Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts

University of Texas at Austin in Texas

Date Posted July 14, 2014
Type Administrative
Employment Type Full-time


Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts

Founded in 1883, the University of Texas at Austin is the largest university in the University of Texas System. One of the world's finest cultural archives, the Harry Ransom Center provides access to forty-two million literary manuscripts, one million rare books, five million photographs, and over 100,000 works of art.

The Ransom Center seeks a curator, reporting to the Associate Director & Librarian, who will provide support for the Ransom Center's extensive holdings of theater and performing arts materials. These materials document the history of theater, dance, costume and scenic design, opera, and popular entertainments such as vaudeville, the circus, pantomime, magic, puppetry, and minstrel shows. The collection is rich in visual materials, including photographs, set and costume renderings, posters, and prints. Literary archives include the papers of Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Lillian Hellman, Tom Stoppard, David Hare, and many other notable British and American dramatists.

Principal responsibilities include care and treatment of Center's theater and performing arts materials in collaboration with conservation staff; providing specialized reference support for researchers and supporting research service operations; selecting, refining and interpreting collection development policies while considering existing strengths, trends in scholarship, and classroom use; collaborating with cataloging and digital services staff on cataloging and access initiatives, including grant-funded initiatives. This position will represent the Ransom Center within professional and scholarly communities related to theater history and the performing arts.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in theater, English, or American literature (or related discipline), with a strong record of scholarly publication. Master's degree in library/archival studies or three or more years' experience with theater history collections in a research library setting. Demonstrated understanding of the appropriate roles of digital surrogates in a research environment and familiarity with trends in digital librarianship. Record of participation in scholarly or professional organizations at the national or international level. Superior oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated experience in collection development. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with conservators, librarians, development staff, donors and archivists.

Salary: $55,000-65,000 depending on qualifications, with usual benefits.

Application procedure: Go to and refer to posting number 14-06-16-01-0606. Applicants must complete the online job application and must also submit online a letter of interest, a current resume, and contact information for three references. Review of applications begins September 2, 2014.

Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. (Compliant with the new VEVRAA and Section 503 Rules)

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