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INVENTORY OF THE HARALD SZEEMANN PAPERS
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Abegg Arch., Ascona (#10), undated

Box 241

Nitrate negatives

Physical Description: 17.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Restricted access.
Includes items numbered 1-7, 9-14, 16-17, 21-22.
Box 76, Folder 2

Glass negatives

Physical Description: 5.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes items numbered 8, 15, 18-20.
Box 74, Folder 7

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 5.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two prints from negative numbered 1, and prints from negatives 20, 21, and 22.
 

Walden, W. (#11), undated

Box 242

Nitrate negatives

Physical Description: 20.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Restricted access.
Items numbered W1-W20; original numbering.
Box 74, Folder 8

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 4.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes prints of negatives numbered W1, W7, W14, and W15. Photographs are postcards.
 

Arch. Scherrer Ascona (#12), undated

Box 243

Nitrate negatives

Physical Description: 19.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Restricted access.
Includes items numbered 1-8, 20-30. Items numbered 1-7 were in sleeve labeled "Casa Weber."
Box 199, Folder 1

Acetate negatives

Physical Description: 24.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes items numbered 9-19, 31-43.
 

Alb. Montesano (#13), undated

Box 244

Nitrate negatives

Physical Description: 22.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Restricted access.
Includes items numbered 5-15, 21, 24-33. Items numbered 7-10 were in sleeve labeled "Hotel Montesano No. 3." Item number 11 was in sleeve labeled "Hotel Montesano No. 2." Items numbered 12-15 were in sleeve labeled "10".
Box 199, Folder 2

Acetate negatives

Physical Description: 3.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes items numbered 16, 19-20.
Box 76, Folder 3

Glass negatives

Physical Description: 8.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes items numbered 1-4, 17-18, 22-23.
 

Collinetta (#14), undated

Arrangement note

Items numbered in order they were in original box.
Box 245

Nitrate negatives

Physical Description: 13.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Restricted access.
Includes negatives numbered 4, 6-9, 20, 22, 24-29.
Box 199, Folder 3

Acetate negatives

Physical Description: 18.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes negatives numbered 1-3, 5, 10-19, 21, 23, 31-32.
Box 75, Folder 4

Glass negatives

Physical Description: 4.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes negatives numbered 22A, 30-32. Negative 22A is a duplicate of negative 22. Negatives 31 and 32 are blank.
Box 246-247

Bar Nelly, Ascona (#15), undated

Physical Description: 31.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains nitrate negatives. Restricted access. Negatives numbered 1-6 were in sleeve marked "239." Negatives numbered 24-27 were in sleeve marked "Testo."
 

Pension Bernet, Monti (#16), undated

Arrangement note

Items numbered in order they were in box.
Box 248

Nitrate negatives

Physical Description: 10.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Restricted access.
Includes negatives numbered 1, 3, 6, 11, 18-23.
Box 199, Folder 4

Acetate negatives

Physical Description: 13.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes negatives numbered 2, 4-5, 7-10, 12-17.
 

Villa Bodmer Moscia (#17), undated

Box 249

Nitrate negatives

Physical Description: 15.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Restricted access.
Box 74, Flatfile 9

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 3.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes three prints of negative number 5. Photographs are postcards.
 

Pensione Voce nel Deserto (#19), undated

Box 250

Nitrate negative

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

Restricted access. Includes item numbered 2.
Box 200, Folder 1

Acetate negatives

Physical Description: 6.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes items numbered 1, 3-7.
Box 75, Folder 5

Glass negatives

Physical Description: 2.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes items numbered 8-9.
 

Eremitage (#20), undated

Scope and Content Note

Items numbered in the order they were found in box.
Box 251

Nitrate negatives

Physical Description: 7.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Restricted access. Includes items numbered 3-6, 14-16.
Box 200, Folder 2

Acetate negatives

Physical Description: 6.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes items numbered 7, 9-13.
Box 75, Folder 6

Glass negatives

Physical Description: 2.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes items numbered 17-18.
Box 74, Folder 10

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 3.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes items numbered 1-2 and 8. One photograph is a postcard.
Box 200, Folder 3

Ingerborg (#21), undated

Physical Description: 5.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains acetate negatives.
 

