Critical Observation // Art Appreciation

Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives PAFA’s collection of prints, drawings, miniatures, photographs, sketchbooks, and illustrated books contains over 13,000 American works on paper, dating from the 18th century to the present day. Works of art on paper are by nature delicate objects that can be irreparably damaged from cumulative exposure to light. As… Read More Critical Observation // Art Appreciation

IMLS Project Update: PAFA’s New Digital Archive

Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ (PAFA) Dorothy & Kenneth Woodcock Archives is excited to announce the public beta launch of its new online Digital Archives. With the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Archives was able to develop a comprehensive… Read More IMLS Project Update: PAFA’s New Digital Archive

IMLS Project Update: Lessons Learned (Cataloging and Metadata)

Contributed by: Tess Amram, IMLS Project Archivist The cataloging and metadata assignation portion of this project was the facet most relevant to my immediate career goals – I’m aiming for a career in cataloging, and I applied for this job in large part because it would expose me to cataloging standards I hadn’t yet had… Read More IMLS Project Update: Lessons Learned (Cataloging and Metadata)

IMLS Project Update: Lessons Learned (Digitization)

Contributed by: Tess Amram, IMLS Project Archivist So many lessons learned from this project about digitization! I came into it a complete novice to the practice, and over 3500 images later, I think I’ve got a handle on the basics, at least. I’d only ever used a scanner for text-based documents and the occasional photograph,… Read More IMLS Project Update: Lessons Learned (Digitization)

Annual Archivist Conference: ALIKE/DIFFERENT

Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Annual Conference in Portland, OR this year. The conference provided valuable professional development and networking opportunities that all archivists should take advantage of (if you have the opportunity). Events such as the Teaching With Primary… Read More Annual Archivist Conference: ALIKE/DIFFERENT

Intern Spotlight – Leo Wong!

Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives Please welcome Leo Wong! Leo will be working as the Project Archivist Intern for the recently acquired George Harding Sr. papers. He has a bachelors degree in history from St. Joseph’s University and a graduate degree in public history from La Salle University. Leo has volunteer experience at… Read More Intern Spotlight – Leo Wong!

Intern Spotlight – Mustafa Adil Özturk!

Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives Please welcome Mustafa Adil Öztürk (Adil)! Adil is an MFA student here at PAFA. He has dreams of pursuing a PhD and wanted to gain more experience in the research process. What better way than to research PAFA’s rich history? The archives has a unique collection of student… Read More Intern Spotlight – Mustafa Adil Özturk!

New Acquisition! George Harding Sr. papers

Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives The Dorothy and Kenneth Woodcock Archives is excited to announce the recent acquisition of George Harding Sr. papers. Harding (1882-1959), a former PAFA student and faculty member for nearly 40 years was a prominent American illustrator. The collection includes photographs, correspondence, clippings, sketches, drawings, and diaries documenting his… Read More New Acquisition! George Harding Sr. papers