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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:  Unidentified
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 Title:  1940 New York World's Fair album  
 Dates:  1940 
 Abstract:  Album of hand-colored photographs by an unidentified amateur photographer documenting a stay in New York City in 1940. 
 Number:  2006.R.6 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Album of Mexican and French cartes-de-visite  
 Dates:  between 1861 and 1880 
 Abstract:  The album of cartes-de-visite by mostly unidentified photographers, assembled by an unknown person during the time of the French intervention in Mexico by an unknown person, contains photographs of Pre-Columbian related statuary; portraits of 19th-century Mexican presidents, military, and political figures; images of indigenous people and "tipos" depicting various types of Mexican street vendors and professions; portraits of figures from the French intervention; portraits of Napoleon III and family; and portraits of the compiler's family and friends. 
 Number:  2000.R.25 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Album Photographique: Amélie-les-Bains et Cambodge  
 Dates:  1893-1894 
 Abstract:  An album of photographs showing the influence of French colonialism in Cambodia during the 1890s. 
 Number:  2002.R.17 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Brazilian cordel literature collection  
 Dates:  1924-1990 
 Abstract:  The Brazilian cordel literature collection contains over 2000 pamphlets of popular literature known in Portuguese as literatura de cordel or "string literature." Traditionally, literatura de cordel is composed in verse and illustrated with woodcuts on the front cover, and it derives its name from the way it is sold suspended by a string in Brazilian open-air markets. The collection includes pamphlets published between 1924 and 1990 arranged into four series by region of publication: Center-West, Northeast, Southeast, and Undetermined. The collection inventory provides the title of each pamphlet in the collection. 
 Number:  950072 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Caricatures of salons and artists  
 Dates:  1785-1910 
 Abstract:  Caricatures of salons and artists, 1785-1910 Approximately 720 caricatures, most taken from French journals, but also some prints and original drawings. Items parody various aspects of French culture: the Parisian salons and other art exhibitions; current events and society; and art, literary, and political figures. 
 Number:  920048 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  DDR collections,  
 Dates:  1928-1993, (bulk 1950-1993) 
 Abstract:  The DDR collections, assembled from individual artists' and scholars' papers, chronicle the evolution of a national cultural policy in East German visual arts, art history, and architecture, through forty years of German Socialism. Well represented are the activities of the Union of Visual Artists (Verband Bildender Künstler, or VBK), the organization of its congresses and art exhibitions, and the editorial agendas of its journal Bildende Kunst. Also represented is the creation of a socialist history of German art, with a corresponding curriculum. Lastly, the collection documents activities of the Central Working Group for Architecture and Visual Arts (ZAG/AbK), whose responsibilities included architectural and urban policy. The DDR collections contain scant testimony of East Germany's alternative culture, prominent in the 1989 uprising. Rather the documents reflect official culture and the use of art as a medium for domestic propaganda. 
 Number:  940002 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Horacio Ochoa Photographs of Peruvian Sites and Monuments,  
 Dates:  1920-1959 
 Abstract:  The collection contains photographs by Horacio Ochoa of monumental natural and built environments in Peru. The photographs were used by Daniel Ruzo in his research on Peruvian protohistory. Many of the images depict the sacred places or large sacred objects known as huacas. Included are the sites of Antabamba, Sayhuite (Saywite), Machu Picchu, Anghas Marka, Huiñay Huayna(Wiñay Wayna), and Moray. 
 Number:  2006.R.4 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Israel Stollman Collection of Stereographs  
 Dates:  1850-1979, undated 
 Abstract:  Comprising over 9,100 items, the majority of which are card stereographs (mounted photographic prints), the fthe Israel Stollman collection of stereographs focuses on views of cities and urban areas, especially in the United States. As such the collection is not only a significant resource on the development of modern urban sites, it also encapsulates the production of stereographs, which flourished from the 1850s through the 1930s. The collection also contains a small number of transparencies and images printed on glass in the form of stereographs and lantern slides, a collection of stereo viewers, and small amount of related ephemera. 
 Number:  2005.R.11 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Italian theater prints  
 Dates:  circa 1550-1983 
 Abstract:  The Italian theater prints collection documents the development of stage design, or scenography, the architecture of theaters, and the iconography of commedia dell'arte characters and masks. 
 Number:  P980004 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Maps of Paris collection  
 Dates:  1754-1907 
 Abstract:  A collection of 152 printed maps of Paris and its environs, dating from the mid-18th to early 20th centuries. Most are hand-colored, indexed, and many are illustrated with vignettes of famed monuments. 
