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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:  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 
 Creator/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 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient architectural sculpture ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of modern photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of architectural sculpture, mostly detached from the original location, concentrating on works of the Greek and Roman periods, from the Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6 century BC-6th century AD). Coverage is most complete for works from sites in Greece and Italy, but the collection includes images of architectural sculpture from monuments in other countries, including Albania, Algeria, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Lebanon, Libya, Romania, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yugoslavia. 
 Number:  76.P.7 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient architecture ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of modern photographs of ancient sites and monuments assembled by the Getty Resarch Institute, concentrating on Greek and Roman architecture from the Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). Coverage is most complete for sites and monuments located in Greece and Italy, but the collection also includes photos of sites located in other countries, including Albania, Algeria, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yugoslavia. 
 Number:  76.P.6 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient coins ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of photographs of ancient coins, predominantly Greek and Roman, assembled by the Getty Research Institute. 
 Number:  76.P.3 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient inscriptions ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of ancient inscriptions, predominently Greek and Roman, with Athenian inscriptions constituting the largest portion of the collection. 
 Number:  76.P.4 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient minor arts objects ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of modern photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of ancient works of the minor arts, chiefly from the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). Object types include: arms and armor, athletic equipment, furniture, jewelry, lamps, loomweights, masks, mirrors, models, molds, musical instruments, ornaments and appliqués, scales and weights, seals and stamps, textiles, toys, utilitarian objects, vessels, and votive objects. 
 Number:  76.P.17 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient mosaics ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of modern photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of ancient mosaics, both in situ and removed, concentrating on the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). 
 Number:  76.P.8 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient mural painting ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of modern photographs of ancient wall paintings, both in situ and detached, assembled by the Getty Research Institute. The collection's concentration is on works of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman periods, 6th century BC-6th century AD. 
 Number:  76.P.16 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient portrait sculpture ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of modern photographs of ancient portrait sculpture, concentrating on the Greek and Roman periods, assembled by the Getty Research Institute. The collection's focus is on famous ancient persons, including Greek philosophers and statesmen, Hellenistic rulers, Roman Republican statesmen, and Roman emperors and empresses. 
 Number:  76.P.11 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient relief sculpture ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of modern photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of ancient sculpture in relief, concentrating on the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). 
 Number:  76.P.10 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient sarcophagi ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of modern photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of ancient sarcophagi with relief sculptural decoration, with concentration on examples from the Greek and Roman periods. 
 Number:  76.P.12 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient sculpture in the round ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of modern photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of ancient sculpture in the round, concentrating on the Greek and Roman periods, Greek Archaic through the late Roman Empire (6th century BC-6th century AD). 
 Number:  76.P.9 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of ancient vases ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of modern photographs of Greek and Roman vases assembled by the Getty Research Institute. Photographs of Attic black- and red-figured vases attributed to particular vase-painters by J. D. Beazley comprise the largest component of the collection. Coverage of South Italian red-figured vases is also significant. Coverage of other ancient vase-painting styles (including Corinthian, Lakonian, Etruscan, Boeotian, and East Greek examples) is less complete. 
 Number:  76.P.18 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of medieval sculpture ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of modern photographs of medieval sculpture assembled by the Getty Research Institute, including such object types as sarcophagi, statues, crucifixes and carved fragments. Geographic emphasis is on objects from Italy (30%) and Spain (20%); other period and geographic divisions include: early Christian; Byzantine and Coptic; Austria and Benelux; England; France; Germany; and Turkey. 
 Number:  76.P.20 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute ·
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 Title:  Study photographs of museum displays of ancient art ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  A collection of photographs of Greek and Roman art in museum galleries and displays assembled by the Getty Research Institute. A number of museums are especially well documented, including: the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA; the Museo archeologico nazionale in Naples; the Acropolis, Agora, and National Archaeological museums in Athens; the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence; and several major museums in Rome as well as the Vatican Museums. 
 Number:  76.P.2 
 Creator/Collector:  Hutzel, Max ·
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 Title:  Foto arte minore: Max Hutzel photographs of art and architecture in Italy ·  
 Dates:  1960-1990 
 Abstract:  This collection contains thorough photographic documentation by Max Hutzel of art and architecture in Italy ranging in date from Antiquity to late Baroque. Included are photographs of secular buildings, museum holdings, ancient ruins, and religious institutions covering a broad range of artistic forms and styles, including architecture, paintings, frescoes, sculpture, manuscripts, metalwork and other minor arts. The regions most heavily represented are: the Abruzzi, Lazio (including Rome), the Marches, and Umbria. 
