Since 1975, the William Reese Company has served a large, international clientele of collectors and private and public institutions in the acquisition of rare books and manuscripts, along with advising collectors and institutions on collection development. With a catalogued inventory of over 40,000 items and a general inventory of over 65,000 items, we are among the leading specialists and most active dealers in the fields of Americana and world travel, and maintain a large and eclectic inventory of literary first editions and antiquarian books dating from the 15th through the 21st centuries.
The William Reese Company is looking to add a new rare book and manuscript cataloger to our Americana department. The candidate should be detail-oriented, personable, and comfortable working in a team environment. A foundational knowledge of American history is a must, as is a basic grounding in bibliographical knowledge. Previous experience in the antiquarian book trade or a library is preferred but not essential. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are necessary, as is proficiency in the use of basic databases. The ability to lift reasonably large boxes of books (approximately 30 lbs.) is also desirable.
The candidate will function predominately as a rare book and manuscript cataloger, but the position also includes a wide range of responsibilities related to a robust rare book business, including researching new inventory; working with customers and selling books in person, on the telephone, and/or by catalogue or Internet listing; maintaining inventory control; traveling to book fairs or to visit customers to sell books or secure future inventory; and other duties as assigned.
Competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and subject to pay increases for good performance. Health benefits are also available. Plus, professional development opportunities through such venues as Rare Book School are encouraged, and often provided at company cost.
Our offices are located in downtown New Haven, Connecticut, across the street from Yale University. To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further questions, please contact Dorothy Hurt or Nick Aretakis at 203-789-8081.