Collections Cataloguer

Princeton, NJ
Jan 10, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2018-8350
Department Art Museum
Category Arts and Museum Administration
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


With collecting origins dating to the 1750s, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the finest art museums in the country. Formally established in 1882, its collections feature about 100,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Its collections of Chinese painting, the art of the ancient Americas, and photography are widely regarded as being among the world's richest. A private institution serving the public good, the Museum is committed to serving the University, local and regional communities, and beyond through a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, new scholarship, and innovative programming. By collaborating with experts across many disciplines, fostering sustained study of original works of art, and uniting scholarship with broad accessibility, the Museum contributes to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton University and enhances the civic fabric of our nation.

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The Princeton University Art Museum, one of the nation's preeminent cultural institutions in an academic setting, seeks applications for the position of full-time Collections Cataloguer for a 30-month term position to join a team dedicated to improving providing full digital access to the Museum's drawing collections. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work within the context of an art museum that is intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, supporting one of the most dynamic exhibition programs on any college campus and a program of educational activities and events that continues to grow in energy and impact each year.


The Cataloguer will be responsible for the full cataloguing of the Princeton University Art Museum's drawings collection. Information will be recorded in the Museum's collections information management system, The Museum System® (TMS), utilizing best practices in the cataloging of works of art. As part of the Museum's Information and Technology department, and reporting to the Manager of Collections Information, the Cataloger will focus on transcribing a critical mass of analog information about the Museum's drawing collection from source documents such as curatorial files and accession records.

Job duties include:
  • Organize, compile, and digitize (as needed) source documents relating to individual works of art in the collection
  • Enter compiled data in the collections information management system adhering to established standards and guidelines
  • Create comprehensive subject tagging and relationships as outlined by best practice in cataloguing
  • Confer regularly with collections information staff and curators to ensure accuracy of information and the use of appropriate authority tools
  • Attend weekly team meetings


Essential qualifications required:
  • Bachelor's degree in art, art history, museum studies, information science, or related discipline
  • One to three years' demonstrated experience cataloguing works of art within a collections information system
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently to produce consistent, high-quality results over long-term project
  • A high degree of organization, self-motivation, and great attention to detail is critical • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in museums, art history, visual culture
  • Proficiency using multiple operating systems (Windows and Mac OSX) and basic software including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Photoshop

Preferred qualifications:
  • Familiarity with drawing techniques and materials
  • Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language, preferably Italian and/or German

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Salary Grade

LTT, 050

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Estimated Appointment End Date


Comments Related to End Date

30-month term position

Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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