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Philadelphia Sketch Club records, 1860-1949

Philadelphia Sketch Club


Collection Information

Size: 7 Linear feet, (on 5 microfilm reels)

Summary: A 1049-page history of the club written in 1935 and a chronicle, 1860-1865, including lists of officers, income, and members and locations; 15 volumes of secretaries, treasurers and board minutes 1860-1937 (incomplete); a constitution, 1882-1889; some correspondence; exhibition catalogs and announcements; inventories of club collections including a list of the Thomas Anshutz members portraits; copies of speeches delivered; a few remaining artists's files; issues of PORTFOLIO, a club publication, 1874, 1945-49; and photographs, both loose and in scrapbooks, of members in posed and candid arrangements.

Biographical/Historical Note

Art club; Philadelphia, Pa. Founded 1860 to provide classes when the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts school was not active. Exhibitions and social activities were also organized. The club is still active (in 1990).


Lent for microfilming by Philadelphia Sketch Club, 1985-1986.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in: Philadelphia Sketch Club.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3664-3666 & 3919-3920 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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

Philadelphia Sketch Club records, 1860-1949. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.