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Photography Department Records

 Collection
Identifier: PHO

Scope and Contents

This small record group consists of a file of general correspondence, followed by subject folders arranged alphabetically.

Dates

  • 1925-1974

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Photography 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.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Whitenack was hired as the first staff photographer in 1920, and remained until 1956 when he was succeeded by Alfred J. Wyatt. Wyatt was photographer until leaving in 1976. Under these two photographers, the Department of Photography grew and performed such functions as photographing the collections and making photographs for museum and outside publications.

Extent

0.5 linear foot

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This small record group consists of a file of general correspondence, followed by subject folders arranged alphabetically, from the Photography Department.

Related Materials

The majority of the actual photography produced by the museum can be found in the Rights and Reproductions Photograph Collection .

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler in 1987. Revised 2007. Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation.
Title
Guide to the Photography Department Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler in 1987. Revised 2007.
Date
1987, 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation

Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Contact:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States