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Job: Collection Research Assistant (6 month FTC) / closes 15 March 2023

The Warburg Institute’s Photographic Collection is seeking a fixed-term Collection Research Assistant​​​​​​​ to work on its archive of photographs of ‘The Image of the Black in Western Art’, a project initiated by the Menil Foundation in Houston, Texas.

Two different versions of the Menil archive exist; one is at the Hutchins Center in Harvard University, the other at the Warburg. Harvard’s version was originally in Houston, the Warburg’s version in Paris, France. A digital, Microsoft Excel catalogue exists of Harvard’s photographic holdings. You will be responsible for expanding this and creating a joint catalogue of both the Harvard and the Warburg Menil archives. You will be working alongside the Curator of the Photographic Collection, Dr Paul Taylor, who has begun work on the catalogue. You will also be asked to write a descriptive survey of the note cards and negatives which came to the Warburg with the Menil material. The language used throughout the Warburg’s version of the archive is French, of which you must have a reading knowledge. You will be expected to work according to a weekly production schedule.

We’re seeking a junior researcher with an interest in Black history and a good knowledge of the iconography of Western art. You will have strong skills in visual comparison and a meticulous attention to detail.

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