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Welcome to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives

About the Archives

The Archives serves as the Museum’s corporate memory and documents the key activities of our directors, curators, and virtually all other departments involved in programs and operations since our founding in 1876. Our collections also include the personal papers and manuscript collections of people related to the Museum, which helps us tell the story of the institution and its collections.

Using This Site

You can browse our finding aids by navigating to the Collections tab. A finding aid is a descriptive inventory for an archival collection. Typically, it includes information about the origin, history, content, date and format of the records, as well as the physical and intellectual arrangement imposed upon them by the archivist. You can also use the Subjects, Names, and Classifications tabs for additional access points based on subject headings, people and organizations, and record types (i.e. manuscript collections), respectively. Links to digitized and born digital materials are included when available and can be found in the Digital Objects tab.

More Information

For more information regarding the Archives or to schedule an appointment, please visit our webpage.

Records of the Corporation

Records of the Directors

Records of the Curatorial Departments

Records of the Support Departments

Records of the Schools

Related Institutions and Organizations

Manuscript Collections

Special Format