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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:  Salerno, Luigi, 1924-1992
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 Title:  Luigi Salerno research papers  
 Dates:  1948-1996 
 Abstract:  The collection is comprised of research notes, an extensive photograph archive and correspondence, which document the career and scholarly interests of Italian art historian Luigi Salerno. Active in Rome and prominent in the field of baroque studies, Salerno was a prolific author and an administrator involved with the preservation of artistic patrimony in Rome and Lazio. 
 Number:  2000.M.26 
 Creator/Collector:  Sandler, Irving
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 Title:  Irving Sandler papers  
 Dates:  circa 1914-2001, bulk 1950-2000 
 Abstract:  Papers of the American art critic Irving Sandler, including five decades of notes, transcripts and audiotapes of interviews with artists and art professionals, materials documenting art organizations and associations, and correspondence regarding publications, lectures, and academic appointments. 
 Number:  2000.M.43 
 Creator/Collector:  Schaeffer Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
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 Title:  Schaeffer Galleries records  
 Dates:  1907-1988, bulk 1925-1980 
 Abstract:  Hanns and Kate Schaeffer specialized in Old Master paintings from all European schools. The records of the Schaeffer Galleries document gallery's stock and business dealings from the early 1920s until the late 1980s, both in Berlin and New York. The core of the collection comprises approximately two and a half thousand photographs of art that was handled by the gallery, which are filed along with documents concerning attribution, provenance, acquisition history, and sales. Card catalogs, lists, and ledgers record artworks sold and purchased and detail transactions with clients. These documents of business dealings are amplified by extensive correspondence with art collectors, museum curators, art dealers, art historians, restorers, and storage and shipping companies. Also included are inventories of private collections, lists of artworks shown at exhibitions held at the gallery, and unpublished albums with photographs of gallery stock. 
 Number:  910148 
 Creator/Collector:  Schardt, Alois J. (Alois Jakob), 1889-1955
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 Title:  Alois Schardt papers and photographs  
 Dates:  1917-1983 (bulk 1917-1956) 
 Abstract:  This collection is comprised of photographs, negatives, lectures, transcripts, correspondences, and other ephemera documenting Alois Schardt's career as a German art historian and museum director before, during, and after World War II. After being forced from job at the National Gallery of Berlin in 1933, Schardt was censored by the Nazi party. He left for the United States in 1940 with his photographs. The bulk of this collection consists of photographs and negatives, primarily of Christian art and architecture. His photographs for publication can also be found in the collection. Also present are lectures in English, transcripts of Schardt's published and unpublished manuscripts, and personal and professional correspondence. 
 Number:  910172 
 Creator/Collector:  Schindler, R. M., (Rudolph M.)
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
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 Title:  Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence with R. M. Schindler  
 Dates:  1914-1929 
 Abstract:  The association between the architects Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) and R. M. Schindler (1887-1953) began in 1914 when Schindler first wrote to Wright asking for a position, and revolved around two major commissions while Schindler worked for Wright: the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, known as Teikoku Hoteru (1913-1923), and the Barnsdall project, which includes Hollyhock house, in Los Angeles (1915-1924). Correspondence between Frank Lloyd Wright and R. M. Schindler contains approximately 160 items, primarily letters and telegrams, dating from 1914 (the year Schindler came to the United States from Vienna) to 1929. 
 Number:  960076 
 Creator/Collector:  Schmidt, Bill (Walter)
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 Title:  Bill Schmidt collection of Frank Lloyd Wright printed material  
 Dates:  1883-1987 
 Abstract:  Postcards, photographs, museum catalogs, and other printed ephemera assembled by Schmidt show many of Wright's most famous buildings and note the relationship of his work to that of other architects. The bulk of the collection comprises journals and other printed materials describing Wright, his work, or his ideas; some of the printed ephemera is published by the Taliesin Fellowship. All but two of the publications are listed in R. L. Sweeney's Frank Lloyd Wright: An Annotated Bibliography and are arranged by Sweeney number. The collection also includes copies of letters, plans, and some manuscript material. 
 Number:  850689 
 Creator/Collector:  Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-
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 Title:  Carolee Schneemann papers  
 Dates:  1959-1994 
 Abstract:  The papers document the performances, happenings, film and book productions, and exhibitions of the American painter and performance artist Carolee Schneemann. 
 Number:  950001 
 Creator/Collector:  Schneider, Karl, 1892-1945
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 Title:  Karl Schneider papers  
 Dates:  1910-1962 (bulk 1925-1945) 
 Abstract:  German architect born in Mainz, Germany, who received his architectural training under Lussow and Kuehne (Dresden, 1911-1912), Walter Gropius (Berlin, 1912-1914), and Peter Behrens (Berlin, 1915-1916). After immigrating to the United States in 1938, he worked in Chicago for Sears, Roebuck and Company. The papers contain photographs, correspondence, original documents, glass slides, and many original drawings. About half of the drawings are his designs for consumer products produced by his employer Sears, Roebuck and Company. 
 Number:  850129 
 Creator/Collector:  Schuitema, Paul, 1897-1973
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 Title:  Graphic designs of Paul Schuitema  
 Dates:  1920-1965 
 Abstract:  Dutch graphic, furniture, and architectural designer who worked in lithography, etching, woodcutting and painting. He was also a filmmaker, photographer, and teacher who applied the principle of De Stijl and constructivism to commercial advertising. The collection consists of printed ephemera such as advertisements, pamphlets, proof pages, flyers, and one photograph, representing Schuitema's designs, typography, photomontages, and use of color. 
 Number:  930034 
 Creator/Collector:  Schwarz, Heinrich, 1894-1974
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 Title:  Heinrich Schwarz papers  
 Dates:  1894-1974 
 Abstract:  Art historian, born in Prague. Manuscripts, correspondence, and printed materials related to Schwarz's research, writings, curatorial work, and teaching about photography, photography's relationship to art, the iconology of the mirror and the owl, and Austrian art, as well as optical phenomenon. Much material relates to Schwarz's popular work, D. O. Hill: Master of Photography. 
 Number:  920033 
 Creator/Collector:  Semper, Gottfried, 1803-1879
Hasenauer, Karl von, 1833-1894
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 Title:  Dekorationsdepot für die k.k. Hoftheater  
 Dates:  1873-1877 
 Abstract:  Drawings and plans by architects Gottfried Semper and Carl von Hasenauer for the Stage-set depot for the royal and imperial court theaters, Vienna. Included are several designs for the main facade and drawings detailing technical aspects such as roof trusses and pulleys. Most drawings are dated and signed by the architects; some drawings are signed by the engineers. 
 Number:  940054 
 Creator/Collector:  Shulman, Julius
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 Title:  Getty Villa photographs  
 Dates:  2006 
 Abstract:  This collection comprises photographs by Julius Shulman and Jürgen Nogai of the expanded and renovated Getty Villa, taken during May and June, 2006. Forty-five (45) black and white and sixty-six (66) color 8 x 10 inch photographic prints constitute the main body of the collection. Duplicates of 29 of the color prints and the original 4 x 5 inch negatives for these prints are also included. 
 Number:  IA20031 
 Creator/Collector:  Shulman, Julius
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 Title:  Julius Shulman Photography Archive  
 Dates:  1935-2009 
 Abstract:  Representing Julius Shulman's career as an architectural photographer from 1935 to 2009, the archive documents the modern movement in architecture spanning 60 years and serves as a historical record of the Southern California landscape. The archive comprises 537 linear feet and contains more than 260,000 of Shulman's vintage and modern photographs, contact prints, negatives, transparencies, clippings, and indices. 
 Number:  2004.R.10 
 Creator/Collector:  Shunk, Harry
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 Title:  Harry Shunk and Shunk-Kender photographs  
 Dates:  1957-1990s 
 Abstract:  Harry Shunk and his partner Janos Kender worked as photographers recording the art world from the 1950s to the 1970s in the United States and Europe. Their extensive photography archive contains iconic images from the post-war era documenting key artists of the time, including candid portraits of artists in their homes and studios, as well as the installation process, exhibitions, exhibition openings, performances, and other events. 
 Number:  2014.R.20 
 Creator/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 
 Creator/Collector:  Simon, Michael
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 Title:  Michael and Carol Simon collection of Hungarian photography  
 Dates:  1850s-2009 
 Abstract:  Assembled by Michael Simon during his research on Hungarian photography, this extensive collection of photographs documents the development of the medium with a range of photographic processes and the history of the art form in Hungary. Through photography the collection also documents Hungary's tumultuous history over the course of almost 150 years. 
