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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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 Creator/Collector:  De Herrera, Gloria
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 Title:  Gloria de Herrera papers  
 Dates:  1936-1996 (bulk 1947-1985) 
 Abstract:  American art preparator, restorer, and collector active in Los Angeles and Paris. De Herrera was a close friend of Man Ray, William Nelson Copley, and other notable artists. The papers include correspondence, documents, artworks, photographs, and audiovisual materials documenting De Herrera's milieu and activities. 
 Number:  980024 
 Creator/Collector:  Della Bella, Stefano, 1610-1664
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 Title:  Stefano Della Bella etchings  
 Dates:  circa 1642-1650 
 Abstract:  Four suites of etchings by Stefano della Bella, comprising 35 prints. Primarily decorative, they depict genre scenes of people and animals (in rural settings), fantastic vases, panels of grotesques, and the Medici Villa Demidoff and its gardens near Florence. 
 Number:  P830003 
 Creator/Collector:  Desmond, Lawrence G.
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 Title:  Lawrence Gustave Desmond papers relating to Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon  
 Dates:  1978-2009, undated 
 Abstract:  The Lawrence Gustave Desmond papers represent over 30 years of exhaustive research and writing by Lawrence Desmond on the lives and work of Mesoamerican archaeologists Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, who lived and traveled throughout Yucatán, Mexico and Central America from 1873 to 1886, and were the first to systematically excavate and photograph the Maya sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal. Desmond's interest in the husband and wife team began during his graduate studies and they are the subject of his PhD dissertation and two books, A Dream of Maya: Augustus and Alice Le Plongeon in Nineteenth-century Yucatán with Phyllis Messenger (1988) and Yucatán through Her Eyes: Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, Writer & Expeditionary Photographer (2009). Included in the collection are research materials and correspondence assembled by Desmond over the course of his study of the Le Plongeons along with the drafts and manuscripts for his resulting publications. Inventories of the major holdings of original Le Plongeon photographs in the United States and of the Dixon family in England, as well as copy photographs of those holdings, are also included. 
 Number:  2013.M.12 
 Creator/Collector:  Desmond, Lawrence G., 1935-
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 Title:  Lawrence G. Desmond Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project (MMARP) Photographs  
 Dates:  1982-2013 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises Lawrence G. Desmond's photographic documentation of symposia organized by the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project (MMARP) held between 1982 and 1999. Included are approximately 1,700 black-and-white and color slides and 179 gelatin silver prints including a panoramic print of the 1989 symposium participants at the Templo Mayor Museum in Mexico City. 
 Number:  2014.R.16 
 Creator/Collector:  Dichter, Gretl, 1907-1966
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 Title:  Gretl Dichter photographs and personal papers  
 Dates:  1907-1996 (bulk 1916-1940) 
 Abstract:  This collection of photographs and a few personal items document the life of Gretl Dichter, her family, and her travels prior to emigrating to the United States from Vienna, Austria in 1946. 
 Number:  2004.M.2 
 Creator/Collector:  Dieterle Family
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 Title:  Dieterle family records of French art galleries  
 Dates:  1846-1986 
 Abstract:  Collection comprises portions of 19th-century French gallery archives acquired by the Dieterle family as they built their art dealership and developed particular expertise in Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. In addition to those of Dieterle, the records of eight dealers (Goupil & Cie, Boussod Valadon & Co., Tedesco Frères, Arnold et Tripp, Bague et Cie, Le Roy et Cie, Galerie Allard et Noel, and Galerie Georges Petit) include stock ledgers, photographs of paintings, annotated exhibition and sales catalogs, and clippings. 
 Number:  900239 
 Creator/Collector:  Donati, Enrico, 1909-2008
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 Title:  Enrico Donati letters received and manuscripts  
 Dates:  1943-1963 
 Abstract:  Italian-born painter and sculptor. Circa 200 letters received from galleries, museums, and artists, four manuscripts, and circa 20 printed items primarily relate to the Surrealist retrospective "Le Surrealisme en 1947" curated by Andrei Breton and Marcel Duchamp and held at the Galerie Maeght in Paris, July-August 1947. 
 Number:  940120 
 Creator/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 
 Creator/Collector:  Dr. Benjamin Simpson, 1831-1923
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 Title:  British Occupation of Kandahār Album  
 Dates:  1881 
 Abstract:  The album documents Kandahār and environs following the British siege of Kandahār in 1880. Included are local landmarks, tribal groups, occupational portraits, street scenes, and scenes of the British occupation. 
 Number:  2013.R.5 
 Creator/Collector:  Drinkwater, Harry
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 Title:  Harry Drinkwater photographs documenting Los Angeles art and Architecture  
 Dates:  1950-2010 
 Abstract:  The collection of over 140 photographic prints and 1200 negatives represents a portion of photographer Harry Drinkwater's professional and personal output and documents Los Angeles' mid-century design movement as well as its wider artistic and social circles. African American architects, designers and artists and their works feature prominently in the collection. 
 Number:  2011.R.23 
 Creator/Collector:  Duits, Ltd. (Gallery : London, England)
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 Title:  Duits, Ltd. (Gallery: London, England) records  
 Dates:  1920-1979 
 Abstract:  Extant sales and financial records and photographs of the Duits, Ltd. Gallery in London for the period 1920-1979, providing provenance, sales history, and some expertise on art and antiques (including estates and collections) handled by the firm. 
 Number:  860290 
 Creator/Collector:  Durlacher Bros.
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 Title:  Durlacher Bros. records  
 Dates:  1919-1973 
 Abstract:  Records of the Durlacher Brothers, prominent art dealers in London and New York during the 19th and 20th centuries. The records comprise administrative and financial records, correspondence, and photographs from the New York City branch, ca. 1920s-1960s, the years during which R. Kirk Askew managed, and then owned the firm. 
 Number:  950003 
 Creator/Collector:  Duveen Brothers
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 Title:  Duveen Brothers records  
 Dates:  1876-1981 (bulk 1909-1964) 
 Abstract:  Notable art dealers from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. The records provide a detailed view of the Duveen Brothers business activities in London, Paris, and New York. Although the archive extends from 1876 to 1981, the bulk of the material dates from Joseph Duveen's tenure as president of the firm, 1909-1939, and the period 1939-1964 when Edward Fowles directed the firm (with Armand Lowengard until 1943). The mass of documents, such as cables and letters, invoices, and ledger and stock books, give a day-by-day account of art dealing, business strategy, and the individuals involved. Included are some records from the Kleinberger Galleries, 1906-1971, and 6 linear feet of Edward Fowles's papers. 
 Number:  960015 
 Creator/Collector:  Duveen Brothers
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 Title:  Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer's library,  
 Dates:  1829-1965 
 Abstract:  These records from the art dealer Duveen Brothers formed part of the firm's library holdings that were purchased in 1965 by The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. They document the Duveen Brothers' cataloging, research, exhibition work, and publication of works of art and collections. They consist of brochures, photographs, collectors' files, scrapbooks, correspondence and authentication records from art experts, notably Bernard Berenson. Also included in these records are the papers of Italian Renaissance art historian R. (Robert) Langton Douglas. 
 Number:  2007.D.1 
 Creator/Collector:  Dwan Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
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 Title:  Dwan Gallery publications and ephemera  
 Dates:  1960-1971 
 Abstract:  Collection of exhibition announcements, posters and exhibition catalogs documenting the exhibitions held at Virginia Dwan's influentional galleries in Los Angeles and New York. In the early sixties, Dwan introduced artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenberg, and Yves Klein to Los Angeles, and then worked with Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, and others upon her move to New York in 1965. 
 Number:  2012.M.37