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Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646)
Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley (Project Director: July 2014 to June 2019)
Early American Furniture Cataloging Project

A project to complete basic and in-depth descriptive catalog records of a collection of 1,034 pieces of pre-1840 American furniture manufactured primarily in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) respectfully requests a $175,000 Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant to support a three-year curatorial research project on our renowned collection of early (pre-1840) American furniture. The PMA’s holdings of early American furniture rank among the finest in this country, particularly with regard to the central role that Philadelphia played in the development of American furniture and decorative arts during the 18th and 19th centuries. Yet the current level of information we have assembled on the majority of the works in the collection is both insufficient and, in terms of cataloguing standards, uneven. Grant support will enable both a broader scholarly understanding of, as well as provide greater public access to, this important subject of American art and history.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General; U.S. History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Totals (outright + matching):
$162,500 (approved)
$162,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 10/31/2018