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INVENTORY OF THE SAMUEL WAGSTAFF PAPERS, 1796-1987 (bulk 1952-1986)
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Series I. Snapshots, 1969-1983, undated

Physical Description: 11.3 linear feet (51 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This series contains snapshots by Wagstaff, including color photographs (sometimes housed in albums), color negatives, color slides, black-and-white contact prints and black-and-white negatives. The collection highlights cultural institutions, landmarks, urban and industrial landscapes, various exteriors and city inhabitants. New York City is featured extensively. London, Paris, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Detroit are also documented. This series is also rich in portraiture, including nudes, self-portraits, portraits of Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith and others.
Other photographs taken by Wagstaff can be found in Series II.
There are some annotations on photo processing envelopes. Wagstaff handwriting is in pen. Most descriptions in pencil are curator's notes.

Arrangement note

Chronological with undated materials at end.
Box 49

1969

Physical Description: 4.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slides.
Box 48

1970

Physical Description: 7.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slides
Box 1, 45, 49

1971

Physical Description: 458.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs, negatives and slides.
Box 1

1972

Physical Description: 136.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs and negatives.
Box 2-22, 45-47

1973

Physical Description: 8700.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs and negatives.
Box 2-6, 45

New York

Physical Description: 2167.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of the Metropolitan Museum, Pulitzer Fountain and Central Park. Also includes self-portraits, portraits of David Hayes and others.
Box 6-11

London

Physical Description: 2054.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of British Museum, St. James Guard and Albert Memorial in Hyde Park. Portraits of Mapplethorpe and others.
Box 11

Brussels

Physical Description: 35.0 items
Box 11-14

Paris

Physical Description: 1326.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Eiffel Tower, Luxembourg gardens, Parc de Sceaux, Parc de la Terlure and Bastille Day festivities. Also includes portraits of Mapplethorpe and others.
Box 14, 45

Ostend

Physical Description: 473.0 items
Box 15-21

Fire Island

Physical Description: 2936.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of the beach and landscapes. Also includes portraits of Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, self-portraits and several unidentified nudes.
Box 21

Detroit

Physical Description: 18.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Detroit Institute of the Arts outdoor sculpture.
Box 22, 46-47

Unidentified locations

Physical Description: 833.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes portraits of a woman with two boys before Warhol painting.
Box 22-29, 47

1974

Physical Description: 3169.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs and negatives.
Box 22-25

New York

Physical Description: 1228.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes portraits of Patti Smith, Dennis, Jim [Nelson?] and unidentified subjects.
Box 25

London

Physical Description: 131.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of London Science Museum.
Box 26-29

Spain

Physical Description: 1495.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Formentera, Soller, Polensa, Las Salinas, San Fernando, Ibiza, Torrent de Parreis, Punta Berberia, Bellver, Illetas, Deya beaches, El Pujols beaches, Salinas beaches. Also includes nude portraits.
Box 25, 47

Unidentified location

Physical Description: 354.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of wedding and Edmond I and II performance.
Box 30-34

1975

Physical Description: 1714.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs and negatives.
Includes photographs of New York, Paris and London. Also includes portraits of Mapplethorpe, nude portraits, portrait series of a woman and portraits of an unidentified man.
Box 34-37

1976

Physical Description: 1385.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs and negatives.
Includes photographs of Los Angeles, Key West, Miami, New York possibly Fire Island and unknown locations. Also includes self-portraits and various portraits.
Box 37-39

1977

Physical Description: 783.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs and negatives.
Includes photographs of New York, Paris, London with images of Buckingham Palace and unknown locations.
Box 39

1978

Physical Description: 37.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs and negatives. Includes portraits of Peter Berlin.
Box 39-41, 49

1979

Physical Description: 944.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs, negatives and slides. Includes photographs of Venice.
Box 49

1983

Physical Description: 141.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slides.
Box 42-43, 47-51

Undated

Physical Description: 803.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color photographs, slides, color negatives, black-and-white contact sheets and negatives.
Includes photographs of London: D'Offay, Sotheby's auction house, British Guard; New York; Italy; Spain and North Africa. Also includes self-portraits, portraits of Mapplethorpe and various nude portraits and studies.
 

Series II. Collections, 1819-1987

Physical Description: 65.3 linear feet (46 boxes, 5 rolls, 15 flatfiles)

Scope and Content Note

Series II is comprised of Wagstaff's various collections and papers related to his collections. While Wagstaff is most well known for his collection of historic photographs, he also was a serious collector of silver, postcards, and contemporary art. This series includes a small number of postcards from his postcard collection and documentation, receipts, correspondence and photographs from his silver collection, original art from his contemporary art collections and items from even less well known collections of prints, flowers, currency and postage. Of note in this series are correspondence and administrative documentation regarding works from his collection. These papers include correspondence with artists as well as correspondence between art institutions that relate to the provenance of various works. Conservation papers are also included in this series and reflect Wagstaff's interest in maintaining the quality of items in his collections.

