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Subject: Internship at Freer and Sackler Galleries

Internship at Freer and Sackler Galleries

From: Emily Jacobson <jacobsone<-at->
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Ten-Week Summer Internship
Paper Conservation Lab
Department of Conservation and Scientific Research
Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution

The Freer and Sackler is accepting applications for a summer
internship funded by the Levy Foundation for the treatment of the
Ernst Herzfeld Papers. This position is intended for a student
currently in or recently graduated from a graduate conservation
program with the aim of providing the opportunity to gain further
hands-on treatment experience on a range of paper-based materials.

Archaeologist and art historian Ernst Emil Herzfeld (1879-1948) was
one of the most widely learned and influential figures in the
history of West Asian studies. His professional papers mostly relate
to his expeditions to the Near East (chiefly Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and
Syria) conducted between 1903 and 1947, in particular his
excavations at Samarra, Pasargadae, Persepolis, and in Sistan. The
Papers include correspondence, field notebooks, drawings,
sketchbooks, inventories of objects, "squeeze" copies of
architectural details and photographs; approximately 12,000 original
images documenting Islamic and pre-Islamic archaeological sites,
prehistoric artifacts, monuments, and architecture.

The successful applicant will work closely with the paper
conservator responsible for the American, Islamic and Indian
collections as well as the Archives and Library collections.  The
primary focus of this project is the survey and treatment of
drawings in the Herzfeld collection; these drawings are executed on
a variety of supports including wove paper, tracing paper and
architectural linen. Condition problems include surface dirt, tears,
tape and tape stains, and planar distortion. There will also be the
opportunity to assist the paper conservator on various other
projects as needed.

Applicants must be recent graduates or currently enrolled in a
recognized conservation program or have four or more years of
equivalent experience. Applicants must be fluent in spoken and
written English. There is a stipend of $4,000 for the ten week
position.  To apply please send the following by March 15, 2009:

    *   A letter of application expressing why you are interested in
        this opportunity and your future goals.

    *   A resume including basic biographical information with
        current address, telephone numbers, and email address, as
        well as conservation education and/or relevant experience or

    *   A portfolio including samples of treatment reports and
        photographic documentation.

    *   Contact information for two professional references (include
        address, phone, email).

All applications should be sent to:

    Emily Jacobson
    Paper and Photographs Conservator
    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 707
    Washington DC 20013-7012
    Fax: 202-633-9474

                  Conservation DistList Instance 22:46
                 Distributed: Friday, February 13, 2009
                       Message Id: cdl-22-46-031
Received on Wednesday, 11 February, 2009

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