New York, NY: PT Archivist, 92nd Street Y

Job Opening Title: 92nd Street Y – Archivist (part-time)

Employer Name: 92nd Street Y

Job Location: New York, New York

Application Deadline: February 4, 2022

Salary Range:

Years of experience required: 3

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: 92nd Street Y – Archivist (part-time)

Since its founding in 1874, the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association (more commonly known as the 92nd Street Y, or 92Y) has sought to enrich the lives of everyone who enters its doors. 92Y unites culture and community in one multifaceted institution. Myriad programs for people of all ages help them to navigate each stage of life, and frequent public events bring authors, musicians, artists, and experts of every kind into 92Y’s auditoriums, meeting halls, and classrooms. More than 300,000 people come to 92Y annually, while millions more visit 92Y online each year to enjoy digital media offerings.

The 148-year history of the institution is documented within the 92Y Archives. Formally established in 1980, the 92Y Archives have since been maintained as a professionally managed records repository to support the mission and programs of 92Y, and systematically preserve and provide access to 92Y’s institutional history. The 92Y Archives now include more than 2,500 cubic feet of institutional records, personal papers, printed materials, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia, as well as more than 11,000 audio recordings and more than 11,000 video recordings of lectures, interviews, discussions, readings, dance performances, and concerts. In addition to supporting 92Y’s institutional mission, the Archives hold significant research value for scholars, educators, media producers, artists, and the general public.

Recent and/or in-progress 92Y Archives projects include:

·Digitization and online publication of more than 2,000 issues of the Y Bulletin, a house newspaper that ran from 1900 to 1980

·Online publication of 92Y’s performance history, a chronology of artists’ appearances from 1929 to present day

·Processing / digitization of the Unterberg Poetry Center’s photo archive and guest books featuring the signatures, messages, and drawings of visiting authors across 60 years

·Digitization / dissemination of nearly 900 endangered audio recordings of Humanities programs dating to the 1950s

·Dissemination, transcription, and scholarly contextualization of the archive of audio and video recordings of Elie Wiesel’s more than 100 92Y appearances

·Assessment / Processing of the Poetry Center’s collection of email correspondence with authors, publishers, and other literary figures; an ePADD collaboration with Stanford University

92Y seeks an archivist—a part-time, contract position with the possibility of growth—to facilitate in-progress projects as well as work with artistic, education, community, public relations, and fundraising colleagues in envisioning and producing a series of new projects to mark the institution’s 150th anniversary in 2024. Starting in spring 2022, the archivist will work across 92Y with the aim of helping to create a dynamic and impactful celebration of the institution’s past, present, and future that will feature a year-long series of exhibitions, mainstage programs, classroom activities, and community engagement. Projects may include:

· Digitization and online dissemination of select Archives collections like the institution’s photos, scrapbooks, and other historical publications like the Bulletin and Board minutes

· Active documentation of and engagement with the 92Y community through the acquisition / commissioning of oral histories, photographs, and other items

· Physical and digital exhibitions

· Artistic commissions (dance, music, literature) inspired by the institution’s outstanding performance legacy

· A series of public programs, documentary videos and podcasts with leading artists, scholars, community leaders, and community members

· Partnerships with universities and other cultural institutions highlighting broader historical themes

· Collaboration with teachers on curricula introducing students to the importance and value of archives in understanding history

Acting on the belief that a more comprehensive and interactive archive will better serve 92Y’s mission, the archivist, together with institutional leadership, will utilize the occasion of the anniversary to reimagine how the institution and its patrons participate in and access the richness of its ongoing history. The ideal candidate for the position will be eager to work with colleagues to explore every opportunity (artistic, scholarly, educational, philanthropic, commercial) to expand stewardship of 92Y’s exceptional heritage while appreciating that creative advocacy within the organization is as important to the long-term vitality of the Archives as collecting, processing, preserving, and maintaining access.

Recommended requirements for the position include an advanced degree in Archival Management or Library Science, and at least three years of professional experience as an archivist (preferably with an institutional collection that produces exhibitions and other kinds of public programming). Deep general interest in a wide array of subject matters is important. Accomplished research, writing, and public-speaking skills, alongside a track record of advocacy and an entrepreneurial spirit, are expected. Candidates should have knowledge of current professional archival theory, standards and best practices in archival administration, and preservation of a variety of formats across a variety of media, as well as familiarity with descriptive metadata standards and a variety of database systems and applications. Candidates must be available to work on site at 92Y regularly, though some remote work will be possible.

Interested parties should send a resume and cover letter to Bernard Schwartz (bschwartz@92y.org) by February 4, 2022.

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