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As one of the major art reference libraries in the United States, the Museum Library houses approximately 200,000 books, auction catalogues, and periodicals dating from the sixteenth century to the present. Reflecting the Museum's rich and distinctive collections, the Library's holdings focus on European, American, and Asian painting and sculpture; furniture and decorative arts; arms and armor; costume and textiles; prints, drawings, and photographs; and modern and contemporary art. The Library also subscribes to a growing collection of electronic resources, available on workstations in the Reading Room.

Library Installation

Fluxus1 Macuinas
Fluxus 1
Mixed media
Made by George Maciunas, American (born Lithuania), 1931–1978
Gift of Mme Marcel Duchamp
Do It Yourself: Participatory Art in the 1960s and 1970s
February 23–May 13, 2016
Beginning in the mid-1950s, the Pop art movement invited viewers to take an active role in the creative process. The installation brings together artist books, exhibition catalogues, mail art, and photographs from the Museum’s Library and Archives.

Special attention is given to events and partnerships in the Philadelphia community. From the Goldie Paley Gallery at Moore College of Art & Design to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania to the Great Stair Hall at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pop artists bring the local art scene to life.

Innovative publications from Something Else Press and Gemini G.E.L. will be featured, along with George Maciunas’s Fluxus 1, given to the Museum by Alexina Duchamp and on display for the first time. This signature work is Maciunas’s first attempt at a “yearbox,” or collective anthology, of the international Fluxus community. Musical scores, performance documentation, and plastic and paper ephemera from sixteen artists are interspersed inside manila envelopes bound together by metal bolts.

Additional artists in the installation include Richard Hamilton, Jasper Johns, Ray Johnson, Robert Indiana, Claes Oldenburg, Christo, Jeanne-Claude, and Yoko Ono.

The Library Reading Room, second floor, Perelman Building

Digital Collections

Ronaele Manor
The collection of heraldic stained glass at Ronaele Manor, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania :the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Fitz Eugene Dixon /described by F. Sydney Eden. -- London : Arden Press, 1927.
The Library is creating distinctive digital collections that provide access to its rare materials to support research and education at the Museum, to enhance scholarship worldwide, to increase access to its holdings, and to promote lifelong learning. Digitizing also aids in preservation by reducing the need for handling the originals. Scrapbooks from the Archives; rare art auction catalogs; books and ephemera on European and American decorative arts and arms and armor; and the Museum’s own publications are just some examples of the items that staff are digitizing and making freely available to all on the Internet Archive.

Browse our contributions to the Internet Archive.

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