Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives
Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives

Prints Department Records Edit




  • 1922-1984 (Creation)


  • 15.5 linear feet (Whole)
    31 document cases

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  • Abstract

    None available.

  • Processing Information

    These materials were arranged and described by Alice Lefton. Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation. Additional processing and description was done by Cecilia Figliuolo in 2017.

  • Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

  • Use Restrictions

    The Prints Department 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.], Print Department Records, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives.

  • Related Material

    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. Includes a comprehensive history of the Print Department, written in 1978 in the "Subjects, A-Z" series. Archives Reference Files.

    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. Painting and Sculpture Department Records.

  • Historical Note

    The Department was initiated in 1923 under Arthur Edwin Bye, curator of Paintings. In 1930 Boies Penrose became the first curator of Prints, and in 1941 Carl Zigrosser succeeded him. Kneeland McNulty took over in 1963 after Zigrosser retired. McNulty served as assistant curator from 1952 until 1961, and associate curator from 1961 to 1964. He retired in 1980. The files from 1952 through 1963 were a combined effort upon the parts of these two curators, hence almost impossible to separate.

  • Scope and Content Note

    Material consists of Bye's correspondence from 1922 to 1928 in forming the Print Room, which was the forerunner of the Department; and that of Elizabeth Pearson who was an Assistant in the Prints Department from 1927 to 1932. Correspondence of Penrose, Zigrosser, and McNulty is also included, and makes up the majority of the collection.