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The Special Collections and Institutional Archives departments create finding aids for the Getty Research Institute's archival and visual resource collections and for a few historical records of the J. Paul Getty Trust. A "finding aid" describes the scope and contents of a group of records and provides an inventory of materials within the records.

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1Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Nineteenth-century French artists' letters and other papers  
 Dates:  1719-1921 
 Abstract:  This assembled collection comprises 85 items, mainly letters, notes, and cards written by 30 identified French artists, and 10 of other nationalities, on various subjects related to their professional and private lives. 
 Number:  2000.M.23 
2Creator/Collector:  Salerno, Luigi, 1924-1992
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 Title:  Luigi Salerno research papers  
 Dates:  1948-1996 
 Abstract:  The collection is comprised of research notes, an extensive photograph archive and correspondence, which document the career and scholarly interests of Italian art historian Luigi Salerno. Active in Rome and prominent in the field of baroque studies, Salerno was a prolific author and an administrator involved with the preservation of artistic patrimony in Rome and Lazio. 
 Number:  2000.M.26 
3Creator/Collector:  Harrison, D. Dex (Donald Dex), 1909-1987
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 Title:  MOD-X Building System records  
 Dates:  1952-1967 
 Abstract:  The MOD-X Building System records document the brief life of this product as its creators sought to find a niche for it in the post World War II efforts to industrialize building design and construction through prefabrication. Consisting primarily of legal and financial records and correspondence among the various stakeholders, as well as drawings and photographs, the archive provides insight into one of the most critical issues that the architectural profession faced during the period spanning the second half of the 1940s until well into the 1960s: how to design buildings that could be mass produced by big construction companies while at the same time maintaining sufficient artistic freedom to make the buildings interesting and attractive. 
 Number:  2001.M.14 
4Creator/Collector:  Pettoruti, Emilio, 1892-1971
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 Title:  Emilio Pettoruti letters to Julio Payró  
 Dates:  1924-1957 (bulk 1943-1957) 
 Abstract:  The collection contains letters from the Argentine artist Emilio Pettoruti to the art historian and critic, Julio Payró (1943-1957). One of the 52 letters is to Pettoruti, 3 letters are from Pettoruti's wife. A one page inventory lists Pettoruti's paintings exhibited at the Witcomb Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1924. Four newspaper clippings are reviews of Pettoruti's exhibition at the San Marco gallery in Rome (October 1953). The letters document Pettoruti's Buenos Aires exhibition in 1924, his European exhibitions in the 1950s, and his move to Paris. They reflect in their content the experience of a Latin American artist amidst the European modernism art movement of the time. 
 Number:  2001.M.18 
5Creator/Collector:  Geissler, Heinrich
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 Title:  Heinrich Geissler papers  
 Dates:  1857-1996, bulk 1960-1990 
 Abstract:  The archive represents a lifetime of scholarship by the German art historian and curator Heinrich Geissler, who devoted his scholarly career to the study and attribution of sixteenth and seventeenth century drawing in German-speaking regions of Central Europe. It contains research material leading to Geissler's groundbreaking exibition Zeichnung in Deutschland deutsche Zeichner 1540-1640, held between December 1979 and February 1980 at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, and the publication of the exhibition catalog, as well as unpublished material compiled for ten more years after the exhibition. Extensive files on individual artists are arranged preserving Geissler's original filing system by region or city. Besides a wealth of study photographs and copious notes, there is correspondence with art experts, and card indexes of artists and drawings in private and public collections. Also present are research materials Geissler inherited from another German scholar, Friedrich Thöne, including Thöne's unpublished manuscript "Die deutsche Meisterzeichung." 
 Number:  2001.M.9 
6Creator/Collector:  Robertson, James, 1813-1888
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 Title:  Views of Greece, Egypt and Constantinople  
 Dates:  circa 1853-1857 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises sixty-nine photographs of Greece, Egypt and Constantinople attributed to the British photographer James Robertson. The majority of these photographs record the ancient monuments of the city of Athens. The remainder document a small number of ancient Greek sites outside Athens, as well as various architectural monuments in Constantinople. Photographs of one ancient and one Islamic monument in Egypt are also included. 
 Number:  2001.R.1 
7Creator/Collector:  Ruhlmann, Emile-Jacques, 1879-1933
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 Title:  Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann drawings and papers  
 Dates:  1924-1936 
 Abstract:  The Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann drawings and papers detail the later work of this French Art Deco interior and furniture designer. This collection of interior design drawings displays a cross section of Ruhlmann's most productive period and forms a significant resource for the study of the history of modernism in French decorative arts. Included in this collection are twenty-four portfolios for seventeen design projects that document perspective views, floor plans, and interior design details. Materials are largely visual, comprised of original sketches, drawings, stencils, and renderings. Scattered throughout the collection are several handwritten notes, financial statements, and textual records. 
 Number:  2002.M.18 
8Creator/Collector:  Gray, Eileen, 1878-1976
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 Title:  Eileen Gray architectural drawings  
 Dates:  1930-1947 
 Abstract:  Sixteen architectural drawings once owned by architect and designer Eileen Gray comprise the archive. Original drawings and reprographic prints for three of Gray's own architectural projects form the bulk of the archive, with the rest being prints of drawings for two projects by Gray's colleagues, Le Corbusier and Jean Badovici. Although few in number, the drawings in this collection document key aspects of Gray's architectural work, including her interest in minimal housing and in the role of architecture in public welfare, as well as her interactions with colleagues. 
 Number:  2002.M.25 
9Creator/Collector:  Johnson, Philip, 1906-2005
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 Title:  Philip Johnson architectural projects  
 Dates:  1984-1995 
 Abstract:  American architect. Architectural drawings, study models, photographs, brochures, and miscellaneous papers, the bulk of which relate to the Franklin Square building, Washington, D.C., a project by John Burgee Associates with Philip Johnson. The collection also includes models and brochures for other projects by the firm, and papers relating to the Peter Lewis guesthouse, a project by the office of Philip Johnson. 
 Number:  2002.M.39 
10Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Madagascar  
 Dates:  ca. 1895 
 Abstract:  The album contains 50 photographic prints by an anonymous photographer. The photographs depict the indigenous peoples of Madagascar and their surroundings from a (French) colonial perspective. 
 Number:  2002.R.38 
11Creator/Collector:  Zwart, Piet, 1885-1977
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 Title:  Piet Zwart Views of Manufacturing and Architecture  
 Dates:  1928-circa 1935 
 Abstract:  Photographs taken by designer Piet Zwart to be used in his typographical work for various manufacturing companies in the Netherlands. Also includes photographic prints of architectural exteriors and interiors, and prints that are more artistic in nature. 
 Number:  2002.R.47 
12Creator/Collector:  Woodbury & Page
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 Title:  Souvenir of Java  
 Dates:  1860-1890 
 Abstract:  This photograph album depicts events and sites in the city of Batavia (Jakarta) and surrounding countryside. 
 Number:  2002.R.6 
13Creator/Collector:  Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles (Organization)
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 Title:  Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles records  
 Dates:  1969-1975 
 Abstract:  Collection of materials documenting Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles, a non-profit organization fostering collaborations between artists and scientists that generally operated independently of the original New York-based E.A.T. The collection offers a survey of proposed and completed projects by the Los Angeles E.A.T. organization. 
 Number:  2003.M.12 
14Creator/Collector:  Corris, Michael
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 Title:  Michael Corris papers of the Art & Language New York group  
 Dates:  1965-2002 
 Abstract:  The collection documents the activities of the conceptual art group Art & Language New York. Art & Language New York challenged the assumption that art is necessarily visual by questioning ideas of perception and the institutional stake of museums and the art market. 
 Number:  2003.M.32 
15Creator/Collector:  Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1902-1983
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 Title:  Nikolaus Pevsner miscellaneous papers  
 Dates:  1957-1979 
 Abstract:  This collection of papers relates primarily to the work of German-born art and architecture historian Nikolaus Pevsner during the 1960s and 1970s, including publications and speaking engagements, pedagogical research, and his membership on boards and committees, such as the Council of Bauhaus. 
 Number:  2003.M.34 
16Creator/Collector:  Teske, Edmund, 1911-1996
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 Title:  Edmund Teske papers  
 Dates:  1933-1996 
 Abstract:  The papers document Edmund Teske's life and work as a photographer, poet and teacher. Materials include correspondence informative of Teske's relationships with his family, colleagues and critics; poetry and writings about photography and philosophy; exhibition materials; newspaper clippings and journal articles; teaching files; interview recordings and transcripts; and photographic materials. 
 Number:  2005.M.10 
17Creator/Collector:  Lamelas, David, 1946-
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 Title:  David Lamelas papers  
 Dates:  1964-1997 
 Abstract:  The personal and professional papers of Argentinean sculptor and filmmaker David Lamelas provide an overview of Lamelas's artistic practices and the development of his work from sculpture to architecture, film, and conceptual installations. Drawings, sketches, notes, plans, photographs, correspondence, sketchbooks, and other papers produced or collected by Lamelas document selected work from his early period in Buenos Aires, through his projects in Europe and North America and his latest work in the 1990s. 
 Number:  2005.M.12 
18Creator/Collector:  Georgescu, Haralamb H., 1908-1977
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 Title:  Haralamb H. Georgescu papers  
 Dates:  1907-1992, bulk 1931-1977 
 Abstract:  The collection documents the professional career of Romanian-born architect Haralamb H. Georgescu. While incomplete, these papers shed light on the prevalence of modernism and its European sources while further broadening the understanding of twentieth-century California modernism. 
 Number:  2008.M.35 
19Creator/Collector:  Jan Baum Gallery
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 Title:  Jan Baum Gallery records  
 Dates:  1967-2007 
 Abstract:  The Jan Baum Gallery records include correspondence; press kits containing newspaper clippings, price lists, curriculum vitae and artists' statements; loan agreements; receipts; invitations; miscellaneous ephemera; and photographic and audiovisual materials. 
 Number:  2008.M.61 
20Creator/Collector:  Frank Brothers
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 Title:  Frank Brothers records  
 Dates:  1929-2005 
 Abstract:  The Frank Brothers records contain material from the Frank Brothers furniture company, an influential, Long Beach, California-based organization, active between 1930 and 1982, credited with defining and promoting mid-century modern furniture design on the West Coast. 
 Number:  2009.M.19 
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