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The Phillips Collection records, 1920-1960

Phillips Collection


Collection Information

Size: 68 microfilm reels

Summary: Correspondence files, arranged chronologically and alphabetically; gallery records; operational records; music program files; and exhibition files.
REELS 1929-1994: Correspondence, largely concerning the foundation, operation, and acquisitions of the museum; gallery records; music program files; and exhibition files.
REEL 1890: Correspondence with artist Augustus Vincent Tack.
REEL 1926: Correspondence with artists Arthur Dove and Alfred Stieglitz.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Phillips Collection (estab. 1921) is an art museum in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1921 by collector and art connoisseur, Duncan Phillips, and his wife, Marjorie, upon opening his home to the public. Collection consists primarily of 19th and 20th century European and American art. In 1960 the Goh Annex was added to the original 1897 Georgian Revival house to expand the museums's exhibition space. The Goh annex was renovated in 1989.


The collection was microfilmed in 1979 by the Archives of American Art.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1929-1994 available for use at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., and through interlibrary loan.

35mm microfilm reels 1890 and 1926 available at all AAA 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.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to quote or reproduce for the purposes of publication must be obtained from Karen Schneider, Librarian, the Phillips Collection.

How to Cite This Collection

The Phillips Collection records, 1920-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.