William Pahlmann Collection officially opened for research at Hagley
Hagley Museum and Library is pleased to announce that the William Pahlmann Collection has been officially opened for research. In 2010, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) awarded Hagley a two-year grant of $112,000 to process the collection. Pahlmann (1900-1987) was a renowned interior designer during the twentieth century and his clients included corporations, stores, restaurants, hotels, and private homes. The collection (1927-1976) is a rich resource for research in the history of design, the business of operating a design firm, and material culture.
The Pahlmann processing project lasted for two years, beginning in October 2010. During that time project archivists processed 1,200 linear feet of correspondence, client files, sketches, financial records, and publicity materials. The collection also includes extensive samples of wall coverings, flooring, and textiles for window treatments, furniture, and carpeting. Archivists worked with researchers to provide limited access to the collection during processing.
The detailed finding aid is available at http://tinyurl.com/bcle27a. A sample of 300 items from the collection has been digitized and is located at http://tinyurl.com/9wo4w44.
Hagley is very grateful to the NHPRC for providing financial support to provide access to this important collection. For more information, please contact Ask Hagley at http://www.hagley.org/library/askhagley.html.
Chief Curator, Library Collections
Hagley Museum and Library
P.O. Box 3630, 298 Buck Road East
Wilmington, DE 198907
voice: 302-658-2400, ext. 317
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