Archival Adventures in Small Repositories
Philadelphia Sketch Club, America's oldest continuously-operating club for artists, was founded in 1860 by six students of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since its founding, the Club has offered art classes, mounted exhibitions, and given artists the opportunity to socialize and network with each other. The Archives of the Philadelphia Sketch Club total about 75 linear feet of materials dating from the Club's founding in 1860 through the present. Included are individual artists' files with correspondence, as well as exhibition catalogues, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper articles, minute books, the newsletter "Portfolio," and financial records. A highlight of the archives is "Seventy-Five Years of the Philadelphia Sketch Club," the club history of over 1,000 pages that was compiled in 1936.