The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 8, Number 4
Jul 1984

Positions Open

Manitoba Provincial Archives, Dept. of Culture, Heritage & Recreation

The outstanding conservation facilities of the Provincial Archives of Manitoba requires a Chief Conservator to plan, administer, direct, and control conservation operations. The Archives' holdings include paper, still/moving images, works of art and bound materials, and houses the internationally significant Hudson's Bay Company Archives (dating back to the 17th century). The incumbent:

contributes to the development and maintenance of Manitoba Heritage Conservation Service (in cooperation with Winnipeg Art Gallery and Museum of Man and Nature)

directs/coordinates disaster action team recommends/maintains security measures and environmental systems

performs individualized treatments of works on paper prepares material for publication

controls fumigation-freeze drying chamber directs/conducts training programs.

Qualifications: Graduate of a recognized conservation training program; 4-6 years of additional conservation experience. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Must be capable of performing the highest quality of individualized treatments on a wide variety of important works on paper.

Salary: $34,629-$42,232 per annum [U.S. equivalent: about $26,320-$32,096]

Closing date: September 15, 1984. Applications received after that date will be accepted at the discretion of the Selection Committee.

Send applications to Civil Service Commission, 904-155 Carlton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3H8, Canada. This is Competition No. 5005.

National Archives

The National Archives is seeking applicants for two positions--a Senior Conservator and a Paper Conservator. The Senior Conservator (GS-12: salary range $30,549-$39, 711, depending on qualifications and experience) will concentrate on treatment of either the Archives' important historic photographic collections or on treatment of manuscripts of the highest intrinsic value. The successful applicant will have experience in at least one additional supporting area of conservation.

The Senior Conservator works under the general direction of the Supervisory Conservator and must be capable of performing the highest quality documented conservation treatment for important archival materials primarily in his/her area of specialization. In addition to individual conservation treatments, duties will include training of other conservation staff in treatment techniques appropriate for archival materials, and development of sound innovative approaches to archival conservation.

The Senior Conservator will be encouraged to spend a portion of his/her time on professional projects or research leading to formal presentation or publication.

The Paper Conservator (GS-5, 7, 9, or 11: salary range $13,903-$33,139, depending on qualifications and experience) will perform conservation treatment on items among an extensive collection of archival materials, including manuscripts, maps, and architectural drawings. Under the direction of the Supervisory Conservator, the Paper Conservator will work in a well-equipped and recently-renovated lab with other conservators and document restorers, participating in individual and group projects.

Salary, responsibilities, and degree of supervision for this position will depend on qualifications. Duties will include conservation documentation and treatment of individual items of great intrinsic value, as well as assisting in the development and implementation of sound, innovative conservation approaches to groups of archival records.

Vacancy Announcements and information about these vacancies can be obtained by contacting Norvell Jones, Supervisory Conservator, Conservation Branch, National Archives, Washington, DC 20408 (202/523-3300).

SOLINET, Atlanta

SOLINET (the Southeastern Library Network), a nonprofit membership organization, seeks a Preservation Administrator to direct a two-year, NEH-funded cooperative preservation program serving libraries and archives in 10 states. Probable continuation beyond grant period,

Primary duties include: develop plan of work; hire and supervise staff assistant; conduct workshops and field service program; coordinate with other regional and national activities.

Required: college degree, three years' relevant experience, evidence of initiative and promotional abilities, excellent organizational and communication skills, willingness to travel. Masters' degree and advanced training in preservation desirable.

Minimum starting salary $28,000; excellent benefits. Position available October 1, 1984. Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

Send résumé, salary requirements, and names of three references by August 13 to Frank Grisham; SOLINET; 400 Colony Square, Plaza Level; Atlanta, GA 30361.


J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities

Description: Under the general supervision of the Librarian,

develops the collection of conservation materials which serves the reference needs of the Conservation Institute and the Conservation Departments of the J. Paul Getty Museum

performs reference services, including online bibliographic database searching

assists in developing the library facilities and services for the conservation collection

hires, trains and supervises the support staff for the conservation collection

maintains liaison between the conservation staff and the staff of the J. Paul Getty Center Library, and

performs other duties as assigned.


An ALA-accredited MLS

Academic degree or strong background in the sciences and knowledge of art history

Working knowledge of at least two modern European languages

At least five years of library experience

Demonstrated managerial ability and interpersonal skills

Preference will be given to candidates who have previous experience in the field of conservation bibliography and a good working knowledge of online systems in libraries.

Position available: Immediately.

Salary range: $28,650-$31,500.

Application deadline: August 31, 1984. Send letter of application, résumé, and three references to: Debbie Brown, The J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 401 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Moravian Music Foundation, Winston-Salem, NC

Full time 35-hour week for a three-year grant-funded program with possibility of extension. Corrective conservation urgently needed for music manuscripts and books in 18th and early 19th century collections of the Foundation (one of the largest and most important music collections from early America). These materials, German in origin, include instrumental, chamber and choral works. Materials selected f or conservation will be sent to nearby lab.


BA and MA degrees, in some combination of: conservation technology, music, German, archives, library science, history.

Two years of hands-on archival experience. Familiarity and experience with conservation techniques.

Working knowledge of German script and music highly desirable.

Work and character references.

Documented work experience will be considered in lieu of other requirements.

Position available: October 1, 1984 or soon thereafter

Salary: $16,000 + 20% fringe benefits, first year

Send application to Ms. Margaret L. Kolb, Chairman, Moravian Music Foundation, 20 Cascade Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27107.

University of Chicago, Joseph Regenstein Library

This is a new position which has primary responsibility f or the Library's preservation program, including development and implementation of policies governing the organization, coordination, and expansion of the Library's preservation activities. Administrative duties include supervision of the staffs of the Library's in-house conservation unit, Photoduplication Department, and a portion of the Library's binding preparation and receipt activities, with a combined staff of 18 FTE. The Preservation Officer will have primary responsibility f or overseeing the general treatment of library materials as well as a program of preventive care. The Library expects candidates to possess high technical knowledge, an understanding of bibliographic operations in a large research library, and tested administrative skills.

Qualifications: Formal training in a preservation program and a Master's degree from an accredited library school preferred. Demonstrated planning and administrative abilities are required. Supervisory experience in an academic or research library preferred.

Salary: $24,250-32,500, dependent upon qualifications of the applicant.

Availability: Immediate. The search will continue until a qualified applicant is found.

Applications, including résumé, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references should be made to: Jane E. Marshall, Personnel Officer, University of Chicago Library, 1100 East 37th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

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