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  • Conditions Governing Use
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  • Processing Information
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Related Materials

  • Contributing Institution: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library
    Title: Curran (Darryl) collection
    Creator: Curran, Darryl
    Identifier/Call Number: CUR.001.001
    Physical Description: 1.21 Linear Feet 1 drop front Hollinger box.
    Date (bulk): 1913-1981
    Language of Material: English .

    Biographical / Historical

    Darryl Curran is an American artist born in 1935. He is a prominent figure in experimental photography and its push to fine art in the 1960s and 1970s. Curran joined the faculty at California State University Fullerton in 1967 where he initiated the B.A. and M.A. Photography programs and later served as the Department Chair from 1989 until 1999 and retired in 2001. Darryl Curran has exhibited work in many museums including the Museum of Modern Art, International Museum of Photography/ George Eastman House, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Laguna Art Museum.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of 1.21 linear feet (1 drop front Hollinger box) of material compiled by artist Darryl Curran. This material includes photographs, a photograph portfolio, exhibition announcements for photographic shows, offset lithography prints, a hand-tinted photograph, vintage postcards, and informational material for artists books.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment only through the Balch Research Library, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Telephone 323-857-6118 or email library@lacma.org, or by using the Make an Appointment Link at https://www.lacma.org/learn/balch-research-library. Some institutional records may be unavailable in order to protect the privacy and safety of museum staff, visitors, and collections, and where prohibited by law.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Contact the Balch Research Library at 323-857-6535 or library@lacma.org for information on publishing or reproducing materials included in these records. For materials not created by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, permission will be granted by the Museum as the owner of the physical materials, and does not imply permission for use from the copyright holder. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all necessary permissions from the copyright holder.


    The collection has been separated into archival material and library material. There is no chronological order to the material in the archive.

    Preferred Citation

    [Description of item], Darryl Curran Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library, CUR.001.001

    Processing Information

    The collection has been processed and rehoused by Tyler Haberkorn under the supervision of Julia Han in March 2024.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was donated by Darryl Curran and was received by the Balch Art Research Library in October of 2022.

    Related Materials

    The material was acquired along with a collection of published artists' books and serials. The published material have been separated and included into the library's holdings.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Art -- Collectors and collecting
    Art galleries, Commercial -- California
    Black-and-white photographs
    Artists' books
    Postcards -- United States