for 18 months.

Located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing awareness of the visual arts and their histories. Serving an international community of scholars, the Research Library is one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the world, with holdings of more than one million books and periodicals, rare books and journals, rare photographs, prints dating from the 15th century to the present, architectural drawings and models, audiovisual recordings, digital content, and extensive archives and manuscript collections.

Applications received by July 29 will be priority consideration.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Following an existing processing plan, arrange, process, and re-house the papers of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen according to archival best practices
  • Create a DACS-compliant finding aid and bibliographic record based on current standards, best practices, research, and evaluation
  • Identify conservation concerns and perform basic preservation practices
  • Train, supervise, and revise the work of others
  • Facilitate digitization for select collection materials
  • May answer reference questions related to the collection
  • May research, write, present, and publish about collections and work activities
  • May contribute to outreach activities


  • Graduate degree in Library and Information Studies from an ALA-accredited library school, Art History, or a related discipline
  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience
  • Requires advanced subject, language, and/or technical expertise


All employees must be fully-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. Exemptions from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation due to medical contraindication, disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work both under little to no supervision and in partnership with others
  • Ability to lift and move 40 pounds
  • Ability to climb ladders
  • Demonstrated subject knowledge in contemporary art history preferred
  • Experience managing large processing projects preferred
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Knowledge of standards such as DACS, EAD, MARC, and RDA preferred
  • Experience with ArchivesSpace or other collection management systems preferred
  • Experience handling large format materials and/or artwork preferred

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.


Los Angeles, USA

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