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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:  Freuler, D.
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 Title:  D. Freuler, Holyrood, 124, avenue de Wagram, Paris  
 Dates:  circa 1870-1879 
 Abstract:  The album of twenty albumen photographs by D. Freuler documents Holyrood, an opulent Parisian townhouse on Avenue de Wagram designed by Charles des Anges, that was home to Marie Sinclair, Lady Caithness and duchesse de Pomár, the second wife of James Sinclair, Earl of Caithness. 
 Number:  90.R.72 
 Creator/Collector:  Libeskind, Daniel
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 Title:  Daniel Libeskind papers  
 Dates:  1968-1992 
 Abstract:  The Libeskind archive contains 15 design projects (1970-1991), materials related to Libeskind's teaching at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (1980-1984), manuscripts and publications (1970-1990) and photographs, slides and transparencies (ca. 1968-1990). The Jewish Museum in Berlin (also called Between the Lines in this archive) is the most extensively documented of his designs. 
 Number:  920061 
 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:  Antin, David
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 Title:  David Antin papers  
 Dates:  1954-2006 
 Abstract:  The papers of performance artist, experimental poet, curator, and critic David Antin include extensive correspondence, forty years of diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts, working notes, teaching files, and over 300 audiotapes and videos of lectures and performances. In particular, the archive documents Antin's "talk pieces" which were his unique means of fusing spoken poetry with academic lectures. 
 Number:  2008.M.56 
 Creator/Collector:  Thomson, David Croal, 1855-1930
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 Title:  David Croal Thomson papers  
 Dates:  1879-1931 
 Abstract:  English art dealer and writer, Thomson (1855-1930) worked at or managed several major galleries in London and edited the Art Journal. The papers primarily contain professional and personal correspondence. Letters to and from leading artists and social figures trace artistic trends and tastes as well as Thomson's growing stature in London society. Personal correspondence consists largely of letters between members of Thomson's family. The collection includes a small number of clippings, itineraries, and ephemera. 
 Number:  910126 
 Creator/Collector:  Lamelas, David, 1946-
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 Title:  David Lamelas papers  
 Dates:  1964-1997 
 Abstract:  The personal and professional papers of Argentinean sculptor and filmmaker David Lamelas provide an overview of Lamelas's artistic practices and the development of his work from sculpture to architecture, film, and conceptual installations. Drawings, sketches, notes, plans, photographs, correspondence, sketchbooks, and other papers produced or collected by Lamelas document selected work from his early period in Buenos Aires, through his projects in Europe and North America and his latest work in the 1990s. 
 Number:  2005.M.12 
 Creator/Collector:  Piper, David
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 Title:  David Piper papers relating to British museums and art institutions  
 Dates:  1916-1990 
 Abstract:  British museum director, art historian, and novelist (1918-1990). These papers reflect Piper's tenure as director of the National Portrait Gallery (1964-1967), the Fitzwilliam Museum (1967-1973), and the Ashmolean Museum (1973-1985), as well as his position on various boards and institutions. The collection consists of letters, notes, essays, reports, clippings, and some single journal issues and promotional material concerning the arts in Britain. 
 Number:  960020 
 Creator/Collector:  Tudor, David, 1926-1996
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 Title:  David Tudor papers  
 Dates:  1800-1998, bulk 1940-1996 
 Abstract:  Papers of the avant-garde pianist and electronic music composer, David Tudor, comprehensively document his participation in post-World War II experimental music. Scores by other composers, notably John Cage, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, Sylvano Bussotti, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tudor's realizations of their scores, and his own electronic compositional materials form the bulk of the collection. Archive includes correspondence, financial papers, programs and announcements, specifications and documentation for electronic equipment, and audio and video recordings. 
 Number:  980039 
 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:  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:  J. Paul Getty Museum. Education Department
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 Title:  Department of Education and Academic Affairs records  
 Dates:  1973-2004 and undated (bulk 1987-2002) 
 Abstract:  Records consist of memoranda, correspondence, reports, handouts, meeting notes, exhibit designs and related materials, public announcements, policy guidelines, visitor responses, educational materials, photographic materials, contracts, and publicity concerning the activities of the J. Paul Getty Museum Department of Education and Academic Affairs, dating 1973-2004 (bulk 1987-2002) and undated. 
 Number:  IA30010 
 Creator/Collector:  Higgins, Dick, 1938-1998
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 Title:  Dick Higgins papers  
 Dates:  1960-1994 (bulk 1972-1993) 
 Abstract:  American artist, poet, writer, publisher, composer, and educator. The archive contains papers collected or generated by Higgins, documenting his involvement with Fluxus and happenings, pattern and concrete poetry, new music, and small press publishing from 1972 to 1994, with some letters dated as early as 1960. 
 Number:  870613 
 Creator/Collector:  Dieterle Family
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 Title:  Dieterle family records of French art galleries  
 Dates:  1846-1986 
 Abstract:  Collection comprises portions of 19th-century French gallery archives acquired by the Dieterle family as they built their art dealership and developed particular expertise in Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. In addition to those of Dieterle, the records of eight dealers (Goupil & Cie, Boussod Valadon & Co., Tedesco Frères, Arnold et Tripp, Bague et Cie, Le Roy et Cie, Galerie Allard et Noel, and Galerie Georges Petit) include stock ledgers, photographs of paintings, annotated exhibition and sales catalogs, and clippings. 
 Number:  900239 
 Creator/Collector:  J. Paul Getty Trust
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 Title:  Documentation of the installation of Taste at the Restaurant at the Getty Center  
 Dates:  1997 
 Abstract:  Records document the 1997 creation and execution of Taste, Alexis Smith's permanent mixed-media installation for the Restaurant at the Getty Center. Materials comprise 35mm color slides; 4 x 5 inch color transparencies; 4 x 5 inch color and black-and-white negatives; and 5 screen prints signed by the artisit. The photographs, shot by Grant Mudford, document the progress of the installation. 
 Number:  IA30009 
 Creator/Collector:  Goldberg, Donald
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 Title:  Donald Goldberg collection of French caricature  
 Dates:  1830-1853 
 Abstract:  A collection, assembled by Donald Goldberg, comprised entirely of 19th century French lithographs designed by two artists known by their pseudonyms, Paul Gavarni and Grandville, and featuring political and social caricature. 
 Number:  P890001 
 Creator/Collector:  Cooper, Douglas, 1911-1984
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 Title:  Douglas Cooper papers  
 Dates:  1900-1985, bulk 1933-1985 
 Abstract:  This collection chronicles Douglas Cooper's long career as critic, curator, and collector, as well his wide circle of associations within the art world. Limited to his professional life, it encompasses his curatorship of the Mayor Gallery (London), his investigation of art stolen by Nazis, and his penchant for controversy. It includes correspondence, manuscripts, printed matter, photographs, clippings, audiovisual materials, and a variety of other media. 
 Number:  860161 
 Creator/Collector:  Simms, Richard A., Dr.
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 Title:  Dr. Richard A. Simms collection of prints and drawings by Käthe Kollwitz and other artists  
 Dates:  1770s-2007, undated 
 Abstract:  Assembled over a period of forty years, the collection comprises approximately 560 works on paper by Käthe Kollwitz and other predominantly German and other European artists from the late 19th and the early 20th century, whose work exemplifies the artistic directions of the period, such as realism or naturalism, impressionism, symbolism, and expressionism. Several of the artists represented were like Käthe Kollwitz members of the modernist movement Berlin Secession, including Ernst Barlach, Max Klinger, Lovis Corinth, Emil Nolde, or Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Most extensively represented are Lovis Corinth, Otto Greiner, Max Klinger, Wilhelm Leibl, Ludwig Meidner, Max Pechstein, Franz Skarbina, Max Slevogt, and Karl Stauffer-Bern. Present are works by Emma Bormann, Lyonel Feininger, Walter Grammatté, George Grosz, Peter Halm, Karl Jakob Hirsch, Arthur Kampf, Melchior Lechter, Wilhelm Leibl, Friedrich von Liphart, Hans Meid, Wilhelm Morgner, Rolf Nesch, Emil Orlik, Bernhard Pankok, Jules Pascin, Ilya Repin, Christian Rohlfs, Rudolf Schlichter, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Franz von Stuck, Hans Thoma, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Albert Welti, and Heinrich Zille. Also included are works by artists from the late 18th and pre-modernist 19th century, including Daniel Chodowiecki, Jean-Baptiste Édouard Detaille, Carl Wilhelm Kolbe the Elder, and Alfred Rethel. 
 Number:  2016.PR.34 
 Creator/Collector:  Duits, Ltd. (Gallery : London, England)
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 Title:  Duits, Ltd. (Gallery: London, England) records  
 Dates:  1920-1979 
 Abstract:  Extant sales and financial records and photographs of the Duits, Ltd. Gallery in London for the period 1920-1979, providing provenance, sales history, and some expertise on art and antiques (including estates and collections) handled by the firm. 
 Number:  860290 
 Creator/Collector:  Durlacher Bros.
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 Title:  Durlacher Bros. records  
 Dates:  1919-1973 
 Abstract:  Records of the Durlacher Brothers, prominent art dealers in London and New York during the 19th and 20th centuries. The records comprise administrative and financial records, correspondence, and photographs from the New York City branch, ca. 1920s-1960s, the years during which R. Kirk Askew managed, and then owned the firm. 
 Number:  950003 
 Creator/Collector:  Duveen Brothers
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 Title:  Duveen Brothers records  
 Dates:  1876-1981 (bulk 1909-1964) 
 Abstract:  Notable art dealers from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. The records provide a detailed view of the Duveen Brothers business activities in London, Paris, and New York. Although the archive extends from 1876 to 1981, the bulk of the material dates from Joseph Duveen's tenure as president of the firm, 1909-1939, and the period 1939-1964 when Edward Fowles directed the firm (with Armand Lowengard until 1943). The mass of documents, such as cables and letters, invoices, and ledger and stock books, give a day-by-day account of art dealing, business strategy, and the individuals involved. Included are some records from the Kleinberger Galleries, 1906-1971, and 6 linear feet of Edward Fowles's papers. 
 Number:  960015 
 Creator/Collector:  Duveen Brothers
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 Title:  Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer's library,  
 Dates:  1829-1965 
 Abstract:  These records from the art dealer Duveen Brothers formed part of the firm's library holdings that were purchased in 1965 by The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. They document the Duveen Brothers' cataloging, research, exhibition work, and publication of works of art and collections. They consist of brochures, photographs, collectors' files, scrapbooks, correspondence and authentication records from art experts, notably Bernard Berenson. Also included in these records are the papers of Italian Renaissance art historian R. (Robert) Langton Douglas. 
 Number:  2007.D.1 
 Creator/Collector:  Dwan Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
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 Title:  Dwan Gallery publications and ephemera  
 Dates:  1960-1971 
 Abstract:  Collection of exhibition announcements, posters and exhibition catalogs documenting the exhibitions held at Virginia Dwan's influentional galleries in Los Angeles and New York. In the early sixties, Dwan introduced artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenberg, and Yves Klein to Los Angeles, and then worked with Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, and others upon her move to New York in 1965. 
 Number:  2012.M.37