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Medieval Art Department Records

Identifier: MED
Most of these records represent the tenure of Francis Henry Taylor. Material consists of correspondence, drafts of published and unpublished works while he was at PMA, along with photographs of objects. There is considerable correspondence, photographs and reference files regarding the history, purchase and installation of the medieval cloister from the abbey of St. Genis des Fontaines, and of the fountain from St. Michel de Cuxa. There is some correspondence of DuBon's also. Some of the material is in special format, specifically oversize photograph albums.


  • 1927-1975

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Medieval Art Department 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.


13.5 linear feet


None available.

Historical Note

Francis Henry Taylor came to PMA in 1927 as Assistant Curator of Sculpture. He was soon appointed Curator of Medieval Art, his specialty, a post he held until 1931. At that time he went to Worcestor Art Museum. In 1940 he accepted the Directorship of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

It wasn't until 1968 that Medieval art was again recognized as a separate curatorial designation. This time, however, the department's purview expanded, becoming Medieval and Renaissance Decorative Arts. David DuBon, who had come to PMA in 1958 as an Assistant Curator in the Decorative Arts Department, headed the newly-named department. During the time after Taylor left until DuBon arrived, Medieval Art was part of the Department of Decorative Arts.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Alice Lefton in 1988. Revised 2007. Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation.
Guide to the Medieval Art Department Records
Finding aid prepared by Alice Lefton (3/1/1988). 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
  • 6/11/2007: Bertha Adams: June 11, 2007
  • 2/20/2008: Bertha Adams: To include proper dept name of "Medieval and Renaissance Decorative Arts" in historical note.

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