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Special Collections, Getty Research Institute
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Collections with online items: 82
Physical collections: 383
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ACHAC collection

A consortium of scholars and researchers devoted to exploring and promoting discussion of race, iconography, and the colonial and post-colonial periods of Africa and Europe. The ACHAC collection documents the influence of French colonialism, both on Africa and on France...

Al Djazair and Tunis

The album compiled by Abdu Rabbih al-Wahhāb contains photographs of the Maghreb region of North Africa. The first half features views of Algeria and Tunisia, while the second half is devoted to portraits of a variety of North African peoples....

Album fotografico della Persia

The album of photographs taken by Luigi Pesce contains 21 views of Tehran and environs, followed by 21 views of ancient Persian sites including the Achaemenid ruins of Persepolis, the Achaemenid tombs and Sasanian reliefs at Naqsh-i Rustam near Persepolis,...

Album of Mexican and French cartes-de-visite

The album of cartes-de-visite by mostly unidentified photographers, assembled by an unknown person during the time of the French intervention in Mexico by an unknown person, contains photographs of Pre-Columbian related statuary; portraits of 19th-century Mexican presidents, military, and political...

Alloway (Lawrence) papers

Lawrence Alloway was a British born art critic active in the New York art scene from 1960 until his death in 1990. An early champion of post-war American art, he coined the term "Pop Art." The archive consists of correspondence...

Antin (David) Papers

The papers of performance artist, experimental poet, curator, and critic David Antin include extensive correspondence, forty years of diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts, working notes, teaching files, and over 300 audiotapes and videos of lectures and performances. In particular, the...

Antin (Eleanor) Papers

The papers of artist Eleanor Antin contain comprehensive documentation of her work and work processes throughout her career as a pioneer in the fields of conceptual, feminist, and performance art. Included are extensive correspondence, notebooks and sketchbooks, ephemera, thousands of...

Arntz (Wilhelm) collection of rare exhibition catalogs and printed ephemera

Collected by the German art expert Wilhelm Arntz, the ephemera document exhibitions, sales and publishing of 20th century art mainly in Germany, Italy, and France, but also in other European countries, the United States, and South America. Represented are not...

 
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Bo lan Zhonghua tu zhi albums

The two albums titled Bo lan Zhonghua tu zhi document the lifestyle of the British foreign service community in Beijing, Tianjin (Tientsin), Hankou (Hankow), Jiujiang, and Yantai (Chefoo), and also include views of well-known monuments and sites in Beijing, Hankou,...

Boccioni (Umberto) papers

The papers contain manuscripts, correspondence, diaries, photographs, clippings, ephemera, and other material by and about the Futurist artist and theoretician. The collection is especially representative of his Futurist period (1910-1915), and includes a number of essays, most of which were...

Brown (Jean) papers

An extensive study collection of avant-garde materials amassed by librarian and art collector, Jean Brown. Her collection documents the Dada and Surrealist art movements and their offshoots, especially Fluxus, mail art, and concrete poetry. Materials include letters, printed matter and...

 
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Cassas (Louis-François) materials for Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palaestine, et la Basse Aegypte, 1795-1823

Preparatory drawings made by Louis François Cassas, manuscripts, and printed proofs for the publication Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palaestine, et la Basse Aegypte, issued in three volumes in Paris between 1799-1800.

Clark (Worswick) Collection of Photographs of China and Southeast Asia

Over 1500 images by more than sixty Chinese, French, or English photographers document the diverse cultures of China and Southeast Asia. Collected by the historian and curator of photography, Clark Worswick.

Cornell (Joseph) Letters to Susanna De Maria Wilson and other papers

Collection of thirty-three unpublished letters from Joseph Cornell to Susanna De Maria Wilson, one of his assistants and wife of the minimalist sculptor Walter De Maria. The letters feature poetic and philosophical musings on various topics as well as practical...

Curtis (Edward S.) Papers

The Edward S. Curtis papers document all of the photographer's major projects, focusing on The North American Indian, his major publication, the Curtis Picture Musicale, and his full-length feature film In the Land of the Head Hunters. The promotion and...

