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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:  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 
 Creator/Collector:  Lang, Lothar
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 Title:  Lothar Lang collection of East German art ephemera,  
 Dates:  1930, 1953-1992 
 Abstract:  Compiled by German art historian Lothar Lang, the collection represents the work and activity of over 700 artists and institutions in East Germany in the latter half of the 20th century. The bulk of the collection is composed of artists' and institutions' files containing exhibition announcements, leaflets, photographs, offprints, negatives, press and book clippings, and correspondence. The artists' and institutions' files also include six posters for the political cabaret Distel in East Berlin, eleven oversize color reproductions of paintings, one oversize black-and white reproduction of a woodcut, and one oversize black-and-white reproduction of an illustration. The collection also contains eight LP records and a clay plaque commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. 
 Number:  920100 
 Creator/Collector:  Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895
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 Title:  Charles Lanman papers  
 Dates:  1840-1987 
 Abstract:  Artist and author Charles Lanman's output was informed by and representative his nature travels east of the Rocky Mountains, and wrote about the major personalities of his field and time. The collection includes twenty- three unpublished manuscripts about these subjects, as well as a family history; official documents relating to the administration of Lanman's estate and art collections; personal and professional correspondence; photographs; newspaper clippings; and ephemera relating to an exhibition about Lanman. It also contains reproductions of Lanman's artwork, transcripts, notes, biographical and literary lists, and correspondence generated by E. Maurice Bloch, a scholar and collector specializing in American art who undertook research on Charles Lanman in the second half of the twentieth century. 
 Number:  930071 
 Creator/Collector:  Lautner, John, 1911-1994
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 Title:  John Lautner papers  
 Dates:  1929-2002 
 Abstract:  The John Lautner papers contain the comprehensive archive of this Southern California architect who became famous for such innovative structures as Chemosphere (the Malin House) and Silvertop (the Reiner House). Comprised of about 10,000 drawings, photographs and slides, and 17 models, plus Lautner's office and correspondence files, the archive is an important resource for the study of Southern California modernism in all its diverse aspects. The drawings detailing the structural engineering that enabled Lautner to create his sculpturally innovative houses will be of particular interest to historians of architecture and science. 
 Number:  2007.M.13 
 Creator/Collector:  Le Pautre, Jean, 1618-1682
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 Title:  Jean Le Pautre etchings  
 Dates:  ca. 1650-1750 
 Abstract:  This collection consists of 502 etchings after Le Pautre's own compositions, some published during his lifetime and some republished late. The etchings include historical, mythological, and biblical scenes, exterior and interior architecture, furniture, ornament, and trophies. From Theodore Besterman's collection. 
 Number:  P830001 
 Creator/Collector:  Le Plongeon, Augustus
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 Title:  Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon Papers  
 Dates:  circa 1840-1937 (bulk 1860-1910) 
 Abstract:  The collection documents the archaeological excavations, fieldwork, research, and writings of the nineteenth-century photographers, antiquarians, and amateur archaeologists Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, the first persons to systematically excavate and photograph the Maya sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal (1873-1886). The couple's pioneering work in documenting Maya sites and inscriptions with photography, which in many cases recorded the appearance of sites and objects that have subsequently been damaged or lost, was overshadowed in their own lifetimes by their theories of Maya cultural diffusion, and in particular by their insistence that the Maya founded ancient Egypt. The Le Plongeon's work, and evidence of their wide-ranging interests, is found in manuscripts, diaries, correspondence, and photographs. The collection also contains papers belonging to Maude and Henry Field Blackwell, who inherited the literary estate of the Le Plongeons. 
 Number:  2004.M.18 
 Creator/Collector:  Le Plongeon, Augustus, 1826-1908
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 Title:  Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon Photographs of Chichén Itza, Uxmal and Yucatán  
 Dates:  1873-1910 
 Abstract:  Photographs by Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon document Maya architecture and sculpture at the archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal in the Yucatán peninsula. Images of Yucatán towns, flora, fauna and peoples are also included in the collection. 
 Number:  2007.R.8 
 Creator/Collector:  Lechter, Melchior, 1865-1937
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 Title:  Melchior Lechter papers  
 Dates:  1879-1937 
 Abstract:  German artist, best known for his work in the decorative design of books and ex libris, stained glass windows and painting. Collection consists primarily of correspondence between Lechter and the artists, writers, craftsmen, and decorative artists with whom he worked and intersected. 
 Number:  970039 
 Creator/Collector:  Liberman, Alexander
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 Title:  Alexander Liberman photography archive  
 Dates:  1911-1998 
 Abstract:  The archive contains photographs by Alexander Liberman, Russian-born photographer, art director of Vogue magazine, and editorial director of Condé Nast publications. Included in the collection are approximately 8,000 photographic prints, 50,000 transparencies, 90,000 negatives, 38 books of contact prints, and prints mounted for exhibition. The predominant subjects are artists and other cultural figures, and European historical sites. Also included are personal photographs of family and friends. 
