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Selected Peale family papers, 1803-1854

Peale fam, Peale family


Collection Information

Size: 3 Items partial microfilm reels

Summary: Papers of Charles Willson, Rembrandt, and Titian Ramsay Peale, mainly relating to Peale's Museum, and one item pertaining to Franklin Peale and one to Rubens Peale.
REEL P21: Included are: manuscript of memoranda of the Philadelphia Museum, giving records and accessions for 1803-1842; financial statements, 1808-1819, listing current expenditures; manuscript of "A Walk Through the Philadelphia Museum," by Charles Willson Peale, after 1802; minutes of the Museum, 1841-1845; manager's reports to the Board of Trustees, 1833-1835, signed by Titian R. Peale (10 reports); Titian Peale's correspondence with George Ord, 1827-1854, and his drawing book, ca. 1820;
extracts of letters written by Charles Willson Peale from Belfield and Philadelphia, 1821-1823, extracts of letters written by Rembrandt Peale to Reuben Haines and Coleman Sellers, Sept. 24, 1828 and Nov. 30, 1829, and to his wife, 1830. Also included (frames 164-182) is a "Catalog of the National Portrait and Historical Gallery, illustrative of American history, comprising 269 original portraits and historical paintings, formerly belonging to Peale's Museum, to be sold without reserve, on Friday 6th October 1854... M. Thomas & Sons, Auctioneers."
REELS P23, P29: Miscellaneous Peale related documents from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Society Collection. Included are: a report of the Committee of Councils on the use of Charles Willson Peale's windmill, Jan. 5, 1815; C.W. Peale's appeal to aid for a soldier; Rubens Peale memorial of the Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum, Oct. 25, 1821; and a register made by Franklin Peale of the medal dies of the U.S. Mint, with notes, 1841 (reel P29, fr. 5-31).

Biographical/Historical Note

Family of artists. Charles Willson Peale: portrait painter and engraver; Philadelphia, Pa. Studied in London with Benjamin West. Painted George Washington's portrait. Established Peale's Museum in 1786. Influential in the founding of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Father of Raphaelle, Franklin, Rubens, Rembrandt and Titian Ramsay Peale. Brother of James Peale.


Microfilmed by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the Archives of American Art, 1955.

Location of Originals

  • REEL P21: Originals in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Peale family papers.
  • REEL P23, P29: Originals in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Society Collection.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel P21 (fr. 164-182, 261-675); P23 (fr. 158-159, 217); and P29 (fr. 5-31) 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

Selected Peale family papers, 1803-1854. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.