The Getty

Special Collec Archivist II

Posted Date
5 months ago(11/21/2019 11:43 AM)
Requisition Number
LT Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
GRI - 0420-Collections Management
Targeted Hiring Range
$56,098.64 - $70,128.24 Annually
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

Job Summary

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks a motivated and knowledgeable archivist to process the papers of Claes Oldenburg, one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century, and critic, art historian and artist Coosje van Bruggen, who collaborated with Oldenburg on more than 40 public sculptures over three decades. Comprising 450 linear feet, the archive covers every period of both Oldenburg’s and Van Bruggen’s careers, including their independent work as well as their collaborations. The archive contains more than 2,000 sketches and collages, 450 diaries and notebooks, and extensive correspondence, photography, ephemera, and audiovisual materials, as well as plans and templates related to projects.


Reporting to the Manager of Special Collections Cataloging and Processing, the Archivist’s duties will include physically processing and arranging the material according to archival best practices; creating an online finding aid in compliance with national standards; consulting regularly with colleagues throughout the GRI as appropriate; writing blog posts and participating in outreach activities related to the collection. The Archivist II will supervise a Library Assistant assigned to help with the processing for one year of the project.


This is a limited term position for 3 years.


Located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their histories. Serving an international community of scholars, the Research Library is one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the world, with holdings of more than one million books and periodicals, rare books and journals, rare photographs, prints dating from the 15th century to the present, architectural drawings and models, audiovisual recordings, digital content, and extensive archives and manuscript collections.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a processing plan for the project
  • Arrange, process, and re-house the papers of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen according to archival best practices
  • Create a DACS-compliant finding aid and bibliographic record based on current standards, best practices, research, and analysis
  • Identify conservation concerns and perform basic preservation practices
  • Train, supervise, and revise the work of others
  • Facilitate digitization
  • May answer reference questions related to the collection
  • May research, write, present, and publish about collections and work activities
  • May contribute to outreach activities


  • Graduate degree in Library and Information Studies from an ALA-accredited library school, Art History, or a related discipline
  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience
  • Requires advanced subject, language, and/or technical expertise

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated subject knowledge in contemporary art history
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to lift and move 40 pounds
  • Ability to climb ladders
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Knowledge of standards such as DACS, EAD, MARC, and RDA preferred
  • Experience with ArchivesSpace or other collection management systems preferred
  • Experience handling large format materials and/or artwork preferred
  • Must have means of transportation to work sites at both the Getty Center in Brentwood and the Getty’s off-site facility in Valencia, approximately 30 miles to the north