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Special Format Records: Film

Identifier: SFV

Scope and Contents

There are two 16mm films in the first series. The first is a duplicate of a ten-minute film made in 1926 of the Flag Day parade of the First City Troop of Philadelphia. This reel also includes the dedication of the Robert Morris statue at the Custom House. Museum trustee and donor Roland L. Taylor served as master of ceremonies at the event. "Colonial Dancing" was filmed at Mt. Pleasant, one of the Fairmount Park houses, as part of the 1932 opening ceremony of the park houses.

Little is known about the second series of 35mm film but their contents are identified as much as possible.


  • 1926-1950

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Special Format Records. Audio-Visual Materials 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.


2 linear feet

Language of Materials



Special Format Records: Audiovisual Materials comprises of 16mm and 35mm film related to the museum.

Custodial History

The 1926 Flag Day parade 16mm film was a gift of Taylor Hardwick, 1999.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digitized 16mm film. The 16mm films were digitized in 2019 with the generous assistance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Women's Committee. Please contact the Archives for the link password to access the files.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Bertha Adams. Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Guide to the Special Format Records: Film
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