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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:  Wagner, Otto, 1841-1918
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 Title:  Otto Wagner correspondence  
 Dates:  1885-1917 
 Abstract:  Primarily letters sent to Otto Wagner, the Austrian architect and teacher, from other architects, artists, publishers, and students. Letters concern the work of Wagner and his correspondents, Wagner's influence, and exhibitions. Includes five letters from Wagner dated between 1902-1917. 
 Number:  870399 
 Creator/Collector:  Wagstaff, Samuel J.
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 Title:  Samuel Wagstaff papers  
 Dates:  1796-1987 (bulk 1952-1986) 
 Abstract:  The papers document Sam Wagstaff's activities as curator and collector, with a focus on his collections and collecting processes. The papers are rich in correspondence and include letters from artists, photographers and cultural institutions. Original photographs and non-photographic original artworks are included, as well as slides, negatives, postcards, film reels, prints and drawings. 
 Number:  2005.M.46 
 Creator/Collector:  Waitresses (Group of artists)
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 Title:  The Waitresses records  
 Dates:  1971-2015, undated 
 Abstract:  The Waitresses was one of the first performance art groups to emerge from the Los Angeles Woman's Building. Founded in 1977 by Jerri Allyn and Anne Gauldin, the group used their collective experiences working as waitresses to explore feminist issues such as sex discrimination and wage inequality in the food service industry. Materials in the collection document the performances produced by the group from 1976 to 1985, as well as American Dining: A Working Woman's Movement, a performance produced by Jerri Allyn from 1986 to 1989. Materials also relate to a 25th anniversary re-staging of five performances in 2007, as well as other exhibitions and publications about The Waitresses after 1985. The collection consists of performance notes, scripts, costumes, photographs, press clippings, props and ephemera, research files related to social issues in the food service industry, and audiovisual recordings related to various performances and exhibitions. 
 Number:  2017.M.45 
 Creator/Collector:  Waterhouse, Ellis Kirkham, 1905-
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 Title:  Ellis Kirkham Waterhouse notebooks and research files  
 Dates:  1801-1987 (bulk ca. 1924-ca. 1979) 
 Abstract:  The archive documents the scholarly career of Ellis Waterhouse, art historian and museum director. A major part of the archive consists of notebooks, maintained from 1924 until his death in 1985, in which he recorded paintings seen in private and public collections. The remainder of the papers are research materials on various subjects within art and architecture, manuscripts of lectures, notes on sales, and reviews by Waterhouse and others. 
 Number:  870204 
 Creator/Collector:  Watts, Robert
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 Title:  Robert Watts papers  
 Dates:  1883-1989 (bulk 1940-1988) 
 Abstract:  American artist of mixed media, sculpture, and assemblage, best known as a founding member of Fluxus. The archive consists of correspondence, manuscripts, personal documents, and many photographs and slides documenting Watts' work and affiliations with artists. Also included are three works of art. 
 Number:  2006.M.27 
 Creator/Collector:  Westphalen, Emilio Adolfo, 1911-2001
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 Title:  Emilio Adolfo Westphalen papers regarding surrealism in Latin America  
 Dates:  1938-1995 
 Abstract:  Peruvian writer and editor, active in the literary and artistic avant-garde in Peru and Mexico. Letters, manuscripts, drawings, clippings, and ephemera document the work of Westphalen and the surrealist Peruvian poet César Moro (1903-1956). Many files relate to Las Moradas (1947-1949) and Amaru (1967-1971), journals published by Westphalen. 
 Number:  2001.M.21 
 Creator/Collector:  Wijdeveld, H. Th., 1885-1987
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 Title:  H. Th. Wijdeveld graphic and architectural designs  
 Dates:  1919-1979 
 Abstract:  Typographical and architectural designs by the Dutch architect Hendricus Theodorus Wijdeveld, in original drawings and printed examples. 
 Number:  970088 
 Creator/Collector:  William and Noma Copley Foundation
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 Title:  William and Noma Copley foundation and collection records  
 Dates:  1954-1980 
 Abstract:  Records document the William and Noma Copley Foundation's grant program for composers and artists, 1954-1966. Richard Hamilton's correspondence, 1960-1966, largely concerns the Foundation's monograph series, which he edited. Other papers, including correspondence with artists, files regarding exhibitions and insurance, and photographs, document the Copleys' personal art collection, known for its large number of Surrealist works. Files dated after 1966 primarily contain Noma Copley's correspondence with artists. 
 Number:  880403 
 Creator/Collector:  With, Karl
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 Title:  Karl With papers  
 Dates:  1907-1984, bulk 1945-1966 
 Abstract:  Personal and professional papers of the German-born art historian and professor (1891-1980). The manuscripts, correspondence, lecture notes, clippings, photographs, glass negatives, and audio recordings in this collection document With's lifelong study of Asian and modern art and his teaching, most notably at the University of California, Los Angeles. 
 Number:  920096 
 Creator/Collector:  Wittmann, Otto
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 Title:  Otto Wittmann papers relating to the Art Looting Investigation Unit of the United States Office of Strategic Services  
 Dates:  1933-2000, bulk 1945-1946 
 Abstract:  The Otto Wittmann papers relating to the Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) of the United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS) consists of reports prepared by the OSS and by other allied agencies, as well as the work that Wittmann undertook during his employment with the OSS, and files that attest to his career-long interest in the mission of the OSS. 
 Number:  910130 
 Creator/Collector:  Woman's Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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 Title:  Woman's Building records  
 Dates:  1960-2016, undated 
 Abstract:  The Los Angeles Woman's Building was established in 1973 by artist Judy Chicago, designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven. The Woman's Building was a center for women's art education and a facility for women's groups and organizations. During its time, the Woman's Building played a key role in the field of feminist art and arts education. Materials in the collection offer a comprehensive overview of the activities of the Woman's Building from 1973 to 1991, and document the organization's post-1991 projects. Materials were collected by Sue Maberry during her time as an artist and administrator of the Woman's Building and later as Director of Library and Instructional Technologies at Otis College of Art and Design. Materials consist of printed ephemera and photographic material related to educational programs, exhibitions, performances, events, and various collaborative projects. Included are administrative files, artist files, publications, correspondence, project files, audio and video recordings, and digital files produced for various projects. The collection also contains material documenting the Doin' It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building exhibition held at Otis College of Art and Design in 2011-2012. 
 Number:  2017.M.43 
 Creator/Collector:  Woodbury & Page
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 Title:  Souvenir of Java  
 Dates:  1860-1890 
 Abstract:  This photograph album depicts events and sites in the city of Batavia (Jakarta) and surrounding countryside. 
 Number:  2002.R.6 
 Creator/Collector:  Worswick, Clark
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 Title:  Clark Worswick Collection of Photographs of China and Southeast Asia  
 Dates:  circa 1860-circa 1939 
 Abstract:  Over 1500 images by more than sixty Chinese, French, or English photographers document the diverse cultures of China and Southeast Asia. Collected by the historian and curator of photography, Clark Worswick. 
 Number:  2003.R.22