Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives
Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives

Financial Records Edit




  • 1875-1975 (Creation)


  • 9 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. Revised by Bertha Adams in 2007. Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation.

  • Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

  • Use Restrictions

    The Financial 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.], Financial Records, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives.

  • Related Material

    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. Includes Treasurer's reports and other financial papers in "Corporate Officers" subseries in "Officers and other overseers" series. Fiske Kimball Records.

    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. George M. Cheston Records.

    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. Julius Zieget Records.

    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. Office of the Secretary of the Corporation Records.

  • Scope and Content Note

    This group of financial records was collected from various sources. The first series, "Accounting records," probably originated in the Corporate Treasurer and Secretary's offices and consists of several ledgers, journals and registers. It offers the earliest documentation, beginning in 1875 and 1876, when the Museum's original site, Memorial Hall, housed the major art exhibition to the Centennial. While general bookkeeping records track transactions up until the early 1920s, most of the investment and funding material pertains to later years. In particular are the individual investment records maintained on index cards, which date from the mid-1950s to late 1960s. The Assistant Treasurer appears to have generated most of the material in the second series, "Budgets, proposed and operating." Documentation includes operating expense reports, budget estimates, income forecasts and other reports related to the City's operating budget since the Museum is partially funded through municipal appropriations. Most reports date from the 1960s and 1970s. The final series, "City Planning Commission capital projects," focuses on the Museum's funding through the City of Philadelphia. Much of the material dating approximately from 1940 to 1960 originated in the Director's office, specifically during the tenures of Fiske Kimball and Henri Marceau. There is also documentation of specific capital improvement projects at the Museum that were inititated during the first half of the 1960s.