Fiske Kimball Records : IX. PMA-related facilities : A. Fairmount Park Houses

Subseries A. Fairmount Park Houses

Date:
1916, 1925-1952, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

During Kimball's directorship, the Museum took an active role in the restoration of many of the historic homes in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. Erling H. Pedersen, Kimball's assistant during the early 1930s, oversaw most of the work. The most extensively documented house is Mount Pleasant, also known as the Benedict Arnold house. Its restoration and furnishing was planned to coincide with the 1926 Sesquicentennial. There are numerous revised lists of the objects loaned or gifted for the special exhibition, as well as related correspondence, including the form letters acknowledging receipt of objects. Correspondence regarding the restoration of the garden is also included. Women, individually and in groups, assumed a prominent role in these restoration projects. Those most frequently represented in these files include Mrs. Harold E. Gillingham, Lydia Thompson Morris, the Junior League of Philadelphia, and the Associate Committee of Women, which offered special tours of the park homes on behalf of the Museum, calling the event "Colonial Days."

See Also:
Fiske Kimball Papers / VII. Writings and research / I. Memoirs / 1. Reminiscences / f. "Historic Monuments." [Restoration projects. ca. 1923-1943]. Ms.

Arrangement

Alphabetical, by name of site, and chronological within each site group.

BoxFolderAuthor/TitleDate
1951 Belmont Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence and ephemera.1926-1927, 1948
1952 Cedar Grove (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Records / VII. Objects and related topics / H. Art collections / f. Morris, Lydia Thompson.
1927
1953 Cedar Grove (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.1928-1930
1954 Cedar Grove (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.1931-1933
1955 Cedar Grove (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.1940-1941, 1948
1956 Cedar Grove (Philadelphia, Pa.). Various reports of interior colors and fabrics.[ca. 1928]
1957 Cedar Grove (Philadelphia, Pa.). Inventory of contents and lists of items accessioned.[ca. 1932]
1958 Cedar Grove (Philadelphia, Pa.). Notes and other papers, incl. essay by Joseph Downs.1928, n.d.
20712 Cedar Grove (Philadelphia, Pa.). Drawing of arched canopy to Elizabeth Paschal's field bed.n.d.
1959 Lemon Hill (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence and other papers.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / B. 1920-1942 / f. Pedersen, Erling H.
1925-Sept. 1926
19510 Lemon Hill (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence and clipping.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Papers / II. Personal papers and records / C. Subjects / f. Residences. Lemon Hill. Philadelphia, Pa. Correspondence. Various.
Oct. 1926-1932
19511 Letitia Street House (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Records / VI. Development and public relations / B. Public programs and services / 2. Publications / f. "The Letitia Street House." Bulletin (Pennsylvania Museum of Art) 27 (May 1932): 147-51. Ms, Ts, photographs.
1930-1932, 1942
19512 Letitia Street House (Philadelphia, Pa.). Other papers, incl. lists of objects and appraised values.1931, 1942, n.d.
19513 Letitia Street House (Philadelphia, Pa.). Blueprint of identification sign (tablet).[1932?], n.d.
19514 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Records / I. General correspondence and related material / A. 1923-1926 / f. Riefstahl, R. Meyer (Rudolf Meyer), 1880-1936.

Fiske Kimball Records / IV. Curatorial issues / A. Personnel / f. Downs, Joseph.

Fiske Kimball Records / VI. Development and public relations / B. Public programs and services / 2. Publications / f. "Mount Pleasant, a Branch Museum of American Art on the Eve of the Revolution." Bulletin (Pennsy. Mus. of Art) 22 (Sept. 1926): 197-202. Ms.

Fiske Kimball Papers / I. General correspondence and related material / B. 1920-1942 / f. Pedersen, Erling H.
Jan.-June 7, 1926 n.d.
19515 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.June 10-28, 1926
19516 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.July 2-14, 1926
19517 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.July 15-Sept. 1926
19518 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.Oct.-Dec. 1926
19519 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.Jan.-May 1927
19520 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.June-Dec. 1927
19521 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.1928
19522 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.1929
19523 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.1930-1931
19524 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.1938-1950
19525 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Finance. Various papers.1926-1928, n.y.
19526 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Furnishings. Various lists, incl. lender/donor name and accession numbers.1926-Mar. 1931
19527 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Furnishings. Various lists, incl. lender/donor name and accession numbers.Nov. 1931-1933
19528 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Garden restoration. Various papers, incl. planting lists.1926, n.d.
19529 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Site visit report. Criticisms by Dr. Woodhouse of restoration work.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Records / III. Administrative issues / A. Personnel / f. Woodhouse, Samuel W.
[ca. 1926]
19530 Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia, Pa.). Various papers and other materials.1926, n.d.
19531 Randolph House (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence and note re possible restoration.1931, 1934
1961 Strawberry Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.1927-1931, n.y.
1962 Sweetbriar Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Records / VI. Development and public relations / B. Public programs and services / 2. Publications / f. Articles by Joseph Downs in the Feb.-May 1929 issue. Bulletin (Pennsylvania Museum of Art). Ts.
1927-Apr. 1929, n.d.
1963 Sweetbriar Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.May 1929-1931
1964 Sweetbriar Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence and related material.1938-1939
1965 Sweetbriar Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Junior League Annual Report and related material.1928, n.d.
1966 Sweetbriar Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Garden restoration. Supplies for terrace.[ca. Apr. 1929]
1967 Sweetbriar Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Furnishings. Lists of objects lent, incl. accession numbers.1931
1968 Woodford Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.1928-1929, n.d.
1969 Woodford Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Correspondence.1930-1931, 1944
19610 Woodford Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Other papers and related materials, incl. chimney piece sketches.1916, 1943, n.d.
19611 Woodford Mansion (Philadelphia, Pa.). Photographs of interior and of chimney piece illustrations.n.d.
19612 General correspondence.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Records / VI. Development and public relations / B. Public programs and services / 3. Publicity / f. Radio talks (Station WOO) re Fairmount Park Houses; American art and Philadelphia; and "Great Museums of the World." Feb. 20-Mar. 5, 1928. Ts and correspondence.
1933, 1936, 1951-1953
19613 Colonial Days. Correspondence.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Records / VI. Development and public relations / B. Public programs and services
1931-1932
19614 Colonial Days. "Colonial Mansions of Fairmount Park." Brochure. Ts.1931
19615 Colonial Days. Various papers and ephemera incl. brochures of similar events at other sites.1930-1934
19616 "Some Old Houses in Fairmount Park." Ms, notes and brochure.[ca. 1930?], 1952
19617 Other papers, incl. "The Great Mansions of Philadelphia" lecture notes[?]

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Records / VI. Development and public relations / B. Public programs and services / 3. Publicity

Fiske Kimball Papers / VII. Writings and research / H. Lectures
1927?, 1945, n.d.
19618 Madeira, Louis C, IV. Untitled talk. Daughters of American Revolution. Princeton, NJ. Ts.

See Also:

Fiske Kimball Records / IV. Curatorial issues / A. Personnel / f. Madeira, Louis C. IV.
Jan. 17, 1952