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George M. Cheston Records

Identifier: CHE
Much of Cheston's records are committee reports and minutes, both standing and departmental committees. Records of all the Museum's committees during Cheston's administration are in his files. Also included is an extensive series of subject files revealing the range of the president's responsibilities: from flag poles to insurance to exhibitions.


  • 1968-1977


Access Restrictions

The collection is stored offsite. Please contact the Archives to make sure we can retrieve your materials in advance. The collection is open for research, with the exception of parts of the "Additional miscellaneous records" series.

Use Restrictions

The George M. Cheston 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.


21.5 linear feet


None available.

Historical Note

George M. Cheston was President of the Corporation from 1968 to 1977, a very active period for the Museum. During his presidency were installed the Student Center, a new restaurant, and new air-conditioning facilities. In addition, preparations for the Museum's Centennial took place. Financial problems were crucial during this time.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler in 1987. Finding aid revised 2007. Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation.



Guide to the George M. Cheston Records
Finding aid prepared by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler (12/31/87). Revised 2007.
Language of description
Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation
Edition statement

Revision Statements

  • 9/20/2004: Kat Stefko: Updated links from "mellon-archives" to "archives.'
  • 1/20/2006: Susie Anderson: New nodes and citation
  • 6/7/2007: Bertha Adams: June 7, 2007

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