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Friday, May 07, 2021 7:57 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

Contract Archivist 

(May 7, 2021)

Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.) - Collection manager

Position Type - Full-time, term

Benefits - No

Hourly wage range - $25 - $30

POSTING DATE: May 6, 2020

JOB TITLE: Grant Funded Contract Archivist

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: 1 (Temporary Contractor)

LENGTH OF POSITION: Duration of grant project

HOURS OF WORK: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday - Flexible schedule as required


Friends of the New York Transit Museum has an opportunity for a grant funded contract Archivist for a cataloging, survey, and digitization collections care grant project awarded by the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation. The grant project will be in two parts, the first will focus on scanning and cataloging a collection of Early Long Island Railroad Real Estate Maps and records. The second part will focus on surveying museum collections with Long Island Transportation related materials and flagging items from these collections to catalog and digitize. The goal is to add roughly an additional 3000 individualized catalog records to the museums database and online portal focusing on the Long Island Region for internal use by the museum for exhibition purposes and for greater researcher access.

The New York Transit Museum collects, preserves, and presents material relating to the region’s public transportation, past and present, focusing on the agencies of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and their predecessor companies. Established in 1976, the Transit Museum currently holds a collection of more than 5300+ linear feet of historical records and approximately 8,000+ artifacts, including historical vehicles.


  • The Contract Archivist should have a master’s degree in museum studies, library & information science, archival studies, history or a closely related field.
  • Experience working with archival, photographic, and/or museum collections
  • Skilled in processing, cataloging, digitizing collections and creating finding aids
  • Knowledge of best practices in handling and preservation of archival material
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and familiarity with Collection

Management Systems

  • Knowledge and an interest in New York history, preferably transportation history
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work productively, both independently and in teams
  • Strong organizational skills, multi-tasking ability, and impeccable attention to detail


The New York Transit Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York metropolitan region through the presentation of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since its inception 40 years ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, has grown in scope and popularity. As custodian and interpreter of the region's extensive public transportation networks, the Museum strives to share, through its public programs, this rich and vibrant history with local, regional, and international audiences.

Compensation: The position will be 37.5 hours per week. Grant allows for compensation of $27.05/hour.

Qualified individuals interested in this job opening must apply by e-mail. Resume and cover letter should be sent as .doc or PDF to Desiree Alden-Gonzalez, Collections Manager: desiree.alden@nyct.com. Specify subject as Grant Funded Contract Archivist Posting. Due to high volume of applicants, only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

Submission Deadline: May 14, 2020

Friends of the New York Transit Museum is an equal opportunity employer.


questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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