Arrangement note

Arranged by collection type. Correspondence, administrative and conservation papers covering all collection types at the end.
Box 52-63, 100*-101*, 114-117

Wagstaff photograph collection, 1819-1986

Physical Description: 2602.0 items

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the photographs are from Wagstaff's personal collection; some study photographs are also included.
Box 52, Folder 1

Carte-de-visite, 1819

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 52, Folder 2-9

Cabinet cards, 1894-1920

Physical Description: 48.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Two cabinet cards are hand tinted. Includes photographs of Stockade at World's Fair Chicago, American landscape views, portraits, domestic interiors, Venice architectural exteriors, city and rural scenes.
Box 53, Folder 1

Cyanotypes, undated

Physical Description: 3.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Silverspring.
Box 53, Folder 2

Stereographs, 1870-1893

Physical Description: 11.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes contact print sheet. Some stereographs are fragments.
Box 53, Folder 3-5

Albumen prints, undated

Physical Description: 15.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes albumen prints adhered to canvas or board.
Box 53-57, 54a, 100*-101*

Photographs, original assorted, 1895-1945

Physical Description: 192.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes various photographic processes.
Box 53-57, 54a

Photographs

Box 100*-101*

Oversize photographs

Box 58-60, 101*

Photographs, copies assorted, 1958-1982, undated

Physical Description: 867.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs, contact print sheets and papers. Papers include indices and various notes. Some photographs are annotated on verso in pencil with author, title information and collection or negative number.
Includes copy prints of Von Gloeden photographs.
Some copy prints were made by Scott Hyde in 1982.
Box 58-60

Photographs

Box 60, Folder 8

Photocopies

Box 101*, Folder 6

Oversize photocopies

Box 60, Folder 9

Catalog listings, 1972-1983

Physical Description: 55.0 items
Box 60-63, 114-117

Invoices and receipts, 1973-1986

Physical Description: 1707.0 items
Box 60, Folder 10

Lightfoot Collection, 1976-1982

Physical Description: 43.0 items
Box 60, Folder 11

1973

Physical Description: 95.0 items
Box 60, Folder 12

1974

Physical Description: 12.0 items
Box 61, Folder 1-2

1975

Physical Description: 194.0 items
Box 61, Folder 3-4

1976

Physical Description: 261.0 items
Box 62, Folder 1-2

1977

Physical Description: 130.0 items
Box 62, Folder 3

1978

Physical Description: 165.0 items
Box 62, Folder 4

1979

Physical Description: 119.0 items
Box 62, Folder 5

1980

Physical Description: 160.0 items
Box 63, Folder 1

1981

Physical Description: 128.0 items
Box 63, Folder 2

1982

Physical Description: 72.0 items
Box 63, Folder 3

1983

Physical Description: 171.0 items
Box 63, Folder 4-5

1984

Physical Description: 110.0 items
Box 63, Folder 6

1985

Physical Description: 29.0 items
Box 63, Folder 7

1986

Physical Description: 11.0 items
Box 114

Other photographic formats

Physical Description: 7.0 items
Box 114

Negatives, undated

Physical Description: 457.0 items
Box 114-117

Slides and transparencies, 1975-1984, undated

Physical Description: 1056.0 items
Box 64-66, 102*, 118-119

Silver collection, 1981-1987

Physical Description: 1335.0 items

Scope and Content Note

In the late 1980s Wagstaff started collecting silver with a particular interest in 19th century works.
Box 64, 102*, 118

Photographs, undated

Physical Description: 310.0 items
Box 64, Folder 1

Black-and-white photographs

Box 118, Folder 1-3

Other photographic formats

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slides, color and black-and-white negatives and two albums of color photographs.
Box 102*, Folder 1

Oversize

Box 64-66, 118-119

Correspondence and dealer papers, 1981-1986

Scope and Content Note

Contains listings, invoices, photographic materials, correspondence and research from various dealers and auction houses.
Box 64, 118

Applegate, Judith, 1986

Physical Description: 15.0 items
Box 64, Folder 2

Papers

Physical Description: 12.0 items
Box 118, Folder 4

Polaroids

Physical Description: 3.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a letter that relates to color photographs.
Box 64, 118

Argentum, 1985-1986

Physical Description: 14.0 items
Box 64, Folder 3

Papers

Physical Description: 11.0 items
Box 118, Folder 5

Color photographs

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 64, Folder 4

Butterfield's 1984-1986

Physical Description: 4.0 items
Box 64, Folder 5

Christie's, 1984-1986

Physical Description: 25.0 items
Box 64, Folder 6-10

Duffy, William Core, 1981-1986

Physical Description: 358.0 items
Box 65, 119

Fancy That, 1985

Physical Description: 7.0 items
Box 65, Folder 1

Papers

Physical Description: 4.0 items
Box 119, Folder 1

Color photograph and polaroids

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 65, 119

Hanks, David A., 1986

Physical Description: 8.0 items
Box 65, Folder 2

Papers

Physical Description: 7.0 items
Box 119, Folder 2

Color slides

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 65, Folder 3

Kurland, Catherine, 1985-1986

Physical Description: 9.0 items
Box 65, 119

Marsh-Ackerman, 1985-1986

Physical Description: 50.0 items
Box 65, Folder 4

Papers

Physical Description: 39.0 items
Box 119, Folder 3

Polaroids

Physical Description: 11.0 items
Box 65, 119

Mascolo, Susan D., 1986

Physical Description: 77.0 items
Box 65, Folder 5

Papers

Physical Description: 6.0 items
Box 119, Folder 4

Polaroids

Physical Description: 71.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters and annotated notes that relates to photographs.
Box 65, Folder 6

North Hill Antiques, undated

Physical Description: 14.0 items
Box 65, Folder 7

Petzal, Henry, 1985-1986

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 65, Folder 8

Sotheby's, 1985

Physical Description: 15.0 items
Box 65, 119

Tiffany & Co., 1986

Physical Description: 8.0 items
Box 65, Folder 9

Papers

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 119, Folder 5

Color photographs

Physical Description: 5.0 items
Box 65, 119

Wilson, Edward G., 1986

Physical Description: 47.0 items
Box 65, Folder 10

Papers

Physical Description: 30.0 items
Box 119, Folder 6

Color photographs

Physical Description: 17.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters that relates to color photographs. Versos of photographs are annotated.
Box 65, Folder 11

Assorted correspondence, 1984-1986

Physical Description: 39.0 items
Box 65-66

Assorted receipts and invoices, 1984-1986

Physical Description: 262.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes receipts for books, rare books and silver collection purchases.
Box 66, Folder 5

New York Historical Society exhibition papers, 1986-1987

Physical Description: 6.0 items
Box 66, Folder 6-7

Silver book papers, 1986

Physical Description: 25.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains mostly photocopies of invoices for photography equipment and related items needed for photographing the silver collection. Also includes draft of introduction. Book is possibly related to New York Historical Society exhibition.
Box 66, 102*

Clippings and ephemera, 1984-1985

Physical Description: 70.0 items
Box 66, Folder 8-8a

Papers

Box 102*, Folder 2

Oversize

Box 66, Folder 9

Assorted papers, 1985

Physical Description: 46.0 items
Box 66, Folder 10

Publications, 1983

Physical Description: 2.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains catalogs from the Michael Ward Gallery and the Frank S. Schwarz & Son collection.
Box 67-68

Postcard collection, 1962-1977

Physical Description: 446.0 items

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the postcards are comprised of travel images or cultural world sites and are adhered to album pages. Other postcards are mostly without correspondence and are novelty or touristically themed. Includes some greeting cards.
Box 69-70, 103*-104*, 113*, 119

Contemporary photograph collection, 1941-1985

Physical Description: 230.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs by Wagstaff and various artists that are not identified as part of Wagstaff's collection or as family photographs or as snapshots. Also includes photographs of some artists' works.
Box 103*, Folder 1

Arnold, Bill, 1978-1979

Physical Description: 9.0 items
Box 69, Folder 1

Adam, Hans Christian, 1984

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 69, Folder 2

Barnhart, Raymond, 1977

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 103*, Folder 2

Baroni, Stefano, undated

Physical Description: 12.0 items
Box 69, Folder 3

Gaess, Jacquie, undated

Physical Description: 4.0 items
Box 103*, Folder 3

Radino, Francesco, 1968

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 113*, Folder 1

Ross, Charlie, 1970

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 69, Folder 4

Shannon, Tom, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 113*, Folder 2

Story, Petra Davis, undated

Physical Description: 8.0 items
Box 69, Folder 5-7

Wagstaff, Samuel, undated

Physical Description: 32.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Some photographs are presumed to be by Wagstaff, but may actually be by another photographer. Includes photographs of Wagstaff's Fifth Avenue Apartment. See also Series III for papers related to Wagstaff's apartment.
Box 69-70, 104*

Assorted photographs, 1941-1985

Physical Description: 141.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes work by Barbara Alper, Rivas Anduro[?], Richard Baron, Bryn Cambell, Charles Fergus Colquhoun, Barbara Crane, Harris Fogel, Carole Gallagher, Stan Gilub[?], David Rasmus, M. Romer, Tony Smith, Elisabeth Sunday, Reinhart Wolf, Gary Woods, Richard [Wright?], Tom Zetterstein/Tom Zetterstrom, MOMA copy prints.
Box 113*, 119

Assorted color photographs, undated

Physical Description: 33.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes work by Valerio Tazzetti, Giancarlo Tovo.
Box 71-72, 105*-108*, 119

Original art collection, 1952-1985, undated

Scope and Content Note

Also contained in roll 1-5 and flatfiles 1**-8**, 11**-17**.
Non-photographic works. Some of the works are represented in photographic formats.
Box 71, 105*, 119

Basen, Dan, 1962-1963

Physical Description: 11.0 items
Box 71, Folder 1

Drawings

Box 119, Folder 8

Color slide

Scope and Content Note

Slide is possibly of an installation or exhibition opening.
Box 105*, Folder 1

Oversize drawings

Box 71, Folder 2

De Menocal, Richard, 1952, undated

Physical Description: 33.0 items
Box 71, Folder 3

Ettinger, David, 1985

Physical Description: 5.0 items
Box 71, Folder 4

Melcarth, Edward, undated

Physical Description: 18.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes clipping from Harper's Magazine.
Flatfile 13**-16**

