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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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81Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute. Research Library
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 Title:  Letters of British authors  
 Dates:  1770-1915 
 Abstract:  This collection, assembled by the repository, comprises 150 letters sent by 73 persons between 1770 and 1915. The authors of the letters include British editors, publishers, writers, art critics, politicians, archaeologists, scientists, writers on architecture, and writers of dictionaries. 
 Number:  860525B 
82Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute. Research Library
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 Title:  Letters of British dignitaries and professionals  
 Dates:  1756-1951 
 Abstract:  The collection, assembled by the repository, comprises 65 letters from 43 correspondents. The senders are well-known people in England, including physicians, politicians, directors of cultural institutions, and members of the peerage and the clergy. The letters cover a wide variety of subjects, ranging from professional issues and public business to social activities, private relationships, and family concerns. 
 Number:  860525C 
83Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute. Research Library
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 Title:  Letters of British art patrons, collectors, and dealers  
 Dates:  1821-1921 
 Abstract:  An assembled collection of 66 letters, written by 47 persons between 1821 and 1921. Most letters date to the 19th century. The letters present a view of the 19th century world of art patrons, dealers, and collectors. 
 Number:  860525D 
84Creator/Collector:  Arthur Tooth & Sons
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 Title:  Arthur Tooth & Sons stock inventories and accounts,  
 Dates:  1871-1959 
 Abstract:  Art dealer, based in London. Records comprise an incomplete series of stock inventories of the main London branch of the firm, 1871-1941, and 2 volumes from the New York branch, 1906-1924. 
 Number:  860679 
85Creator/Collector:  Raffaëlli, Jean François, 1850-1924
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 Title:  Jean-François Raffaëlli papers  
 Dates:  1870-1929 
 Abstract:  French painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, and author of Italian descent. Raffaëlli introduced technical innovations in ink drawing colors, drypoint, and color engraving. The archive documents Raffaëlli's art (especially his innovations in printmaking), exhibits, art criticism, and his literary and socio-political writings through correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, clippings, and ephemera. 
 Number:  860758 
86Creator/Collector:  Bridaham, Lester Burbank ·
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 Title:  Lester Bridaham photographs and papers relating to gargoyles ·  
 Dates:  1895-1987 
 Abstract:  The Lester Bridaham photographs and papers relating to gargoyles document the scholar's ongoing fascination with this distinctive form of architectural decoration. Collected over the course of six decades, Bridaham's extensive compilation of photographs and research materials forms a comprehensive overview of the gargoyle and other related grotesques used as ornament in medieval architecture throughout western Europe. 
 Number:  87.P.4 
87Creator/Collector:  Stone, George Eathl ·
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 Title:  George E. Stone photographs of architecture, fine arts and decorative arts ·  
 Dates:  1916-1992 
 Abstract:  The George E. Stone photographs of architecture, fine arts and decorative arts are comprised of images of works of art and architecture in England and Italy made by this photographer and educator on a year-long trip to Europe in 1930 and 1931. The archive also includes a small number of photographs from other projects, as well as related documentation of Stone's career. 
 Number:  87.P.7 
88Creator/Collector:  Waterhouse, Ellis Kirkham, 1905-
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 Title:  Ellis Kirkham Waterhouse notebooks and research files  
 Dates:  1801-1987 (bulk ca. 1924-ca. 1979) 
 Abstract:  The archive documents the scholarly career of Ellis Waterhouse, art historian and museum director. A major part of the archive consists of notebooks, maintained from 1924 until his death in 1985, in which he recorded paintings seen in private and public collections. The remainder of the papers are research materials on various subjects within art and architecture, manuscripts of lectures, notes on sales, and reviews by Waterhouse and others. 
 Number:  870204 
89Creator/Collector:  Wagner, Otto, 1841-1918
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 Title:  Otto Wagner correspondence  
 Dates:  1885-1917 
 Abstract:  Primarily letters sent to Otto Wagner, the Austrian architect and teacher, from other architects, artists, publishers, and students. Letters concern the work of Wagner and his correspondents, Wagner's influence, and exhibitions. Includes five letters from Wagner dated between 1902-1917. 
 Number:  870399 
90Creator/Collector:  Neuerburg, Norman
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 Title:  Norman Neuerburg papers regarding Getty Villa design and construction  
 Dates:  1966-1987 (bulk 1970-1975) 
 Abstract:  The papers of art history professor Norman Neuerburg (1966-1987) relate to his role as the historical consultant in the design and construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California, also known as the Getty Villa. Files contain correspondence, lectures, manuscripts, notes, construction reports, sketches and drawings, architectural schema, press clippings, photographs, and slides. The bulk of the archive dates to 1970-1975. 
 Number:  870517 
91Creator/Collector:  Outerbridge, Paul
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 Title:  Paul Outerbridge papers  
 Dates:  1915-1979 (bulk 1922-1958) 
 Abstract:  The Paul Outerbridge papers document the American photographer's artistic and professional life from his earliest art studies in 1915 through his varied career as an innovator in advertising photography, a pioneer in color photography, and a freelance writer. The archive includes correspondence, notebooks and diaries, typescripts, drawings and sketches, business records, scrapbooks, a portfolio, autobiographical and biographical statements, and intermittent clippings and ephemera. 
