The New York Transit Museum Archives is the official repository for New York City Transit Authority administrative records of enduring historical value; historical documents are also acquired from outside sources. The New York Transit Museum Archives collects historical documents and works of art on paper relating to New York City mass transit from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. These records and documents include photographs, moving image materials, maps, posters, engineering drawings, books and serial publications, reports, proposals, records of legal proceedings, correspondence, and other materials. The archives preserves and catalogs these materials and makes them available to researchers from the public, from the New York Transit Museum, and from within the NYCTA and other Metropolitan Transportation Authority agencies. The archives provide reference services by telephone and mail, conducts research, supports all Museum staff functions (exhibitions, programs, development, retail operations, outreach) and initiates publications that provide historical information to the public.
Primary job responsibilities
Assist in the processing of incoming collections of historical records including maps, posters, photographs and the inventory of library materials; catalog collection and series level records for incoming donations in the archives PastPerfect Collection Management database; create paper based collection descriptions and finding aids for record series’ in the archive; scan images for image management database.
Qualifications and experience
Students in archives management, library and information science, records management, museum studies, conservation/preservation administration, history, photography, urban studies, historic preservation, and engineering programs who have had coursework or experience in archives management, cataloging and classification, preservation administration, indexing and abstracting and/or historical research methods are encouraged to apply. A minimum commitment of one day a week is required.
To apply for this internship please mail, fax or email a cover letter and resume to:
Carey Stumm, Archivist
New York Transit Museum
130 Livingston Street 10th Floor
Brooklyn NY 11201