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Finding aid for the Yves Poupard-Lieussou correspondence and collected papers on Dada and Surrealism, 1905-1984 (bulk, 1956-1979)
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Separated Material
  • Bibliography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Yves Poupard-Lieussou correspondence and collected papers on Dada and Surrealism
    Date (inclusive): 1905-1984 (bulk 1956-1979)
    Number: 930004
    Creator/Collector: Poupard-Lieussou, Y. (Yves)
    Physical Description: 6.0 linear feet (11 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: 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 Includes bio-bibliographic notes, drawings, photographs, printed materials, and manuscripts (some unpublished or rare texts) given to Poupard by his correspondents or sometimes hand-copied by himself.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.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    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.

    Administrative Information


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    Preferred Citation

    Yves Poupard-Lieussou correspondence and collected papers on Dada and Surrealism, 1905-1984 (bulk 1956-1979), Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 930004.

    Acquisition Information

    The archive was acquired in 6 separate acquisitions between 1993 and 1996: accession nos. 930004, 930022, 930040, 930065, 950070 and 960086.

    Processing History

    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.

    Separated Material

    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.
    "Christian." 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. Raoul Hausmann. 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). Raoul Hausmann. 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). Raoul Hausmann. 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) Raoul Hausmann. 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). Raoul Hausmann. Spreschspäne, Flensburg, 1962. Exemplar No. 376 of 700 printed copies with dedication to Poupard-Lieussou dated. (Special 89-B14587-2). Raoul Hausmann. 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). Raoul Hausmann. 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). Raoul Hausmann. Sagemorcim, Bruxelles, 1971. Exemplar No. XXVI of 340 printed copies. (Special 90-B11214-2) Raoul Hausmann. 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). Hans Arp. Muscheln und Schirme, Meudon-Val-Fleury, 1939. Signed "Hausmann Paris 1939", it contains an autograph dedication to Poupard dated (7/18/56). (Special 89-B 23430-2).
    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., 1962.


    Published works to which Yves Poupard-Lieussou contributed. Hausmann, Raoul. 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. Poupard-Lieussou, Yves. Documents dada, Paris, Weber, 1974. Poupard-Lieussou, Yves. Dada en verve, Paris, P. Horay, 1972. Tanguy, Yves. 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.

    Arrangement note

    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

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Christian, 1895-1969
    Hausmann, Raoul, 1886-1971
    Massot, Pierre de

    Subjects - Topics

    Art critics--France
    Arts, Modern--20th century

    Genres and Forms of Material



    Béhar, Henri
    Christian, 1895-1969
    Hausmann, Raoul, 1886-1971
    Janco, Marcel, 1895-1984
    Massot, Pierre de
    Picabia, Francis, 1879-1953
    Poupard-Lieussou, Y. (Yves)
    Richter, Hans, 1888-1976
    Sanouillet, Michel
    Schad, Christian, 1894-1982
    Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955
    Tzara, Tristan, 1896-1963