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  • UPenn Ms. Codex 377 p3 - Quartaroni, Domenico - Trattato delle fortificazioni
    UPenn Ms. Codex 377 p3 - Quartaroni, Domenico - Trattato delle fortificazioni
  • Ms. Coll. 176 John Haviland Papers v6 p99
    Ms. Coll. 176 John Haviland Papers v6 p99
  • Ms. Coll. 50 Pennell Papers oversize PNL-PR 71 The Tunnel Montague Terrace 1924
    Ms. Coll. 50 Pennell Papers oversize PNL-PR 71 The Tunnel Montague Terrace 1924
  • W Steig_The Artists Gaze_ ED-5_13_UPenn Steig Collection
    W Steig_The Artists Gaze_ ED-5_13_UPenn Steig Collection

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At the University of Pennsylvania, holdings relating to art and architecture may be found in the Anne & Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Library; the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania; the University Archives and Records Center; and in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. What follows is an overview of holdings in the Kislak Center.

Selected Kislak Center collections relating to art and architecture

  • Medieval and Renaissance eras

    The Kislak Center holds early manuscript and printed on fortification, mathematics, geometry, and related disciplines.

     

  • UPenn Ms. Codex 377 p3 - Quartaroni, Domenico - Trattato delle fortificazioni
    UPenn Ms. Codex 377 p3 - Quartaroni, Domenico - Trattato delle fortificazioni
  • Modern eras

    Paul Philippe Cret Papers: correspondence and working files, 1876-1963, of this Beaux Arts architect and Penn professor of architecture.

    Lewis Mumford Papers: correspondence, manuscripts, and notes, 1905-1987, relating to the life and work of Mumford (1895-1990), writer and critic of cities, technology, and American culture.

    John Haviland Papers: daybooks, 1820-1837, of the architect of the Eastern State Penitentiary and other buildings in the eastern United States.

    Felix Nadar album

    Gilchrist Family Papers: correspondence, diaries, photographs, poems, etc., 1823-1941, concerning this British family of writers and artists.

    Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Papers: correspondence, manuscripts, and original works of art, 1893-1936, of these illustrators, printmakers, and writers of art criticism and travel books.

    Wanda Gág Papers: correspondence, diaries, and drawings, 1920-1946, of this American artist and children's book creator.

    Carl Zigrosser Papers: correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, and research notes, 1891-1971, regarding Zigrosser's personal and professional life as founder and director of the Weyhe Gallery in New York and as the first Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    Philadelphia Art Alliance Records: correspondence, exhibition and events files, minutes, and other records, 1906-1990 (bulk 1915-1980), regarding this center and marketplace for the fine and performing arts.

    Institute of Contemporary Art Records: administrative files, exhibition files, catalogs, etc., of the Penn-affiliated museum.

    Wiliam Steig

    Atha Tehon Papers, Art and Design books

    Artists Books

    Vilain-Wieck--Fine Press

    Comics and Graphic Novels

Medieval and Renaissance eras

 

Over one hundred early manuscripts in the Kislak Center's holdings contain decorations or illuminations.

View facsimiles of manuscripts with illuminations on the Penn in Hand website.

Many others include illustrations, including drawings and diagrams. The collections also include early manuscripts and printed books on fortification, mathematics, geometry, and related disciplines.

Modern eras

Following is a list of major modern collections and items (19th century-present) connected broadly to art or architecture.

John Haviland Papers, 1808-1868: Daybooks (1820-1837), including sketches and letters,of the architect of the Eastern State Penitentiary and other buildings in the eastern United States.

Gilchrist Family Papers, 1823-1939: correspondence, diaries, photographs, and poems concerning this British family of writers and artists.

Félix Nadar, Autograph album, 1853-1875: Album kept by the photographer, artist, caricaturist, and writer Nadar for sitters at his studio to sign, including drawings, poems, and music.

Paul Philippe Cret Papers, 1865-1976: correspondence and working files (1876-1963) of the Beaux Arts architect and Penn professor of architecture.

Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Papers: correspondence, manuscripts, and original works of art, 1893-1936, of these illustrators, printmakers, and writers of art criticism and travel books.

Lewis Mumford Papers, ca. 1905-1987: correspondence, manuscripts, and notes by and relating to the life and work of Mumford (1895-1990), writer and critic of cities, technology, and American culture.

Carl Zigrosser Papers, 1891-1971: correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, and research notes regarding Zigrosser's personal and professional life as founder and director of the Weyhe Gallery in New York and as the first Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Wanda Gág Papers:correspondence, diaries, and drawings, 1920-1946, of this American artist and children's book creator.

Philadelphia Art Alliance Records: correspondence, exhibition and events files, minutes, and other records, 1906-1990 (bulk 1915-1980), regarding this center and marketplace for the fine and performing arts.

Institute of Contemporary Art Records: administrative files, exhibition files, catalogs, and other materials of the Penn-affiliated museum.

Wiliam Steig Collection: over 2,500 original drawings, notebooks and scrapbooks, correspondence, books, posters, and other materials by this artist.

Atha Tehon Papers and books: collections of children's book designer and art director Atha Tehon (1926-2012), including files of designs for children's books.

Edward F. Fry Papers, 1947-1992: Correspondence and research materials of this curator and art historian.

Artists Books

Vilain-Wieck--Fine Press

Comics and Graphic Novels

Helfand graphics

Helfand ex-votos

Photography collections: Harrisburg