 
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De Herrera (Gloria) Papers

American art preparator, restorer, and collector active in Los Angeles and Paris. De Herrera was a close friend of Man Ray, William Nelson Copley, and other notable artists. The papers include correspondence, documents, artworks, photographs, and audiovisual materials documenting De...

Duveen Brothers Records

Notable art dealers from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. The records provide a detailed view of the Duveen Brothers business activities in London, Paris, and New York. Although the archive extends from 1876 to 1981, the bulk of...

Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer's library

These records from the art dealer Duveen Brothers formed part of the firm's library holdings that were purchased in 1965 by The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. They document the Duveen Brothers' cataloging, research, exhibition work,...

 
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Eagle (Arnold) Papers and Films Related to Hans Richter

This collection documents the film collaborations and friendship of German-born Dadaist, Hans Richter, and New York photographer and cinematographer, Arnold Eagle. It includes color film footage, out-takes and audiotracks for several of Richter's post-World War II films, as well as...

 
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F. Weber and Co. Records

Manufacturer of artists' materials, including paints, papers, and other supplies. Records contain trade catalogs and price lists, paint formula books, sample books, and business papers, trade catalogs and sample books of other companies, and lectures written and delivered by F....

Francis (Sam) Papers

California born artist Sam Francis was a second generation Abstract Expressionist painter who incorporated influences of Jungian psychology, Buddhism, and Japanese aesthetics into the urban and angst-ridden painting style of the New York School. After living abroad in Paris and...

 
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Galerie Bonnier Records of the Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Galerie Bonnier

Complete business records of the Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm, Sweden (1918-1974) and the successor gallery, Galerie Bonnier, Geneva, Switzerland (1961-1997). The combined galleries dealt in Impressionist, Post-impressionist, Cubist, German Expressionist, and early abstract art.

Galerie Schmela Records

Galerie Schmela was one of the most important art galleries in Germany in the postwar period. Through a prescient program of exhibitions, founder Alfred Schmela introduced and promoted innovative European and American artists, such as Joseph Beuys, Arman, Gerhard Richter,...

Gigord (Pierre de) Collection of Photographs of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey

Spanning roughly one hundred years, the collection of over 6,000 photographic images forms a visual record of the late years of the Ottoman Empire and the formation and early years of the Republic of Turkey. The collection focuses on cultural...

Greenberg (Clement) Papers

The Clement Greenberg Papers document the professional and personal life of the art critic known for championing American Abstract Expressionist painters.

Guerrilla Girls Records

Guerrilla Girls records document the activities of the feminist art group, comprising a complete set of posters, mass mailings, form letters, and other graphic materials, along with internal group memoranda, letters from fans, business correspondence, and audiovisual materials.

Gutiérrez (Tonatiúh and Electra) collection of maps and images of the Americas

The Tonatiúh and Electra Gutiérrez collection of maps and images of the Americas spans more than three centuries and includes maps of North and South America, several world maps, and iconography of life, fauna and rituals in the Americas. It...

 
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Hall (Manly Palmer) Collection of alchemical manuscripts

A collection of 243 manuscripts detailing the arts of Alchemy, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, and Masonry, gathered by Manly Palmer Hall, author and researcher in the realms of mysticism and the occult.

Hoffman (Malvina) Papers

A nearly complete archive of letters, manuscripts, photographs, diaries, drawings, and films documents Malvina Hoffman's life and her career as a sculptor and writer.

Hopkins (Henry) Papers

The selected papers of curator, teacher, and museum director, Henry Hopkins, document his teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles, some of the exhibitions he curated, and his directorship at the Fort Worth Art Center Museum, the San Francisco...

Huidobro (Vicente) Papers

Papers of the Chilean poet, novelist, playwright and polemicist, Vicente Huidobro, comprised of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, printed matter, and photographs.

Hutzel (Max) Photographs of Art and Architecture in Italy

This collection contains thorough photographic documentation by Max Hutzel of art and architecture in Italy ranging in date from Antiquity to late Baroque. Included are photographs of secular buildings, museum holdings, ancient ruins, and religious institutions covering a broad range...

Huxtable (Ada Louise) papers, 1859-2013 (bulk 1954-2012)

The Ada Louise Huxtable papers contain the writing and research of the outspoken architecture critic and ardent advocate of the contemporary preservation movement. Huxtable wrote 11 books and worked as a dedicated architecture critic at the New York Times and...

