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Assistant Media Archivist & Conservator - NMAAHC

Assistant Media Archivist & Conservator - National Museum of African American History and Culture

NMAAHC has full-time contractor position open in AV archiving & conservation. It is renewable for three years and will have money for travel, etc.

INTRODUCTION The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) needs professional, non-personal, work-for-hire media archival, conservation and digitization services.


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) needs 2,080 hours of professional, non-personal, work-for-hire services to aid with archival and conservation activities, documenting, digitizing, and cataloging analog and born-digital audiovisual media collections and time-based works of art. The contractor shall assist with the inspection, evaluation, digitization, conservation treatment, documentation and quality control of film, analog audiotape and videotape, born-digital audio and video, and time-base works of art for reference, preservation, and/or access. The contractor will also be responsible for scholarly, academic research related to collections content and provenance, with a specific emphasis on independent and amateur productions, and have specialized knowledge in the area of African American cinema and visual art history. The period of performance for these services shall be between approximately July 12, 2019 and July 11, 2020.

These services shall include:

Quality control and updating documentation of NMAAHC digital processing workflows

Research into emerging best practices in the field and how to implement them at NMAAHC

Assisting other media conservation specialists with documentation of time-based works of art

Cataloging, inventorying, and documentation of collections metadata

Using a vertical film rewind and inspection bench

Inspecting and rehousing film elements

Threading and viewing film on a, projector, ScanStation 5K scanner, and/or film viewer machine

Assisting other media conservation specialists with playback and reformatting of videotape and audiotape collections

Performing quality control on digitized analog collections materials

Uploading and ingesting digitized content into the Smithsonian’s DAMS

Creating a variety of access derivatives for moving image and audio files

Undertaking scholarly, academic research on amateur and independent film productions and works of art related to content, provenance identification and technological history

Performing basic copyright and commercial availability research for content

Under the guidance and supervision of NMAAHC Media Archivist and Conservator and other media conservation and digitization staff, the contractor will support the efforts of the museum to conserve and digitize museum collections, collections belonging to other institutions, and collections belonging to the public.

The project will take place over the period of performance mainly at the NMAAHC Media Conservation Labs located on the Mall at 1400 Constitution, Washington, D.C., the labs located at Capital Gallery, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., the labs, and at the museum’s conservation and storage facility at 3400 Pennsy Drive in Suitland, MD. The Capital Gallery and Mall facilities are accessible by public transportation, and a Smithsonian shuttle provides access to the Pennsy facility. Work will be scheduled at mutually convenient times for the contractor and the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) between the hours of about 8:00am and 6:00pm.

Here is the complete job RFQ/SOW: