Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Yves Poupard-Lieussou correspondence and collected papers on Dada and Surrealism
Date (inclusive): 1905-1984 (bulk 1956-1979)
Poupard-Lieussou, Y. (Yves)
6.0 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
French scholar of Dada and surrealism, and vice president of the Association pour l'Étude de Dada et du Surréalisme. Collection
consists of correspondence received by Poupard-Lieussou from artists, writers, publishers, critics, and scholars, mainly 1956-1979.
Includes bio-bibliographic notes, drawings, photographs, printed materials, and manuscripts (some unpublished or rare texts)
given to Poupard by his correspondents or sometimes hand-copied by himself.
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Language: Collection material is in French, German and English.
Yves Poupard-Lieussou was one of the first scholars of Dada and surrealism. He began collecting materials related to the avant-garde
in the 1940s, and continued into the late 1970s. As well as assembling an extensive personal archive, Poupard wrote articles
on avant-garde artists, collaborated in the production of catalogs, and compiled and published bibliographies. He was also
the vice-president of the Association pour l'étude de dada et du surréalisme that in 1965 published one issue of
Revue de l'Association pour l'étude du mouvement dada and four issues of the journal
Cahiers Dada de l'Association Internationale pour l'étude de Dada et du Surréalisme, 1967-1971. (For a bibliography of Poupard's published work see the Bibliography, p. 45.) He also played an important role
in planning and organizing the Dada 50th anniversary exhibition which opened in Paris, then moved to Zurich in 1966-1967.
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Yves Poupard-Lieussou correspondence and collected papers on Dada and Surrealism, 1905-1984 (bulk 1956-1979), Getty Research
Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 930004.
The archive was acquired in 6 separate acquisitions between 1993 and 1996: accession nos. 930004, 930022, 930040, 930065,
950070 and 960086.
Scott Wolf arranged and described the Raoul Hausmann materials in early 1995. Lesley Heins Walker cataloged the remaining
portion of the collection acquired before 1996, and joined it with the Hausmann papers in December 1995 when all the accessions
were merged to form one collection under Accn. no. 930004. The finding aid was compiled by Lesley Heins Walker. In November
1996, a new acquisition (accn. no. 960086) added ca. 1.3 linear ft. of correspondence, manuscripts, publications and photographs
to this collection. The material was organized and cataloged by Onica Busuioceanu, who also inserted the corresponding descriptions
into the finding aid in February 1998.
The following items were removed from the Poupard papers and placed in the Getty Research Institute Library. These items include
books, catalogues, posters and audio recordings.
The Little Review, Winter 1922, eds. Margaret Anderson, Ezra Pound, Francis Picabia. Christian's article appears on pages 29-34. Includes a
collage by Christian.
Traité de questions sans solutions importantes, Bale, 1957. Exemplar No. 22 of 350 printed copies, with autograph signature by the author and dedication from Hausmann to
Jasia Reichardt dated 11/4/65. (90-B29558-3).
Courrier Dada suivi d'une Bio-Bibliographie de l'Auteur par Poupard-Lieussou, Paris, 1958. Exemplar No. 2 of 50 printed copies with a poetic dedication to Poupard-Lieussou signed 11/7/1959. Included:
a recording of Hausmann's
Sound Poetry; one audio cassette of the same; one autographed water color sketch. ( 88-B24319-4).
Poèmes et Bois. Cinq poèmes précédés d'un hommage par Iliazd, Paris, 1961. Exemplar No. 4 of 50 printed copies, signed by Hausmann and Iliazd. (Special Oversized 93-B10345, N 7433.4
H376 A1 1961)
Siebensachen, Stuttgart, 1961. Exemplar No. 33 of 90 signed copies with dedication to Poupard-Lieussou dated 2/18/62. (Special 93-B11187)
Affiche für Raoul Hausmann in Limonges anlässlich seines 75. Geburtstages, Stuttgart, 1961. One folded poster (1 of 250 exemplars), with printed poems by Hausmann and dedication to Poupard-Lieussou
dated 5/25/61. (Special 93-B11484).
Spreschspäne, Flensburg, 1962. Exemplar No. 376 of 700 printed copies with dedication to Poupard-Lieussou dated. (Special 89-B14587-2).
Mélanographie, Paris, 1968. Exemplar No. 23 of 61 signed copies, with 6 original photographs (initialed and numbered "R H 31"), original
photomontaged cover, and dedication to Poupard-Lieussou dated 3/12/69. (Special 93-B10331).
La sensorialité excentrique 1968/69 précédé de: optophonétique 1922, French and English texts, Cambridge, 1970. Exemplar No. 197 of 440 printed copies with dedication to Poupard-Lieussou dated
1/20/71. Included: 2 photocopies of advertisements for the book. (Special 90-B5161-2).
Sagemorcim, Bruxelles, 1971. Exemplar No. XXVI of 340 printed copies. (Special 90-B11214-2)
Am Anfang war Dada, Steinbach/Giessen, 1972. (Special 89-B7888-2).
Mostra personale di Raoul Hausmann, Milano, Galleria Pagani, 1963. (Special 93-B10265).
Raoul Hausmann, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1967. With autograph dedication to Poupard-Lieussou dated 11/15/67. (Special 85-B15350-4).
