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Editorial and Graphic Design Department Photographs

Identifier: EGD
This collection contains nearly 900 photographs that were received from the Editorial and Graphic Designs Department, dated photographs span the years 1966 to 2000. These photographs document the activity of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and would often be included in the Annual Reports and Bulletins. The collection has been organized into three series; Architecture, Installations and Exhibitions, and People.

“Architecture” contains photographs of the Philadelphia region and has been divided into 8 sub-series. “Drawings, Maps, and Building Photographs” contains a diverse range of photographs, including reproduction copies of historic drawings and maps of Philadelphia, architecture plans and drawings for Philadelphia-area structures, and photographs of local buildings. The remaining sub-series document the specific locations of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Fairmount Part and Houses, Fleisher Art Memorial, Ladew Topiary Gardens, Philadelphia Museum of Art Building, and the Rodin Museum.

“Installations and Exhibitions” documents the activity of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and has been divided into 5 sub-series. Of note,“Special Exhibitions prior to 1985” includes Rafael Ferrer’s execution of "Deflected Fountain 1970, for Marcel Duchamp".

“People” contains 15 sub-series of groups and figures related to the PMA, including 3 for former Directors of the PMA; Anne d’Harnoncourt, Evan Turner, and Jean Sutherland Boggs. Of note, “Artists and Poets” contains several photographs taken by Allen Ginsberg in the 1980’s of friends Robert Creeley, Rene Ricard, Gregory Corso, and Francesco and Alba Clemente.


  • Majority of material found within 1946-2000, undated

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Access to institutional records less than 10 years old is at the discretion of the Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

The Editorial and Graphic Design Department Photographs 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.


1.25 linear feet (3 document boxes)


None available.

Biographical / Historical

Beginning in 1968, the Publications Department was headed by George H. Marcus. During the 1970s and 1980s, Christine K. Ivusic and Janet Watkins served consecutively as his Assistant/Senior Editors. In 1979, Russel Rollins was appointed as the first designer to the department, forecasting its consistent growth in subsequent years. The Editorial and Graphic Design Department eventually emerged as a response in 1999 and was managed by Matthew Pimm.


Photographs containing dates have been organized chronologically within each sub-series.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Michelle Ziogas in 2016.
Michelle Ziogas
June 2016
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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