Morris, Robert, 1969

Physical Description: 12.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains three copies of didactic poster and nine "artist proof" lithographs for Morris Earth Projects.
Box 71, Folder 5

Nevelson, Mike, 1961

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 71, 105*

Newton, Gordon, 1969-1971, undated

Physical Description: 97.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Also contained in roll 1-5 and flatfiles 2**-4**.
Box 71, Folder 6-7

Drawings and sketchbooks

Box 71, Folder 8

Photographs of drawings

Box 105*

Oversize drawings

Scope and Content Note

Also contained in roll 1-5 and flatfiles 2**-4**
Box 105*, Folder 2

Drawings notebook

Roll 1-5

Drawings

Flatfile 2**, 3**, 4**

Drawings

Box 105*, Folder 3

Ortman, George, undated

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 72, 119

Shannon, Tom, 1969

Physical Description: 13.0 items
Box 72

Art

Box 119, Folder 8

Polaroids of artworks

Box 105*, Folder 4

Shirley, Jay, 1970

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 71, Folder 9

Skelton, G.B., 1971-1979

Physical Description: 9.0 items
Box 71, Folder 10

Suvert, Phil, undated

Physical Description: 9.0 items
Box 105*, Folder 5

Tweady, Carol, 1968

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Flatfile 1**

Wagstaff, Samuel, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 71, 108*

Clock design, undated

Box 71, Folder 11

Drawings

Physical Description: 5.0 items
Box 108*, Folder 1

Oversize drawing

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 119

Postcard artist, 1970-1971

Physical Description: 24.0 items
Box 71, Folder 12

Postcards

Box 119, Folder 8

Postcard with color slide

Box 71, 105*-108*, 11**, 12**

Unknown, undated

Physical Description: 56.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes oversize portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe by unknown artist.
Box 73-74, 108*-110*

Assorted collections, 1885-1986

Physical Description: 304.0 items
Box 73, Folder 1-3

Flowers, 1936-1986

Physical Description: 129.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Reflections From the Third Day.
Box 73, 108*-110*

Prints, 1885-1957, undated

Physical Description: 162.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes engravings by Salvator Rosa.
Box 73, Folder 4-13

Assorted prints

Box 108*-110*

Large prints

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of Battle of Buena Vista; General William H. Harrison; Lord Byron; chromolithographs of mechanical trajectories; introduction; Polly's Lamentation; The British Sea; The Irish Sea; reproduction of E. Delacroix sketches; reproduction of Delacroix: "Jane Shore"; reproduction of Delacroix: "Un Naufrage"; map of Guinea, map of New York; Barnard genealogy; Mill's colossal equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson; farm yard, flowers. Also includes prints by Raphael Krichner, Berghem Pinxit and Dancker Danckerts.
Flatfile 5**-8**

Oversize prints

Box 73, Folder 14

Postage, 1940-1975

Physical Description: 18.0 items
Box 73, Folder 15

Currency, 1944-1957

Physical Description: 3.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains a Canadian penny and two French Franc notes.
Box 73-74

Various, 1972, undated

Physical Description: 23.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains: buttons and buckles, wine cork, picture hanging hardware, antique album cover, various paper items such as labels.
Box 76-77, 120, 123 17**

Correspondence and administrative documentation, 1962-1986, undated

Physical Description: 46.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Comprised of correspondence regarding loan agreements, papers regarding transactions of pieces of art from Wagstaff's personal collections, requests for reproduction rights for works from the collection and correspondence between Wagstaff and various artists. Agnes Martin, Michael Heizer, Alan Saret, Tony Smith and H.C. Westermann make up the bulk of the subject matter.

Arrangement note

Correspondence was organized by Wagstaff chronologically, alphabetically by artist or institution, and by subject. There is redundancy between the arrangements.
Box 75, Folder 1

Courbet, Gustave, 1969-1982

Physical Description: 19.0 items
Box 75, Folder 2

Detroit Institute of Arts, 1972-1984

Physical Description: 20.0 items
Box 75, 120, 123, 17**

Heizer, Michael, 1969-1986

Physical Description: 338.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence with the artist. Includes black-and-white photographs, film reels, and some original art. Also includes two copies of Actual Size.
Box 75, Folder 3-3a

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 37.0 items
Box 120

Color photographs and slides

Physical Description: 298.0 items
Flatfile 17**

Oversize poster

Physical Description: 1.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Artist proof inscribed to Sam.
Box 123, Item F1-F2

[Tracks across lake bed project], undated

Physical Description: 2.0 items

Scope and Content Note

2 film reels; 16mm
Box 123, Item F3

Untitled film, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 items

Scope and Content Note

1 film reel; 16mm
Box 75, Folder 4

Martin, Agnes, 1969-1977

Physical Description: 91.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters from Martin.
Box 75, 120

Nadar, 1976-1984

Physical Description: 42.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes catalog of Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf exhibition.
Box 75, Folder 4a

