Collection Summary

Title:Anne d'Harnoncourt Papers

Date:ca. 1927-2009, n.d. (bulk 1951-2008)

Creator(s):d'Harnoncourt, Anne, 1943-

Extent:29.5 linear feet


Repository:Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Abstract:Art to Anne d'Harnoncourt (1943-2008) was both a professional and personal passion. Best recognized for her 25 year tenure as director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, d'Harnoncourt involved herself with local, national and international people and organizations, to keep art--and all the arts--relevant and essential in building and bridging communities. Most of the material comprising the Anne d'Harnoncourt Papers traces her professional development in and away from the Museum and consists primarily of correspondence, press clippings, photographs of works of art and events, draft lectures, notes, ephemera and a number of certificates, citations and object awards. Several files of photos and papers pertaining to her husband and Museum colleague, Joseph J. Rishel, are also included, as are the numerous condolence letters sent to the Museum after d'Harnoncourt's unexpected death on June 1, 2008. Family papers and photographs and school records comprise her personal papers. Her father, René d'Harnoncourt, is most prevalent in the family material, primarily as the subject of third-party correspondence and author of a few personal writings. Notebooks, term papers, school bulletins and other materials document her studies from grade to graduate school. Most of that material pertains to her undergraduate years at Radcliffe College. In a separate subgroup, a few poems and drawings by d'Harnoncourt, as well as a children's book printed in German, give an idea to the musings of a young mind.