Head Film Archivist, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks an experienced moving image
archivist to oversee the film and video collections of the Wisconsin Center
for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR) and, in affiliation with the UW’s
School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), to teach one course
annually in archival theory and practice. The WCFTR is administered by
The UW Department of Communication Arts. In cooperation with the Wisconsin
Historical Society (WHS), the Center sustains one of the nation’s richest
archives in the performing arts, housed at the WHS Building. SLIS is one of the nation’s top-ranked
programs in library and information studies, and it offers archives
specialization as an MA degree option http://www.slis.wisc.edu/
- Acquisition, maintenance, and preservation of moving image collections
- Facilitate research access to WCFTR- and WHS-owned film and video
- In coordination with WHS, oversee cataloguing and indexing of moving image
- Supervise student workers and rotating staff in handling WCFTR-related
- Participate in outreach efforts drawing from archival collections
- Conduct training sessions in archival research and management for campus
- Assist in daily management of WCFTR office
- Teach one foundational course annually in archival theory and practice in
SLIS’s archives specialization. Engage in appropriate levels of student
advising and curricular administration within SLIS.
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Requirements: MA or MLS (or equivalent) in moving image archiving; or MLS
(or equivalent) in library and information studies (with archival emphasis)
and coursework in film/media studies; or MA (or equivalent) in film/mass
media studies with substantial archival training and experience.
Preferred qualifications: 2 to 5 years of archival experience with emphasis
in moving image archiving preferred. Expertise in moving image archiving
essential; expertise in manuscript and digital archiving also desirable.
Evidence of teaching ability essential; teaching experience desirable.
Application: Submit curriculum vitae, contact information for three
professional references, and cover letter highlighting appropriate training
and experience, including where applicable information relevant to teaching
Send material to the attention of:
WCFTR Assistant Director,
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org;
or via USPS to
6039 Vilas Hall,
University of Wisconsin,
Madison, WI 53706.
To assure consideration, all
materials must be received by October 25, 2013.
The UW Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Unless
confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of
applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed
confidentiality. A criminal background check will be conducted
prior to hiring.
Posted Oct. 1, 2013.
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The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR) is the home of one of the oldest and most extensive collections of print, audio/visual, and graphic materials relating to film, theater, radio and television in the United States. The Center is administered by the Communication Arts department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and works in close cooperation with the Wisconsin Historical Society. Our holdings focus on US entertainment-based media, though we also have smaller collections in social action documentary and non-US film, notably Hong Kong, Taiwanese and Soviet cinema. WCFTR collections are richest in records of the American film industry between 1930 and 1960, popular theater of the 1940s and 1950s, and television from the 1950s through the 1970s. They include over three hundred manuscript collections from outstanding playwrights, television and motion picture writers, producers, actors, designers, directors and production companies. In addition to the paper records, materials preserved include fifteen thousand motion pictures, television shows and videotapes, two million still photographs and promotional graphics, and several thousand sound recordings.
The Center also supports the UW Cinematheque, a vital part of Madison culture that provides free screenings of films from around the world, as well as the Wisconsin Film Festival.
For email and mailing addresses of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research staff, visit the contact section of this web site.