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Researching the PMA: Bulletins and Annual Reports

Use this guide if you're researching the history of the museum, including exhibitions


The museum Bulletin was published from 1903-2012. These are all available via JSTOR (please note that from 1903-1938, the publication was called the Pennyslvania Museum of Art Bulletin. The name was changed to reflect the museum's name change). Hard copies from 1903 through 2008 are available in the library reading room.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports were published from 1892 to 1948 and then again from 1979 through 2015, when printing ceased. The Annual Reports are available online through 1948, as well as for 2016, 2017, and 2018. Copies from 1892 through 2015 are available for use in the library.

Board Minutes

Alongside the Annual Report and Bulletin, the Board of Trustee (and related committees) minutes are another good resource for learning about staffing changes, major acquisitions, as well as departmental shifts. These records are a part of our archival collection. Please consult the finding aid and contact the archives if you are interested in accessing these records.