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American Philosophical Society selected records, 1784-1954

American Philosophical Society selected records, 1784-1954

American Philosophical Society

Collection Information

Size: 3 partial microfilm reels.

Summary: Selected art related letters, committee reports, registrars' and curators' records, pamphlets and exhibition catalogs from the Archives of the American Philosophical Society. Many of the letters are to the Society's secretary and librarian John Vaughan; a few are to the Society's presidents Thomas Jefferson and Peter S. Du Ponceau, and officials John K. Kane and J. Peter Lesley. Among the correspondents are Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin West, Charles Willson Peale, Jacob Perkins, Philip Tidyman, Charles B. Lawrence, John Trumbull, Thomas Sully, Joseph Delaplaine, Robert Patterson, John Quincy Adams, Titian Ramsay Peale, Rembrandt Peale, Joel Roberts Poinsett, Victor G. Audubon, and Robert Fulton.


Microfilmed for the Archives of American Art, 1955. The letters are mainly American Philosophical Society records, but many were pulled from ASP's Misc. Mss. and various other collections, and microfilmed in no apparent order. Descriptive cards microfilmed with each letter indicate location of originals.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in: American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pa.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels P34 (fr. 199-213); P35 (fr. 164-259; 262-489); P36 (fr.1-10; 372-401); P37 (fr.588-870) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

American Philosophical Society selected records, 1784-1954. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.