Guide to the Herbert Matter collection related to his design of the book Alberto Giacometti M2069

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

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

box 1, folder 1

Hand-drawn Typeface Designs

box 1, folder 2

Hand-drawn Typeface Design for title text

box 1, folder 3

Hand-drawn Typeface Sketches

box 1, folder 4

Text-based Page Designs

box 1, folder 5

Hand-drawn Page Sketches

box 1, folder 6

Hand-drawn Page Designs w/ Autograph notes

box 1, folder 7

Annotated typescript for American Edition

box 1, folder 8

Annotated typescript for French Edition

box 1, folder 9

Mercedes Matter notebook

box 1, folder 10

Photostatic negatives

box 2

Alberto Giacometti Bilder und Plastiken Binder [partial mock-up]

flat-box 3

Binder of layout sketches

flat-box 4, folder 1

Layout sketches

flat-box 5

Giacometti mock-up

flat-box 6

Giacometti mock-up