Collection Summary

Title:Johnson Collection Curatorial Records

Date:1917-2007, n.d. (bulk 1927-1992)

Creator(s):Marceau, Henri, 1896-1969
Sweeny, Barbara Eleanor
Rishel, Joseph J.
Strehlke, Carl Brandon
Nichols, Lawrence W.
Konefal, Irene
Lippincott, Louise, 1953-
Ingersoll, R. Sturgis (Robert Sturgis) b. 1891

Extent:56.25 linear feet


Repository:Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Abstract:The Johnson Collection Curatorial Records represent two "generations" of curatorial oversight of the art collection acquired by John Graver Johnson (19841-1917), one of Philadelphia's most prominent corporate lawyers. While the collection of more than 1,600 European paintings, sculpture and textiles is owned by the City of Philadelphia through Johnson's bequest, it is administered by and housed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as is Johnson's extensive art library. In these curatorial records, the earlier files reflect the administrative and curatorial activities of Henri Marceau and Barbara Sweeny, roughly documenting their combined years of service, 1926-1972. Joseph J. Rishel succeeded Sweeny as Johnson Collection curator in November of 1972. His tenure, which continues to this day, comprises the second curatorial term, from 1973 to 1992. A small amount of papers created later are included separately. The second generation of records also reflects the work of assistant and associate curators of the Johnson Collection. Documentation consists primarily of correspondence, object photographs, writings, research, legal documents and papers pertaining to collection management and personnel.