Kunsthalle Bern catalog covers, 1918-1968

Scope and Content Note

Includes annotated glassine sleeves.
Box 77-78

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 205.0 items
Box 201, Folder 1

Black-and-white negatives

Physical Description: 165.0 items
Box 217, Item D1

Museum Bickel, 2002

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

CD-R disc containing 5 images for a brochure for the Museum Bickel, Walenstadt, Switzerland.

Access Information

Computer files are unavailable until reformatted.
Box 201, Folder 2

Der Spiegel

Physical Description: 140.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slides. Slides are of magazine covers.
 

Assorted, 1985-1997, undated

Box 78, Folder 10

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

Includes postcards; photocopies of photographs; letter to Ingeborg from Sauer.
Box 201, Folder 3

Color slides

Physical Description: 10.0 items
Box 223

Photograph album

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

49 black-and-white photographs adhered to album pages. Photographs by C. Ruf, Zürich.
 

Series IV.E. Slide carousels, 1997, undated

Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet (8 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains commercial and non-commercial slides of various artists' work and topical subjects. They were originally stored in slide carousels but have been re-housed for conservation purposes. The topics in the container list below are based on the original labels on the carousel containers. Such topics include: Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism and artists Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Jacques-Louis David, Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Max Ernst, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Alfred Jarry, Vassily Kandinsky, Edouard Manet, Jean-François Millet, Camille Pissarro, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Arrangement note

The slides are arranged in Szeemann's original alphabetical order by artist and topic with assorted slides at the end.
 

Artists, undated

 

Assorted artists A-Z

Scope and Content Note

Files C-Z contain an alphabetized artist list.
Box 202, Folder 1

A-B

Physical Description: 59.0 items
Box 202, Folder 2

C-E

Physical Description: 50.0 items
Box 202, Folder 3

F-G

Physical Description: 48.0 items
Box 202, Folder 4

H-K

Physical Description: 65.0 items
Box 202, Folder 5

L-M

Physical Description: 63.0 items
Box 203, Folder 1

N-R

Physical Description: 71.0 items
Box 203, Folder 2

S

Physical Description: 37.0 items
Box 203, Folder 3

T-Z

Physical Description: 44.0 items
Box 203, Folder 4

Cézanne, Paul and Edgar Degas

Physical Description: 81.0 items
 

Delacroix, Eugène

Box 203, Folder 5

[Carousel 1]

Physical Description: 54.0 items
Box 203, Folder 6

[Carousel 2]

Physical Description: 35.0 items
Box 204, Folder 5

Gauguin, Paul, Vincent Van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Physical Description: 12.0 items
 

Goya, Francisco

Box 204, Folder 1

I

Physical Description: 74.0 items
Box 204, Folder 2

II

Physical Description: 8.0 items
Box 207, Folder 2

Lee, Bul

Physical Description: 59.0 items
Box 204, Folder 3

Manet, Edouard, Jean-François Millet and Claude Monet

Physical Description: 48.0 items
Box 204, Folder 4

Picasso, Pablo

Physical Description: 42.0 items
Box 205, Folder 7

Schulthess, Armand

Physical Description: 78.0 items
 

Topical, undated

 

Art Brut

Box 206, Folder 4

1

Physical Description: 68.0 items
Box 206, Folder 5

2

Physical Description: 24.0 items
Box 206, Folder 6

3

Physical Description: 70.0 items
Box 206, Folder 7

4

Physical Description: 78.0 items
Box 207, Folder 1

Der Spiegel

Physical Description: 80.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Magazine covers.
 

