Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives
Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives

American Decorative Arts Department Records Edit




  • 1973-2000 (Creation)


  • 25 linear feet (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    None available.

  • Processing Information

    These materials were arranged and described by Susan Anderson and Leslie O'Neill in 2011. Funded by a grant from The National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

  • Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research. Access to institutional records less than 10 years old is at the discretion of the Archivist.

  • Use Restrictions

    The American Decorative Arts 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.], American Decorative Arts Department Records, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives.

  • Related Material

    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. American Art Department.

  • Historical Note

    The American Decorative Arts Department was created (along with the American Art Department) during the Bicentennial. The records were created by Beatrice Garvan, American Art Associate Curator and Jack Lindsey, Curator of American Decorative Arts.

  • Scope and Content Note

    The records include exhibition files ("Three Centuries of American Art," "Arts of the Pennsylvania Germans," and "Federal Philadelphia," "Wordly Goods: The Arts of Pennsylvania, 1680-1758"), object files, correspondence, photographs, bibliographic records (on index cards), and information relating to various boards the curators served on. There are also drafts of catalogues, lecture notes,and articles written by the curators, as well as cassette and video tapes documenting events relating to the department.