The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, founded in 1805, is the oldest art museum and school in the United States. The records in its Archives were accumulated as a result of the Academy's two primary activities: collecting, preserving, and exhibiting art, and training artists. An important research facility, the Academy's extensive archives document not only the history of the institution, but the development of the fine arts and art education in America.
The Dorothy and Kenneth Woodcock Archives’ holdings primarily consist of institutional documents (papers, files, and publications) created by members of the PAFA community and maintained by the Archives as a record of the Institution’s activity. Our archival collection includes: papers, documents, electronic files, photographs, videos, cassettes, financial records, letters, and personal materials relating to PAFA. Materials in the Dorothy and Kenneth Woodcock Archives are housed in secure, temperature-controlled environments.
In order to carry out its mission to acquire materials of enduring value for preservation and access, the Dorothy and Kenneth Woodcock Archives collects the following types of records:
The Archives acquires material primarily through donation from departments of the Institution and from alumni, students and interested members of the community.
To learn more about contributing materials to the archives, please click here.
Digital Collections Rights and Usage Statement
PAFA's Digital Archive was created to help fulfill PAFA's educational mission. Materials found in these collections are either in the public domain, are made available by permission, or are permitted by an exception such as fair use. Although these materials are publicly accessible, some restrictions on further use may still apply. Permitted uses are limited to research, educational, and scholarly purposes.
Publication, transmission, or reproduction of items protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Whenever possible, accurate information about the copyright status of material is provided in the item record and/or documentation for material in the collection.
It is the researcher's responsibility to determine copyright and other possible restrictions on reuse (e.g. publicity, privacy, moral rights) and to obtain proper permission when publishing or distributing materials found in these collections. Researchers must make their own assessments of rights in light of their intended use.
PAFA’s Digital Archives are accessible for purposes of education and research. Materials previously deposited into the PAFA Digital Archive may be removed or restricted at the request of the creator(s), contributor(s), or other individuals holding rights to the material. Upon request, we will remove material from public view while we address a rights issue.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts makes digital versions of collections accessible in the following situations:
We have made the best effort to adhere to all known copyright and rights of privacy, publicity, or trademark of material, but due to the nature of archival collections we are not always able to identify this information. We are eager to hear from any rights owners, so that we may obtain accurate information.