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The James A. Michener Art Museum Archives supports the museum’s mission and serves as the museum’s permanent memory.

Since its inception in 1988, the Michener Art Museum has generated and collected a significant volume of archival resources relating to visual and other arts in Bucks County, as well as its own institutional history and records. These documentary and published materials represent an asset of on-going use and growing importance to the museum’s curators and staff, the Bucks County community, outside scholars, and collectors.

The Michener Archives include: early photographs of the original Bucks County Prison; files and photographs pertaining to the antecedents and allied organizations important to the arts in Bucks County (e.g., photographs of the Lambertville Music Circus, pre-museum records of the Bucks County Council on the Arts); special collections documenting the work and/or activities of particular artists or writers (e.g., James Michener’s stamp collection; Fern Coppedge’s scrapbooks and paint box; Sarah Hicks’s journal; Daniel Garber’s printmaking tools, paint brushes and smock; papers of Phillip Lloyd Powell, George Sotter, William Lathrop, James Michener and George Nakashima, including Soul of a Tree drawings); oral history interviews with area artists; museum non-current records relating to Director and Board of Trustees; past exhibitions; marketing; special museum events and programs.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our Librarian and Interim Archivist at 215 340 9800 x 150 or by e-mail.

For more information on appraisals, visit our Permanent Collections page.

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