Austen Family Papers

The Austen Family Papers Finding Aid Project was made possible by the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department; the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; and the Save America’s Treasures Grant administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Austen Family Papers

Finding Aid



There are so many opportunities to be involved with the work we do here. 


Open Positions

Teaching Artist (PT)

Alice Austen House is looking for a couple of teaching artists to join its team of educators. Our TAs go into Staten Island public schools to deliver a curriculum that uses Alice’s fantastic photography as an entry point to such subjects as immigration (contemporary and historical), women’s history, and portraiture.

This is a floating position that requires a flexible schedule adaptable to the school day.

It is a good opportunity for someone passionate about photography. It is not necessary to have a Masters degree. It is a great way to become knowledgeable about a respected, innovative contemporary photography museum. Four years ago, we became a national site of LGBTQ history. 

To apply, please send a letter of interest and your resume to No calls, please.

Friends of Alice Austen House, Inc is an equal opportunity employer.

The Alice Austen House fosters creative expression, explores personal identity, and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of trailblazing American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952).

We pursue this mission and work with integrity, dedication, scholarship, and passion. This means modeling new ways of operating that address the inequities that exist in our communities – across race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities. Thus, Alice Austen House is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of our programming and among our board, staff, volunteers, and patrons. To that end, we commit to:
● Partnering with community organizations and schools which represent the diverse communities we serve. We must utilize these collaborations to create a shared vision for change that promotes equity and eliminates systematic barriers.
● Refining existing and developing new educational and public programming through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion that meets the needs of the culturally, racially and ethnically diverse communities we serve.
● Ensuring that Alice Austen House hiring practices are open and inclusive and developing a racially diverse Board of Trustees.
● Our institution understands that a racially diverse staff and board are critical to growing and strengthening our organization’s adaptability and providing workplace welfare and greater accessibility.

Internships and Volunteer Work

Volunteers and interns are a truly important part of our organization, helping in our Victorian gardens, assisting with annual clean up events as well as all of our community programs and research. Volunteers form long-lasting bonds with the work and history of the museum, often joining our team of staff and importantly representing our New York communities.

If you are interested in becoming more involved or you are a student who would like to intern or gain volunteer experience please fill out this form and we will contact you.

Alana Tornello started volunteering with the Alice Austen House in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. She grew up coming to the Alice Austen Park for concerts and picnics, but hadn’t spent much time in the House. Now she’s a tour guide versed in Austen’s life story and its place in the history of the City of New York.
Diego Coello was first introduced to photography when our educators taught a pinhole camera workshop at his elementary school. Diego took pictures, developed them, and, in the process, became hooked on photography and Alice Austen. His participation deepened through summer programs and volunteer work.
“Volunteering at Alice Austen is like working with family. I’m a photography major at FIT and I’ve learned a lot about Alice Austen and her history. I am honored to be a part of this beautiful place.”

Nicolette Armijos

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!

Bonnie and Jerry