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Matter (Herbert) collection related to his design of the book Alberto Giacometti
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Herbert Matter collection related to his design of the book Alberto Giacometti
    creator: Matter, Herbert
    Identifier/Call Number: M2069
    Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1965-1989

    Scope and Contents

    Materials related to Herbert Matter's design of the book Alberto Giacometti, including mock-ups, a planning binder, photostatic negatives, hand-drawn typeface and page design sketches, notes, typescripts/drafts of the American and French editions, as well as correspondence to and from Matter's wife, Mercedes, related to the French edition.

    Biographical / Historical

    Born in the resort village of Engelberg, Switzerland, Herbert Matter is best known for his international contributions in photography, photomontage, and graphic design work. Matter was also a filmmaker, exhibition designer, and professor. He photographed a wide range of subjects in art, advertising, and fashion. His constant experimenting lead to ongoing refinements in composition, typography, and a variety of printing techniques. He extensively photographed the work of sculptor Alberto Giacometti. His book on Giacommetti was published in 1986, two years after his death.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Herbert Matter collection related to his design of the book Alberto Giacometti (M2069). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was purchased by Stanford University, Special Collections in 2015.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century
    Graphic design
    Matter, Herbert
    Giacometti, Alberto