Bachelor in History of Fine Arts, Vassar College, 1950. Master of Arts in American Civilization, University Pennsylvania, 1965.
Curator American decorative arts and historic houses Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, 1966-1989. Curator emeritus American decorative arts Philadelphia Museum Art, since 1989.
(Book by Garvan, Beatrice B.)
Member academy affairs committee Winterthur Museum and Library. Chair executive committee Friends of America Art, Yale University Art Gallery. Member watering committee Philadelphia Waterworks, Fairmount Park.
Overseer Libraries of University Pennsylvania, Strabery Banke, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Member Commission for Preservation of Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. Board incorporators Canterbury (New Hampshire) Shaker Village.
Board directors Philadelphia Society for Preservation of Landmarks, Andalusia Foundation. Member History Society Pennsylvania (life), Pennsylvania German Society (life), Genealogical Society Pennsylvania (life), Decorative Arts Society, Silver Society, Library. Company Philadelphia, Atheneum of Philadelphia, Garden Club American, Planters Garden Club.
Married Anthony Nicholas Brady Garvan.