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Financial Records

Identifier: FIN
This group of financial records was collected from various sources. The first series, "Accounting records," probably originated in the Corporate Treasurer and Secretary's offices and consists of several ledgers, journals and registers. It offers the earliest documentation, beginning in 1875 and 1876, when the Museum's original site, Memorial Hall, housed the major art exhibition to the Centennial. While general bookkeeping records track transactions up until the early 1920s, most of the investment and funding material pertains to later years. In particular are the individual investment records maintained on index cards, which date from the mid-1950s to late 1960s. The Assistant Treasurer appears to have generated most of the material in the second series, "Budgets, proposed and operating." Documentation includes operating expense reports, budget estimates, income forecasts and other reports related to the City's operating budget since the Museum is partially funded through municipal appropriations. Most reports date from the 1960s and 1970s. The final series, "City Planning Commission capital projects," focuses on the Museum's funding through the City of Philadelphia. Much of the material dating approximately from 1940 to 1960 originated in the Director's office, specifically during the tenures of Fiske Kimball and Henri Marceau. There is also documentation of specific capital improvement projects at the Museum that were inititated during the first half of the 1960s.


  • 1875-1975


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Please be aware this collection is stored offsite, so request materials in advance.

Use Restrictions

The Financial 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.


9 linear feet


None available.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler in 1987. Revised by Bertha Adams in 2007. Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation. A folder level inventory was completed in January 2018 by Rose Chiango.



Guide to the Financial Records
Finding aid prepared by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler (12/31/1987). Revised by Bertha Adams (6/15/2007).
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
  • 6/15/2007: Bertha Adams: June 15, 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