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Publications Department Records

Identifier: PUB

Scope and Contents

This record group pertains to publications produced by the Museum during the 1970s and early 1980s. These published works include catalogs and handbooks of specific collections owned by the Musuem or in its custody, exhibition catalogues and checklists, Bulletin articles, engagement calendars, and miscellaneous booklets. Documentation consists primarily of draft writings, notes, edited typescripts, proofs, and mock-ups, as well as correspondence, photographs, reviews and other clippings.


  • 1966-1983, undated


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. These materials are stored offsite, so please request your materials in advance.

Conditions Governing Use

The Publications 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

George H. Marcus headed the Publications department beginning in 1968. During the 1970s and 1980s, Christine K. Ivusic and Janet Watkins served consecutively as his Assistant/Senior Editors. Sherry Babbitt joined the department in 1978 as secretary. Promoted over the next two decades, Babbitt succeeded Marcus in 2001 as Director of the department, which by then operated under its current designation of "Publishing."


4 linear feet

Language of Materials



This record group pertains to publications produced by the museum during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Bertha Adams. Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services. A folder level inventory was completed in February 2018 by Rose Chiango.



Guide to the Publications Department Records
Finding aid prepared by Bertha Adams.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services

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