 Number:  86.P.8 
 Creator/Collector:  Komor, Mathias, 1909-1984 ·
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 Title:  Mathias Komor photographic archive ·  
 Dates:  1935-1978 
 Abstract:  Assembled by Mathias Komor, an art dealer in New York City from the 1930s until his death in 1984, the collection documents objects that passed through one of the first New York dealers to handle ancient and primitive art. 
 Number:  89.P.5 
 Creator/Collector:  Laemmle Gallery ·
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 Title:  Laemmle Gallery photographs documenting the Laemmle art business, Munich and Los Angeles ·  
 Dates:  1894-1993 
 Abstract:  This collection of glass negatives, photographs, and tearsheets was assembled by art dealers Siegfried and Walter Laemmle in the course of pursuing business in Munich and Los Angeles and represents the remaining records of their business. 
 Number:  93.P.1 
 Creator/Collector:  Meulen, Jan van der ·
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 Title:  Jan van der Meulen photographs of Chartres Cathedral ·  
 Dates:  circa 1950-1990 
 Abstract:  The archive consists of photographs and slides documenting Chartres Cathedral and related buildings of the 12th and 13th centuries taken by architect and art historian Jan van der Meulen and an assistant over the course of many campaigns, mostly between 1959 and 1983. 
 Number:  90.P.6 
 Creator/Collector:  Middeldorf, Ulrich Alexander, 1901-1983 ·
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 Title:  Ulrich Alexander Middeldorf study photographs of sculpture and minor arts ·  
 Dates:  1925-1980 
 Abstract:  The study photographs of Ulrich Alexander Middeldorf, a German-American art historian, provide insight into how his work was conceived and organized. His principal publications concerned Tuscan sculptors of the quattrocento as well as bronzes, medals, and plaquettes. He was director of the Art Institute of Chicago, and, in Florence, served as director and librarian of the Kunsthistorisches Institute and director of the Longhi Institute. 
 Number:  83.P.3 
 Creator/Collector:  Porter, Arthur Kingsley, 1883-1933 ·
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 Title:  Arthur Kingsley Porter study photographs of Romanesque architecture and sculpture ·  
 Dates:  1900s 
 Abstract:  An assortment of approximately 2000 photographic copy prints made from Arthur Kingsley Porter's negatives, now held by the Fine Arts Library, Harvard University. Images document medieval architecture and sculpture across Europe, with an emphasis on Romanesque monuments in France and Italy, as well as some images of Spanish and Portuguese sites. 
 Number:  91.P.4 
 Creator/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 
 Creator/Collector:  Terpak, Frances, 1948- ·
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 Title:  Frances Terpak photographs of Romanesque architecture and sculpture in southern France and northern Spain ·  
 Dates:  1977-1989, undated 
 Abstract:  Photographs and related research material documenting Romanesque sculpture and architecture in southern France and northern Spain comprise this collection. Frances Terpak photographed the majority of the images and compiled the other materials in the course of research for her dissertation, "The Romanesque Architecture and Sculpture of Saint Caprais in Agen" (Yale University, 1982), and for subsequent scholarly articles. Over 150 rolls of 35mm negatives shot by Terpak and over 2000 images printed from these negatives form the bulk of the collection. Also included are a small number of photographs acquired from institutional and commercial sources, including Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, Guntram Koch, Photo Zodiaque and Archivo Moreno. Related research materials, such as notes, keyed architectural plans, and shot lists, complement the photographs. 
 Number:  2010.P.1 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified ·
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 Title:  Wim Swaan photograph collection ·  
 Dates:  1951-1995 
 Abstract:  A comprehensive collection of approximately 48,000 photographic prints, transparencies, slides and negatives in black-and-white and color by a self-taught photographer and practicing architect who traveled widely, documenting the art, architecture, and landscape of the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Western United States. Also included are a small quantity of correspondence with publishers, agents, colleagues and friends, sales accounts, a manuscript, research notes, and a copy of his master's thesis. 
 Number:  96.P.21