“Duties of the Curator in 1888”, as recorded in the minute Book of a particular museum.
The Curator shall attend daily (Sundays, Good Fridays and Christmas days alone excepted) and shall have the Library and Museum open and ready for Members and Visitors from 10 am to 4:30 pm. He [sic] shall have charge of the Library and Museum and shall be responsible for all their contents as well for all the furniture within the building.
He shall keep the door at all the Society’s Lectures, Committee Meetings, and General Meetings of the Members and shall collect the Annual Subscriptions of the Members. He shall light all fires including that required for heating the Museum, shall keep all rooms well swept and dusted, and the furniture clean.
He shall engage a boy, to be approved by the Committee, whose hours of attendance shall be the same as his own, who shall have charge of the library whenever he (the Curator) is engaged in the museum, and shall render such general assistance as may be necessary.
He shall once in every week, at fixed times to be approved by the Hon. Secretary, have all the Society’s grates, stoves, fender, hearth - stones, and scrapers black - leaded and all the steps, landings, the floor of the Hall, and the coverings of the floors of the Libraries washed.
His salary shall be Ninety pounds per annum, payable quarterly on the usual quarter days, out of which he shall pay the boy’s wages and all the expenses attending the cleaning of every kind already mentioned as well as the cellar and keeping it in order.
He shall on the first and third Tuesday of every month inspect the state of the drains of the Society’s buildings in accordance with the instructions set forth on the Plan of the of the Committee.
He shall act as Assistant Secretary said drains, and shall record the results in a book provided the purpose.
He shall provide at his own expense al the brushes, black-lead, soap, dusters, and brooms that may be required, as well as soap for the lavatory, and two clean towels weekly for the same.
He shall provide also, at his own expense, all shovels and pokers required for the fires, all firewood, coals, coke, and candles that may be necessary for heating and lighting the Society’s rooms, and shall have the chimneys swept and pay for sweeping them, top the satisfaction, and shall attend to such other duties under the direction of the Hon. Secretary as from time to time may be.