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Fairmount Park Commission Records

Identifier: FPC
The Museum Archives has no official records of the Park Commissioners. The items here were gifted to the Museum's library

The first series consists of scrapbooks documenting the Museum's early years through to the opening of the new building and ending in 1933. Also included are several copies of the Annual Reports of the Commissioners of Fairmount Park and half-tone plates used in annual reports.

The second series contains records of Bequests of the museum by benefactors. These are primarily financial records, including bank books, but also correspondence around the acquisition of objects using bequest funds. These records were transfered to the Museum from the Fairmount Park Commission at a later date than the scrapbooks found in the first series.


  • 1913-1933, undated


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Fairmount Park Commissioners 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.


5.88 linear feet


None available.

Processing Information

The scrapbook were arranged and described by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler. Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation.

Bequest Records series arranged and described by Miriam Cady
Guide to the Fairmount Park Commission Records
Scrapbooks series Finding aid prepared by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler (Scrapbooks) Bequest Records series Finding Aid prepared by Miriam Cady
Language of description
Scrapbook processing 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
  • 7/11/2007: Bertha Adams: July 11, 2007
  • 6/28/2019: Miriam Cady: addition of Bequest Records

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