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Job: Photography Collection Cataloguer (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

• Work with Curator, Manager of Works on Paper and Photography Collections, Conservation, and Registrar departments to implement guidelines for TMS to bring level of cataloguing photographs up to highest standards

• Continue to review policies and procedures for cataloguing the photography collection to be included in the MFAH-TMS Style Manual; and update photography collection records in TMS to consistently reflect guidelines

• Work with conservation to assure processes are researched and correctly entered in TMS

• Gather primary data through questionnaires, research and examining objects to ensure the photography collection is adequately and carefully documented

• Consult registrar and curatorial files regarding invoices and correspondence from artists for essential information detailing the materials and techniques used in the creation of photographic works and their history; when necessary, cataloguer may contact photographers or photographers´ estates for further clarification

• Review and research photographs that have been received for potential acquisition

• Review and approve records for newly accessioned photographs catalogued by Registrar staff

• Coordinate reproduction photographs of the permanent collection

• Manage the photography collection book project: coordinate and prepare for photo review sessions with Curator, Assistant Curator, and authors; record notes at all project related meetings; data entry and maintenance of project database; coordinate and manage requests for Photographic and Imaging Services department and Conservation department; research caption information for each object included in final draft

• Manage all incoming records (digital and paper), and maintain collection filing system

• As needed, cataloguer will work with photography curator to accomplish other functions within the department

• Supervise or work with interns and volunteers

• Coordinate incoming shipment requests with lender and Assistant Registrar, Incoming Loans

Photography Collection Assistant (reports to Manager, Works on Paper and Photography Collections and Study Center):

• Oversee Study Storage Room 3: Coordinate with Manager of Works on Paper and Photography Collections the movement of select photography collection materials from SSR7, SSR 8, and SSR 9 to SSR 3, complete inventory and reorganize storage, record location changes in TMS (The Museum System), and assist Conservation and Manager, Works on Paper and Photography Collections and Study Center with the development of proper storage conditions for all works stored in this area

• Pulling from SSR3 and re-shelving collection materials used for exhibition, loans, material to be photographed, examined by conservation, etc., also works with the preparations staff for the internal movement of collection material from SSR3

• Work with Curatorial staff and Registrar staff to complete active TR´s (temporary receipts) in the photography collection 

• Respond to inquires regarding objects in the collection


Further details, including applications etc, for the job (Code: 12-059CUR) can be found here.

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