 
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International Design Conference in Aspen Records

Founded in 1951, the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA) emulated the Bauhaus philosophy by promoting a close collaboration between modern art, design, and commerce. For more than 50 years the conference served as a forum for designers to discuss...

Interviews with art historians

Transcripts, audio recordings, and computer disks preserve interviews with contemporary art historians, archaeologists, bibliographers, and selected key individuals from the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Irwin (Robert) Papers

Robert Irwin is a California artist associated with the Light and Space movement. His papers document many of Irwin's site-specific, primarily public artworks from the 1980s with correspondence, writings, clippings, drawings, photographs, models, and sound and video recordings. Additions (1999-2011)...

 
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Johnson (Philip) papers

Documentation of the early and later career of architect Philip Johnson, especially representative of his early work, particularly his Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, and a number of little known, never constructed projects. The collection consists of photographs, printed...

 
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Kandinsky (Wassily) Papers

Russian-born artist considered to be one of the creators of abstract painting. Papers document Kandinsky's teachings at the Bauhaus, his writings, his involvement with the Russian Academy of Artistic Sciences (RAKhN) in Moscow, and his professional contacts with art dealers,...

Kaprow (Allan) Papers

The Allan Kaprow Papers offer comprehensive documentation of an artistic career that spanned the latter half of the 20th century and continues into the 21st. Arranged chronologically so as to demonstrate the artist's passage from student of art and art...

Kasmin Limited Records

Complete records of Kasmin Limited, the London gallery owned by John Kasmin. Records include correspondence, business records (invoices, stockbooks, ledgers, artists' contracts, and office diaries), scrapbooks of press clippings, visitors' books, printed matter (catalogs, invitations, and ephemera), and photographic documentation...

Koenig (Pierre) papers

The archive of Los Angeles architect Pierre Koenig, consisting of drawings, photographs, documents, writings and client correspondence, and three models. The archive is an important resource for the study of Southern California Modernism, as well as for the study of...

 
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Laemmle Gallery photographs documenting the Laemmle art business, Munich and Los Angeles, 1894-1993

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.

Le Plongeon (Augustus and Alice Dixon) Papers

The collection documents the archaeological excavations, fieldwork, research, and writings of the nineteenth-century photographers, antiquarians, and amateur archaeologists Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, the first persons to systematically excavate and photograph the Maya sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal...

Letter and papers of British artists

The collection, assembled by the repository, comprises 1360 items, mostly letters signed by 507 British painters, illustrators, printmakers, draughtsmen, and sculptors. The collection includes circa 40 illustrated letters, as well as sketches, press clippings, manuscripts, and reproductions of art works....

Liberman (Alexander) Photography Archive

The archive contains photographs by Alexander Liberman, Russian-born photographer, art director of Vogue magazine, and editorial director of Condé Nast publications. Included in the collection are approximately 8,000 photographic prints, 50,000 transparencies, 90,000 negatives, 38 books of contact prints, and...

Lihn (Enrique) Papers

Chilean poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. Papers include Lihn's correspondence with poets, writers, publishers, artists, critics, and friends and family. His notebooks contain drafts of his writings, drawings, and notes. Other files hold research and lecture notes, drawings and collages,...

Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive

The Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) was among the first museums in the United States to focus on video as an artistic medium. The materials in the archive document LBMA's innovative approaches to collecting, producing and displaying video art,...

 
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M. Knoedler & Co. records

The records of M. Knoedler & Co. document the business of the prominent American art dealer from the mid-19th century to 1971. The archive traces the development of the once provincial American art market into one of the world's leading...

Mapplethorpe (Robert) papers

The papers and photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) span the artist's career, from his early drawings, collages and jewelry to his renowned photographic work in the 1970s and 1980s. The photographic material in the archive includes Polaroids, photographs, commercial commissions,...

Mendelsohn (Erich and Luise) Papers

The archive, from the estate of Luise Mendelsohn, comprises the personal correspondence and documents of the Mendelsohn family. Includes transcripts or originals of correspondence between Erich and Luise Mendelsohn (1910-1953) reflecting Erich Mendelsohn's architectural, aesthetic, and political development. Other papers...