 Number:  P910001 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Mexican Carte-de-Visite Portrait Album from the Era of Maximilian and Napoleon III  
 Dates:  circa 1858-circa 1870 
 Abstract:  Mexican carte-de-visite portrait album from the era of Maximilian and Napoleon III. 
 Number:  92.R.8 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Middle Eastern and North African Portraits  
 Dates:  circa 1860-circa 1889 
 Abstract:  Studio portraits or other posed shots of indigenous Middle Eastern and North African individuals, produced for a European audience. 
 Number:  93.R.31 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Middle Eastern and North African Views and Portraits  
 Dates:  circa 1870-circa 1900 
 Abstract:  This collection of albumen prints dates from the last quarter of the 19th century and comprises views and portraits from North Africa and the Middle East, some of which are signed Bonfils. 
 Number:  93.R.72 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Minimal and Conceptual Art Documents  
 Dates:  1969-1989 
 Abstract:  An assembled collection of visual and written documentation, including correspondence and artists' statements, and photographs and drawings relating to gallery installations, sculptural pieces, conceptual pieces, land art, and performances. Includes artists' letters to German critic and editor Werner Lippert and Galleria Toselli in Milan, and materials pertaining to the exhibition Prospect 69 (Dusseldorf, 1969). Includes letters from artists and gallery owners to Konrad Fischer, and some Fluxus printed ephemera. 
 Number:  920025 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Nineteenth-century French artists' letters and other papers  
 Dates:  1719-1921 
 Abstract:  This assembled collection comprises 85 items, mainly letters, notes, and cards written by 30 identified French artists, and 10 of other nationalities, on various subjects related to their professional and private lives. 
 Number:  2000.M.23 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Photographs of Twentieth-century Artists, Exhibitions, Installations, and Studio Views  
 Dates:  circa 1900-1990 
 Abstract:  A collection of assembled documentary and rare photographs of artists, art personalities (including dealers, collectors, art historians, art critics, and publishers), exhibitions, collections, installations, and studios. 
 Number:  90.R.11 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Poona Plague Pictures,  
 Dates:  1897-1908, undated 
 Abstract:  The album, most likely compiled by Dr. C.H.B. Adams-Wylie, the plague medical officer at the General Plague Hospital in Poona (Pune), India, from 1897-1898, records the work of that hospital in great detail. The photographs portray the daily work of the hospital and include portraits of hospital staff, views of the hospital wards and grounds, and detailed close-up studies of plague patients. Photographs taken outside the hospital compound document the measures instituted by Pune's Special Plague Committee and enforced by the British and native soldiers, such as forced house inspections and the holding of residents within observation and segregation camps. 
 Number:  96.R.95 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Portraits of performers  
 Dates:  1870-1951, undated (bulk 1870-1935) 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises 385 studio portraits dating from the 1870s to the 1930s of variety show artists including vaudeville, burlesque, minstrel and stage performers. The card-mounted portraits, primarily cabinet cards, depict sketch, character and comedic actors; singers; dancers; acrobats; gymnasts; contortionists; clowns; acrobatic cyclists; jugglers; aerialists and trapeze and wire artists; ventriloquists; minstrel singers and players; comedians; male and female impersonators; strongmen and strongwomen; show riders and other performers hailing from and photographed across Europe, the United States, Egypt, and Latin America. 
 Number:  2014.R.4 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Portraits of Peruvians  
 Dates:  circa 1855-circa 1939 
 Abstract:  A collection of negatives for formal studio portraits, mainly of middle- and upper-class Limeños, taken in Peru. 
 Number:  96.R.85 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Souvenir d'Algérie  
 Dates:  1889 
 Abstract:  Photographs taken by an amateur photographer of sights and everyday life in late-nineteenth century Algiers are presented in two portfolios each titled Souvenir d'Algérie. 
 Number:  2008.R.15 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Souvenir du Sahara  
 Dates:  1901-1904 
 Abstract:  Album of photographs (70 gelatin silver, 38 albumen), probably created by an amateur photographer. Images document various sites in or neighboring the Sahara, and features the major cities of Algeria including Oran, Tlemcen, Algiers, and Constantine, as well as the desert oases of Taghit, Biskra and Beni Abbes. 
 Number:  2007.R.1 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Varias Fotografias  
 Dates:  circa 1890 
 Abstract:  The album contains collotypes of Mexican antiquities, primarily Mesoamerican ceramic or stone objects, as well as two colonial pieces. Most of the objects were photographed while on display in the former Museo Nacional de México. Also included are two views of the Pyramid of the Niches at the Totonac site of El Tajin. 
 Number:  2006.R.7 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views and Peoples of Algeria  
 Dates:  circa 1867-1868 
 Abstract:  This is an album of photographic prints, including landscapes and portraits. 
