Series III. Initiatives

1889-1890, 1927-1930, n.d.

1.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Materials in this series pertain to activities initiated and carried out under the auspices of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. Held in the late 1880s, the exhibitions documented in the first subseries highlight some of the Museum's earliest initiatives as it operated at that time as the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Arts. The Trustees promoted the exhibitions as ways to introduce the general public to the Museum and to make them aware of the advancements being made in the industrial arts in America. Documentation consists of correspondence from participating individuals and manufacturers. The Fundraising subseries focuses on the Museum's attempt to raise funds and public awareness of the institution at the time of the opening of its new building and under the directorship of Fiske Kimball. Documentation consists of correspondence, reports, ephemera and several presentation binders.