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[BKARTS] ASSISTANT CONSERVATOR, Drawings and Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.


Drawings and Prints


This is a temporary grant-funded position (scheduled to end May 31, 2006) to perform conservation and preservation treatment on the collection of early Italian architectural treatises in the Department of Drawings and Prints. The work is supervised by a curator from that Department in cooperation with Watson Library's Preservation Librarian. A wide variety of conservation treatments will be performed, using the facilities of the Watson Library's Book Conservation Unit.


* Assess each item in a subset of the collection (Italian architectural treatises of the 15th-19th centuries) and determine appropriate housing and treatment.

* Supervise volunteer staff in creating mylar, four-flap, clamshell, and other enclosures.

* For those books requiring custom-made boxes, measure books and complete order forms.

* Carry out treatments as necessary. These may include but are not limited to: dry-cleaning and refurbishing of paper, leather, and vellum; making repairs to joints, hinges, caps, corners, and edges of books; repairing endbands; recasing and rebacking; paper repair; flattening of warped vellum boards; rebinding.

* Complete condition and treatment reports, together with photographic documentation, and assist in preparing final report for granting agency.

* Other related duties


Experience & Skills:

* The collection of early Italian architectural treatises in the Department of Drawings and Prints is one of the most important of its kind, comprising many rare, early books in original bindings of vellum, leather, paper, and wood. In order to be considered for this position, a conservator must possess a minimum of five years experience in rare book treatment, including considerable work with fifteenth and sixteenth-century volumes.

* Demonstrated skills in the full-range of book conservation treatment and repairs required.

* Clerical and photographic skills adequate for documentation of the project required.

* Reading knowledge of Italian helpful.

* Some knowledge of architecture preferred but not required.

Knowledge & Education:

* Completion of a formal graduate-level program in book conservation required.

* Knowledge of printmaking processes and 16th -20th century European binding structures.

Send letter of interest and curriculum vitae (as a Word document only) to: <employoppty@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> or via Fax to: 212-570-3882.

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