Scope and Content Note


The bulk of these records document the research, planning, and execution behind the department's contributions towards the Museum's "blockbuster shows." The research and work of Drawings Curator, Ann Percy, predominate. Included here are research files (usually organized along subject lines, artist, and/or genre); correspondence; planning documents; image files (i.e. photocopies) and photographs; lender records; object files; catalogue drafts; bibliographies; public relations and marketing; and recorded interviews and meetings. Some exhibitions are better documented than others.

There are two notable exceptions for the records described above: materials related to the Violet Oakley Memorial Foundation, which were used in conjunction with the Violet Oakley Exhibition (1979); and exhibition research for The Art of Science: Natural History Illustration in Philadelphia, 1750-1850, which was planned in 1987 but never held.

Note: many of the department's smaller exhibitions focus on parts of the permanent collection. When the exhibit is over, the research material is usually added to the department's object files and becomes part of their ongoing documentation. Users wishing to access this sort of material should contact the PDP department directly for an appointment.