As one of the nation's first professionally administered museum archives, PAFA collects, preserves, and provides access to records that document the historical activities of the institution (both school and museum) as well as prominent artists and art organizations associated with PAFA. PAFA's physical archives contain various mediums including printed matter, photographic materials, artifacts, rare books, and related ephemera.
With the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in 2017, PAFA’s Archives was able to integrate digitization into a core function for the institution. We are actively digitizing and adding new items on an on-going basis to grow the digital archive. PAFA’s Digital Archive provides access to our rich collections of digitized archival photographs, ephemera, and historical records.
The Archives serves as the institutional memory of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). The Archives’ mission is to preserve and provide access to records that document the goals and activities of the institution (School and Museum). The Archives is also responsible for ensuring institutional accountability, and for enhancing access to the rich and diverse resources in its care. The mission is carried forward by: