West Coast Regional Collector

Smithsonian Institution

Archives of American Art

Location:  Los Angeles, CA

Grade 11, intermittent position

The hourly rate:  $31.69/hour, not to exceed 1,040 hours

(6 months per year).

The Archives of American Art is the nation’s largest repository of documentation of the visual arts and culture in the United States.  The Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve, and make available for study records, original papers, photographs, diaries, sketchbooks, and oral history interviews.  On the subject of art in America, AAA is the largest archives in the world, holding more than 20 million documents.

As collector for the West Coast region of the United States, the incumbent conducts a systematic campaign to acquire, through donation, the most important personal papers and organizational records in the region for the study of art in America.  Using critical and professional judgment, he/she is responsible for the selection, the description and the scholarly appraisal of collections through a close examination of their contents.  The incumbent serves as Archives’ authority in the region consulting with and advising researchers, including curators, art historians, graduate students and others.  The work takes place primarily in the state of California, but on occasion communication with or travel to Oregon and Washington may be required.

Applicants should email a letter of interest and résumé to Taylor Hicks at by April 22, 2016. To learn more about the Archives of American Art, visit our website at


The Smithsonian is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Information
  • Los Angeles, California, 90001, United States
  • 27268269
  • March 7, 2016
  • Collections Specialist
  • Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
  • Curator
  • No
  • Part-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Master’s Degree
  • 3-5 Years
  • 25-50%
  • $31.69 – $31.69 (Hourly Wage)