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Publications Department Records


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Overview and metadata sections

George H. Marcus headed the Publications department beginning in 1968. During the 1970s and 1980s, Christine K. Ivusic and Janet Watkins served consecutively as his Assistant/Senior Editors. Sherry Babbitt joined the department in 1978 as secretary. Promoted over the next two decades, Babbitt succeeded Marcus in 2001 as Director of the department, which by then operated under its current designation of "Publishing."

This record group pertains to publications produced by the Museum during the 1970s and early 1980s. These published works include catalogs and handbooks of specific collections owned by the Musuem or in its custody, exhibition catalogues and checklists, Bulletin articles, engagement calendars, and miscellaneous booklets. Documentation consists primarily of draft writings, notes, edited typescripts, proofs, and mock-ups, as well as correspondence, photographs, reviews and other clippings.

These materials were arranged and described by Bertha Adams. Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Publications Department 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

Collection catalogs, 1973-1982. 5 linear feet.
Scope and Content Note

The titles that comprise this series are: "The theatrical world of Osaka prints..." (1973); "Treasures of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the John G. Johnson Collection" (1973); "The sculpture of Auguste Rodin..." (1976); "The Thomas Eakins Collection..." (1978); "The delights of fine fashion..." (1979); and "The Pennsylvania German collection..." (c. 1982).

Physical Description

5 linear feet

Exhibition catalogues and checklists, 1971-1983. 10.5 linear feet.
Scope and Content Note

Arranged in order of publication date, the first seven publications listed here are exhibition checklists: "Silkscreen: history of a medium" (1971); Untitled [Gauguin monotypes] (1972); "American art since 1945" (1972); "Marcel Duchamp...a retrospective" (1973); "The architecture of Frank Furness" (catalogue and checklist 1973); "A sense of style...Philadelphia fashion" (1973); and "A decade of gifts..." (1974). The remaining documentation pertains to the following exhibition catalogues: "The Second Empire: art in France..." (1978); "Footprints of the Buddha: Japanese Buddha prints..." (1980); "Futurism..." (c. 1980); "Sir Edwin Landseer" (c. 1981); "The Pennsylvania Germans..." (c. 1982); "Imressions...woodcuts of the Sino-Japanese War..." (1983); "Cezanne in Philadelphia collections" (1983); and "Masters of 17th century Dutch genre painting" (c. 1984).

Physical Description

10.5 linear feet

Bulletins, 1966-1975. 1.25 linear feet.
Scope and Content Note

The Bulletin has served as the Museum's periodical, consisting of articles usually written by its professional staff. The five articles documented in this series are: "Conservation" (Autumn 1966); two articles about the artist Manet (Apr.-June 1967); "Arthur B. Carles..." (Jan.-June 1970); "Etant Donnes..." (Reprinted 1973); and "...Howard Roberts, Thomas Eakins and...Philadelphia nudes" (Spring 1975).

Physical Description

1.25 linear feet

Other, 1974-1978, undated. 1 linear foot.
Scope and Content Note

This series consists of various materials used to produce 1974-1978 engagement calendars and miscellaneous booklets.

Physical Description

1 linear foot

Print, Suggest