The artist and gallery ephemera files consist of a total of 447 linear feet of materials that include, but are not limited
to: post cards; exhibition announcements; clippings and photocopies; press releases, brochures; pamphlets; catalogs; price
lists; invitations; posters; research notes; reviews and other ephemera promoting the work of artists or exhibitions of artworks
organized by galleries as early as 1879, but predominantly dating from the late 1960s to the present. The collection is especially
strong in American and international ephemera related to contemporary art and artists and materials from galleries and institutions
in the Los Angeles area. 655 boxes or 383 linear feet are made up of artist files, consisting of ephemera primarily relating
to individual artists and their exhibitions. 96 boxes or 56 linear feet consist of ephemera from group shows, grouped by gallery
or by institutions such as universities, or colleges or the galleries affiliated with these institutions. 6 boxes or 8 linear
feet consist of posters grouped geographically. The collection also has examples of contemporary materials from and about
related arts, art professionals, art spaces; collectors and collections, vendors and events that were part of former curator's
vertical files. All materials pertaining to artists was collected for the artist files regardless of the nationality, period,
or school of the artist or venue represented. Beginning in 2011, collecting for the gallery and institution files has been
limited to group shows held only in California-based venues. Unlisted artists may be represented in files representing a range
of the alphabet [i.e. "Aa-Az"], in files grouping a single common name [i.e. "Adams"], or as part of group shows filed under
a different artist's name. Posters and larger format ephemera are represented in each of part of the collection. Catalogs
and exhibitions listed are intended as searchable examples rather than a comprehensive index. Please contact the Research
Library for more information about additional artists.
The artist and gallery ephemera files were and are compiled and maintained by the staff of the Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch
Art Research Library of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and have been since the opening of the museum on Wilshire
Boulevard in 1965. Some materials date before the 1960s and were acquired by the library when it was a part of the Los Angeles
Museum of Science History and Art (now the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History) at Exposition Park before the Art
Museum became an independent entity. The library received most materials either directly by mail or through curators who passed
the materials along for inclusion in the files. Museum donors, board and committee members, or artists and their families
also contributed private collections.
Contact the Balch Research Library at 323-856-6118 or email@example.com for information on publishing or reproducing materials
included in these records. Permission will be granted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as the owner of the physical
materials, and does not imply permission from the copyright holder. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all
necessary permissions from the copyright holder.
This collection is open for use by appointment only at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library. Please
contact the library in advance to inquire if materials exist in the artist and gallery ephemera collection pertaining to your
research interests by calling 323-857-6118 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.