Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives
Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives

George M. Cheston Records Edit




  • 1968-1977 (Creation)


  • 21.5 linear feet (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    None available.

  • Processing Information

    These materials were arranged and described by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler in 1987. Finding aid revised 2007. Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation.

  • Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research, with the exception of parts of the "Additional miscellaneous records" series.

  • Use Restrictions

    The George M. Cheston Records are the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Item identification and date], [Series info.], George M. Cheston Records, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives.

  • Related Material

    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. Presidents' Office Records.

  • Historical Note

    George M. Cheston was President of the Corporation from 1968 to 1977, a very active period for the Museum. During his presidency were installed the Student Center, a new restaurant, and new air-conditioning facilities. In addition, preparations for the Museum's Centennial took place. Financial problems were crucial during this time.

  • Scope and Content Note

    Much of Cheston's records are committee reports and minutes, both standing and departmental committees. Records of all the Museum's committees during Cheston's administration are in his files. Also included is an extensive series of subject files revealing the range of the president's responsibilities: from flag poles to insurance to exhibitions.