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R. Sturgis Ingersoll Records


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R. Sturgis Ingersoll was President of the Corporation from 1948 to 1964, as well as Chairman of the Board of Governors, which he initiated, from 1947 to 1959.

Mostly correspondence, Ingersoll's records reflect changes in the Museum and School during this period. Under his presidency, the Textile Institute and the College of Art (name changed from "school" to "college" in 1959) separated from the PMA after lengthy negotiations. Ingersoll was an attorney and the records portray his participation in the legalities of the separation. Other subjects include grants, state aid, school accreditation, and admission charges.

These materials were arranged and described by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler in 2006. Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation.

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Finding aid prepared by Merle Chamberlain and Louise F. Rossmassler
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Funded by a grant from The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The R. Sturgis Ingersoll Records are 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.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1954-1964. 2 linear feet.
Scope and Content Note

Chronologically arranged correspondence. Also includes Ingersoll's Annual Reports, 1960-1963, and files of special correspondence of the 1963 Mexican Exhibition and the lease of his office.

Physical Description

2 linear feet

Subjects, 1941-1964. 0.5 linear feet.
Scope and Content Note

Alphabetically-arranged by subject. Reports, minutes, correspondence, and lists regarding administrative subjects: budgets, legal relationships, funds, and the Committee on Painting and Sculpture minutes, 1941-1944.

Physical Description

0.5 linear feet

School and PMA Separation Records, 1947-1964. 1 linear feet.
Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, clippings, reports, and copies of legal documents regarding the 1948 separation of the Museum and the Textile Institute, and the 1964 separation of the Museum and the School. Arranged in two groups by school. Includes records of grants, state aid, and allocation of funds.

Physical Description

1 linear feet

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