 Number:  870520 
92Creator/Collector:  Signac, Paul, 1863-1935
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 Title:  Paul Signac letters and Signac family correspondence  
 Dates:  1860-1935 
 Abstract:  Letters from French painter Paul Signac to several colleagues discussing work in progress, exhibitions, contemporary art, the Société des Artistes Indépendants, and personal and financial matters. A significant number addressed to Edouard Fer, a neo-impressionist disciple whose independent means and connections enabled him to promote Signac's career. Other correspondents include Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Georges Turpin, Henri Martineau, Georges Lecomte, and Luc-Albert Moreau. Most of the letters are Signac family correspondence; some of these are addressed by Paul Signac to his cousins. 
 Number:  870524 
93Creator/Collector:  Dordogne (France)
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 Title:  Materials relating to the building of a bridge at Bergerac  
 Dates:  circa 1768-1840 
 Abstract:  A comprehensive collection of architectural materials related to the building of a bridge at Bergerac in southwest France (bulk ca. 1825), containing plans, designs, proposals, explanations, estimates, specifications, correspondence, and other supporting materials. 
 Number:  870536 
94Creator/Collector:  Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998
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 Title:  Dick Higgins papers  
 Dates:  1960-1994 (bulk 1972-1993) 
 Abstract:  American artist, poet, writer, publisher, composer, and educator. The archive contains papers collected or generated by Higgins, documenting his involvement with Fluxus and happenings, pattern and concrete poetry, new music, and small press publishing from 1972 to 1994, with some letters dated as early as 1960. 
 Number:  870613 
95Creator/Collector:  Suhr, William, 1896-1984
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 Title:  William Suhr papers  
 Dates:  1846-2003 (bulk 1927-1982) 
 Abstract:  An American paintings conservator trained in Berlin, William Suhr worked under Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner at the Detroit Institute of Arts beginning in 1927, and was the conservator of the Frick Collection from 1935 to 1977. He also maintained private clients including individuals and major American museums in Cleveland, New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Chicago, and St. Louis. After World War II he worked closely with clients active in the New York art market, particularly the dealer Rosenberg and Stiebel. The bulk of the collection is comprised of photographs of paintings treated by Suhr, along with his treatment notes. The collection also contains business papers, including correspondence, articles about Suhr, personal papers, and documentation of Suhr's own artwork. 
 Number:  870697 
96Creator/Collector:  Altounian-Lorbet Antiquaires (firm) ·
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 Title:  Altounian-Lorbet study photographs of sculpture and decorative arts ·  
 Dates:  1906-1954 
 Abstract:  The Altounian-Lorbet study photographs of sculpture and decorative arts document the works of art sold by or offered to the dealership and reflect the firm's specialization in medieval sculpture and minor arts, decorative arts of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, and Egyptian and Greek antiquities. The photographs constitute a primary record of works available on the European art market before World War II, particularly in the area of monumental sculpture, and include documentation of pre- and post-restoration states of some works. 
 Number:  88.P.1 
97Creator/Collector:  Baird, Joseph Armstrong
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 Title:  Joseph Baird Collection of 19th-century Architectural Photographs  
 Dates:  circa 1870-1920 
 Abstract:  Assembled over a forty-year period by photography curator Joseph Armstrong Baird, Jr. (1922-1992) this collection contains circa 1663 photographs of architecture and urban views in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Mexico and Hawaii in North America. Most of the photographs date from the late nineteenth-century, although a few are early twentieth-century prints. 
 Number:  88.R.8 
98Creator/Collector:  Barnabei, Felice, 1842-1922
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 Title:  Gentili - Barnabei archive  
 Dates:  circa 1660-circa 1920 
 Abstract:  Principally records relating to the production and decoration of ceramics, especially majolica, by three generations of the Gentili family, ca. 1650-ca. 1813. Included are some 19th and 20th century papers of Barnabei and his family relating to the history of potters in Castelli. The archive was formerly owned by historian Felice Barnabei. 
 Number:  880209 
99Creator/Collector:  Rossi, Aldo, 1931-1997
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 Title:  Aldo Rossi papers  
 Dates:  1943-1999 
 Abstract:  The Aldo Rossi papers contain a selection of works by the prolific architect, writer, artist and theorist. The collection includes notebooks, lectures and course materials, assorted writings and correspondence, drafts for publications, clippings and ephemera. A set of architectural drawings for the Palazzo dei Congressi, Milan (not realized) consisting of preliminary sketches and design plans as well as an architectural design in pencil and oil are also included. 
 Number:  880319 
100Creator/Collector:  William and Noma Copley Foundation
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 Title:  William and Noma Copley foundation and collection records  
 Dates:  1954-1980 
 Abstract:  Records document the William and Noma Copley Foundation's grant program for composers and artists, 1954-1966. Richard Hamilton's correspondence, 1960-1966, largely concerns the Foundation's monograph series, which he edited. Other papers, including correspondence with artists, files regarding exhibitions and insurance, and photographs, document the Copleys' personal art collection, known for its large number of Surrealist works. Files dated after 1966 primarily contain Noma Copley's correspondence with artists. 
 Number:  880403 
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