Mühl (Otto) papers, circa 1918-circa 1997

The archive of Otto Mühl, co-founder and one of the main participants of Viennese Actionism, and founder of the living experiment known as the Friedrichshof Commune, includes his complete diaries and a wealth of theoretical writings about Actionism, the concept...

Middle Eastern and North African Views and Portraits

This collection of albumen prints dates from the last quarter of the 19th century and comprises views and portraits from North Africa and the Middle East, some of which are signed Bonfils.

 
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Nadel (Leonard) Photographs and other material relating to housing and urban redevelopment in Los Angeles

Consisting primarily of photographic material by Leonard Nadel from 1947 to 1957, the collection records early efforts by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) to promote integrated public housing for the city's growing multi-ethnic population, and...

Nemser (Cindy) Papers

Cindy Nemser is an art and theater critic largely known for her involvement in the feminist art movement of the 1970s. She was the editor of The Feminist Art Journal from 1972 to 1977 and wrote the acclaimed book Art...

Newhall (Beaumont and Nancy) Papers

The archive documents the work of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, two key figures in the history of photography, through correspondence, extensive research files, published and unpublished writings, and photographs, slides and audiotapes. Beaumont Newhall's papers (136 lin. ft.) date from...

 
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Pearlman (Judith) interviews with Bauhaus masters and students

The collection comprises audio interviews by Judith Pearlman, accompanied by some transcrips, translations, notes and printed matter. Also included are two videotapes of Bauhaus films; and the original unenhanced cassette tapes and reel-to-reel master copies.

Pecci-Blunt (Anna Laetitia) collection of maps of Rome

The collection consists of 42 printed maps of the city of Rome, dating circa 1550 to 1883, from the library of collector, gallerist, philanthropist and patron of the arts, Countess Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt.

Pecci-Blunt (Anna Laetitia) Print Collection of Views of Rome

The collection consists of 97 prints of views of the city of Rome, dating 1589 to circa 1860, from the library of collector, gallerist, philanthropist and patron of the arts, Countess Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt.

 
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Reichardt (Jasia) Archive of Concrete and Sound Poetry

British art critic, editor, and curator born in Poland. The collection consists of poetry in a variety of media: manuscripts and typescripts, screenprints and posters, collages and original graphics, sound recordings, photoprints, and objects. Artists include Ronaldo Azedredo, Stephen Bann,...

Richards (Mary Caroline) papers

Papers document Richards's work as a scholar and teacher of English literature, her a poet, potter, and translator, and finally her lectures, workshops, and writings in art education. The papers emphasize the 1940s and 1950s, the period during which Richards...

 
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Sandler (Irving) Papers

Papers of the American art critic Irving Sandler, including five decades of notes, transcripts and audiotapes of interviews with artists and art professionals, materials documenting art organizations and associations, and correspondence regarding publications, lectures, and academic appointments.

Shulman (Julius) Photography Archive

Representing Julius Shulman's career as an architectural photographer from 1935 to 2009, the archive documents the modern movement in architecture spanning 60 years and serves as a historical record of the Southern California landscape. The archive comprises 537 linear feet...

Shunk (Harry) and Shunk-Kender photographs, 1957-1990s

Harry Shunk and his partner Janos Kender worked as photographers recording the art world from the 1950s to the 1970s in the United States and Europe. Their extensive photography archive contains iconic images from the post-war era documenting key artists...

Sleigh (Sylvia) Papers

The papers of noted Welsh-born feminist painter Sylvia Sleigh (1916-2010) document her life, career, and the larger context of contemporary feminist art, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1940-2000. Sleigh, a realist painter, moved to the United States...

Smith (Barbara T.) Coffin series and related material

The collection comprises Coffin, a unique set of twenty-five hand-bound artist's books documenting Barbara T. Smith's experiments with an early Xerox 914 copy machine, and a set of working materials and other works related to the Coffin series.

Smith (Barbara T.) papers

Barbara Turner Smith (American, born 1931) is one of the most influential figures in the history of performance and feminist art in Southern California. Her work – which has taken the varied forms of painting, drawing, installation, video, performance, and...

