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Conservation position - Huntington Library



Forwarded by Maria Blumberg for:
Susan Rogers
Lloyd E. Cotsen Chief Preservation Officer
Huntington Library

Assistant Project Conservator
Sir Frances Bacon Collection
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Grant-sponsored, Two-Year Position, Half-time with Limited Benefits

Working as a member of the Conservation team within the Preservation
Department, the Assistant Project Conservator works exclusively on
the conservation treatment of rare volumes in the Sir Francis Bacon
collection. Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) is a noted English
philosopher and statesman, and the Huntington's Bacon collection is
one of the most extensive collections of Bacon material in the
world. Subjects covered by volumes in this collection include law,
politics, philosophy, the natural and physical sciences, literature,
cryptography, magic, witchcraft, alchemy, and Rosicrucianism. The
Assistant Project Conservator for the Bacon Collection works under
the direction of the Bacon Collection Project Conservator, and
reports to Chief Preservation Officer.

Essential Functions: The Assistant Project Conservator for the Bacon
Collection performs rare book conservation treatments working with
leather, cloth, and paper. The project will include such treatments
as re-backing, re-casing, re-binding, re-sewing, Japanese tissue
board attachment, paper cases, and paper mends. The Assistant
Project Conservator will write treatment reports, which include
digital photo-documentation. Qualifications desired: BA or BS degree
and an advanced degree from an accredited conservation training
graduate program or BA or BS degree and 3 years experience in
conservation of rare books. Knowledge of and experience with
collection conservation techniques and approaches. Demonstrated
knowledge and skill in book conservation. Excellent eye-hand
coordination. Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work
in a team-oriented environment. Basic computer skills.

The Huntington:  Located about 15 miles north-east of downtown Los
Angeles, was created in 1919 as an independent private library for
advanced scholarly research in English and American history and
literature, combined with public art galleries and botanical
gardens. The Huntington exhibits collections of British,
Renaissance, and American art, rare books and manuscripts, and 150
acres of specialized botanical gardens. It is consulted annually by
some 1,800 scholars, visited by 500,000 members of the general
public, and employs approximately 300 with an annual operating
budget of over $14 million

To apply: send an application letter, resume, and the names,
addresses, numbers of three professional references to:

    Carl Foote
    Director of Personnel and Administrative Services
    The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, CA 91108

Applications received by September 7, 2001 will be given first
consideration.

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