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 41.0 items
Box 120

Polaroid

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 75, Folder 5

Quigley, Edward, 1976-1983

Physical Description: 65.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters from Quigley.
Box 75, Folder 6

Saret, Alan, 1971-1978

Physical Description: 31.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes Materials & Methods: A New View, Katonah Gallery exhibition catalog.
Box 120

Seeley, George, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slide.
Box 75, Folder 6a

Shannon, Tom, 1984

Physical Description: 11.0 items
Box 75, 120

Smith, Tony, 1968-1986

Physical Description: 18.0 items
Box 75, Folder 7

Papers

Physical Description: 22.0 items
Box 120

Black-and-white negative

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 75, 120

Vuillard, Edouard, 1970-1972

Physical Description: 13.0 items
Box 75, Folder 8

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Physical Description: 9.0 items
Box 120

Color transparencies

Physical Description: 4.0 items
Box 75, 120

Warhol, Andy, 1970-1986

Physical Description: 33.0 items
Box 75, Folder 9

Papers

Physical Description: 28.0 items
Box 120

Color transparencies. undated

Physical Description: 4.0 items
Box 75, Folder 10

Westermann, H. C., 1969-1981

Physical Description: 35.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes an issue of Waves.
Box 75, Folder 11

Wadsworth Atheneum, 1970-1980

Physical Description: 9.0
Box 76, 120

1962-1969

Physical Description: 39.0 items
Box 76, Folder 1

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 120

Papers and color photographs

Physical Description: 4.0 items
Box 76, Folder 2

1970-1975

Physical Description: 33.0 items
Box 76, Folder 3

1976-1979

Physical Description: 55.0 items
Box 76, Folder 4

1980-1981

Physical Description: 28.0 items
Box 76, Folder 5

1982

Physical Description: 42.0 items
Box 76, Folder 6

1983

Physical Description: 46.0 items
Box 76, Folder 7

1984

Physical Description: 16.0 items
Box 76, 120

1985

Physical Description: 18.0 items
Box 76, Folder 8

Papers

Physical Description: 16.0 items
Box 120

Polaroids

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 76, Folder 9

1986

Physical Description: 4.0 items
Box 77, Folder 1

African art, 1964-1982

Physical Description: 116.0 items
Box 77, Folder 2

Native American art, 1966-1983

Physical Description: 68.0 items
Box 77, Folder 3-4

Reproduction rights, 1978-1986

Physical Description: 125.0 items
Box 77, Folder 5-6

Sales receipts and checks, 1962-1986

Physical Description: 142.0 items
Box 77, Folder 7

Photographs, undated

Physical Description: 35.0 items
Box 77, 120

Assorted documentation, 1974-1982

Physical Description: 21.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes papers probably by Wagstaff for publication or lecture regarding his collection and collecting.
Box 77, Folder 8

Papers

Physical Description: 21.0 items
Box 120

Color transparency

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 77, Folder 9-10

Conservation papers, 1974-1986

Physical Description: 46.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains receipts for collection care items as well as various papers, publications and catalogs regarding archival practice.
 

Series III. Personal papers, 1796-1986

Physical Description: 4.7 linear feet (9 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This series contains family photographs including pictures of Sam Wagstaff at various ages, Judy Wagstaff (Sam's sister), Olga Piorkowska (Sam's mother), Samuel Wagstaff Sr. (Sam's father) and Donald Newhall (Sam's stepfather). Also included are photographs of other identified and unidentified family members. Series III contains financial documents including estate papers, tax papers and property ownership papers. Wagstaff's personal papers such as medical papers, astrological papers and identification documents are also included.

Arrangement note

Organized by photographs and papers. Photographs are arranged by individual or family name with unidentified photographs at the end. Papers are arranged between correspondence and document types.
Box 78-80, 121

Family photographs, 1881-1985

Physical Description: 181.0 items
Box 78, 111*, 121

Samuel Wagstaff, circa 1921-1981

Physical Description: 70.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Sam Wagstaff possibly at Yale and possibly with naval command.
Box 78, Folder 1-5

Black-and-white photographs

Box 121, Folder 1

Other photographic formats

Box 111*, Folder 1

Oversize

Box 78, Folder 6

Judy Wagstaff, 1936, undated

Physical Description: 4.0 items
Box 78, Folder 7-9

Piorkowska family, 1933, undated

Physical Description: 10.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Emil Piorkowska and Olga Piorkowska.
Box 78, Folder 10-18

Other Wagstaff family, 1881-1916, undated

Physical Description: 56.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Wagstaff, Samuel Wagstaff Sr., Mary Wagstaff and Henry Gribble.
Box 79, 121

Donald Newhall family, 1917-1959

Physical Description: 81.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Newhall was an artist and Wagstaff's step father.
Box 79, Folder 1-5

Black-and-white photographs

Box 121, Folder 2

Other photographic formats

Box 79, Folder 6-7

Unidentified and assorted photographs 1906-1985, undated

Physical Description: 101.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs probably of unidentified family members.
Box 79-84

