The general focus of the collection is Colonial-era decorative and fine arts, and comprises furniture, silver, ceramics, including Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, historical documents, manuscripts, prints, and paintings. Other fields of interest are military and naval history, American maritime industries with an emphasis on whaling, maps, depictions and writings concerning American Indian tribes and the exploration of the West. What started as a collection with a focus on Southeastern Pennsylvania quickly grew to one with a national focus.
We are currently working to integrate the collection into our new website. In the meantime, please click the link below to access our collection website for information on many of the objects. Please check back regularly as we are continually adding objects and information to our collection’s database.