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Rosenfeld Project Conservator 


Mystic Seaport Museum is hiring a full-time Project Conservator. The position's objective is to provide conservation and recovery services for the Rosenfeld Collection at-risk negatives. The Rosenfeld Collection, acquired in 1984 by Mystic Seaport Museum, is one of the largest archives of maritime photographs in the United States. This Collection of nearly one million pieces documents the period from 1881 to 1992. Images are captured in a variety of formats, from glass plate negatives to color transparencies, and from glossy prints to photographic murals. The Collection represents the evolution of photographic technology and developments in the maritime industry over the last century.


• Work with Rosenfeld Collections staff committee to determine which negatives to recover.

• Recover pellicle from negatives at Level 6 stage of deterioration.

• Treat negatives for recovery of safety film content using industry practices of emulsion recovery.

• Scan recovered emulsion (pellicle) for digital post-production and archiving.

• Rehouse recovered pellicles.

• Represent Mystic Seaport Museum in a professional manner at all times

• To teach and pass on skills to others through a variety of methods

Position Requirements

• Experience in detailed survey work, photography, library sciences.

• Accurate computer skills including database experience.

• Willingness and ability to work with non-professional volunteers

• Ability and willingness to record, log and document work performed

• Ability to work unsupervised on assigned tasks and projects

• Completion of high school or college degree program desirable

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
EOE Statement Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, Veteran's status, age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, religious affiliation or other protected status. It is our policy to comply fully with these laws and information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law.  
About the Organization Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation's leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America's seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to 'inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.'

The Museum's grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America's oldest commercial ship still in existence.  

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