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American Decorative Arts Department Records

 Collection
Identifier: ADA

Scope and Contents

The records include exhibition files ("Three Centuries of American Art," "Arts of the Pennsylvania Germans," and "Federal Philadelphia," "Wordly Goods: The Arts of Pennsylvania, 1680-1758"), object files, correspondence, photographs, bibliographic records (on index cards), and information relating to various boards the curators served on. There are also drafts of catalogues, lecture notes,and articles written by the curators, as well as cassette and video tapes documenting events relating to the department.

Dates

  • 1973-2000

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The American Decorative Arts 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

The American Decorative Arts Department was created (along with the American Art Department) during the Bicentennial. The records were created by Beatrice Garvan, American Art Associate Curator and Jack Lindsey, Curator of American Decorative Arts.

Extent

25 linear feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The American Decorative Arts Department Records include exhibition files, object files, correspondence, photographs, bibliographic records (on index cards), and other work by curators.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Susan Anderson and Leslie O'Neill in 2011. Funded by a grant from The National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the American Decorative Arts Department Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Susan Anderson and Leslie O'Neill
Date
2011
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 National Historical Publications and Records Commission

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