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[BKARTS] Conservator position in Wisconsin

The following is an announcement for a conservation position at an archive in Madison, Wisconsin.  Thanks so much for your attention!

The Research Center at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, a division of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Madison, Wisconsin, is looking for a paper and book conservator, to start around or after mid-August 2005. Prior hands-on experience in paper and book repair and conservation is essential; additional study on the subject is also desirable. The conservator is responsible for organizing, stocking, and maintaining the Research Center?s conservation lab; ordering supplies and materials; working with archivists to determine appropriate conservation treatments; and performing a wide variety of basic to advanced repairs on the archive?s collection of books, papers, manuscripts, photographs, serials, maps, and posters. Treatments most commonly applied to archive materials include cleaning, flattening, and mending of paper items; recasing of books; creating custom-made Mylar sleeves for photographs; and constructing protective enclosures such as phase boxes and clamshell boxes. 

This is a part-time, contractual position; the conservator will not be an employee of the State of Wisconsin. As the primary provider of conservation services to the Research Center, the conservator has a great deal of autonomy and plays an essential role in the care of Veterans Museum collections. The Research Center lab is modest in size and relatively new; the right candidate will find this position presents a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply and build on their skills, expand the lab?s potential, and work with the truly unique materials in the Research Center collections. Working hours, days, and rate of pay are flexible and may be determined by the conservator in cooperation with the Archives Collection Manager. As a contractor, the conservator may deduct work-related travel expenses and other costs. This position could be ideal for someone willing to commute from locations in Southern Wisconsin or Northern Illinois, for a recent graduate from a course of study in
 conservation who is looking to gain valuable experience in the field, or for an experienced professional who wants to make a significant contribution to this growing conservation lab.

Contact Gayle Martinson, Archives Collections Manager, at gayle.martinson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (no phone calls please).

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