Scope and Content Note


These papers pertain primarily to Roberts' work as a writer and speaker, and most particularly to his 1959 book, "Triumph on Fairmount: Fiske Kimball and the Philadelphia Museum of Art," which he co-authored with his wife, Mary. Many of the correspondents are Kimball's PMA colleagues and other professional associates, offering Roberts' their criticisms of his writing before and after publication. An annotated typescript of the book is included, as well as the original artwork done by the author and reproduced in the book's front and back inside covers. The black and white watercolor depicts the Museum atops its hill, surrounded by the Schuylkill River, the 19th-century waterworks and the distant cityscape.

The publication of "Triumph on Fairmount" apparently made Roberts a popular speaker with various local organizations. Correspondence, notes, drawings, and writing drafts document several talks he gave most frequently about the colonial houses in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park and Kimball's involvement in promoting the Park houses. Other drafts pertain to Roberts' thoughts on collaborating with his spouse and his reflections as a writer.