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Archives in Philadelphia with Art-Related Collections
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American Philosophical Society Library
Collections include approximately 50,000 prints, photographs, and manuscript collections including the papers of Charles Willson Peale.
105 S. 5th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
College of Physicians of Philadelphia Historical Medical Library
Collections document the history of medicine, especially in the Philadelphia area, strong in anatomical illustrations, photographs, and portraits including those of former fellows of the College.
19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Ewell Sale Stewart Library and Archives
(Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University)
Visual resources pertaining to the natural sciences, including illustrations, watercolors, diagrams, and paintings.
1900 Ben. Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia, PA 19103
Free Library of Philadelphia
Collection includes the Lucille Wallower papers, Marguerite de Angeli papers, (Children’s Literature Research Collection) – local children’s authors/illustrators, the Rosenthal Collection of Drawings by American Artists, and Historical Images of Philadelphia (digital).
1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collections include the Society Print Collection, Anna Archambault Papers (Philadelphia miniature portrait painter), as well as other collections of photographs, postcards, watercolors, architectural drawings, broadsides, maps, and sheet music ranging from the 17th through the 21st century.
1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library (Independence Seaport Museum)
Collection highlights include shipbuilding drawings and plans, photographs of ship construction at local shipyards, early underwater photographs, printed ephemera, and rare maps and charts of the greater Philadelphia area.
211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Library Company of Philadelphia
John A. McAllister Collection of Civil War Era Printed Ephemera, Graphics and Manuscripts – includes broadsides, recruiting posters, newspapers, trade cards, leaflets, cartoons, Valentines, song sheets, playbills, photographs, and other items making up one of the largest collections of ephemera from the Civil War era.
1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Archives document the history of art education in the United States. Collections include auction and exhibition catalogs and personal papers of many artists, including Cecilia Beaux, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Shields Clarke, and Thomas Eakins.
118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Administrative records related to the museum and affiliated institutions, and artists’ manuscript collections, including papers of Marcel Duchamp among others.
2600 Ben. Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia, PA 19130
Rosenbach Museum and Library
Collections include original drawings by Maurice Sendack, William Blake, Girolomo da Carpi, and George Cruikshank, as well as rare books and manuscripts from James Joyce, Lewis Carroll, Bram Stoker, Dylan Thomas, and more.
2008-2010 Delancey Pl., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Temple University Special Collections Research Center
Notable highlights: Samuel R. Joyner Artwork Collection (early African American cartoonist), Charles Morice Papers (art critic), Paskow Science Fiction Collection.
1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122
University of Pennsylvania Archives & Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The Archives documents the history of UPenn and its surrounding neighborhood, including Franz Frederick Exner’s photographs, documenting early 20th-century architecture in Philadelphia.
3401 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
UARC@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-898-7025
Archives Outside of Philadelphia
Barnes Foundation Archives
Documents the history and activities of the Barnes Foundation, and include the personal and professional papers of Dr. Albert C. Barnes. Highlights from Special Collections include exhibit and auction catalogs and photographs.
300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066
Bryn Mawr Library Special Collections
Collection includes the Henrietta Cozens Papers, which document the lives of artists Elizabeth Shippen Green Elliott, Violet Oakley, and Jessie Willcox Smith as well as the Mary Meigs Papers, include writings, correspondence, and artwork.
101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Haverford College Library and Special Collections
Collection highlights include the Maxfield Parrish Collection, which contains letters, manuscripts, sketches and drawings, reproductions, and other ephemera, and strong collections of prints, photography, maps, drawings, and paintings.
370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Archives document collecting at Winterthur and its evolution into a private estate and museum. Cover topics such as landscape design, architecture, and antique collecting. Notable collections include the Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr., Research Library of American Painting, and the Photographic Index of American Art and Design (PIAAD).
5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735