Family papers, 1796-1986

Physical Description: 381.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes original art and sketchbook by Donald V. Newhall. Also includes family correspondence, genealogical records and estate papers.
Box 79, Folder 8

Donald Newhall papers 1927-1958

Physical Description: 11.0 items
Box 79, Folder 9-10

Original art by Donald Newhall, undated

Physical Description: 58.0 items
Box 80, Folder 1

Olga Newhall correspondence, 1970-1972

Physical Description: 11.0 items
Box 80, Folder 2-2b

Sam Wagstaff personal documents, 1954-1976

Physical Description: 86.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes social security card and copy of Wagstaff birth certificate, medical papers and astrological papers.
Box 80, Folder 3-7

Family financial and estate documents, 1965-1979

Physical Description: 337.0 items
Box 81

Wagstaff property documents, 1973-1986

Physical Description: 393.0 items
Box 82-83

Wagstaff financial documents, 1952-1985

Physical Description: 675.0 items
Box 82

Tax documents and other financial papers 1952-1984

Physical Description: 232.0 items
Box 83 [SEALED]

Papers related to Getty sale, 1973-1985

Physical Description: 443.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Documents related to the J. Paul Getty Museum's acquisition of the Wagstaff photography collection are SEALED until 2019.
Box 84, Folder 1-4

Assorted family papers, 1796-1961

Physical Description: 52.0 items
 

Series IV. Correspondence, 1909-1986

Physical Description: 2.9 linear feet (9 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence includes all letters that were not identified by Wagstaff as being part of another series. The bulk of series IV correspondence spans the time after Wagstaff stopped working as a professional curator and instead had moved back to New York to focus on collecting photography. Letters received are often from admirers, staff from cultural institutions, friends and artists.

Arrangement note

Correspondence was organized by Wagstaff chronologically, alphabetically by artist or institution, and by subject. There is redundancy between the arrangements.
Box 85-86, 111*, 121

