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Collections Assistant/Special Project

Apply now Job no: 498820
Work type: Part-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University

Job Summary

The former Philadelphia History Museum’s Collections Research Center (CRC) holds 130,000 objects that relate to the City’s history. An in-depth Collections Evaluation Project, under the direction of Drexel University, will consider each of these objects, either individually or in groups, and determine their ability to tell stories about the people, places, and activities of Philadelphia’s citizens over 350 years. The project staff has a collaborative work environment that stresses the value of the contributions of each staff member to the success of the project.  The project leadership is particularly seeking to attract candidates from diverse ethnic and/or cultural backgrounds and those with a passion for telling stories through artifacts.

The Collections Assistant will work on a grant funded project to process and digitize a specific collection of materials related to the Pennsylvania/Philadelphia SPCA.

Essential Functions

  • Collecting and entering comprehensive, accurate cataloguing data into the museum’s digital database (PastPerfect) including (where needed): physically describing and measuring objects, identifying materials and manufacturing techniques, condition, researching dates, origin information, provenance, publication and exhibition history. 
  • Creating digital photography and/or scanning.
  • Pursuing research questions related to objects, assist with cleaning up data discrepancies, and supporting project efforts to integrate new findings into objects’ records. 
  • Carrying out project goals to meet established deadlines, sometimes working independently.

Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong computer skills, especially in collection database work.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a group.
  • Strong attention to detail and pursuit of accuracy.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills.
  • Basic digital photography skills.
  • Sufficient stamina to work at computer for extended periods, with appropriate breaks.
  • Ability to lift and reach objects (up to 25 lbs.) overhead and maneuver in small and tight spaces.
  • Occasional reaching, stooping, kneeling, and crouching.


University City, Philadelphia PA

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