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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:52 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

NEH Project Archivist 

(June 16, 2021)

Position Title - NEH Project Archivist

Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.) - Director of Archives and Programs

Position Type - Full-time, term

Benefits - Yes

Salary Range - $45,000 - $55,00

NEH Project Archivist, Judd Foundation, Marfa, Texas

Judd Foundation was created in 1996 with the mission to maintain and preserve Donald Judd’s permanently installed living and working spaces, libraries, and archives in Marfa, Texas and New York. The Foundation promotes a wider understanding of Judd’s artistic legacy by providing access to these spaces and resources and by developing scholarly and educational programs. The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.


The NEH Project Archivist, to be based in Marfa, Texas, will support the Director of Archives and Programs in the processing of the Donald Judd Papers. This is a two-year contract position made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Donald Judd Papers contain rich visual and textual documentation of Donald Judd’s life and work. The Papers include: published and unpublished writings, correspondence, photographs, moving image material, drawings, museum, gallery and exhibition files, exhibition ephemera, and publications. The NEH Project Archivist will report directly to the Director of Archives and Programs.


In conjunction with the Director of Archives and Programs, the NEH Project Archivist will:

  • Execute the arrangement, description, and re-housing of the Donald Judd Papers.
  • Execute the creation of a finding aid according to DACS standards.
  • Implement basic preservation methods.
  • Provide reference and other research assistance as needed.

Required Education and Experience

Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of archives and two or more years of relevant experience in a relevant setting or a combination of education and experience.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Experience in a repository processing and cataloging large archival collections.
  • Knowledge of current library and archival descriptive and metadata standards (e.g. Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Dublin Core, MODS.
  • Knowledge of relevant aspects of archives operations including understanding of contemporary archival practices, trends, and emerging technologies.
  • Knowledge of basic preservation practices.
  • High level of proficiency with ArchivesSpace preferred.
  • High level of proficiency with computers and desktop applications, including Microsoft Office suite (especially Word and Excel), Acrobat, and FileMaker Pro preferred.
  • Demonstrated consistent accuracy and attention to detail while maintaining a very high level of productivity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and cooperatively as a team member.
  • Consistent display of strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to bend, reach, and lift boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs.
  • Knowledge of and interest in contemporary art and art history preferred.
  • Ability to work in a remote location.

Salary and Hiring

Competitive and commensurate with experience. Salary range $45,000-$50,000. Competitive benefits package offered. Judd Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability status, familial status, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We strongly encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Procedure for Application

Application deadline: July 16th, 2021

Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter. Recommendations for candidates are also welcome. No phone calls please. Send applications or recommendations to: archives@juddfoundation.org. Please write: “NEH Project Archivist” in the subject line.


questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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