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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:  AC Martin Partners
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 Title:  AC Martin Partners drawings and records on microfilm  
 Dates:  1906-2006 
 Abstract:  The AC Martin Partners drawings and records on microfilm document the significant role this prominent, multi-generational firm has played in shaping the built environment of Southern California throughout the last 100 years. The records consist predominantly of aperture cards mounted with microfilmed copies of over 67,000 architectural drawings, technical plans, and site surveys for civic, commercial, and residential projects predominantly in the greater Los Angeles area. These aperture cards are supported by microfilmed copies of project documentation for several early projects, and a selection of the professional correspondence of Albert C. Martin Senior. 
 Number:  2015.M.14 
 Creator/Collector:  Aéro Mre. Indochine
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 Title:  Photograph Albums of Indochina  
 Dates:  1932-1936 
 Abstract:  Two photograph albums documenting urban and rural aspects of French Indochina, compiled by a French pilot. 
 Number:  2001.R.21 
 Creator/Collector:  Åkerström, Åke, 1902-
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 Title:  Åke Åkerström papers  
 Dates:  1853-1991 (bulk 1927-1987) 
 Abstract:  The Åke Åkerström papers record the scholarly career of this Swedish classical archaeologist. Åkerström's research interests and publications ranged from architectural terracottas in Asia Minor to Etruscan tomb typology to Mycenaean pottery in Greece, and this breadth is reflected in the research notes, photographs, postcards, drawings, correspondence, manuscripts, and typescripts that constitute the Åkerström papers. The archive also includes a substantial amount of material that originated with Lennart Kjellberg and Axel W. Persson, earlier scholars whose work Åkerström continued. 
 Number:  940110 
 Creator/Collector:  Al-Wahhāb, Abdu Rabbih
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 Title:  Al Djazair and Tunis album  
 Dates:  1881 
 Abstract:  The album compiled by Abdu Rabbih al-Wahhāb contains photographs of the Maghreb region of North Africa. The first half features views of Algeria and Tunisia, while the second half is devoted to portraits of a variety of North African peoples. These are mainly studio portraits of prostitutes and dancers from various ethnic groups, although some male types, and dignitaries such as the Agha and Califa of Ouargla, are included. 
 Number:  2001.R.20 
 Creator/Collector:  Alary & Geiser
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 Title:  Algerian Cartes-de-Visite Album  
 Dates:  circa 1865 
 Abstract:  An album produced for a French public, documenting Algerian architecture and indigenous people. 
 Number:  91.R.6 
 Creator/Collector:  Alfred Schmela Galerie
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 Title:  Galerie Schmela records  
 Dates:  1923-2006, bulk 1957-1992 
 Abstract:  Galerie Schmela was one of the most important art galleries in Germany in the postwar period. Through a prescient program of exhibitions, founder Alfred Schmela introduced and promoted innovative European and American artists, such as Joseph Beuys, Arman, Gerhard Richter, the group ZERO (Otto Piene, Günther Uecker, Heinz Mack), Hans Haacke, Christo, Lucio Fontana, Robert Indiana, Yves Klein, Gordon Matta-Clark, Jean Tinguely, Richard Tuttle, and numerous others. Mainly concentrated on the 1950s through the 1970s, the Galerie Schmela records include: correspondence with artists and clients; gallery financial records; vintage photographic documentation of installations, gallery openings, and artworks; and extensive files of printed ephemera, posters, and press clippings. 
 Number:  2007.M.17 
 Creator/Collector:  Alloway, Lawrence
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 Title:  Lawrence Alloway papers  
 Dates:  1935-2003 
 Abstract:  Lawrence Alloway was a British born art critic active in the New York art scene from 1960 until his death in 1990. An early champion of post-war American art, he coined the term "Pop Art." The archive consists of correspondence with his wife, the artist Sylvia Sleigh, work files, manuscripts and clippings, personal documents, and many photographs and slides of contemporary art. 
 Number:  2003.M.46 
 Creator/Collector:  Antin, David
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 Title:  David Antin papers  
 Dates:  1954-2006 
 Abstract:  The papers of performance artist, experimental poet, curator, and critic David Antin include extensive correspondence, forty years of diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts, working notes, teaching files, and over 300 audiotapes and videos of lectures and performances. In particular, the archive documents Antin's "talk pieces" which were his unique means of fusing spoken poetry with academic lectures. 
 Number:  2008.M.56 
 Creator/Collector:  Antin, Eleanor
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 Title:  Eleanor Antin papers  
 Dates:  1953-2010 
 Abstract:  The papers of artist Eleanor Antin contain comprehensive documentation of her work and work processes throughout her career as a pioneer in the fields of conceptual, feminist, and performance art. Included are extensive correspondence, notebooks and sketchbooks, ephemera, thousands of photographs and negatives, and master recordings of video, film, and audio works. 
 Number:  2012.M.5 
 Creator/Collector:  Arntz, Wilhelm F.
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 Title:  Wilhelm Arntz collection of rare exhibition catalogs and printed ephemera  
 Dates:  approximately 1900-1985 
 Abstract:  Collected by the German art expert Wilhelm Arntz, the ephemera document exhibitions, sales and publishing of 20th century art mainly in Germany, Italy, and France, but also in other European countries, the United States, and South America. Represented are not only well-established artists but also a profusion of lesser known artists as well as numerous emerging artists who became well-known after the mid 1980s. Among the institutions are European and American art museums and exhibition venues, publishing- and auction houses, printing presses, art fairs, and a vast number of art galleries. 
 Number:  2002.M.13 
 Creator/Collector:  Arntz, Wilhelm F.
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 Title:  Wilhelm Arntz papers  
 Dates:  1898-1986 
 Abstract:  Comprehensive research collection on twentieth century art, especially German Expressionism, compiled by the art expert Wilhelm Friedrich Arntz. A vast portion of the collection consists of research files on individual artists. Of particular interest are files concerning the so-called degenerate art campaign by the Nazis and the recovery of confiscated artwork after World War II. Extensive material documents Arntz's professional activities. 
 Number:  840001 
 Creator/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 
 Creator/Collector:  Asher, Betty
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 Title:  Betty Asher papers  
 Dates:  1860-1999 
 Abstract:  The papers of art collector and dealer Betty Asher document the Los Angeles art scene from circa 1960 to 1990, though most comprehensively in the 1970s, through photographs, artist files, and more than three hundred posters. Correspondence, photographs and other documents provide information about Asher's family history and the process by which she built her art collection. Included in the papers are her collections of postcards and other ephemera. 
 Number:  2009.M.30 
 Creator/Collector:  Association Connaissance de l'histoire de l'Afrique contemporaine
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 Title:  ACHAC collection  
 Dates:  1880-ca. 1975 
 Abstract:  A consortium of scholars and researchers devoted to exploring and promoting discussion of race, iconography, and the colonial and post-colonial periods of Africa and Europe. The ACHAC collection documents the influence of French colonialism, both on Africa and on France itself, as represented in images produced and distributed through the media of French popular culture as well as in the personal photographs of European residents of the African colonies. Some materials concern Belgian and German colonies. 
 Number:  970031