Job Opportunities

Archives Fellow

The Wharton Esherick Museum (WEM) seeks an Archives Fellow for a term position with a flexible start date in Fall of 2022 funded by a grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. This position will support WEM as it processes newly discovered archival materials related to Esherick’s life in the 1950s and 1960s and connects them to an already rich, yet underutilized, body of archival collections held at the museum. The Archives Fellow will work toward building a comprehensive grasp of the intellectual content of these archives, including processing, digitizing, research, and programming that offers transparency around the archival discovery process. The position is 24 hours per week for 10 weeks with a stipend of $5000 and the opportunity to submit for academic credit if applicable. This position is designed to offer a significant opportunity for an emerging professional and will include the opportunity to access a more senior colleague for guidance and support. 

Position responsibilities:

  • Assess, create, and implement a processing plan and finding aid for the new archival materials.
  • Create a plan for and begin digitizing critical documents from the new archival materials.
  • Assess previously cataloged archival materials and begin digitizing relevant items.
  • Research resources needed for long term maintenance and public presentations of digital archives, including hardware, software, and managing metadata, with the goal of making recommendations on systems moving forward.
  • Create blog posts and/or virtual spotlight programs, as well as social media posts, detailing new and exciting archival finds. 
  • Alongside WEM’s Director of Interpretation and Site Historian, develop an initial strategy for increasing awareness of our archival resources with potential users of these materials, including students, scholars, artists, and woodworkers.
  • Alongside WEM’s collections-focused Curatorial Assistant (funded through the Henry Luce Foundation), assess conservation and storage needs for WEM’s archives.


  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in Archives Management or Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program; or a degree in Museum Studies, Digital Humanities, History, Public History or a related field; or commensurate experience.
  • Knowledge of and experience with cataloging, library and archives management, digital asset management, and digitization projects and initiatives.
  • Knowledge of collections management, including proper handling, documentation, preservation, and maintenance of archival collections. 
  • Knowledge of or interest in art, craft, and design, or the humanities more broadly.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • Excellent organizational, project, and time management skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Willingness to work within physical and schedule restrictions related to changing guidelines around COVID-19.

How to Apply 

Applicants should send a CV and letter describing relevant experience and interests combined as a single document in PDF format to by the end of the day on August 12, 2022. Please indicate in the subject line, “Archives Fellow.” No phone inquiries please. 

The Wharton Esherick Museum embraces diversity and equal opportunity and is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, difference, perspectives, and skills. We are an equal opportunity employer (and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without any regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law). We believe the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.