Chronological, 1961-1986

Physical Description: 797.0 items
Box 85, Folder 1

1961-1976

Physical Description: 60.0 items
Box 85, Folder 2-3

1977

Physical Description: 82.0 items
Box 85, 121

1978

Physical Description: 80.0 items
Box 85, Folder 4-5

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 121

Color photographs

Box 85, 121

1979

Physical Description: 50.0 items
Box 85, Folder 6

Papers

Box 121

Color photograph

Box 85, 121

1980

Physical Description: 70.0 items
Box 85, Folder 7-8

Papers

Box 121

Color photographs

Box 85, 121

1981

Physical Description: 65.0 items
Box 85, Folder 9

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 121

Color photograph

Box 86, Folder 1

1982

Physical Description: 67.0 items
Box 86, Folder 2

1983

Physical Description: 94.0 items
Box 86, 121

1984

Physical Description: 75.0 items
Box 86, Folder 3

Papers

Box 121

Color transparency

Box 86, Folder 4

1985

Physical Description: 64.0 items
Box 86, Folder 5

1986

Physical Description: 38.0 items
Box 86, Folder 6-7

undated

Physical Description: 52.0 items
Box 87, Folder 1-5

Photography, 1971-1975

Physical Description: 260.0 items
Box 87, Folder 6

Lectures, 1974-1980

Physical Description: 35.0 items
Box 87, 121

Native American Art, 1969-1983

Physical Description: 84.0 items
Box 87, Folder 7

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 121

Color photographs

Box 88, Folder 1-3

Europe, 1974-1984

Physical Description: 201.0 items
Box 88, 121

Correspondence with assorted individuals, 1975-1985

Physical Description: 92.0 items
Box 88, Folder 4

Goldschmidt, Lucien, 1976-1984

Physical Description: 4.0 items
Box 88, 121

Hutchinson, 1964-1968

Physical Description: 7.0 items
Box 88, Folder 5

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 121

Color slide

Box 88, Folder 6

Incandela, Gerald, 1976-1977

Physical Description: 21.0 items
Box 88, Folder 7

Jammes, André, 1975-1985

Physical Description: 60.0 items
Box 88-89, 121

Correspondence with photographers, 1975-1984

Physical Description: 360.0 items
Box 88, Folder 8

Arnold, Bill, 1978-1980

Physical Description: 9.0 items
Box 88, Folder 9

Asbury, Dana, 1979

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 88, Folder 10

Avedon, Richard, 1978

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 88, Folder 11

Bankhead, Judy, 1979

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 88, Folder 12

Barron, Susan, 1979

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 88, Folder 13

Block, Helen, 1979-1980

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 88, Folder 14

Brooks, Ellen, 1976-1979

Physical Description: 17.0 items
Box 88, Folder 15

Buck, Ken, 1980

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 88, Folder 16

Buckland, David, 1979

Physical Description: 4.0 items
Box 88, Folder 17

Condron, Brian, 1979

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 88, Folder 18

Cooper, Ron, 1978

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 88, Folder 19

Cubillas, Raul, 1978

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 88, Folder 20

Dayton, Susan, 1979

Physical Description: 13.0 items
Box 88, Folder 21

Dingus, Rick, 1979-1982

Physical Description: 19.0 items
Box 88, Folder 22

Dotter, Earl, 1979

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 89, Folder 1

Edgerton, Harold, 1977

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 89, Folder 2

Enos, Chris, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 89, Folder 3

Feiler, Jo Alison, 1979

Physical Description: 6.0 items
Box 89, 121

Frazer, Jim, 1979-1981

Physical Description: 6.0 items
Box 89, Folder 4

Papers

Box 121

Color slide

Box 89, Folder 5

Friedlander, Ira, 1976

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 89, Folder 6

Fulton, Hamish, 1979

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 89, Folder 7

Gates, Jeff, 1979-1980

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 89, Folder 8

Gomes, Alair, 1979-1980

Physical Description: 60.0 items
Box 89, Folder 9

Grooteclaes, Hubert, 1982

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 89, Folder 10

Gruen, John, 1983

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 89, Folder 11

Gurner, Fred, 1979

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 89, Folder 12

Josephson, Ken, 1978-1979

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 89, Folder 13

Lartigue, Jac, 1977-1978

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 89, Folder 14

Liebling, Jerome, 1979-1981

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 89, 121

McBride, Will, 1981-1984

Physical Description: 40.0 items
Box 89, Folder 15

Correspondence

Box 121

Color photograph

Box 89, Folder 16

Miller, John R., 1982

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 89, Folder 17

Moser, Lida, 1978

Physical Description: 12.0 items
Box 89, Folder 18

Munroe, Robert, 1980

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 89, Folder 19

Riboud, Marc, 1980

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 89, Folder 20

Schoenfeld, Diana, 1980

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 89, Folder 21

Seidner, David M., 1980

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 89, Folder 22

Shiraoka, Jun, 1977-1980

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 89, Folder 23

Sinsabaugh, Art, 1977-1979

Physical Description: 35.0 items
Box 89, Folder 24

Svendesn, Karina, 1980

Physical Description: 6.0 items
Box 89, Folder 25

Thompson, Bill, 1980

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 89, Folder 26

Vogt, Christian, 1978-1979

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 89, Folder 27

Yoder, Janica, 1977-1978

Physical Description: 7.0 items
Box 89, Folder 28

Young, Barbara, 1976-1977

Physical Description: 5.0 items
Box 89, Folder 29

Zetterstrom, Tom, 1978-1981

Physical Description: 22.0 items
Box 89, Folder 30

Zimmerman, Tom, 1981

Physical Description: 1.0 items
Box 89, Folder 31

Assorted, 1975-1980

Physical Description: 40.0 items
Box 90-91, 111*, 121

Institution files, 1962-1986

Physical Description: 210.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, papers and ephemera from institutions where Wagstaff worked, served on a board or provided curatorial services. Also includes papers from institutions that Wagstaff culled out in the original organization of his documents. Often correspondence with these institutions can also be found in the chronological and subject based correspondence files.
Box 90, Folder 1

Amon Carter Museum, 1981-1982

Physical Description: 42.0 items
Box 90, Folder 2-3

Detroit Institute of Arts, 1965-1981

Physical Description: 10.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two copies of An Exhibition of Italian Panels & Manuscripts From the Thirteenth & Fourteenth Centuries in Honor of Richard Offner.
Box 90, 121

Detroit Focus Gallery, 1985-1986

Physical Description: 60.0 items
Box 90, Folder 4

Papers

Box 121

Color slides

Box 90, Folder 5

G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, 1976-1978

Physical Description: 14.0 items
Box 90, Folder 6

Galerie Texbraun, 1978-1985

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 90, Folder 7

International Center for Photography, 1979-1986

Physical Description: 18.0 items
Box 91, Folder 1

Lunn Gallery, 1981

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 91, Folder 2

National Portrait Gallery, 1976-1983

Physical Description: 4.0 items
Box 91, Folder 3

New York University, Grey art Gallery, 1981-1986

Physical Description: 20.0 items
Box 91, Folder 4

University of New Mexico, Coke Collection, 1973-1977

Physical Description: 4.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two copies of Photographs from the Coke Collection.
Box 91, 111*

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1962-1983

Physical Description: 20.0 items
Box 91, Folder 5

Papers

Box 111*, Folder 2

Oversize photograph

Scope and Content Note

Photograph contains text overlay for John Cage and Merce Cunningham performance promotional materials.
Box 91, Folder 6

Witkin Gallery, 1977-1983

Physical Description: 16.0 items
Box 91, Folder 7

Address cards, undated

Physical Description: 26.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains index cards with contact information possibly comprising a rolodex. Referred to by Wagstaff as "show addresses."
Box 91, 121

Assorted correspondence, 1909-1979

Physical Description: 63.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes items from folder titled by Wagstaff as "dead letters" as well as correspondence not addressed to Wagstaff.
Box 91, Folder 8-9

Papers

Box 121

Color photographs

 

Series V. Projects, 1914-1986

Physical Description: 2.5 linear feet (8 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographs and documents regarding specific exhibitions Wagstaff participated in, publications that Wagstaff produced, and artist research. This series includes documentation regarding the founding of Wagstaff's publishing Company, Gray Press, and its only published product, A Book of Photographs.