Lectures

Box 205, Folder 5

Bonnard, Pierre, Alfred Jarry, Fauve and Cubism

Physical Description: 27.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Also includes Maurice Denis, Félix Vallotton, Edouard Vuillard, André Derain, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, and Robert Delaunay.
Box 204, Folder 7

David, Jacques-Louis - Edouard Manet, edited version

Physical Description: 69.0 items

Scope and Content Note

[Combined lectures] Zu Fassung. Also includes Théodore Géricault, Francisco de Goya, Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Alfred Jarry, Gustave Courbet, Jean-François Millet, and Henri Fantin-Latour.
Box 204, Folder 6

Degas, Edgar - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, edited version

Physical Description: 71.0 items

Scope and Content Note

[Combined lectures] Zu Fassung. Also includes Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Henri Edmond Cross, Georges Seurat, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent Van Gogh.
Box 205, Folder 1

Degas, Edgar/Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism

Physical Description: 38.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Also includes Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Henri Edmond Cross, and Paul Signac.
Box 205, Folder 2

Ernst, Max, Salvador Dalí and sculpture

Physical Description: 29.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Also includes Yves Tanguy, René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Georges Vantongerloo, László Moholy-Nagy, Naum Gabo, Victor Servranckx, Walter Dexel, Hans Uhlmann, Hans Arp, David Smith, and Max Bill.
Box 206, Folder 1

Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique, Eugène Delacroix and Jean-François Millet

Physical Description: 35.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Also includes Jacques-Louis David, Théodore Géricault, and Francisco Goya.
Box 205, Folder 3

Kandinsky, Vassily

Physical Description: 54.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Also includes Franz Marc, August Macke, Alexei Jawlensky, Paul Klee, Ferdinand Hodler, Augusto Giacometti, Edvard Munch, Gustav Klimt, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Georges Rouault, Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Giorio de Chirico, Amedeo Modigliani, Carlo Carrà, Giorgio Morandi, Joan Miro, Oskar Schlemmer, Gino Severini, Umberto Boccioni, Auguste Rodin, Alexander Archipenko, Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Kurt Schwitters, Hans Arp, Piet Mondrian, Naum Gabo, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Max Ernst.
Box 205, Folder 4

Manet, Edouard

Physical Description: 22.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Also includes Gustave Courbet and Jean-François Millet.
Box 205, Folder 6

Pissarro, Camille and Paul Cézanne

Physical Description: 19.0 items
 

Museums

Box 206, Folder 2

[Carousel 1]

Physical Description: 48.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes the Musée du Louvre, Kwangju National Museum, and various exhibitions from 1920-1973.
Box 207, Folder 3

[Carousel 2]

Physical Description: 15.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes the Museum Ludwig and various exhibitions from 1915-1972.
Box 206, Folder 3

[Parallel visual worlds] Parallel Bildwelten

Physical Description: 33.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of art and erupting volcano, "Aetna".
 

Assorted carousels, undated

Box 207, Folder 4

[Carousel 1]

Physical Description: 57.0 items
Box 207, Folder 5

[Carousel 2]

Physical Description: 17.0 items
Box 207, Folder 6

[Carousel 3]

Physical Description: 15.0 items
Box 207, Folder 7

[Carousel 4]

Physical Description: 22.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Underside of carousel marked "Unger". Includes Art Workers Coalition, Kutlug Ataman, Gilles Barbier, Gestes Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, Chris Burden, Chuck Close, Rosa El-Hassan, Olafur Eliasson, Erro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pierre Bonnard.
 

Assorted slide sets, 1997, undated

Scope and Content Note

Containes slides grouped together in cases or other housing.
Box 208, Folder 1

Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, undated

Physical Description: 12.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slides.
Box 208, Folder 2

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, undated

Physical Description: 54.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slides. Also includes undated note from Christian Bernard.
Box 208, Folder 3

National Bank Art Collection, undated

Physical Description: 18.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains black-and-white negatives.
Box 208, Folder 4

[Non-representational sculpture] Ungegenständliche Plastik, 1997

Physical Description: 7.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slides.
Box 208, Folder 5

[Sets 1-7], undated

Physical Description: 152.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slides and transparencies.
Box 209

[Sets 8-24], undated

Physical Description: 289.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slides. Includes 2 Burkhard photographs.
 

