Scope and Content Note

In preparing a catalog of the pre-Columbian sculpture in the Louise and Walter Arensberg collection, the Philadelphia Museum of Art called upon the expertise of Yale art historian George Kubler to classify and annotate each object. This collection consists of the annotated photographs of each of the 197 objects illustrated in the catalog, which was published in 1954. Each object was identified by origin and arranged geographically and then chronologically in the book. The photographs are numbered and arranged according to that scheme. Annotations identify the object, its size, the Annenbergs' inventory number for the object as well as that of the Museum's. Printer's measurements are also indicated. A second "Miscellaneous" series of photographs, some with annotations, primarily document other objects in the Arensberg collection that did not appear in the catalog. Some are unidentified.