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Wednesday, January 24, 2024 9:13 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)


(January 24, 2024)

Position Title - Archivist

Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.)- Chief Operating Officer

Position Type - Full-time, term

Benefits - Yes

Salary Range - $66,000 - $75,000

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 Judd Foundation Archives, as the repository for the Donald Judd Papers, is the premier center for the study of the life and work of Donald Judd, containing the primary holdings of the artist, his studio, and key collaborators. The Archives maintains collections containing published and unpublished writings, correspondence, photographs, moving image material, drawings, museum, gallery and exhibition files, exhibition ephemera, publications, and substantial digital holdings.


Judd Foundation seeks an Archivist to lead and manage the Foundation’s Archives as a professional repository dedicated to the life and work of the artist Donald Judd. Located in the Marfa, Texas offices of the Foundation, the position reports to the Chief Operating Officer. The Archivist will be responsible for all aspects of the Archives, including description, preservation, and access to the Foundation’s archival holdings; records management; collection development; and research. Additionally, the Archivist will manage the Foundation’s Special Collections of photography, audio and video material and drawings and must have proficiency in cataloging and metadata standards associated with these materials. The Archivist will manage and execute these activities in accordance with current national archival standards and practices and will implement policies and procedures in support of the collections.

The Archivist will be able to lead the Archives Department and work collaboratively with Foundation colleagues in the Collections and Operations Departments to maintain the unique holdings of Judd Foundation. The Archivist will support the programs, research, and communications functions of the Foundation.


  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree, with formal training in archival theory and practice.
  • Competitive candidates will have at least 3-5 years relevant work experience, including the supervision of archives staff or interns.
  • Demonstrated job or school experience with preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.
  • Knowledge of Donald Judd, contemporary art and art history preferred.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
  • Proficient use of FileMaker Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Excel.
  • Flexible and comfortable shifting between priority tasks, as necessary.

Responsibility and Duties

Primary responsibilities:

  • Manage archival material in all formats, including selection, arrangement, description, preservation, access, research, and outreach.
  • Identify priorities for preservation and access to the diverse set of holdings.
  • Manage projects related to the Special Collections of the Judd Foundation Archives including drawing and photography cataloging projects.
  • Implement and maintain a Foundation-wide record retention policy.
  • Oversee internal and external research queries.
  • Supervise Archives staff and interns.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Engage in the expansion of the Archives' resources through a variety of digital initiatives, such as social media, website content enhancement, research guides, and digitization projects.
  • Support the work of the Foundation in planning new archive and research facilities.
  • Participate in archives and research planning and committee work.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

ADA Specifications

  • Prolonged sitting at a computer station.
  • Ability to climb step stools to retrieve and replace boxes weighing up to 35 pounds without assistance.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 35 pounds while using appropriate lifting techniques and following all safety rules.

Salary and Hiring

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, in Marfa, TX with competitive benefits including full individual healthcare. Two-year contract (renewable). Re-location expenses available. The annual salary range for the position is $67,500-$75,000, commensurate with experience.

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

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume with 3 references to Judd Foundation Human Resources at hr@juddfoundation.org with “Archivist” as the subject line. No phone calls, please. Due to the number of submissions, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.


Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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