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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:  Fredericks, Claude
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 Title:  Banyan Press archive  
 Dates:  1946-1986 
 Abstract:  Small press founded in 1946 by Claude Fredericks. Archive comprises a complete set of the publications, primarily poetry, and other printed matter from The Banyan Press and Claude Fredericks (1946-1986). Also includes related correspondence, manuscripts, account books, and reviews. 
 Number:  900230A 
 Creator/Collector:  Rose, Barbara
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 Title:  Barbara Rose papers  
 Dates:  1940-1993 (bulk 1960-1985) 
 Abstract:  The Barbara Rose papers represent a selection from her archive and document her research in post-war and contemporary American art. The bulk of the papers date from 1960 through 1985. Included are sound recordings and videos, most of which are interviews by Rose of American artists active in the 1960s. 
 Number:  930100 
 Creator/Collector:  Smith, Barbara Turner, 1931-
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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, 1931-
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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:  Bauhaus
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 Title:  Bauhaus student work  
 Dates:  1919-1933 
 Abstract:  A comprehensive collection of photographs, records, notebooks, drawings, prints, manuscripts, and other materials documenting student coursework, assignments, projects, and activities at the Bauhaus (ca. 1919-1933). Includes some work by Bauhaus professors. 
 Number:  850514 
 Creator/Collector:  Bauhaus
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 Title:  Bauhaus typography collection  
 Dates:  1919-1937 
 Abstract:  A collection of printing published by the Bauhaus from 1919 to 1933, designed by Bauhaus teachers and students for internal school purposes and for outside commercial use, as well as other printing relating to the Bauhaus. The collection comprises a wide variety of printed matter, from ephemeral publications to whole issues of periodicals and exhibition catalogs, which are exemplary of what became identified as Bauhaus style typography and design. Most items were designed by Herbert Bayer, László Moholy-Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer, and Joost Schmidt. Other designers represented in this collection include Josef Albers, Erich Comeriner, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Häberer, Dörte Helm, and Xanti Schawinsky. 
 Number:  850513 
 Creator/Collector:  Newhall, Nancy Wynne
Newhall, Beaumont
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 Title:  Beaumont and Nancy Newhall papers  
 Dates:  1843-1993 (bulk 1929-1993) 
 Abstract:  The archive documents the work of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, two key figures in the history of photography, through correspondence, extensive research files, published and unpublished writings, and photographs, slides and audiotapes. Beaumont Newhall's papers (136 lin. ft.) date from ca. 1843-1993, Nancy Newhall's papers (14 lin. ft.) date from ca. 1920-1989. 
 Number:  920060 
 Creator/Collector:  Panunzi, Benito
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 Title:  Benito Panunzi, Fotografia Artistica: Album de Vistas y Costumbres de Buenos Aires  
 Dates:  circa 1860-circa 1869 
 Abstract:  A set of 23 Buenos Aires cityscapes and images of gaucho and ranch life in Argentina by Benito Panunzi, issued in periodic fascicles. 
 Number:  92.R.4 
 Creator/Collector:  Porter, Bern, 1911-2004
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 Title:  Bern Porter mail art collection  
 Dates:  1953-1992 (bulk 1978-1992) 
 Abstract:  American physicist, poet, publisher, editor of artists' books, illustrator and mail artist. Collection consists of five collections of mail art preserved by Porter from his own accumulation and those of fellow mail artists John Pyros, Carlo Pittore (née Charles Stanley), Robert Saunders, and Jay Yager. 
 Number:  900270 
 Creator/Collector:  Reis, Bernard J.
Reis, Rebecca G., 1896-1988
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 Title:  Bernard and Rebecca Reis papers  
 Dates:  ca. 1924-1985 
 Abstract:  Accountant who served as a financial advisor and patron to many artists; wife Rebecca Reis (b. 1900) was an art collector. The papers contain correspondence, business and financial records, printed ephemera, photographs, a substantial body of letters from major and minor figures of the American art world, written and visual documentation of the Reis collection of art and books, and ephemeral material relating to artists and patrons. 
