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Americana Collection

Identifier: AMC

Scope and Contents

This artificial collection is made up material that was formerly in curatorial hands. Most items came to the museum along with works of art and were added to curatorial holdings. They are, however, descriptive in nature and have thus been transferred to the Archives. This material is important in that it casts light on American works of art in the collection.


  • 1758-1958

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Americana Collection is 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

This is an artificial collection made up of transfers from curatorial departments. For more information on particular records, consult the related objects in our collections online that are listed for each folder in the "Notes" field.


4 linear feet


This artificial collection is consists of material regarding American works of art in the museum collection.


The material in this collection is arranged according to curatorial departments of American Art. They are divided into the series Painting and Sculpture, Decorative Art and Park Houses. Material is added to each series based on its descriptive value for works in the collection. Each folder carries related object TMS numbers in its "Notes" field. All material that does not correspond to works in the collection have been placed in the Various series. Within each series, folders are titled with the object first and ordered alphabetically.

Custodial History

The Americana Collection is made up of material that was transferred to the archives from the American Art Department. Additionally, 4 items came from a temporary Prints, Drawings and Photographs Collection (TPD).

Processing Information

This collection was processed and described by Alethea Rockwell in 2012.

Guide to the Americana Collection
Finding aid was created by Alethea Rockwell. Accrual added in 2023 by Caitlin Abadir-Mullally.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

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