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Adams, The Honorable Arlin M., 2009

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 8

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Oral History Collection preserves first-hand accounts of the museum’s activities. This collection is comprised of transcripts, audio and video interviews with artists, museum staff, scholars, curators, and trustees.

The recording of oral histories began at the museum in the 1980s and restarted in 2006, with an informal series of interviews that included Henry Magaziner (a close friend of Julian Abele, a noted architect and co-designer of the museum’s Fairmount Building), Ella Schaap (Curator Emerita of Dutch Tiles), and Beatrice Garvan (Curator Emerita of American Decorative Arts).

In 2008, a formal Oral History Project for the museum was implemented. This project enabled the Library and Archives to record a series of professional interviews documenting the work those who have helped to shape the museum as we know it today.


  • 2009


Language of Materials

From the Collection:


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Judge Adams represented the Barnes Foundation in its successful challenge to its founder Albert Barnes' will when it sought to move its Impressionist art collection from suburban Philadelphia to a more accessible location downtown. He was also a trustee of Philadelphia Museum of Art.


From the Collection: 1 linear feet


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