 Number:  2002.R.9 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Algeria  
 Dates:  circa 1860 
 Abstract:  Collection of views showing native and colonial structures and habitation in provincial Algeria. 
 Number:  93.R.122 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Algeria  
 Dates:  1897 
 Abstract:  This album of photographs was assembled by an unidentified French couple who toured northern Algeria in 1897. 
 Number:  93.R.91 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Algeria and Algerians  
 Dates:  circa 1870-circa 1890 
 Abstract:  Studio portraits of indigenous people in elaborate dress and touristic destinations. 
 Number:  95.R.14 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Angkor  
 Dates:  1896-1898 
 Abstract:  A collection of photographic prints documenting the temple complexes of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, including the Bayon temple, as they appeared in the mid-1890s. 
 Number:  96.R.127 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Asia Minor  
 Dates:  1860-1890 
 Abstract:  This collection of photographs depicts ancient, medieval, and natural sites in Asia Minor. Contributors include Rubellin and Alexander Svoboda. 
 Number:  2002.R.44 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Belém, Brazil  
 Dates:  circa 1870-1879 
 Abstract:  This collection of photographs by an unknown photographer documents the northern Brazilian port city of Belém. 
 Number:  95.R.51 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Cambodian Monuments  
 Dates:  circa 1894 
 Abstract:  A photograph album of views of Cambodian temples, Phnom Penh, Hué, Canton, and Egypt. 
 Number:  2002.R.29 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Chile  
 Dates:  circa 1880-1889 
 Abstract:  This collection of photographic prints by an unknown maker depicts views of Chile. 
 Number:  91.R.13 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Chile and Peru  
 Dates:  approximately 1868 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises two albums containing a total of 94 photographs by Courret Hermanos. Each album begins with portraits, followed by photographs of sites in and around the major cities of Peru and Chile. Album I [Peru and Chile] contains 42 photographs, while the Album II [Chile] contains 52 photographs. 
 Number:  96.R.1 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of India  
 Dates:  1858-1890 
 Abstract:  Photographs of well-known religious monuments, landscapes, and city views in various cities in India. 
 Number:  2002.R.5 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of India  
 Dates:  1860-1890 
 Abstract:  Photographs of religious and secular monuments and group portraits of local residents in India. 
 Number:  90.R.42 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Madagascar  
 Dates:  ca. 1895 
 Abstract:  The album contains 50 photographic prints by an anonymous photographer. The photographs depict the indigenous peoples of Madagascar and their surroundings from a (French) colonial perspective. 
 Number:  2002.R.38 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of Southeast Asia  
 Dates:  circa 1870-circa 1910 
 Abstract:  The collection of photographs contains views of archaeological sites, ruins, temples, stupas, and landscapes, as well as portraits of local and European residents in Southeast Asia. 
 Number:  98.R.2 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views of the Belgian Congo Album  
 Dates:  1908-1909 
 Abstract:  The album, compiled by an unidentified colonial agent who was in the Belgian Congo from 1908 to 1909, documents one man's experiences in the region during the first year of the newly-annexed Belgian colony's existence. The album records the agent's journey from Antwerp to Matadi and thence up the Congo river to his post at Yoboila (Lomami). The remainder of the album documents the agent's daily life, local inhabitants and surroundings. 
 Number:  97.R.58 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Views on the Isthmus album  
 Dates:  approximately 1870 
 Abstract:  The album Views on the Isthmus contains 21 views, taken by an unknown photographer, of the Isthmus of Panama along the route of the Panama Railroad, roughly in the area where the Panama Canal was eventually built. Included are views of Aspinwall (Colón), the northwest terminus of the railroad and western entrance of the canal; the stations along the railroad; and Panama City, the southern railroad terminus and canal entrance. 
 Number:  95.R.20 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Vues d'Algérie Prises au Daguerréotype  
 Dates:  1847 
 Abstract:  Early images of the French colony of Algeria emphasizing native and colonial architecture in Algiers, Constantine, Stora, Philippeville, Blida, and Oran. 
 Number:  94.R.3 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Vues et photographies France, Etranger  
 Dates:  1893-1898 
 Abstract:  This photograph album of collodion prints features images of foreign naval vessels in ports and at sea, and views of French Indochina in cities such as Saigon (Cholon), My Tho (Mytho), Cap Saint-Jacques, Vinh-Long, Ben Luc, and Phnom Penh. 
 Number:  2003.R.18 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Weltausstellung in Wien 1873  
 Dates:  1873 
 Abstract:  Sixteen photographs credited variously to György Klösz, Oscar Kramer, and Joseph Löwy. The photographs document exhibition buildings and exhibits of the 1873 Vienna International Exhibition. 
 Number:  2002.R.13