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The Tenement Museum

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 10:01 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

Project Archivist 

(June 12, 2024)

Position Title - Project Archivist

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

Position Type - Parti-time, term

Benefits - No

Hourly wage range - $25 - $30

The Tenement Museum seeks a temporary project archivist to process the Joyce Mendelsohn collection. Joyce Mendelsohn was a local historian, preservationist, and the Tenement Museum’s first Director of Education. Her collection documents her extensive research, career, and many contributions to historic preservation in New York City. The collection consists of five bankers boxes of materials with a preliminary folder list prepared by the New York Preservation Archive Project.

The collection contains a range of physical papers, photographs, slides, and audio recordings and video recordings in various formats. The Project Archivist will work onsite at the Tenement Museum and will research, organize, describe, and rehouse the collection to integrate it into the Museum’s archive. The project will take an estimated five weeks to complete, with the project archivist working 16 hours each week. The project will be supervised by the Tenement Museum’s Collections Manager, under the direction of the Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs.

The goals of this project are (1) gaining intellectual control over the Joyce Mendelsohn collection, (2) making the collection accessible to Tenement Museum staff and visiting researchers, and (3) improving the long-term preservation of the collection’s content.


  • Hold an ALA-accredited MLS or MA degree focused on archives and records management
  • Knowledge of archival theory and practice with 1-3 years of processing, arrangement, and description experience
  • Knowledge of best practices in handling and preservation of archival material.
  • Experience working with institutional archives and collections preferred
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to lift and move 40lb boxes on and off shelves.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter via our career portal at tenement.org


Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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