Overview of Department: The 10,000 volume library contains material on artists in The Phillips Collection as well as books on various aspects of art history. The library’s primary purpose is to support the research needs of curators and other staff members as well as to serve visiting scholars and members of the public. The library actively collects books that support the research function of the library. The library’s focus is on 19th and 20th century American and European art as well as contemporary art.
The archives contains material created by museum founder Duncan Phillips; by his wife, Marjorie, who worked with him and succeeded him as director; and by various departments. The archives includes correspondence with artists, dealers, critics and others; Duncan Phillips’s extensive journals and published and unpublished articles, oral history transcripts; and curatorial exhibition records.
Internship Projects: The library and archives intern will work with the head librarian in a variety of research capacities, to include helping curators and the general public with reference questions and gathering materials for library-led exhibitions on Phillips history. The head librarian will introduce the intern to a wide variety of reference books and other source material that can be used by help library users. The intern will assist in updating the museum’s exhibition history, which contain exhibition pamphlets, checklists, installation photographs, correspondence and reviews. These invaluable materials document the history of exhibitions at The Phillips Collection, beginning in 1919 and continuing to the present day. Head Librarian Karen Schneider will mentor the students in a variety of ways, including supervising reading on the museum’s history and tours of the permanent collection and the Gallery 103 exhibition on the museum’s history.
If time permits, the intern will assist the Head Librarian in doing research for the next Reading Room exhibition, Dear Phillips, Dear Stieglitz, Dear Dove, by reading exhibition catalogues and reviewing original correspondence. The intern may be asked to write sample captions to gain experience in additional aspects of the exhibition process.
Projected Learning Outcomes:
•Gain knowledge about how an art museum library and archives functions
•Acquire experience answering reference questions posed by curators, visiting researchers, and the public
•Become conversant in topics related to Phillips Collection history
•Answer basic reference questions posed by curators and visiting scholars
•Bring the museum’s exhibition history up to date
•Prepare photographs and correspondence for digitization
•If time permits, assist Head Librarian with research for the next Reading Room exhibition
•Perform other duties as assigned
•Demonstrated interest in art/art history
•Strong interest in career in museum, archives or library work
•Careful worker, shows attention to detail
•Good verbal communication skills
Please submit a résumé, cover letter, two letters of recommendation, FAFSA report (if eligible), and complete unofficial transcripts. If at all possible, we prefer to receive the letters of recommendation together with the rest of your materials. If a recommender insists that the letter of recommendation remain confidential, please ask him/her to send the letter to email@example.com with your name in the subject line and the internship(s) you are applying to in the body of the email
Please note the application deadline for this internship opportunity is Monday August 20, 2018.
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Clerical and Data-entry, Library sciences, Research