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Columbianum records, 1794-1795



Collection Information

Size: 3 Items, partial microfilm reels

Summary: Material relating to The Columbianum, including the constitution, by-laws and an exhibition catalog.
REEL P63, fr. 131-132: An agreement to establish a school of fine arts in the United States, 1794 Dec. 29, signed by the artists so agreeing, and resulting in the Columbianum in Philadelphia.
REEL P45, fr. 405-426: 1 v., containing the constitution and by-laws of the Columbianum, or the American Academy of Fine Arts, with signatures of members. The end of the volume was later used as a letterbook for the Philadelphia Museum Company, 1821, by Rubens Peale.
REEL P37, fr. 496: Exhibition catalog of the Columbianum, 1795.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art school and society; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Lent for microfilming, 1955, by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the American Philosophical Society.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel P37: Original in the American Philosophical Society, Franklin Papers.
  • Reels P45 & P63: Originals in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels P37, P45 & P63 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

Columbianum records, 1794-1795. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.