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MUSEUM REGISTRAR

SUMMARY:

The Museum Registrar is responsible for accessing, cataloging, insuring, storing, and caring for the collections in the museum. This position is governed by state and federal laws and institution policy.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS:

Accesses and catalogs artifacts that are donated, purchased, or loaned to the museum according to proper museum practices.

Measures and photographs each object and provides written formal analysis reflecting style, ornament, technique, materials, provenance, condition, and estimate of insurance/fair market value of object.

Stores, transports, prepares, and cares for historical items. Researches and applies modern conservation techniques and methods.

Assists curator with exhibit installation and inspects storage and exhibit areas to prevent damage to articles due to temperature or humidity levels, lighting, insects, and/or visitors.

Maintains all files associated with the collection, including the museum’s computerized database, quarterly insurance reports, and other relevant reports.

Assists with annual inventory of all collections.

Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:

Knowledge of museum collections policies and procedures. Knowledge of historical research methods and techniques. Knowledge of national, state, and local history. Knowledge of photography and digital imaging procedures and practices. Ability to operate computerized museum cataloging system. Ability to operate digital camera equipment. Ability to organize records, files, and collections. Ability to handle fragile objects/artifacts.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

The formal education equivalent of an associate


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