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Archives Reference Files

 Record Group
Identifier: REF

Scope and Contents

Compiled by previous archivists, the purpose of this collection was to provide easy access to information that is most often requested. This collection contains, as either the original or a photocopy: administrative reports; biographical materials for staff, officers, and others associated with the museum; museum and department histories; building records for all museum buildings and the parkway; museum news releases and publications; clippings; exhibition and event ephemera; subject files for specific artists, park houses, and general topics; and visual resources related to the buildings, artists, employees, and special events. The bulk of the materials were collected from archival and museum happenings from the 1970s to the early 2000s.

Dates

  • 1819-2018

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Archives Reference Files 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.

Extent

18 linear feet (34 document cases, 1 flat box, and 7 folders in a flat file drawer.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Compiled by previous archivists, the purpose of this collection was to provide easy access to information that is most often requested. The collection covers a wide array of subjects ranging from early museum history to exhibitions to staff biographies to visual resources.

Processing Information

This collection was processed and described by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler in 1987, Susan Anderson in 2009, and Cecilia Figliuolo in 2022.
Title
Guide to the Archives Reference Files
Author
Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler (1987), Susan Anderson (2009), and Cecilia Figliuolo (2022)
Date
1987, 2009, 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation

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