The Curator's Corner

The 2013 tour season brought about many changes with the completion of the Pearl S. Buck House restoration. Many items previously in storage, some for the entire eight years of the restoration project, are now on display. Items have been safely returned to cabinets and places throughout the house where Pearl Buck’s family once placed them.

Some of the new items on display include Dorothy Thorpe’s persimmon and gold china pieces in the dining room cabinet and paper thin cranberry glass consume server and bowls on the dining room table. Gold wash goblets rimmed in blue are also set on the Pembroke table.

Other new artifacts on display are the 1927 Thomas Edison Dictaphone used by Ms. Buck, the Pearl S. Buck “swing coat” popularized by the description of the Chinese jackets worn by women and described in Ms. Buck’s 1932 novel, The Good Earth, and family phonographs in the newly-restored compartmentalized cabinet.

Come enjoy a tour of the Pearl S. Buck House to see the many changes firsthand. Visit for tour times and more information.

Read the Pearl S. Buck House blog for our Artifact of the Month and monthly E-Facts post!

The Archives at Pearl S. Buck International

Are you a historian or scholar? A student in need of in-depth research materials? An avid fan of the life of Pearl S. Buck? If so, we hope you will come to view our large collection of her personal documents, letters, and publications.

View a PDF of our regulations for researchers.

View a PDF index of the documents contained in the archives.

Please call Erika Sands, Pearl S. Buck House Director at 215-249-0100 ext.172 to set up an appointment or email


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Our Curator welcomes and encourages you to submit questions about Pearl S. Buck, however please note that if your question(s) requires in-depth research, cross referencing, scanning of documents or photographs for your request, the option of registering as an off-site researcher may be offered to you.

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