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Correspondence, 1952-1995, undated


Scope and Contents

Correspondence with Library staff, particularly Elizabeth Wrigley and Naomi Sawelson-Gorse, who was hired as Archivist in the 1980s. Much of the correspondence consists of research requests to the library, primarily about Duchamp, the Arensbergs and their circle of artist friends. There is also correspondence with the Philadelphia Museum of Art regarding the transfer of the art collection to the Museum. There are also many requests for photographs, photocopies, and permission to publish, as well as correspondence about research and loans for exhibits.


  • 1952-1995, undated

Language of Materials

From the Collection:


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research except for the files in the "Forms" sub-series of the "Library records" series, which are restricted until January 1, 2027. The "Fragile restricted papers" may only be consulted with permission of the Archivist. Preservation photocopies for reference use have been substituted in the main files.


From the Collection: 18 linear feet


Alphabetical by correspondent.


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