Series IV.F. Personal 1912-2004

Physical Description: 9.8 linear feet (16 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains photographs of Harald Szeemann, his family, and the "Fabbrica" in Maggia, as well as Szeemann's passports. Personal photographs culled for the publication Harald Szeemann: with by through because towards despite have also been included, and are identified below.

Arrangement note

Most materials were unfiled and have been grouped according to subject. Szeemann's original order for the With by through because towards despite photographs has been retained.
 

Photographs of Harald Szeemann, 1933-2004, undated

Scope and Content Note

Loose photographs are mostly of Szeemann at various professional events and also include portraits. Photograph albums include childhood photographs of Szeemann.
Box 79, Folder 1-2

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 95.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopies. Includes photographs of Ingeborg Lüscher.
Box 210-211

Other formats

Physical Description: 199.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs, black-and-white photographs, black-and-white negatives, and black-and-white polaroids. 201 photographs total. Four photographs are digital reproductions printed on two sheets.
Box 216, Folder 8

Dental x-rays

Physical Description: 2.0 items

Scope and Content Note

14 x-rays mounted on two sheets.
Box 225-228

Photograph albums

Physical Description: 4.0 items

Scope and Content Note

475 black-and-white photographs adhered to pages of four albums. Also includes typed card from Giuseppe Cattori to Harald Szeemann dated July 28, 1999.
Box 229*

Oversize

Physical Description: 12.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains black-and-white and color photographs. Includes postcard from Cecilia (?) and Walter (?) dated September 13, 1989.
 

Rolled photographs

Access Information

Boxes 82 and 215 are unavailable until conservation treatment is completed.
Box 82

Black-and-white photograph

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 215

Color photograph

Physical Description: 1.0 item
 

Fabbrica, Maggia, Switzerland, 2004, undated

Box 79, Folder 3

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 6.0 items
Box 212

Color photographs

Physical Description: 58.0 items
Box 79, Folder 4-5

Harald Szeemann's passports, 1949-2001

Physical Description: 12.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a transportation fare discount card.
 

Family photographs, 1950-2000, undated

 

With by through because towards despite, 1950-1999, undated

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographs that were culled and some that were used for the book Harald Szeemann: with by through because towards despite. Project photographs culled for the book can be found in subseries I.A. Titles were taken from labels and are organized chronologically. To search for all images from this project conduct a keyword search for "With by through because towards despite".
Box 80, Folder 1

[Scouts] Pfadi, 1950, undated

Physical Description: 54.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains black-and-white photographs. Some photographs are postcards. Includes clippings.
Box 81, Folder 1

Wedding, 1958-1959

Physical Description: 6.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains black-and-white photographs. Includes birth announcement for Jérôme Szeemann.
Box 80, Folder 2

Eichenberger-Schwald, Trudosch, 1953, undated

Physical Description: 18.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains black-and-white photographs. Some photographs are postcards.
 

Szeemann-Bonnefoy, Françoise, 1958-1966, undated

Physical Description: 38.0 items
Box 81, Folder 2

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 38.0 items

Scope and Content Note

39 photographs total. Two photographs are printed on one souvenir matchbook. Contains 2 Burkhard photographs. Some photographs are postcards.
Box 214, Folder 1

Color photograph and black-and-white negative

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 81, Folder 3

Szeemann, Valérie, 1964-1980, undated

Box 81, Folder 3

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 14.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes birth announcement and congratulatory cards.
Box 214, Folder 2

Color photographs

Physical Description: 7.0 items
 

Lüscher, Ingeborg, 1972-1989, undated

Box 80, Folder 3

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 13.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes one album with 21 photographs. Includes photocopy and book page. Contains one Burkhard photograph.
Box 213, Folder 1

Color photographs and color slides

Physical Description: 11.0 items
 

Szeemann, Jérôme, 1965-1995, undated

Box 81, Folder 4

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 10.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a sticker.
Box 214, Folder 3

Other formats

Physical Description: 11.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs, color polaroids, and black-and-white polaroids.
 