 Number:  2011.M.8 
 Creator/Collector:  Siqueiros, David Alfaro
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 Title:  David Alfaro Siqueiros papers  
 Dates:  1920-1991 (bulk 1930-1936) 
 Abstract:  A leading member of the Mexican muralist movement and a technical innovator of fresco and wall painting. The collection consists almost entirely of manuscripts, some in many drafts, others fragmentary, the bulk of which date from the mid-1930s, when Siqueiros traveled to Los Angeles, New York, Buenos Aires, and Montevideo, returning intermittently to Mexico City. A significant portion of the papers concerns Siqueiros's public disputes with Diego Rivera; there are manifestos against Rivera, eye-witness accounts of their public debate, and newspaper coverage of the controversy. There is also material regarding the murals América Tropical, Mexico Actual and Ejercicio Plastico, including one drawing and a few photographs. The Experimental Workshop in New York City is also documented. 
 Number:  960094 
 Creator/Collector:  Sleigh, Sylvia
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 Title:  Sylvia Sleigh papers  
 Dates:  1803-2011, bulk 1940-2000 
 Abstract:  The papers of noted Welsh-born feminist painter Sylvia Sleigh (1916-2010) document her life, career, and the larger context of contemporary feminist art, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1940-2000. Sleigh, a realist painter, moved to the United States in 1961 with her husband, art critic Lawrence Alloway. Sleigh's paintings of nude males in traditional odalisque poses remain her best-known works. She was a central figure in the New York City area feminist art movement of the 1970s. 
 Number:  2004.M.4 
 Creator/Collector:  Smith, Barbara Turner
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 Title:  Barbara T. Smith Coffin series and related material  
 Dates:  1965-1967 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises Coffin, a unique set of twenty-five hand-bound artist's books documenting Barbara T. Smith's experiments with an early Xerox 914 copy machine, and a set of working materials and other works related to the Coffin series. 
 Number:  2013.M.23 
 Creator/Collector:  Smith, Barbara Turner
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 Title:  Barbara T. Smith papers  
 Dates:  1927-2012, undated, bulk 1948-2012 
 Abstract:  Barbara Turner Smith (American, born 1931) is one of the most influential figures in the history of performance and feminist art in Southern California. Her work – which has taken the varied forms of painting, drawing, installation, video, performance, and artists' books, and often involves her own body – explores concepts that strike at the core of human nature, including male and female sexuality, physical and spiritual sustenance, ecology, technology, and death. The archive, which offers an exceptionally rich resource for Smith's highly personal artistic practice, contains 160 diaries, 54 sketchbooks, hundreds of drawings, more than 850 vintage prints, thousands of negatives and contact sheets, approximately 90 films and 1100 audio and video tapes, in addition to all the notes, plans, and archival records related to her artistic projects from her student days forward. The archive encompasses not only Smith's career as an artist, but also her work as a writer, teacher, and advocate of the arts in Los Angeles. 
 Number:  2014.M.14 
 Creator/Collector:  Smith, Harry Everett
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 Title:  Harry Smith papers  
 Dates:  1888-2010, bulk 1987-1990 
 Abstract:  The archive was assembled after the death of Harry Smith, polymath filmmaker, painter, and collector of American vernacular art, music, and artifacts. It contains correspondence from the last three years of Smith's life, a selection of Smith's manuscripts and art, most of his original films, his final audio project, Materials for the Study of Religion and Culture in the Lower East Side or Movies for Blind People, and a sizeable portion of his realia collections, including paper airplanes. 
 Number:  2013.M.4 
 Creator/Collector:  Soby, James Thrall, 1906-1979
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 Title:  James Thrall Soby papers  
 Dates:  1928-1975 (bulk 1935-1955) 
 Abstract:  American art critic, curator, and collector. Papers document Soby's nearly 45-year career in 20th-century art scholarship and criticism. Materials date from about 1929, when Soby became a partner in Edwin Valentine Mitchell, Inc., booksellers and publishers, to his retirement from the board of trustees at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1975. The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence from 20th-century artists and photographers, MoMA personnel, curators, critics, friends and family members. 