 Number:  2000.R.19 
 Creator/Collector:  Liberman, Alexander, 1912-1999
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 Title:  Alexander Liberman miscellaneous papers,  
 Dates:  1953-1997, undated 
 Abstract:  Alexander Liberman was an artist, photographer, and an influential art director of Vogue magazine from 1943 to 1962, then editorial director of Condé Nast publications until 1994. The collection contains Liberman's drafts, transcripts, mock-ups, sound recordings relating to " Vogue project," The Artist in his Studio and other publications. Also included are nine albums of photographs and clippings from Vogue and various newspaper reviews. 
 Number:  2003.M.30 
 Creator/Collector:  Libeskind, Daniel, 1946-
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 Title:  Daniel Libeskind papers  
 Dates:  1968-1992 
 Abstract:  The Libeskind archive contains 15 design projects (1970-1991), materials related to Libeskind's teaching at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (1980-1984), manuscripts and publications (1970-1990) and photographs, slides and transparencies (ca. 1968-1990). The Jewish Museum in Berlin (also called Between the Lines in this archive) is the most extensively documented of his designs. 
 Number:  920061 
 Creator/Collector:  Lihn, Enrique
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 Title:  Enrique Lihn papers  
 Dates:  1941-1988 
 Abstract:  Chilean poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. Papers include Lihn's correspondence with poets, writers, publishers, artists, critics, and friends and family. His notebooks contain drafts of his writings, drawings, and notes. Other files hold research and lecture notes, drawings and collages, clippings and ephemera, as well as manuscripts by others. Included are some papers of the Chilean painter Pablo Burchard collected and maintained by Lihn. 
 Number:  990050 
 Creator/Collector:  Lissitzky, El, 1890-1941
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 Title:  El Lissitzky letters and photographs  
 Dates:  1911-1941 
 Abstract:  The El Lissitzky letters and photographs collection consists of 106 letters sent, most by Lissitzky to his wife, Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers, along with his personal notes on art and aesthetics, a few official and personal documents, and approximately 165 documentary photographs and printed reproductions of his art and architectural designs, and in particular, his exhibition designs. 
 Number:  950076 
 Creator/Collector:  Long Beach Museum of Art
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 Title:  Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive  
 Dates:  circa 1964-2003 
 Abstract:  The Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) was among the first museums in the United States to focus on video as an artistic medium. The materials in the archive document LBMA's innovative approaches to collecting, producing and displaying video art, primarily between 1974 and 1999. Materials include artist files; exhibition records; LBMA's administrative records pertaining to the video program; materials on the museum's grant and cable television programs; photographic materials; and almost 5,000 videotapes. 
 Number:  2006.M.7 
 Creator/Collector:  Lorant, Stefan, 1901-1997
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 Title:  Stefan Lorant collection  
 Dates:  ca. 1869-1993 (bulk 1920-1992) 
 Abstract:  A founder of modern pictorial journalism. Photographic documentation collected by Lorant represents German history from the Bismarck era to the Nuremberg Trials (ca. 1871-1946). A smaller portion of the collection consists of stills from Lorant's silent films and personal photographs of himself, his friends, and family. Extensive correspondence from his American years primarily concerns book projects. 
 Number:  920024 
 Creator/Collector:  Lubliner, Malcolm
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 Title:  Malcolm Lubliner Photographs of the Los Angeles Art Scene  
 Dates:  1967-1997, undated (bulk 1968-1971) 
 Abstract:  The collection of photographs of the Los Angeles art scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s by photographer Malcolm Lubliner records the activities of artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Josef Albers, John Altoon, Frank Stella, and Sam Francis. Most of the photographs were commissioned by Gemini G.E.L., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Art and Technology (A & T) Program. Included in the collection are approximately 460 sleeves of negatives, 600 corresponding contact prints, and 300 photographic prints, including duplicates. 
 Number:  2012.R.21 
 Creator/Collector:  Lunn, Harry H. (Harry Hyatt), 1933-1998
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 Title:  Harry Lunn papers  
 Dates:  1855-1999, bulk 1965-1999 
 Abstract:  The Harry Lunn papers document the business dealings of the noted print and photography dealer from the mid-1960s until his death in 1998, and provide a glimpse into the workings of one of the primary creators of the photography art market during the second half of the twentieth century. 
 Number:  2004.M.17 
 Creator/Collector:  Lyman, Frederic P., III, 1927-2005
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 Title:  Frederic Lyman papers  
 Dates:  1923-2001 
 Abstract:  The Frederic Lyman papers document the career of this southern California architect, who although little known today, was once deemed one of the most talented architects of his generation. Composed of over 1800 drawings and two models, as well as photographs, the archive records Lyman's architectural designs and provides limited glimpses of his other passions of architectural education and social and environmental activism. 
 Number:  2011.M.31