Series I through IV consist of documentation pertaining to d'Harnoncourt's professional activities and affiliations. There are two subseries to Series I, "Correspondence and other materials": "Names and subjects" and "Other records." Series II, "Remarks and recognitions" consists of two subseries; namely, "Awards and honors" and "Outside lectures and other remarks." A number of oversized documents account for the seemingly large size of this series, 13.25 linear feet. As indicated by its title, Series III, "Photographs and publicity," consists of two subseries: "Photographs" and "Press clippings." Series IV, "Professional affiliations," consists of files alphabetically arranged by name of institution. The fifth and final series, "Personal papers," is comprised of three subseries: "Family papers and photographs;" "Student records;" and "Other material."

Throughout this finding aid and within folder titles, the abbreviation "PMA" refers to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In folder titles, "AdH" refers to Anne d'Harnoncourt. For purposes of preservation, photocopies were made during processing to replace post-it notes. Photocopies were made on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, and folded around or clipped to the document on which the note was affixed.