 Number:  910128 
 Creator/Collector:  Society of Dilettanti (London, England)
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 Title:  Society of Dilettanti drawings, prints, and letters  
 Dates:  1806-1880 
 Abstract:  A collection reflecting the publishing work of the Society of Dilettanti, an English group that promoted the study of ancient sculpture and architecture, primarily that of Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. Drawings and printed proofs relate to three of the Society's major publications: Specimens of Antient [sic] Sculpture, Aegyptian, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman; Antiquities of Ionia; and Unedited antiquities of Attica. 
 Number:  840199 
 Creator/Collector:  Spark, Clare
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 Title:  Clare Spark interviews with artists, curators, and intellectuals,  
 Dates:  1968-1981 
 Abstract:  A collection of audio tapes from radio programs produced and hosted by Clare Spark. Spark's radio programs engaged with leading figures in the art world, covering broad issues as well as events of particular concern to the Southern California arts community. 
 Number:  2010.M.91 
 Creator/Collector:  Starr, Sandra Leonard
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 Title:  Sandra Leonard Starr papers related to California assemblage art  
 Dates:  1960-1995, bulk 1986-1988 
 Abstract:  The collection contains art historian, curator and gallery director Sandra Leonard Starr's papers related to her 1988 exhibition and catalog titled, Lost and Found in California: Four Decades of Assemblage Art. Included are her research files on artists, production material for the exhibition and publication, and audio recordings and transcripts of Starr's interviews with 12 significant figures in the California art scene from 1940 to 1987, including artists Robert Alexander, Cameron, Richard Diebenkorn, George Herms, and Edward Kienholz. 
 Number:  2011.M.22 
 Creator/Collector:  Steinberg, Leo
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 Title:  Leo Steinberg research papers  
 Dates:  1945-1996 (bulk 1950-1993) 
 Abstract:  Art historian, critic, lecturer, and professor. The papers consist of research notes, correspondence relating to Steinberg's lectures and essays, papers written by his students, several versions of some of his essays, an abandoned dissertation project, and many of his notebooks from courses he took at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. The archive reflects Steinberg's career as an art critic, lecturer, and teacher, ca. 1945-ca.1996. 
 Number:  930046 
 Creator/Collector:  Steindl, Josef
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 Title:  Josef Steindl furniture design  
 Dates:  1888-1928 
 Abstract:  Architect and professor at the Royal Technical School for Woodworking in Wal. Mesertitsch, and a noted designer of modern, functional furniture in the 20th century. Steindl designed primarily bentwood and metal tubular furniture. He was, however, also a master of historical furniture styles as seen in his work of the 1880s and 1890s and in the ornamentation for his bentwood pieces. Collection comprises 315 original drawings and 571 photographic prints of furniture designs by Steindl, many in historical styles of the 1890s. 
 Number:  930025 
 Creator/Collector:  Stoerchle, Wolfgang
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 Title:  Wolfgang Stoerchle papers  
 Dates:  1952-2007 
 Abstract:  The archive of conceptual, video, and performance artist Wolfgang Stoerchle documents his brief career through video and sound recordings, correspondence, notes, clippings, and photographic materials. 
 Number:  2009.M.16 
 Creator/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 
 Creator/Collector:  Szeemann, Harald
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 Title:  Harald Szeemann papers  
 Dates:  1800-2011, bulk 1949-2005 
 Abstract:  Swiss art curator Harald Szeemann (1933-2005) organized more than 150 exhibitions during a career that spanned almost five decades. An advocate of contemporary movements such as conceptualism, land art, happenings, Fluxus and performance, and of artists such as Joseph Beuys, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly and Mario Merz, Szeemann developed a new form of exhibition-making that centered on close collaborative relationships with artists and a sweeping global vision of contemporary visual culture. He organized vast international surveys such as documenta 5; retrospectives of individual artists including Sigmar Polke, Bruce Nauman, Wolfgang Laib, James Ensor, and Eugène Delacroix; and thematic exhibitions on such provocative topics as utopia, disaster, and the "Plateau of Humankind." Szeemann's papers thoroughly document his curatorial practice, including preliminary notes for many projects, written descriptions and proposals for exhibitions, installation sketches, photographic documentation, research files, and extensive correspondence with colleagues, artists and collaborators. 
 Number:  2011.M.30