Subseries A. Fairmount Park Commission

1926-1954, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Established by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1867, the Fairmount Park Commission was charged with the administration of park affairs and maintaining its 8,900-acre citywide grounds. With the decision in the early 1900s to build a new museum on the site of a former reservoir on the hill of Fairmount, the Commission became the City's overseer of its construction. The Commission was also responsible for the Museum's public funding, appropriated in its budget under Care and Maintenance of Art Museums, and covering various expenses and wages of certain Museum employees, such as attendants, watchmen, engineers and electricians. Most of the material in these records is correspondence with the various commissioners as well as other papers on various topics administered by the Commission, including the Museum's monthly expense reports.


Materials are divided by commission personnel and by various administrative topics, including finance.