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Dutch Tiles Records


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Ella Schaap joined the Museum staff in 1980 as a volunteer in the Medieval and Renaissance Decorative Arts department. During this period, the Museum divided the administration of its decorative art collections between this department and that of European Decorative Arts after 1700. By 1982, Schaap was named Curatorial Associate for the Garvan Tiles Exhibition and approximately one year later for the Dutch Tiles Collection.

These are the records of curatorial associate Ella Schaap. The material, consisting of correspondence, reports and draft writings, primarily documents the exhibition and catalogue featuring the gift of Mrs. Francis P. [Mabel Brady] Garvan of more than 230 Dutch tiles to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The tiles date from the 15th to 18th century. Included in the records are Schaap's report on the tiles of Netherland, based on personal observations made during her one-month stay there in 1980, as well as documentation of the NEA grant that funded the creation of the Museum's collection catalogue, published in 1984, and the related history and research compiled for it. Ms. Schaap curated the exhibition that featured the tiles. Entitled "Dutch Tiles from the Collection of the Museum of Art," the exhibition ran from March through May 1984. The records documenting it are the most extensive in this collection, and the files pertain to subjects ranging from installation planning and tile contractors to lending institutions and travel expenses.

These materials were arranged and described by Intern inventory project in Summer 2002. Revised by Bertha Adams and Susan Anderson in 2007. Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Finding aid prepared by Intern inventory project (Summer 2002). Bertha Adams and Susan Anderson (4/30/07).
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Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services
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The Dutch Tile Records is the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.

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