Access to the College Green area of campus will be restricted until further notice. PennCard holders and some Penn affiliates may enter and exit Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center through the Rosengarten Undergraduate Study Center on the ground floor, and may enter and exit the Fisher Fine Arts Library through the 34th Street entrance to Meyerson Hall. See our Service Alerts for details.

Columbia University graduate Alfred H. Gumaer was appointed Instructor in Architectural Design at Penn in 1907. Over time, the historical aspect of art and architecture became the center of his interest. Gumaer was promoted to full Professor of the History of Art in 1933. A beloved teacher and campus personality, his bequest has strengthened Penn Libraries resources for the study of the history of art.

During the 1940s, the Libraries acquired many published works essential to teaching and research in the field. More recently, thanks to his gift, Penn has added significant works including Marc-Antoine Laugier's Maniere de bien juger des ouvrages de peinture (1771) and H. A. Vetter, Kleine einfamilien Hauser mit 50 bis 100 Quadratmeter Wohnflache (1932).