Arrangement note

The series is arranged by exhibitions, publications and artist research. Artist research is organized alphabetically by artist name.
Box 92-94, 121

Exhibitions, 1914-1986

Physical Description: 699.0 items
Box 92, Folder 1-2

Venezia '79-La Fotografia, 1978-1980

Physical Description: 97.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Wagstaff's contribution to the exhibition was organized by the International Center of Photography. Includes one copy of Photo.
Box 92, Folder 3-4

Colleció Sam Wagstaff, 1980-1983

Physical Description: 53.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Wagstaff exhibited his collections at the Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid and Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona.
Box 92, Folder 5-6

Trésors de la collection Sam Wagstaff, 1982-1983

Physical Description: 59.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Exhibition was held at the Petit Palais as part of the Mois de la Photo organizing initiative.
Box 93, Folder 1-5

Photographic Reproduction Processes, 1914-1983

Physical Description: 106.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters from 1914 describing photomechanical processes. Also includes copy of The Beginnings of Halftone. Exhibition was held at Grolier Club.
Box 93, Folder 6

That's Sculpture? Photographs from the Collection of Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., 1981-1984

Physical Description: 137.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Exhibition was held at Brown University.
Box 121

Hanging Out, 1984

Physical Description: 8.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains color slides. Exhibition was held at Bell Gallery.
Box 94, Folder 1-2

Wagstaff II exhibition, 1980-1986

Physical Description: 181.0 items

Scope and Content Note

A traveling exhibition of Wagstaff collection photographs that was to be shown at International Center for Photography, Corcoran and other institutions.
Box 94, Folder 3

Erotica exhibition, 1981-1984

Physical Description: 35.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Exhibition was to be held at NYU Grey Gallery and Texas Gallery, Houston. Also referred to by Wagstaff as "sex show." Includes Mancini Gallery exhibition catalog.
Box 94, Folder 4-5

Indian exhibition, 1967-1980

Physical Description: 23.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Exhibition was probably never realized.
Box 95-96, 111*, 121

Publications, 1977-1986

Physical Description: 690.0 items +OS
Box 95

A Book of Photographs, 1977-1982

Physical Description: 406.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Contains release forms for publication. Also includes contracts, financial accounting papers and documents related to book production and ordering.
Box 96, 111*, 121

Cat collection, 1978-1986

Physical Description: 288.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Research for and responses to 1986 Artforum article.
Box 96, Folder 1-9

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 121

Other photographic formats

Box 111*, Folder 3

Oversize photographs

Box 97, 121

Artist Research, 1982-1985, undated

Box 97, 121

Ettinger, David, 1985

Physical Description: 27.0 items
Box 97, Folder 1

Papers

Box 121

Color slides

Box 97, Folder 2-3

Gallé, Emile, 1982-1983

Physical Description: 90.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes two copies of Sotheby auction catalog.
Box 97, Folder 4

Gauguin, Paul, undated

Physical Description: 94.0 items
 

Series VI. Ephemera and assorted papers, 1941-1986

Physical Description: 7.4 linear feet (5 boxes, 4 flatfiles)

Scope and Content Note

Series VI contains clippings, ephemera and assorted documents. Ephemera consists of posters and exhibition announcements. Clippings include articles on Wagstaff.

Arrangement note

Arranged by clippings, ephemera, papers, photographs and publications.
Box 98, 112*

Clippings, 1946-1983, undated

Physical Description: 67.0 items
Box 98, Folder 1-6

Papers

Box 112*, Folder 1

Oversize

Box 98, 112*, 9**

Ephemera, 1967-1986

Physical Description: 46.0 items
Box 98, Folder 7

Papers

Box 112*, Folder 2-4

Oversize ephemera

Scope and Content Note

Includes Yvonne Rainer poster and several copies of Robert Morris announcement.
Flatfile 9**

Oversize posters

Scope and Content Note

Contains Robert Morris, Nadar and Donald Judd exhibition posters. Also includes poster for Derek Jarman's film Sebastian, signed by Guy Ford.
Box 98, Folder 8-11

Assorted papers, 1975, undated

Physical Description: 100.0 items
Box 98, 122

Assorted photographic materials, 1968-1984, undated

Physical Description: 71.0 items
Box 99

Assorted publications, 1941-1986

Physical Description: 90.0 items
 

Series VII. Film reels, undated

Physical Description: 1.8 linear feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Series VII contains developed and undeveloped films. See also Series I for three film reels included in Michael Heizer correspondence. Audio visual materials are unavailable until reformatting is complete.

Arrangement note

Developed films are followed by undeveloped films.
Box 124, Item F4

[Potatoes on a Studio Floor], undated

Physical Description: 1.0 items

Scope and Content Note

1 film reel; 16 mm.
Box 124-125, Item F5-F11

Unidentified films, undated

Physical Description: 7.0 items

Scope and Content Note

7 film reels; 16 mm.
Box 125, Item F12-F15

Undeveloped film, undated

Physical Description: 4.0 items

Scope and Content Note

4 film reels; 16 mm.