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W. P. Wilstach Collection Records

 Collection
Identifier: WIL
The records include correspondence of the Committee chairmen, the Custodians, and the conservators, lists, and clippings. This small collection documents the care of the Wilstach collection in Memorial Hall. Much of the correspondence is addressed to Miss E. A. Shunk, who took care of the collection. Hanging arrangements of the artwork are discussed, as well as shipments of paintings to New York City and conservation treatments. Shunk regularly consults with John G. Johnson, and correspondence is included from Eli Kirk Price, Knoedler galleries, Pasquale Farina, and George Widener. One letter from Christian Brinton is included. Lists prepared on various aspects of the collection are included, as well as an early catalog.

Dates

  • 1886 - 1922

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The W.P. Wilstach Collection 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.

Extent

2 feet (One document case and one oversize flat Solander box.)

Overview

This small collection documents the care of the Wilstach collection in Memorial Hall. Much of the correspondence is addressed to Miss E. A. Shunk, who took care of the collection. Hanging arrangements of the artwork are discussed, as well as shipments of paintings to New York City and conservation treatments. Shunk regularly consults with John G. Johnson, and correspondence is included from Eli Kirk Price, Knoedler galleries, Pasquale Farina, and George Widener. One letter from Christian Brinton is included.

Historical Note

The W. P. Wilstach Collection of art was bequeathed to the City of Philadelphia in 1892 following the probate of Anna H. Wilstach's will. Originally administered by the Commissioners of Fairmount Park and a Wilstach Committee, the museum formally acquired custodianship in 1917 when Director Langdon Warner was appointed Curator of the Collection. Currently, the Commissioners continue to administer the collection while custody remains with the Museum.

Processing Information

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

Further arrangement and description was completed by Rose Chiango in October 2019.
Title
Guide to the W. P. Wilstach Collection Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler, edited by Rose Chiango
Date
2006; 2019
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation
Edition statement
01/20/2006

Revision Statements

  • 9/20/2004: Kat Stefko: Updated links from "mellon-archives" to "archives."
  • 1/20/2006: Susie Anderson: New nodes and citation

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