Collections Cataloguer: Princeton University Art Museum

Collections Cataloguer

Princeton University Art Museum



The Princeton University Art Museum seeks Collections Cataloguers to join a team dedicated to providing full digital access to the encyclopedic holdings of the Museum.

The Collections Cataloguer (CC) will be responsible for retrospective cataloguing across collections in the Museum Collections Information System (TMS) utilizing best practices in the cataloguing of works of art. As part of the Museum’s Information and Technology department, and reporting to the Manager of Collections Information, the CC will focus on transcribing a critical mass of analogue information about the Museum’s encyclopedic collections from source documents such as curatorial files and accession records.


  • Perform data “clean-up” as needed.
  • Assist in the implementation of data standards and data entry guidelines.
  • Organize, compile, and digitize (as needed) source documents relating to individual works of art in the collection.
  • Enter compiled data in collections information management system adhering to established standards and guidelines.
  • Confer regularly with collections information staff to ensure accuracy of information and the use of appropriate authority tools.
  • Attend weekly team meetings.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art, art history, museum studies, information sciences, or related discipline
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently to produce consistent, high-quality results over long-term project
  • A high degree of organization, self-motivation, and great attention to detail is critical
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in museums, art history, visual culture
  • Proficiency using multiple operating systems (Windows and Mac OSX) and basic software including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite


This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. There are two vacancies and each is a one-year term position.


Apply to Requisition # 1500510 at   and submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references.


About the Museum:

With collecting origins dating to the 1750s, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the finest art museums in the country. Formally established in 1882, its collections feature over 92,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Its collections of Chinese painting, the art of the ancient Americas, and photography are widely regarded as being among the world’s richest. A private institution serving the public good, the Museum is committed to serving the University, local and regional communities, and beyond through a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, new scholarship, and innovative programming. By collaborating with experts across many disciplines, fostering sustained study of original works of art, and uniting scholarship with broad accessibility, the Museum contributes to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton University and enhances the civic fabric of our nation.

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Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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