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Temp Employee- Collection Technician -Atwater Kent Collection

Apply now Job no: 501885
Work type: Part-Time
Location: Other - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University

Job Summary

Drexel University is now the steward of the Atwater Kent Collection (AKC)—the collection of the former Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent—held in the public trust. As its steward, Drexel is continuing the mission of the former Museum: collecting, preserving, and interpreting a collection of 130,000+ objects amassed to tell the important stories of Philadelphia’s past and give context for the present. Drexel’s goal is to make this city history collection accessible as a “museum without walls”—for research, interpretive, and educational use—through an Online Collection, loan program, exhibitions, and public programming. Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is a comprehensive global research university and experiential learning leader. This began with and continues a comprehensive collection evaluation, including an inventory, object research, and ongoing work to improve the Collection Database to facilitate access and use of the AKC.

 The Collection Technician will work on a gift funded temporary project to process and digitize a specific collection of materials related to the Friends Historical Association in the Atwater Kent Collection.

Essential Functions

  • Photo-document apparel and related clothing and personal gear items associated with the AKC Friends Historical Association collection (approx. 1,400 items).
  • Collect and enter comprehensive, accurate cataloguing data into the collection database (PastPerfect) including (where needed): physically describing and measuring objects, identifying materials and manufacturing techniques, dates, and maker information where known.
  • Identify condition issues and concerns related to fabrics, stability, structural integrity and general overall assessment.
  • Assist with the plans for an online digital exhibit based on completed activities and documentation of the project.  
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong photography skills
  • Strong computer skills, especially in collection database/content management work
  • Strong attention to detail and pursuit of accuracy
  • Ability to analyze, communicate and resolve problems 
  • Textile/Object handling experience
  • Ability to work independently and in a group setting

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing, walking
  • Typically bending, crouching, stooping


  • Job is located at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts-118-128 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This is a part-time temporary position classified as non-exempt.  The offered pay is dependent upon internal equity and the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience.

For information on our benefits offerings please review the Per Diem/Casual/Temporary Benefit Fact Sheet.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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