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Balch Art Research Library collection of artist and gallery ephemera
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The artist and gallery ephemera collection contains approximately 447 linear feet of uncataloged printed ephemera related to individual artists and their exhibitions, as well as those distributed by galleries and other art institutions. Artists, galleries, and other arts institutions that are or have been active in Southern California are most heavily represented. The bulk of the materials served as announcements of exhibitions or other art-related events in the form of invitation postcards, press releases, brochures, pamphlets, news and magazine clippings, and posters.
Various staff, interns, and volunteers of the Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch Art Research Library of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) have contributed to the organization and maintenance of the files since the opening of the museum on Wilshire Boulevard in 1965. Materials dating before the 1960s were inherited from the museum's parent entity, the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science, and Art in Exposition Park. The library continues to accrue additions to this collection either directly by mail or by transfer from curators or the Director's Office.
447 Linear Feet
Contact the Balch Research Library at 323-856-6118 or library@lacma.org for information on publishing or reproducing materials included in these records. Permission will be 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.
This collection is open for use by appointment only at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library. Contact the Library at 323-856-6118 or library@lacma.org in advance to inquire if materials exist in the ephemera collection pertaining to your research interests.