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Robert H. Finnigan costume sketches

circa 1966-1978, 2.25 linear feet


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Mummers Museum. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Mummers Museum
Finnigan, Robert H.
Robert H. Finnigan costume sketches
circa 1966-1978
Call Number:
2.25 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
1 flat box and about 3-dozen framed items
Robert (Bob) Finnigan is among the best-known costume designers for the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been designing costumes for the parade since 1960. The Robert H. Finnigan costume sketches, circa 1966-1978, contain several dozen original sketches for his designs.
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Robert (Bob) Finnigan, a Mummers costume designer, has designed over 42 prize-winning costumes across multiple divisions in the Mummers Parade. He started designing costumes for the parade in 1960, and celebrated his 52nd consecutive year with the parade New Years day of 2012. Finnigan also served as curator for The Mummers Museum and was inducted into the String Band Hall of Fame in 2008.

The Mummers Parade is an annual New Year's Day event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Local clubs devise elaborate costumes, scenery, and routines for a march through the city streets that some consider the oldest folk festival in America.


Pirro, J.F. "He Loves a Parade." South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 9 (December 2011). Accessed March 2, 2012.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains about 3-dozen framed sketches and numerous unframed sketches for Mummers' costumes designed by Robert H. Finnigan in the 1960s and 1970s.

Not all of the sketches are signed, and it is possible that a few costume designs by other artists were interfiled into this collection at some point.

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Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories


This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Robert H. Finnigan, 1976-1978.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Philadelphia Mummers (Organization).
  • Philadelphia New Year Shooters and Mummers Association.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • South Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Finnigan, Robert H.
  • Costume design
  • Costume designers
  • New Year
  • Parades
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Social life and customs

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