Curatorical Registrar

Company Name: 

Idaho State Historical Society


2205 Old Penitentiary Rd
Boise, ID 83712

Contact Name: 

Annette Polidori



Job Description: 

Curatorial Registrar at the Idaho State Historical Society

Salary: 19.35 per hour or $40,248.00 annually

Location: Boise, ID

Job Type: Full Time

Job Announcement Closes: 1/20/2019

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Be a part of an organization that makes history every day! Join a highly motivated team in a fast-paced environment dedicated to inspiring, enriching and engaging all Idahoans by leading the state in preserving, sharing, and using history and cultural resources relevant to today to inform and influence the future.  

The Curatorial Registrar, with the working title of Capitol Curator, is assigned to manage the Capitol Curation Program as outlined in Idaho Statute (Title 67-16). This position is assigned to the Idaho State Museum. The incumbent is responsible for the organization, management, and care of the Capitol Collection; managing, maintaining records of, and oversee any and all permanent and temporary exhibits within the Capitol building. This position may also work on museum collections and exhibitions on an as needed basis.

Example of Duties

•In consultation with the Curator of Collections and collections staff this position will develop and implement policies, procedures and forms for museum and capitol collections management, in alignment with the Agency's strategic plan and in accordance with professional standards set by the American Association of Museums.

•Develops, manages and maintains manual and computerized information of capitol collection records including creating, compiling, and maintaining legal documents, records, histories of use, physical histories, loan, conservation, condition, and publication records of permanent collections objects.

•Organizes, implements, and updates inventory of the capitol collection held in the Capitol building and storage facility.

•As part of Museum Collections Committee, determines objects to be added to the permanent collection with respect to the Museums policies and mission.  Curatorial Registrar also works with team to determine items to be deaccessioned and assists with the development of the yearly collections budget.

•Works with the Curator of Collections, Museum Administrator, and ISHS Executive Director to develop a budget for the operation of the Capitol Curation program.

•Works with Museum collections team to develop collections plan for Elected Officials and Legislative Leadership regarding state donations.

•Explains museum collections donation procedures and collecting procedures related to the capitol collection to the general public, agencies, and committees, and works directly with donors to facilitate legal transfer of ownership of objects. Verifies and collects pertinent information about historic artifacts for permanent records.

•Provides professional management and development of permanent, temporary and special exhibits in the Idaho Statehouse, including providing information on artifacts available for exhibition, assisting in the preparation of interpretive text and label copy, and installation of exhibitions.

•Works with Arts Commission, Capitol Commission, and ISHS to continue to development of the Capitol Changing Exhibitions Program.

•Provides professional direction as to the proper care and preservation of the Capitol historic collection and building.

•Provides professional support and direction regarding the Capitol collections and program, and serve as the liaison between agencies, committees, and the public with regard to the historic collection, exhibits, and ongoing preservation of the Capitol building.

•Serves as liaison to Visitor and Facilities Services staff (LSO) in support of the Capitol School Tours program.

•Develops and performs public programs related to the Capitol Curation Program, museum collections, and the vision, mission, and goals of the Idaho State Historical Society.

•Photographs, classifies, registers, and catalogs capitol collection artifacts.

•Ensures artifacts are placed in appropriate collection, labeled and marked for ease of identification.

•Examines artifacts to determine and perform required actions for artifact preservation and appropriately prepares capitol artifacts for exhibition and storage, as well as documents all preservation and conservation performed.

•Facilitates care and control of capitol collections including access, environmental monitoring of capitol exhibit galleries and storage facility and preservation and conservation of artifacts.  Helps maintain museum's collections and exhibits.

•Determines transportation and shipping needs for capitol artifacts and appropriately prepares them for travel. 

•Researches and purchases collections management equipment, supplies, and contracts for outside services as needed such as conservation, packing, crating, shipping, and photography.

•Facilitates capitol collections volunteer/intern program including training, scheduling, and supervising volunteers and interns.

•Maintains knowledge of current museum practices and standards for the preservation and conservation of artifacts. 

•Some amount of weekend and evening time spent on capitol or museum events, projects, and programming.


Minimum Qualifications

The following knowledges and abilities, however acquired: Good knowledge of: general museum classification, registration, and cataloging principles; Chenhall System for classifying historical objects; history research methods; artifact preservation methods. Some knowledge of: supervisory methods. Demonstrated ability to: collect, organize, and compile history research data into a logical order; communicate effectively orally and in writing.

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