 Number:  900184 
 Creator/Collector:  Rudofsky, Bernard, 1905-1988
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 Title:  Bernard Rudofsky papers  
 Dates:  ca. 1910-1987 
 Abstract:  Architect, exhibition organizer, and architectural theorist. Rudofsky's working papers consist of 56 notebooks with writings and drawings; magazine articles; magazine cover designs; ca. 150 drawings in watercolor, pencil, and crayon; plans, sketches, and photographs of his building projects in Brazil, Italy, and the United States; illustrated lectures; photographs of exhibition installations organized by Rudofsky; and examples of fashion designs. Also included are 33 travel notebooks (1948-1984) with many drawings, and ca. 5,500 color slides and ca. 125 black and white photographs taken during his travels. 
 Number:  920004 
 Creator/Collector:  Asher, Betty
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 Title:  Betty Asher papers  
 Dates:  1860-1999 
 Abstract:  The papers of art collector and dealer Betty Asher document the Los Angeles art scene from circa 1960 to 1990, though most comprehensively in the 1970s, through photographs, artist files, and more than three hundred posters. Correspondence, photographs and other documents provide information about Asher's family history and the process by which she built her art collection. Included in the papers are her collections of postcards and other ephemera. 
 Number:  2009.M.30 
 Creator/Collector:  Turnbull, Betty, 1924-2010
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 Title:  Betty Turnbull interviews with Southern California artists and related ephemera  
 Dates:  1960-1988 
 Abstract:  The collection consists of interviews with leading Southern California artists conducted by Betty Turnbull, in preparation for her 1976 exhibition The Last Time I Saw Ferus, which documented the circle of artists and art figures surrounding the Ferus Gallery. Also included are ephemera, photographs and correspondence relating to the exhibition and other projects. 
 Number:  2015.M.28 
 Creator/Collector:  Bienal Americana de Arte
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 Title:  Bienal Americana de Arte records  
 Dates:  1961-1969, 1977 
 Abstract:  The Bienal Americana de Arte records document the series of art salons and biennials sponsored by Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA). The biennials were important events for exhibiting contemporary art in Latin America in the 1960s. Although regional in focus, they attracted significant international attention. An experimental music section in 1966 featured John Cage among several Latin American composers. The archive documents the planning, realization, and reception of the biennials, as well as two contemporary Latin American art salons. 
 Number:  970074 
 Creator/Collector:  Bienal Americana de Arte
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 Title:  Bienal Americana de Arte records  
 Dates:  1961-1969, 1977 
 Abstract:  The Bienal Americana de Arte records document the series of art salons and biennials sponsored by Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA). The biennials were important events for exhibiting contemporary art in Latin America in the 1960s. Although regional in focus, they attracted significant international attention. An experimental music section in 1966 featured John Cage among several Latin American composers. The archive documents the planning, realization, and reception of the biennials, as well as two contemporary Latin American art salons. 
 Number:  970074 
 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:  Brady, Herbert Francis, 1854-1924
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 Title:  Bo lan Zhonghua tu zhi albums  
 Dates:  1873-1897 
 Abstract:  The two albums titled Bo lan Zhonghua tu zhi document the lifestyle of the British foreign service community in Beijing, Tianjin (Tientsin), Hankou (Hankow), Jiujiang, and Yantai (Chefoo), and also include views of well-known monuments and sites in Beijing, Hankou, and Ningbo (Ningpo) during the late nineteenth-century. 
 Number:  2004.R.11 
 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:  Dr. Benjamin Simpson
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 Title:  British Occupation of Kandahār Album  
 Dates:  1881 
 Abstract:  The album documents Kandahār and environs following the British siege of Kandahār in 1880. Included are local landmarks, tribal groups, occupational portraits, street scenes, and scenes of the British occupation. 
 Number:  2013.R.5