Souvenir du Sahara, 1901-1904

Album of photographs (70 gelatin silver, 38 albumen), probably created by an amateur photographer. Images document various sites in or neighboring the Sahara, and features the major cities of Algeria including Oran, Tlemcen, Algiers, and Constantine, as well as the...

Spark (Clare) interviews with artists, curators, and intellectuals

A collection of audio tapes from radio programs produced and hosted by Clare Spark. Spark's radio programs engaged with leading figures in the art world, covering broad issues as well as events of particular concern to the Southern California arts...

Starr (Sandra Leonard) Papers

The collection contains art historian, curator and gallery director Sandra Leonard Starr's papers related to her 1988 exhibition and catalog titled, Lost and Found in California: Four Decades of Assemblage Art. Included are her research files on artists, production material...

Swann (Wim) photograph collection

A comprehensive collection of approximately 48,000 photographic prints, transparencies, slides and negatives in black-and-white and color by a self-taught photographer and practicing architect who traveled widely, documenting the art, architecture, and landscape of the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America,...

Szeemann (Harald) Papers

Swiss art curator Harald Szeemann (1933-2005) organized more than 150 exhibitions during a career that spanned almost five decades. An advocate of contemporary movements such as conceptualism, land art, happenings, Fluxus and performance, and of artists such as Joseph Beuys,...

 
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Tuchman (Maurice) papers

Maurice Tuchman (Jacksonville, Florida, 1936) is one of the most important curators to have emerged from Los Angeles, and his papers form a significant resource for the study of Southern California art history from the early 1960s to the 1990s....

Tuchman (Phyllis) Interviews with Artists

The collection of 59 audio tapes records approximately 75 interviews conducted by art historian and critic Phyllis Tuchman with leading artists such as Carl Andre, Anthony Caro, John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Philip Glass, Michael Heizer, Donald Judd, Roy Lichtenstein, John...

Tucker (Marcia) Papers

Museum files, correspondence, writings and other materials pertinent to Marcia Tucker's career as curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and founding director of the New Museum (New York, N.Y.).

Tudor (David) papers

Papers of the avant-garde pianist and electronic music composer, David Tudor, comprehensively document his participation in post-World War II experimental music. Scores by other composers, notably John Cage, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, Sylvano Bussotti, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tudor's...

 
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Vander Poel (Halsted) Campanian collection

The Halsted B. Vander Poel Campanian collection is an archive devoted to the historiography of archaeological investigations conducted around the Bay of Naples, with particular emphasis on Pompeii. Comprised of manuscripts, photographs, maps, plans, drawings and the papers of Matteo...

Varias Fotografias

The album contains collotypes of Mexican antiquities, primarily Mesoamerican ceramic or stone objects, as well as two colonial pieces. Most of the objects were photographed while on display in the former Museo Nacional de México. Also included are two views...

Varnedoe (Kirk) Papers

Papers of critic and curator Kirk Varnedoe include student papers and lecture notes, research files for exhibitions and publications, typescripts and audio tapes of lectures, and a small amount of material related to his position at the Museum of Modern...

Views on the Isthmus

The album Views on the Isthmus contains 21 views, taken by an unknown photographer, of the Isthmus of Panama along the route of the Panama Railroad, roughly in the area where the Panama Canal was eventually built. Included are views...

Vues de Phénicie, de Judée, des pays de Moab et de Petra: photographiées par M. Vignes Lieutenant de Vaisseau pendant son voyage, en 1864, avec le duc de Luynes de Beyrouth á la Mer Rouge et son retour avec M. Lartet de Jérusalem á Damas par la Rive Gauche du Jourdain

The album records the Duc de Luynes's 1864 expedition to the Dead Sea with the photographs arranged according to the expedition itinerary, starting at Beirut and concluding with a view of the source of the Hasbany River.

 
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Wagstaff (Samuel) Papers

The papers document Sam Wagstaff's activities as curator and collector, with a focus on his collections and collecting processes. The papers are rich in correspondence and include letters from artists, photographers and cultural institutions. Original photographs and non-photographic original artworks...

Watts (Robert) papers

American artist of mixed media, sculpture, and assemblage, best known as a founding member of Fluxus. The archive consists of correspondence, manuscripts, personal documents, and many photographs and slides documenting Watts' work and affiliations with artists. Also included are three...