Szeemann-Kambly, Julie, 1932-1952, 1987, undated

Box 80, Folder 4

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 11.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a booklet of color photocopies of letters written by Julie Szeemann-Kambly to Harald Szeemann inscribed and dated October 4, 1987.
Box 213, Folder 2

Color photographs

Physical Description: 8.0 items
 

Szeemann, Una, 1981, undated

Box 80, Folder 5

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 117.0 items
Box 213, Folder 3

Color photographs

Physical Description: 39.0 items
 

Szeemann, Rolf, undated

Box 80, Folder 7

Black-and-white photograph

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 213, Folder 4

Color photographs

Physical Description: 5.0 items
 

Tegna cottage, 1977, undated

Box 80, Folder 8

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 9.0 items
Box 213, Folder 5

Color photograph and black-and-white polaroids

Physical Description: 5.0 items
Box 213, Folder 6

Tegna apartment, undated

Physical Description: 4.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs, black-and-white polaroid, and color polaroid.
Box 213, Folder 7

Civitanova house, 1971, undated

Physical Description: 5.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs.
 

Tegna house, 1990, undated

Box 80, Folder 9

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

Includes clippings.
Box 213, Folder 8

Color photographs

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 213, Folder 9

Fabbrica, Maggia, 1992, undated

Physical Description: 3.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs.
Box 214, Folder 5

Family Christmas, 1999

Physical Description: 23.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a note from Françoise Szeemann-Bonnefoy to Harald Szeemann and Ingeborg Lüscher dated January 2000.
 

Assorted, 1912-1975, 2000, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes photograph captions.
Box 80, Folder 10-11

Black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 6.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Box 213, Folder 10

Color photograph

Physical Description: 1.0 item
 

Françoise Szeemann-Bonnefoy, Jérôme Szeemann, and Valérie Szeemann, 1956-1958, 1999-2000, undated

Box 81, Folder 5

Black-and-white photographs, 1999, undated

Physical Description: 3.0 items

Scope and Content Note

One photograph is adhered to a card.
Box 214, Folder 4

Color photographs, 1999-2000, undated

Physical Description: 13.0 items
Box 224

Photograph album, 1956-1958, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

45 black-and-white and color photographs in album. One photograph is a postcard.
 

Series V. Videos

Scope and Content Note

This series is currently unprocessed. Audiovisual materials are unavailable until they are processed and reformatted. Videos include video art, recorded interviews and event documentation.
 

Series VI. Topical

Scope and Content Note

This series is currently unprocessed. It is unavailable until processing is complete. Szeemann's topical research files address a broad range of subjects as disparate as dance and pataphysics.
 

Series VII. Ephemera

Physical Description: 265.0 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

This series is currently unprocessed. It is unavailable until processing is complete. In this series is the ephemera Szeemann collected from hundreds of museums and galleries throughout the world.
 

Series VIII. Personal papers

Scope and Content Note

This series is currently unprocessed. It is unavailable until processing is complete. Szeemann's personal files include correspondence with family and a small number of his school projects.
Box 217, Item D2

The failure of beauty, 2004

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

CD disc of video stills for exhibition catalog. Contains 14 images.

Access Information

Computer files are unavailable until reformatted.
 

Series IX. Business files

Scope and Content Note

This series is currently unprocessed. It is unavailable until processing is complete. Among Szeemann's business files are many years' worth of bank statements and other financial records.
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