Thursday, July 29, 2010

Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection

Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Theatre Collection (HTC), founded in 1901, is the oldest and one of the largest such collection in the world; its extensive holdings, including the John Milton and Ruth Neils Ward Collection, embrace the widest possible range of performance, including dance, opera, musical theatre, film, and popular entertainment

The Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library is seeking a Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection. Reporting to the Associate Librarian of Houghton Library for Collections, the Curator has primary responsibility for administration of the Harvard Theatre Collection, including collection building, collection promotion, and working with faculty and students. The Curator interacts collaboratively with the Associate Librarian for Public Services and the Associate Librarian for Technical Services on matters relating to access, cataloging, and digitization of the collection, and with faculty, Houghton curators, and staff from Harvard’s Loeb Music Library, the Harvard Film Archive, and Harvard’s Office of the Arts and Culture in matters pertaining to collection development and programs. The Curator will engage faculty and students in aligning Theatre Collection programs with teaching and research. The Curator will represent Houghton Library at meetings of professional and scholarly organizations, especially those pertaining to the history of the performing arts.

• Bachelor of Arts required and a minimum 5 years work experience in a special collections department, preferably in an academic research library environment. MLS strongly preferred; An Advanced degree in a subject relevant to the collection strongly preferred.
• Experience managing a collections budget and working with the development office in the cultivation of donor and financial resources.
• Knowledge of the history of the performing arts and the antiquarian book market
• Reading knowledge of at least two modern European languages required
• Basic knowledge of library systems and catalogs and issues concerning digitization and catalog access to the collections required.
• Proficiency with standard MS Office Suite, database, and spreadsheet software
• Experience in a supervisory and project management role required

To see full job description and apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to: Harvard Employment Site

Benefits and Salary: Harvard University’s comprehensive benefit package includes medical, dental, disability insurance, ample paid time off, University-paid retirement plans, and much more. Salary is commensurate with the experience and qualifications for a grade 59 position. For detailed information, please visit:

Additional Information about Houghton Library can be found at:

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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