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Audio Visual Department Records

Identifier: AVR
The Audio Visual Department Records Collection was transferred from the AV Department to the Archives Department in Summer 2016. The collection consists of 18 boxes of 8mm and 16mm films, 24 boxes containing 1/2", 3/4", Betacam, D2, DVCam, SVHS, audio tapes and CDs and DVDs, and 5 boxes of paper records.

The collection contains a wide-range of commercial media from Philadelphia Museum of Art events, including footage from exhibitions, interviews, lectures and shows. Paper records include correspondence, equipment information, department administrative records, papers related to the creation of slideshows and video presentations, and documents related to specific exhibitions at the museum.


  • Majority of material found within 1930-2010

Language of Materials

Materials predominately in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. However, viewing access may be limited depending on the format of the object.

Use Restrictions

Audio Visual 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 as stated.


37.5 linear feet


The collection contains media from museum events, including exhibitions, interviews, lectures and shows.

In 2019, over 80 16mm and 35mm films were digitized.

It also contains paper records from the Audio Visual Department that covers exhibitions, slide shows, equipment-related information, correspondence, and assorted ephemera from events including clippings, photographs, pamphlets, and fliers.

Processing Information

A selection of materials were digitized in 2017 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.

Additional paper records were processed by the NDSR Art Resident in 2017-2018.

Over 80 16mm and 35mm films were digitized in summer 2019. Please contact the Archives for access to the digital files.
Guide to the Audio Visual Department Records Collection
Rian Larkin, Elise Tanner, Rose Chiango
2017, 2018, 2019

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