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Articles and other writings. "The Big Time: The Philadelphia Museum takes Stock on Its Diamond Jubilee." Art News. November 1950. Draft version sent to W. Arensberg. Ms and Ts, 1950

 File — Box: 163, Folder: 7

Scope and Contents

From the Sub-Series:

This sub-subseries documents Kimball's use of mass media and personal appearances to reach the broadest audience possible. Most of the press releases in these files precede the 1950 appointment of the museum's full-time press representative, Alice Goudy, whose work with Kimball is represented here in a small file of correspondence and miscellaneous papers. Like the Bulletin articles, curatorial and other administrative staff wrote their share of press releases regarding their areas of expertise. In addition to the radio talks by Stewart Dick, the museum's lecturer in 1930, Kimball also gave radio and television interviews and what appear to be prerecorded announcements.

Kimball also made public appearances at a variety of organizations and wrote articles about the museum for non-PMA publications, ranging from professional journals to newsletters of local institutions. These files, as well as most of the radio talks and lectures, were transferred from the Fiske Kimball Papers. Documentation of some of Kimball's addresses given at events held at the museum are filed in the "Events" sub-subseries and referenced below.

The Fiske Kimball Papers also contain clippings about Kimball's appointment and accomplishments as director. He kept these as part of his "memorabilia" files, which are referenced below.


  • 1950

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Because of its fragile condition, the following item may only be consulted with permission of the Archivist: floor plan with annotations of PMA Gothic installations (in "Objects and related topics" series, "European decorative arts and arms and armor" subseries, "Rooms and architectural elements" sub-subseries, "England. Gothic installations at PMA, incl. Abergavenny, Wales" file).


From the Series: 5 linear feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States