With more than 130,000 objects, dating from the 1680s to present day, the Atwater Kent Collection at Drexel contains original prints, paintings, photographs, and other items that detail the lives of Philadelphians. We manage this information via a database as well as paper files. The database allows us to write descriptions, record all of the details about an object – such as measurements, maker, materials and location and be able to link the history to other objects to tell a richer history. The database is the foundation for access to our Online Collection.
The Atwater Kent Collection is a collection of collections…over the decades a number of different collections have been integrated into the stewardship of the former Atwater Kent Museum/Philadelphia History Museum. You can read more about some of these collections under “Special Collections.”