Moore College of Art and Design records, 1850-1990

Moore College of Art and Design

Collection size: Records: 7 microfilm reels.
1990 panel discussion: 1 video cassette + 2 sound cassettes.

Collection Summary: Business records, scrapbooks, printed material, photographs, and a video and related sound recordings.

REELS P3-P4: Material concerning the early history of the school, including a document of incorporation and the first annual report; constitution, by-laws, announcements, and other printed material; catalogs and course announcments; and a scrapbook of clippings of the school and of classes.

REEL 3654: Documents, 1850-1853, concerning the founding of the school; committee records; administrative correspondence; reports; lists of students; appeal for endowment; materials regarding independence of the School of Design from the Franklin Institute; and miscellaneous items relating to the school's later history.

REELS 4286-4289: Business records consisting of annual reports in loose and bound formats, minutes, and student registers; scrapbooks; and photographs.

UNMICROFILMED: A videocassette recording of the panel discussion "Contemporary African-American Art: A New Visibility," held at the College February 1, 1990. Also included are 2 cassettes of the audio portion of the discussion. Participants include James Brantley, Victor Davson, Felicity Benoliel, June Kelley, Howardena Pindell, and Sande Webster.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art school; Philadelphia, Pa. Est. 1848 as the School of Design for Women; part of the Franklin Institute, 1850-1853, became independent in 1853 as Philadelphia School of Design for Women. The name was changed to Moore Institute of Art, Science and Industry in 1932, in 1963 to Moore College of Art, and in 1988 to Moore College of Art and Design.

Microfilmed in 1954, 1985 and 1989 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Only materials of the school through 1960 were microfilmed, as that was shortly after the retirement and death of dean Harriet Sartain, and the school moved into its new facilities at that time. Video of the panel discussion and related sound recordings were donated 1990 by the College.

How to Use this Collection

  • Microfilm reels 3654, 4286-4289 and P3-P4 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan. Reels 4286-4289 also available at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and at Moore College of Art and Design.
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