Public Relations Department Records
Scope and Contents
Records include museum press releases and newspaper clippings from the 1920s to very recently. Also included are some departmental correspondence, brochures, posters and minutes of the Public Relations Committee (1964-1975). The bulk of the collection consists of 63 scrapbooks that primarily contain newspaper clippings which feature or simply mention the museum. Magazine articles are also included and, to a lesser extent, ephemera and photographs from newspapers across the country.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Public Relations 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
For many years the Museum hired publicity agents through the Director's Office. In 1950 the first full-time press representative was appointed, and there has been a Public Relations Department ever since.
45 linear feet
Language of Materials
These records consist of press releases and newspaper clippings as well as some general files related to the activities of the Public Relations Department.
Existence and Location of Copies
Volumes 4, 6, 7, and 20-23 in the Scrapbooks series were microfilmed by the Archives of American Art. Reels P15 (starting at 281) and P16. Copies are available in the Museum's Library.
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.
- Guide to the Public Relations Department Records
- Finding aid prepared by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler in 1987. Revised by Bertha Adams in 2007.
- 1987, 2007
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation