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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:  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:  Hinkefuss, Carl Ernst
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 Title:  Carl Ernst Hinkefuss papers  
 Dates:  1903-1970 (bulk 1912-1933) 
 Abstract:  The papers of Carl Ernst Hinkefuss document the career of this graphic designer, as well as broader developments in German commercial graphic design in the early decades of the twentieth century. The archive is comprised primarily of original trademark and logo designs and related materials, some created independently by Hinkefuss, and some in collaboration with his business partner, Wilhelm Deffke, under the aegis of their company, Wilhelmwerk. Other items in the archive relate to the journal Qualität, the clearest expression of Hinkefuss's attempt to integrate the worlds of commerce and design, and to his children's book, Mein Vogelparadies. 
 Number:  2010.M.63 
 Creator/Collector:  Carlhian (Firm)
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 Title:  Carlhian records  
 Dates:  1867-1988 
 Abstract:  Records of the Paris-based interior design firm, including ledgers, stock books, furniture designs, correspondence, photographs, fabric samples, drawings, and business records for the firms' Paris, London, New York, and Buenos Aires offices. 
 Number:  930092 
 Creator/Collector:  Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-2019
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 Title:  Carolee Schneemann papers  
 Dates:  1959-1994 
 Abstract:  The archive documents Schneemann's performances, happenings, film and book production, and exhibitions from 1959-1994. It includes original materials relating to performances and publication projects in the form of notes, drawings, performance scripts and manuscripts; correspondence with visual, literary and performing artists, art critics, and other individuals prominent in the international avant-garde; printed ephemera, artists' books, and Fluxus objects by Schneemann and others; lecture notes and other materials pertaining to Schneemann as teacher and lecturer; research files on performance and feminist topics; manuscripts by others about Schneemann's work; and photograph albums which provide visual documentation of much of her performance work. 
 Number:  950001 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Carte-de-visite album of Algeria  
 Dates:  1870s-1880s 
 Abstract:  The carte-de-visite album contains 50 cartes-de-visite of Algeria and Algerians by various photographers including Jean Geiser and Alexandre Leroux; a two-part panorama of Algiers by Jean Geiser made from two joined horizontal cabinet cards; and a panoramic view of Oran by A. Decugis showing the port and military hospital, also on a horizontal cabinet card. 
 Number:  2019.R.1 
 Creator/Collector:  Moro, César, 1903-1956
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 Title:  César Moro papers  
 Dates:  1854-1997 (bulk 1925-1956) 
 Abstract:  The papers of Peruvian Surrealist poet and artist César Moro include notebooks, drafts of poems, manuscripts of articles, personal diaries, exhibition catalogs, photographs, and correspondence with a number of other artists of the era, including André Coyné, Benjamin Péret, Paul Éluard, Leonora Carrington, Wolfgang Paalen, and Rufino Tamayo. Also included are two collages by Moro, a watercolor by Alice Rahon [Paalen], an etching by Wolfgang Paalen, and several works by patients with mental illness at the Hospital Larco Herrera, where Moro taught art. The collection also includes books and journals from Moro's personal library. 
 Number:  980029 
 Creator/Collector:  Brittin, Charles
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 Title:  Charles Brittin papers  
 Dates:  1914-2009 (bulk 1950-1979) 
 Abstract:  The papers of photographer Charles Brittin contain photographs, negatives, slides, and transparencies documenting the Los Angeles art scene and social and political movements that occurred during the 1950s-1970s. Accompanying the photographs are correspondence, personal writings, printed ephemera, posters, maquettes, clippings, and publications. The archive also includes works of art by Brittin and other artists such as Bob Alexander, Wallace Berman, and George Herms. 
 Number:  2005.M.11 
 Creator/Collector:  Fellows, Charles, Sir, 1799-1860
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 Title:  Charles Fellows correspondence  
 Dates:  1820-1879 (bulk 1839-1852) 
 Abstract:  Collection comprises drafts and handwritten copies of letters, as well as notes and inventories written and received by the British archaeologist Sir Charles Fellows (1820-1879). The letters and inventories describe Fellows's expeditions to Lycia, in present day Turkey, and most particularly, his excavation of Xanthus. Correspondence also concerns the display of Lycian artifacts at the British Museum. 
 Number:  970014 
 Creator/Collector:  Ford, Charles Henri
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 Title:  Charles Henri Ford papers  
 Dates:  1906-1989 (bulk 1939-1989) 
 Abstract:  American poet, playwright, painter, and publisher. The Charles Henri Ford archive contains correspondence, manuscripts, ephemera, art works, and newspaper clippings relating to himself, his companion, Pavel Tchelitchew, and a large circle of friends, artists, and literary figures. 
 Number:  900194 
 Creator/Collector:  Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895
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 Title:  Charles Lanman papers  
 Dates:  1840-1987 
 Abstract:  Artist and author Charles Lanman's output was informed by and representative his nature travels east of the Rocky Mountains, and wrote about the major personalities of his field and time. The collection includes twenty- three unpublished manuscripts about these subjects, as well as a family history; official documents relating to the administration of Lanman's estate and art collections; personal and professional correspondence; photographs; newspaper clippings; and ephemera relating to an exhibition about Lanman. It also contains reproductions of Lanman's artwork, transcripts, notes, biographical and literary lists, and correspondence generated by E. Maurice Bloch, a scholar and collector specializing in American art who undertook research on Charles Lanman in the second half of the twentieth century. 
 Number:  930071 
 Creator/Collector:  Kurtz, Charles M. (Charles McMeen), 1855-1909
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 Title:  Charles M. Kurtz archive  
 Dates:  1870-1910 
 Abstract:  American art critic, editor, collector, dealer, and director of numerous arts organizations and expositions. Collection documents Kurtz's prominent role as arts administrator, and patron and promoter of the arts, and includes letters from notable figures in the late 19th- and early 20th-century art world, manuscripts, printed ephemera, and notebooks. 
 Number:  910163 
 Creator/Collector:  Isabelle, Charles-Edouard, 1800-1880
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 Title:  Charles-Edouard Isabelle drawings of ancient sites in Italy  
 Dates:  1826-1827 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises 163 drawings made by the French architect Charles-Edouard Isabelle (1800-1880) during his travels to Italy and Croatia between 1826 and 1827. Most drawings are of Pompeii. Also present are drawings of other ancient Roman sites in the Campania and in Pula, Croatia, as well as drawings of medieval architecture in Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, and Umbria. Drawings document floor plans, cross sections, elevations, and detailed renderings of architectural decoration. 
 Number:  900096 
 Creator/Collector:  Nemser, Cindy
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 Title:  Cindy Nemser papers  
 Dates:  1966-2012 
 Abstract:  Cindy Nemser is an art and theater critic largely known for her involvement in the feminist art movement of the 1970s. She was the editor of The Feminist Art Journal from 1972 to 1977 and wrote the acclaimed book Art Talk: Conversations With 12 Women Artists. Nemser's papers contain her writings, including unpublished articles and novels, correspondence with many artists, art critics, and book editors, and an extensive collection of Nemser's taped interviews with artists and pioneers of the feminist art movement. 
 Number:  2013.M.21 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute
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 Title:  Cities and sites glass stereograph collection  
 Dates:  1854-circa 1880 
 Abstract:  Open, growing collection of glass stereographs, depicting sites and peoples from around the world. 
 Number:  ZSG2 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute
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 Title:  Cities and Sites Photograph Collection  
 Dates:  circa 1850-circa 1949 
 Abstract:  An assembled collection of photographs of cities, sites, and monuments from around the world. Many views are by early photographers such as Robert Macpherson, James Anderson, Carlo Naya, and Giorgio Sommer. 
 Number:  96.R.34 
 Creator/Collector:  Claire Copley Gallery
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 Title:  Claire Copley Gallery records  
 Dates:  1968-2011, bulk 1973-1977 
 Abstract:  The records of one of the first Los Angeles galleries to show the work of conceptual artists such as Terry Allen, Michael Asher, Daniel Buren, Joseph Kosuth, and William Leavitt. The collection includes artist files containing correspondence, ephemera, and comprehensive photographic documentation of each exhibition. 
 Number:  2014.M.2 
 Creator/Collector:  Diament Sujo, Clara
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 Title:  Clara Diament Sujo papers  
 Dates:  1944-2014 (bulk 1981-2008) 
 Abstract:  The papers of Clara Diament Sujo provide a comprehensive survey of the operations of CDS Gallery founded by the dealer and art critic in New York in 1981. There is also documentation on the center of contemporary art Estudio Actual created by Sujo in Caracas in 1968, as well as on her formative years studying with Jorge Romero Brest in Buenos Aires, and her writings and lectures. The archive comprises correspondence; financial records; scrapbooks; exhibition brochures; artist files; photographs; videos; and works on paper dedicated to Sujo. Among the artists represented by CDS Gallery and in the records are: Roberto Aizenberg; Jacobo Borges; Carlos Cruz-Diez; José Luis Cuevas; Stephen De Staebler; Wilfredo Lam; Roberto Matta; Henry Moore; José Clemente Orozco; Armando Reverón; Jesús Rafael Soto; Hedda Sterne; Joaquín Torres-García; and Adja Yunkers. 
 Number:  2018.M.31 
 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:  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 
 Creator/Collector:  Fredericks, Claude
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 Title:  Claude Fredericks papers  
 Dates:  circa 1850-1988 (bulk 1941-1988) 
 Abstract:  Personal papers of the American dramatist, poet, and teacher. Includes his literary writings (1933-1940), notebooks (1945-1988), lecture notes for literature classes taught at Bennington College (1961-1988), letters received (1944-1988), and printed ephemera documenting plays, concerts and exhibits attended (1950-1988), and travel (1944-1988). Photographs portray family (circa 1850-1964) and friends, writers, artists, dancers, and musicians. 
 Number:  900230B 
 Creator/Collector:  Portier, C. (Claude-Joseph), 1841-1910
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 Title:  Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie photograph album  
 Dates:  circa 1867 
 Abstract:  An album of 29 photographs of Algiers and environs taken by Claude-Joseph Portier circa 1867. 
 Number:  2017.R.17 
 Creator/Collector:  Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994
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 Title:  Clement Greenberg papers  
 Dates:  1928-1995 
 Abstract:  The Clement Greenberg Papers document the professional and personal life of the art critic known for championing American Abstract Expressionist painters. 
 Number:  950085 
 Creator/Collector:  Hewins, Ralph
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 Title:  Collected papers for biography of J. Paul Getty  
 Dates:  Circa 1890s-1973, 1984, undated (bulk 1957-1973) 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises material created or collected by Ralph Hewins in the course of researching and writing the biography The Richest American: J. Paul Getty (1960). The material dates from around the 1890s to 1973 and includes correspondence that discusses Hewins' writings about Getty, a number of unpublished manuscripts, personal photographs given to Hewins by Mr. Getty, and other related photographs, clippings, and ephemera belonging to Hewins. 
 Number:  IA20012 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty, J. Paul (Jean Paul), 1892-1976
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 Title:  Collected photographs and postcards of Los Angeles, California and vicinity  
 Dates:  circa 1857-1940 
 Abstract:  This collection primarily comprises black-and-white photographs of early California (1857-1940s). J. Paul Getty collected these images; they reflect his interest in Los Angeles and the coastal region of Santa Monica and Malibu, where he spent much of his life. The bulk of the images trace the development of Los Angeles from a small pueblo to a bustling city and show the Santa Monica coastline, canyons, and mountains prior to their development. The collection also contains several photographs of waterfront communities to the north and south of Los Angeles, a few shots of California missions, and one of the Redwoods. It also includes a small set of non-photographic postcards of California (1885). 
 Number:  IA40005 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty, J. Paul (Jean Paul), 1892-1976
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 Title:  Collected photographs of San Francisco  
 Dates:  1888, 1890, 1905-1906 
 Abstract:  Records consist of 36 black-and-white photographs of San Francisco, California, 1888, 1890, 1905-1906, collected by J. Paul Getty. The photographs document the city before and after the 1906 earthquake. 
 Number:  IA20020 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute
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 Title:  Collection of Mexican religious engravings  
 Dates:  1700-1830 
 Abstract:  Collection contains 49 loose prints, book cards, ex votos, and indulgences concerning the interpretation of religious subjects and their devotion. Printers include Jose Elogio Morales, Jose de Nava, Jose Benito Ortuno, Francisco Antonio Rubio, Tomas de Suria, Manuel de Villavicencio, and the Calle de la Profesa. 
 Number:  960027 
 Creator/Collector:  Neville, Morgan
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 Title:  Cool School Oral History recordings  
 Dates:  2005-2006 
 Abstract:  Cool School Oral History interviews, 2005-2006 consist of interviews conducted for the 2007 documentary by Morgan Neville, The Cool School, about the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles from 1957-1966. 
 Number:  IA40027 
 Creator/Collector:  Coop Himmelblau
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 Title:  Coop Himmelblau architectural models and drawings for five projects  
 Dates:  1983-1995 
 Abstract:  This collection consists of architectural models and drawings for five projects designed by the architectural firm Coop Himmelblau from 1983 to 1995. The five projects are: Open House, Malibu, California, 1983-circa 1990; Rooftop Office Remodeling, Vienna, 1983-1989; City Plan for Melun Sénart, France, 1987; Rehak House, Malibu, California, 1990-circa 1995; and Anselm Kiefer Studios, Buchen, Germany, 1990 and Barjac, France, 1992. The firm name is also presented as Coop Himmelb(l)au. 
 Number:  2002.M.2 
 Creator/Collector:  Coracle Press
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 Title:  Coracle Press records  
 Dates:  1953-2013, bulk 1975-2008 
 Abstract:  Coracle Press records from 1953 to 2013 document the press's production of books, printed matter and exhibitions under the direction of Simon Cutts. 
 Number:  880024 
 Creator/Collector:  Ver Heyden de Lancey, Cornelius, 1889-1984
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 Title:  Cornelius Ver Heyden de Lancey collection of French letters and documents by painters, sculptors, architects, and printmakers  
 Dates:  1691-1825, undated 
 Abstract:  The Cornelius Ver Heyden de Lancey collection comprises manuscript correspondence and documents by over 75 painters, sculptors, architects, and printmakers, predominantly from 17th- and 18th-century France. 
 Number:  2017.M.62