Suzanne Deal Booth Book Conservator Fellow

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Harry Ransom Center
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Friday, 16 April, 2021 - 23:00

NOTE: The requirements for the position are now open to include master's-level graduates of recognized Art Conservation Programs from 2018 through August 2021.
This position closes April 16, 2021.

Suzanne Deal Booth Book Conservator Fellow
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Administered by and centered in the Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas at Austin is launching an exciting new initiative to provide centralized on-campus conservation treatment services for the University's rare and unique cultural record collections. Partner collections on the UT Austin campus are the UT Libraries, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and the Blanton Museum of Art. Phased preparations for this large-scale initiative are underway, including an active capital campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art conservation lab to accommodate a future expansion of staff and research capacity. To prototype this initiative, the University is supporting a full-time position in paper conservation for two years, with the potential for a two-year extension. The Suzanne Deal Booth Fellow joins the launch of this important initiative for an 18-month period.

As an integral member of the Ransom Center's preservation and conservation staff, the Fellow will perform the full spectrum of book conservation treatment activities for the University of Texas at Austin's rare and unique cultural record collections. Working under the supervision of the Senior Book Conservator and in collaboration with paper conservator colleagues, the Fellow will assist in establishing relationships on campus with the UT Libraries (including the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Architecture and Planning Library), the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and the Blanton Museum of Art, and participate in new workflows for the consultation, examination, and treatment of bound materials from these partner institutions. The fellowship offers an opportunity to acquire advanced training while working in collaborative environment that includes a senior book conservator, paper conservators, photograph conservators, and preservation technicians. While research is not a primary function of this fellowship, there is potential for historical or technical research to evolve from the treatment projects undertaken.
Master's degree from a recognized graduate art conservation education program, with a demonstrated concentration in book conservation. Must have received degree in 2018 or later or anticipate a 2021 graduation date of no later than August. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be eligible to work in the United States without departmental sponsorship.

Book conservation experience in a library or archives setting. Experience collaborating with curators, special collections managers, and conservators in a team environment.

$43,000, non-negotiable, plus full health and retirement benefits and professional development funding

Anticipated Start Date
September 2021

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