• Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA, United States
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  • 4 weeks ago

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Associate Curator/ Curator of Historic Textiles and Clothing


The full-time Associate Curator/ Curator of Historic Textiles and Clothing provides energetic and creative

leadership in researching, interpreting, exhibiting, and growing one of the finest collections of American and

European textiles and clothing in the United States. The 8000 object textile collection includes historic

clothing and accessories, flat, woven textiles, bed hangings, quilts, coverlets, needlework, carpets,

upholstered furniture, and textile processing tools spanning some 400 years, from c. 1600 to 2000.

The Associate Curator/Curator of Historic Textiles and Clothing is responsible for the development, care,

and presentation of the textiles and clothing collection at the museum; creates rotating exhibitions in the

Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery; oversees the display, installation, and interpretation of textiles in the

museum’s 18th-and 19th-century historic houses; conducts scholarly research leading to presentations,

workshops, programs, and publications for diverse audiences; and participates in the shared daily tasks and

responsibilities of the Curatorial Department.

Reporting to the Curatorial Department Director, this role is a full-time, benefitted position (35 hours per

week) with a starting salary range of $50,000-$70,000. Rank (either Associate Curator or Curator) and salary

will be determined by experience.


Specific responsibilities fall under three main categories: research, interpretation, and display; collections care; and

collections development.
• Responsible for the historic clothing and textile collection, its research, cataloguing, care,

presentation, publication, and conservation planning. The Curator of Historic Textiles and Clothing

assists in the care of other collections as required.
• Develop rotations and exhibitions for the Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery in the Flynt Center of

Early New England Life.
• Participate with HD staff members in the creation of furnishing plans and installations within the

historic houses, and oversee the research, creation, and installation of reproduction textiles in the

historic houses.
• Prepare and mount historic clothing and textiles for photography and at times, for exhibition.
• Participate in and at times organize educational events: symposia, seminars, forums, museum

courses, lectures, and staff training.
• Facilitate research visits of colleagues from the broader museum/academic community.
• Present programs for the public as required and participate in Guides’ Training Programs as

• Teach in the Summer Fellowship Program, a nine-week course of independent study and museum

apprenticeship for advanced undergraduates.
• Generate and plan of electronic/digital content for social media, distance learning initiatives, and

promotion of the museum, designed to engage visitors with the museum and its surroundings.
• Oversee and participate in the overall care of the historic textile and clothing collection, including

examination, conservation assessments, preventative maintenance activities, housing, and storage.

Collaborative projects may include the Collections Manager, Collections Care Technician, and/or

interns. All advanced conservation work is contracted with outside professionals.
• Maintain regular contact with museum colleagues, collectors, dealers, and auction house personnel

to source acquisitions (donations, bequests, and purchases), develop knowledge of the marketplace,

and enhance Historic Deerfield’s standing in the museum community. Prepare and present

proposals for Acquisitions Committee meetings.
• Develop collaborative programs with other institutions to promote research on Deerfield and the

Connecticut River Valley.
• Contribute to the Curatorial Department through the daily administration of the collections,

including the preparation of reports, annual work plans, and budgeting, and through staff

committees, periodic fundraising and writing assignments for the Department of Development and

Marketing, other occasional weekend and evening duties, and communication with appropriate

Trustee committees and with Summer Fellowship Program alumni/ae.
• Other duties that may be requested and required.

• MA in a relevant field required.
• A minimum of five years’ experience working in a museum, historical society, textile arts

organization, or similar institution.
• Specialized knowledge in American and European textile and clothing history and New England

history and material culture.
• Additional expertise in another area of American fine or decorative arts is a plus.
• Practical understanding of textile processing technology as well as sewing, weaving, and embroidery

techniques. Ability to hand sew and use a sewing machine is desirable, but not required.
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of museum and collection standards and best

• Experience creating historic house furnishing plans and temporary exhibitions.
• Experience with Microsoft office suite, imaging programs, and collections database systems used in

• Excellent organizational skills, follow-through, and attention to detail.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills as demonstrated by reports, publications, or

• Possesses a high level of initiative and the ability to conduct independent and directed projects.
• Ability to manage multiple projects to successful completion on time.
• Team player able to work collaboratively with other departments within the museum.
• Ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities.

• Sitting, standing, and walking for prolonged periods indoors.
• Ability to go up and down stairs with ease.
• Occasionally bend, squat, reach, and work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, pack, carry, and lift

boxes of collections, use a vacuum, stand on a ladder.
• Ability to lift to 30 pounds.
• - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the Museum will provide reasonable accommodation to

any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of their


• Work is performed primarily in an office environment, storage areas, and historic structures. May be

exposed to dust, mold, and/or other organic material or other irritants. Appropriate personal

protective equipment provided.

About Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield, Inc., a not-for-profit museum of American history and art in western Massachusetts. The

successful candidate will join a talented staff with deep expertise and a shared commitment to interpreting

the history and culture of early New England and the Connecticut River Valley. Historic Deerfield is an

affiliated member of Five Colleges, Inc., and is a part of the Museums10 network.

Historic Deerfield is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity Employment and nondiscrimination

against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, marital

status, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classification

protected under state or federal law.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, CV or resume, and names of three references to Betsy McKee,

Assistant to the President, [email protected] • Review of applications will begin on January 23,023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
Deerfield MA USA