Vacancy Announcement: Archivist, Brandywine River Museum of Art

Job Title:
Archivist, a part-time grant-supported position through 2019

Reports to:
Manager, Walter & Leonore Annenberg Research Center

Primary Function:
The archivist will assist with the analysis and processing of the Paul Preston Davis collection that documents the life and career of artist and illustrator, Howard Pyle (1853-1911).

Essential Functions:
The archivist will inventory the collection, conduct basic preservation tasks, create finding aids, perform data entry, contribute research as needed, and evaluate the cumulative research value of the collection in tandem with existing materials on Pyle in the Research Center’s holdings.


  1. MA degree in information and Library Science or Archival Studies, with additional background in Art History, or History preferred.
  2. At least 2 years’ experience in a research library, archive, or similar organization. Experience in arranging and describing archival, book, prints and posters according to accepted standards.
  3. Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation issues as they relate to archival collections.
  4. Knowledge of rights administration and management issues for archival collections.
  5. Superior written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills; great attention to detail; demonstrated ability to manage time and tasks and complete projects in a timely manner.

Interested applicants must submit the following:

  • Cover letter and resume
  • Three professional references

About the Research Center:
The Walter & Leonore Annenberg Research Center of the Brandywine Museum of Art houses books on American art and artists, exhibition and collection catalogues, auction catalogues, and special reference materials on history of the Chadds Ford, and Wilmington, Delaware region.

The Research Center’s Special Collections preserves nineteenth-and early twentieth-century periodicals, illustrated books, and exhibition catalogues, as well as archival material related to artists in the Museum’s art collection that relate to the creation of illustration for the publishing industry in America. Included are correspondence, photographs, lanterns slides, exhibition pamphlets, prints, original drawings, diaries, scrapbooks, and ephemera.

The collection’s strengths document the careers and lives of the Wyeth family of artists—N. C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth–and other members of the Wyeth family:  Henriette Wyeth, Carolyn Wyeth, Peter Hurd, and John McCoy.    It also houses important materials on the artists Maxfield Parrish, Thornton Oakley, F. O. C. Darley, Howard Pyle, and several of Pyle’s students.  The Scribner’s Index Card Collection, donated by the publisher, is an important resource for documentation of many artists’ works produced from the late nineteenth through early nineteen-sixties.

Please send your completed application to Connie Scholz at

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