While applications will be accepted until the position
is filled, we strongly encourage candidates to apply by January 10,
and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in
America documents the lives of women of the past and present
for the future and furthers the Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s
commitment to the study of women, gender, sexuality, and society.
We seek a visionary candidate to fill the position of
Curator for Race and Ethnicity, created in 2016. Reporting to
the Executive Director of the Schlesinger Library, the Curator
plays a vital part in the Library’s sustained and ongoing work to
build a more complete historical record in order to support
research and learning. Working as part of a team as well as
independently, the Curator collaborates with other Library
staff to ethically develop collections documenting the history and
contributions of women and organizations under-represented in
Schlesinger’s collections, especially those from Latinx, African
American, Caribbean, and Asian American groups. The successful
candidate should have extensive knowledge of the history of women
and gender in one or more of these areas.
The Curator collaborates with the Library’s faculty director,
executive director, other curators, and members of the Acquisitions
Committee to identify gaps in the collections and to develop and
implement a robust strategy to broaden the Library’s holdings by
fostering relationships with multiple communities. The Curator is
responsible for collection development of manuscript, printed, and
electronic records in these areas. They determine strategic
priorities, manage acquisitions, and engage with collections
holders and their communities to support this crucial facet of the
Library’s mission. They work with colleagues to steward the
Library’s existing collections, communicate with donors about
ongoing collection issues, and offer intellectual guidance to
archivists on the processing of newly-acquired
collections. The Curator also works with Library and faculty
colleagues to elevate inclusive stories from within Schlesinger’s
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION INCLUDE:
- Working collaboratively with Library staff to deepen the
world-class collections for American women’s and gender history,
especially collections that document the experiences of
historically under-represented groups.
- Building relationships with potential donors of manuscript
- Working with other Schlesinger curators to build and manage
advisory working groups comprised of scholars, Library staff, and
- Working with colleagues in the broader Harvard Library system
to plan for the processing of collections that require linguistic
competencies beyond those of Schlesinger staff.
- Working with Library leadership to further a comprehensive
strategy of community engagement to support our enhanced collecting
mission. Such a strategy will include:
- Collaborating with Radcliffe colleagues to develop vibrant
- Working with Harvard faculty and colleagues in Research
Services to enhance and support teaching and learning through our
- Planning and curating exhibitions of Schlesinger materials
- Representing the Library at community events
- Maintaining high visibility in the archival profession and in
Harvard and Radcliffe publications to elevate the efforts
- Serving on the Schlesinger Library’s Acquisitions Committee and
recommend potential acquisitions (both donations and
- Negotiating the terms of deeds of gift and agreements to
- Overseeing acquisition budgets, monitor funds, manage gift, and
purchase agreements, and document all facets of ongoing work.
- Reporting on collection development efforts to varied
stakeholders, contributing, and assessing data as needed.
- Promoting awareness, understanding and recognition of legal
issues which may arise from working with unpublished collections in
areas such as copyright, privacy, confidentiality, right-to-know,
- Leveraging technology to expand collection development in a
technology-driven collecting landscape.
- Representing the Schlesinger Library on Harvard Library
- Other duties may also be assigned.
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL POSESS:
- Master’s degree or comparable evidence of advanced study in
American history; Africana, Latina/o, or Asian American Studies;
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or other related field.
- ALA-accredited MLS (Master’s in Library Science) or equivalent
degree in a related field such as Public Humanities.
- Knowledge of archival theory, practice, and technologies,
including in relation to born digital material.
- Three plus years of curatorial or collection development
- Excellent organizational skills, including experience with
budget and records management.
- Experience building community relationships.
- Demonstrated ability to work productively, both independently
and collaboratively, in a highly collegial and team-based
- Excellent communication skills.
- Language expertise relevant to the Curator’s particular
- Familiarity with conservation and preservation practices
relating to special collections and ability to assess the
conservation / preservation demands of potential acquisitions,
including born digital material.
- Proven experience working with collectors and building donor