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INVENTORY OF THE LAEMMLE GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHS DOCUMENTING THE LAEMMLE ART BUSINESS, MUNICH AND LOS ANGELES, 1894-1993
93.P.1  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical / Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Laemmle Gallery photographs documenting the Laemmle art business, Munich and Los Angeles
    Date (inclusive): 1894-1993
    Number: 93.P.1
    Creator/Collector: Laemmle Gallery
    Physical Description: 17.0 linear feet (43 boxes)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: This collection of glass negatives, photographs, and tearsheets was assembled by art dealers Siegfried and Walter Laemmle in the course of pursuing business in Munich and Los Angeles and represents the remaining records of their business.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical / Historical Note

    Siegfried Laemmle was an art dealer in Munich for over 40 years. Walter Laemmle and family continued to deal in decorative arts and furniture when the family immigrated to Los Angeles during World War II.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Lammmle Gallery photographs documenting the Laemmle art business, Munich and Los Angeles, 1894-1993, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 93.P.1

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1993.

    Processing History

    Processed by Christi Richardson and Ted Walbye, 1997.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection of glass negatives, photographs, and tearsheets was assembled by art dealers Siegfried and Walter Laemmle in the course of pursuing business in Munich and Los Angeles and represents the remaining records of their business.
    Almost all of the glass negatives and many of the prints record objects that passed through Siegfried Laemmle's Munich shops (first on Karlstrasse, later on Lenbachplatz and Briennerstrasse) over a 40-year period. These images are the only remaining documents of Laemmle's business in the art market in Germany before World War II. Most of the works depicted are late medieval and early Renaissance sculptures, including several by Tilman Riemenschneider. There are also several interior views of the Munich shops showing art objects offered for sale. Tearsheets from books and journals and commercial photographic prints constitute a picture reference collection.
    Approximately one-fifth of the glass negatives and a few of the prints are personal images, depicting Laemmle family members and groups. The collection also contains a recorded interview made on May 17, 1993 with Walter Laemmle and his business associate Roger-F. Bettlé, and Myra Orth and Frances Terpak of the Getty Research Institute. The digitized version is available online. Connect to digitized audio recording.  Access is available on-site only.

    Arrangement note

    Arranged in 3 series: Series I. Glass negatives, circa 1894-1990; Series II. Photographs of sculpture and decorative arts, and family, circa 1894-1993; Series III. Photographs and clippings of paintings, drawings, prints, circa 1894-1990

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Art dealers--California--Los Angeles
    Art dealers--Germany--Munich
    Art--Germany--Munich--Marketing
    Sculpture, Medieval
    Sculpture, Renaissance

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Audiocassettes
    Black-and-white glass slides
    Black-and-white prints (photographs)
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Interviews
    Oral histories (document genres)

    Contributors

    Laemmle, Siegfried
    Laemmle, Walter
    Riemenschneider, Tilman, d. 1531