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Art Club of Philadelphia records, 1888-1913

Art Club of Philadelphia


Collection Information

Size: 3 Microfilm reels, 33 items on 3 partial microfilm reels

Summary: The microfilmed Art Club of Philadelphia records consist of exhibition catalogs and annual reports. Reels P89-90 contain catalogs from exhibitions of oil painting and sculpture (1890-1909), and catalogs from exhibitions of watercolors and pastels (1891-1903). Neither set of catalogs is a complete set. Also included on Reel 3656 are annual reports (incomplete) which list officers and committees of the club; financial reports; a list of exhibitions with dates, attendance, sales and values, and awards given; lectures; receptions; lists of members and deaths; by-laws; and reports of Board Committees.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Art Club of Philadelphia (1887-1940) was incorporated in 1887 to encourage interest in the fine arts among the general public. The club sponsored exhibitions and award competitions.


Material on reels P89-P90 lent for microfilming, 1955, by the Free Library of Philadelphia. Material on reel 3656 lent for microfilming, 1985, by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels P89-P90: Originals in the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Reel 3656: Originals in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels P89, P90 & 3656 available at Archives of American Art offices, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 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

Art Club of Philadelphia records, 1888-1913. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.