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  • Contributing Institution: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library
    Title: Donald B. Goodall Collection
    Creator: Goodall, Donald B.
    Identifier/Call Number: GOO.001.001
    Identifier/Call Number: 72
    Physical Description: 37.99 Linear Feet 25 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1946- 1999, undated
    Date (bulk): 1957-1995
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, cards, letters, notes, artists' files and interviews, photographs, transparencies, slides, multimedia (film, video and audio cassettes) and other realia and ephemera connected with the studies and work of Donald Bannard Goodall from 1946-1997.
    Language of Material: English .

    Biographical / Historical

    Donald Bannard Goodall, (b. October 8, 1912, Los Angeles, California / d. October 26, 1997) Donald B. Goodall was a professor of art history and an art administrator who specialized in Latin American art. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon, his master's from the University of Chicago, and his doctorate from Harvard University (thesis; Gaston Lachaise, sculptor, 1969).
    Dr. Goodall served as director of the Utah Art Center from 1938 to 1942. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 1942, and served as Chairman of the Department of Art in 1945. He left the University to serve as Acting Dean of the museum school of the Toledo (Ohio) Art Museum in 1947-48. He joined the faculty of the University of Southern California (USC) in 1949, where he headed the Department of Fine Arts until 1959. He returned to the University of Texas in 1959 and headed the Department of Art until 1973, when he was named Director of the University art collections. During his tenure with the University of Texas, he built the nation's largest collection of Latin American art. Dr. Goodall also served as a director of the College Art Association (CAA). He was a trustee of the Pasadena Art Museum, a vice president of the Los Angeles County Museum Association, and a consultant to the Ford Foundation.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of 25 Hollinger boxes (37.99 linear feet) of correspondence, cards, letters, notes, artists' interviews and files, photographs, transparencies, multimedia (film, video, and audio tapes) and other realia and ephemera connected with the art historical studies and work of Dr. Donald B. Goodall.
    The majority of items range in date from the mid-1950s through the early 1990s, a substantial portion concerning art in Mexico and Brazil. The Columbian artist Enrique Grau figures prominently. The Correspondence series (1981-1995, undated) contains Dr. Goodall's professional and personal correspondence, including files related to the operation of his gallery and his interactions with other galleries, his lawyer Robert Plomgren, professors, private collectors, and family and friends. The Window South series (1979-1989, undated) contains files produced in the course of running his gallery that featured artists from South America. The Country Files series (1977-1983, undated) includes documents made in preparation for or acquired during trips to visit artists in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. The Artists' Files series (1974-1994, undated) contains research and ephemera about South American artists that supported his writing, exhibitions, and personal collecting. The Latin American Presence series (1984-1986, undated) documents Dr. Goodall's curatorial work on an exhibition for the Bronx Museum of Arts, including planning, loaning artwork, catalog publication, and eventual resignation from the project. The Special Projects series (1946-1991, undated) contains documents related to various projects: biennales, symposia, conferences, and an article on Enrique Grau. The Photographs series (1966-1999, undated) consists primarily of photographs taken on trips to Europe, Jamaica, South America, and New York, mostly documenting exhibitions and artwork, as well as some images of landmarks, architecture, city scenes, artist studios, and auctions. The bulk of the slides in the Slides series (1963-1993, undated) document exhibitions and artwork, including artists' studios, outdoor sculpture, galleries, and museums, mostly in South America. Finally, the Audiovisual series (1976-1995, undated) contains audiovisual materials, including audio cassettes, microcassettes, video cassettes, and one roll of film, which record interviews, notes, and seminars from throughout Dr. Goodall's career.


    At the time of reprocessing this collection in 2022-23 and the creation of this revised finding aid in March 2017, it is believed that the original order was maintained when processed in 2002.
    Series I:
    Correspondence, 1981-1995, undated (22 folders)
    Series II:
    Window South, 1979-1989, undated (9 folders)
    Series III:
    Country Files, 1977-1983, undated (9 folders)
    Series IV:
    Artists' Files, 1974-1994, undated (115 folders)
    Series V:
    Latin American Presence, 1984-1986, undated (50 folders)
    Series VI:
    Special Projects, 1946-1991, undated (30 folders)
    Series VII:
    Photographs, 1966-1999, undated (290 envelopes)
    Sub-series i:
    European Trip, 1966
    Sub-series ii:
    Jamaica and South America Trip, 1987
    Sub-series iii:
    New York, 1986
    Sub-series iv:
    E. Grau Photos, circa 1980s-1990s
    Sub-series v:
    1966-1979 Photos
    Sub-series vi:
    1986 Photos
    Sub-series vii:
    1988 Photos
    Sub-series viii:
    1980-1988 Photos
    Sub-series ix:
    1994 Photos
    Series VII:
    Slides, 1963-1993, undated (85 folders)
    Series IX:
    Audiovisual, 1976-1995, undated (6 folders)
    Sub-series i:
    Audio Cassettes, 1976-1980, undated (67 items)
    Sub-series ii:
    Microcassettes, 1981-1990, undated (25 items)
    Sub-series iii:
    Moving Image, 1982-1995, undated (6 items)

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment only through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library. Telephone 323-857-6118 or email library@lacma.org.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Contact the Balch Research Library for information on publishing or reproducing materials included in these records. Permission is granted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as the owner of the physical materials, and does not imply permission from the copyright holder. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all necessary permissions from the copyright holder.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Dr. Goodall was 85 years of age when he passed away, survived by his daughters. The Goodall Collection was graciously donated to LACMA Art Research Library and LACMA's Lewin Galleries by Hollis Goodall and Brooks Goodall-Szlyga.

    Processing Information

    In May 2002 through July 2002, the collection was processed and the original finding aid created by Heather Cleary (May 2002) and Necia Gelker (May-July 2002).
    In March 2017, Raphael Sasayama partially revised the finding aid and entered its data into Archivists' Toolkit to create this EAD finding aid.
    From October 2022- March 2023, the collection was partially reprocessed by Allison Wall under the supervision of Jessica Gambling to add Slides and additional Artist Files. In addition, photographs and audiovisual materials were rehoused and the finding aid was updated and revised as necessary.

    Separated Materials

    Bequest of books donated to the Balch Art Research Library, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    Preferred Citation

    [Description of item], Donald B. Goodall Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library, GOO.001.001.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Art, Latin American -- Archival resources
    Art, Latin American -- 20th century
    Artists -- Latin America
    Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions
    Art -- Collectors and collecting
    Art museums -- California
    Art museum curators
    Art museum curators -- Correspondence.
    Art museum curators -- United States
    Artists -- 20th century
    Arts, Brazilian
    Arts, Mexican
    Arts, Colombian
    Grau, Enrique