Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photographs

J. Paul Getty Museum

Los Angeles, California


The J. Paul Getty Museum has two openings for Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photographs. Reporting to the Research Associate for Collection Management, these individuals are responsible for conducting research on the permanent collection of over 150,000 photographic works contributing to the development of the online catalog, including identifying and describing images, researching provenance and collecting history, bibliography, exhibition history and TMS (The Museum System) descriptive text. The Curatorial Assistants enter data into TMS database, review historical documentation, undertake bibliographic searches, perform editorial functions to assure accuracy and consistency, and engage in various aspects of collection documentation management. Assists staff, scholars, and study room visitors with accessing the collections and responding to reference inquiries as needed, as well as preparing collection materials for imaging, housing, inventory, and other collection management tasks. The core function of this job is cataloging the collection, which requires working onsite daily in order to directly access accessioned collection materials in a secure workspace.

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