Scope and Content Note
This collection, primarily of newspaper clippings, documents the Museum's earliest developments as reported by the media. The Centennial Exhibition scrapbooks that comprise the first series pertain to the international event that led to the establishment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Oversized and detailed illustrations make up most of the approximately 400 pages of clippings taken from newspapers published in various states, as well as a few European countries. Comprised of five letter-sized volumes of clippings and one oversized book primarily of ephemera, the "Memorial Hall and School" series documents the museum's earliest mission as a museum and school focusing on American-made objects with an emphasis on textiles and the industrial arts. The two scrapbooks that comprise the final series, "New Building," document the construction and opening of the facility that continues to serve today as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The scrapbooks were compiled by the firm of Zantzinger, Borie and Medary, the architects retained by the Fairmount Park Commission to construct the new building.
Similar in scope is the scrapbook compiled by Hannah Ann Zell, which is part of the Museum Archive's manuscript collection. The clippings pertain to Zell's activities during the Centennial Exhibition and later for the Associates Committee of Women on behalf of the Pennsylvania Museum's School of Industrial Art. For documentation of the Museum's more recent history, see the Public Relations Department Records. An entire series is devoted to 64 scrapbooks that contain clippings of museum-related events, exhibitions and people from 1927 to 1972.