Raoul Hausmann disegni e collages 1960-1970, text by Jean-François Bory and Claude Viallat. Brescia, 1972. (Special 90-B29779).
Raoul Hausmann autour de L'Espirt de notre temps. Assemblages, collages, photomontages, Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, 1974/75. (Special 89-B7738).
Muscheln und Schirme, Meudon-Val-Fleury, 1939. Signed "Hausmann Paris 1939", it contains an autograph dedication to Poupard dated (7/18/56). (Special
Journals include articles by or about Raoul Hausmann separated from the Poupard-Lieussou collection and now located in the
Getty Center Library.
Revue F, No. 4 (Paris, n.d.).
De Tafelronde, 11/4 (Antwerp, n.d.).
Revue Arts et Lettres, 1/6 (Paris, 1946).
Revue Psychè, 2/8 (Paris, 1947).
Akzente. Zeitschrift für Dichtung, (3/1957).
Hortulus, 9/2 (April, 1959).
Manuscripte. Zeitschrift für Literatur, Kunst, Kritik, (4/16/66) with dedication from Hausmann to Poupard-Lieussou.
Cimézem. Svetové literatura (Prague, 1967).
OU. Cinquième saison, troisième numéro franco-Britannique (n.l., n.d.) with dedication from Hausmann to Poupard-Lieussou. Mendelson, Marcel, Marcel Janco. Tel-Aviv, Massadah Co.,
Published works to which Yves Poupard-Lieussou contributed.
Courrier Dada, Paris, Le Terrain vague, 1958. With bio-bibliography by Poupard-Lieussou.
Hugues, Jean and Yves Poupard-Lieussou.
Max Ernst: écrits et oeuvre grave, Tours, Bibliothèque municipale, 1963.
Documents dada, Paris, Weber, 1974.
Dada en verve, Paris, P. Horay, 1972.
Un recueil de ses oeuvres. A summary of his works., New York, P. Matisse, 1963. With a bibliographie illustrée by B. Karpel and Y. Poupard-Lieussou.
Scope and Content of Collection
As one of the first scholars of Dada and surrealism, Yves Poupard-Lieussou began in the 1940s to assemble books, ephemera
and bio-bibliographic information relating to the avant-garde. He befriended and corresponded with artists, writers, publishers,
critics and academic scholars with the intent of publishing a global descriptive bio-bibliography on Dada. The Yves Poupard-Lieussou
correspondence and collected papers represents a selected portion of his original archive that was dispersed after his death.
The collection contains correspondence with artists, writers and critics, manuscripts, including diary-like reminiscences,
drawings, photographs and printed matter: journals, small books and exhibition materials. In the letters, most of them written
to Poupard between 1956-1979, correspondents recount their experiences and memories of the early 20th-century avant-garde
art movements, particularly Dada, and Surrealism. The bulk of the correspondence is from Christian (pseudonym for Georges
Herbiet, 1895-1969), Raoul Hausmann (1886-1971) and Pierre de Massot (1900-1969). Manuscripts of essays and diaries from Christian,
Hausmann and Massot provide intimate and detailed glimpses of their work and associations. The letters from Michel Sanouillet,
the president of the Association Internationale pour l'étude de Dada et du Surrealisme, to Poupard, who was its dedicated
vice-president, provide important documentation of the activities, goals and achievements of that organization in Europe and
America over a span of twelve years, which includes the dramatic period of political and social unrest of the late 1960s.
There are few letters from Poupard among these papers, but numerous copies of rare texts (a few inedits too) and bibliographical
lists of rare publications in his print-like handwriting. The papers comprise ca. 4 lin. ft. of correspondence with artists,
writers and critics, most of it written to Poupard, ca. 1 lin. ft. of printed material such as exhibition catalogs and journals
and ca. 1 lin. ft. of manuscripts and typescripts from Christian, Raoul Hausmann and Pierre de Massot. Also included within
the correspondence are ca. 100 photographs of artwork and artists taken as early as 1914 but mainly from the 1960s and 1970s,
in addition to the over 500 contact prints from the Dada 50th anniversary exhibition of 1966-1967. While most of the correspondence
dates from the years 1956 to 1979, there are some original documents given to Poupard (including correspondence) that date
from as early as 1905. Taken as a whole, this material provides insight into the history of Dada and its expansion in Europe
and beyond, and testifies to the subjective and personal nature inherent in attempts to record the past.
The collection is organized in four series:
Series I. Letters from artists and writers, 1912-1984;
Series II. Christian (Georges Herbiet) letters and manuscripts, 1917-1971;
Series III. Raoul Hausmann letters and manuscripts, 1915-1971;
Series IV. Pierre de Massot letters and papers, 1905-1968
Subjects - Names
Hausmann, Raoul, 1886-1971
Massot, Pierre de
Subjects - Topics
Arts, Modern--20th century
Genres and Forms of Material
Hausmann, Raoul, 1886-1971
Janco, Marcel, 1895-1984
Massot, Pierre de
Picabia, Francis, 1879-1953
Poupard-Lieussou, Y. (Yves)
Richter, Hans, 1888-1976
Schad, Christian, 1894-1982
Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955
Tzara, Tristan, 1896-1963