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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:  Mesens, E. L. T. (Edouard Léon Théodore)
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 Title:  E. L. T. Mesens papers  
 Dates:  1917-1976 (bulk 1920-1971) 
 Abstract:  E.L.T. Mesens collected, supported, and promoted the work of surrealist artists and writers. The archive comprises comprehensive documentation of the Belgian surrealist's career as gallery director, editor, publisher, critic, musician, poet, and artist. Most significant are ca. 3,500 letters (1918-1971) to and from artists, musicians, writers, dealers, and others prominent in the art world, and ca. 800 photographs documenting art that Mesens exhibited or sold. 
 Number:  920094 
 Creator/Collector:  Bloch, E. Maurice
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 Title:  E. Maurice Bloch papers  
 Dates:  circa 1925-1989 
 Abstract:  The papers span the life and career of American art historian, professor, curator and collector, E. Maurice Bloch, from his student days in New York City to his retirement in Los Angeles (bulk ca. 1935-1989). It includes extensive correspondence, research and lecture notes, syllabi, photographs, lists, manuscripts, minutes, reports, and clippings, detailing his principal interests (George Caleb Bingham and Benjamin West, and collecting), and his associations with institutions (Virginia Steele Scott Gallery, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, University of California, Los Angeles) as well as with art students, historians, artist friends, colleagues, and dealers. 
 Number:  910003 
 Creator/Collector:  Feinblatt, Ebria
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 Title:  Ebria Feinblatt research papers  
 Dates:  1943-1989 
 Abstract:  Curator Ebria Feinblatt's research papers document her studies in seventeenth-century Bolognese ceiling painting and the development of quadratura illusionistic painting. The collection focuses on the work of Girolamo Curti, Domenico Maria Canuti, Angelo Michele Colonna and Agostino Mitelli, as well as their relationships with other artists and collaborators. 
 Number:  970034 
 Creator/Collector:  Teske, Edmund, 1911-1996
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 Title:  Edmund Teske papers  
 Dates:  1933-1996 
 Abstract:  The papers document Edmund Teske's life and work as a photographer, poet and teacher. Materials include correspondence informative of Teske's relationships with his family, colleagues and critics; poetry and writings about photography and philosophy; exhibition materials; newspaper clippings and journal articles; teaching files; interview recordings and transcripts; and photographic materials. 
 Number:  2005.M.10 
 Creator/Collector:  Chapman, Edward Francis, 1840-1926
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 Title:  Edward Francis Chapman photographs of Yarkand and Kashgar  
 Dates:  1873-1874 
 Abstract:  The album of 90 photographs documents the information gathering mission from Leh, India to Yarkand (Shache), China led by Sir T. D. Forsyth in 1873. The photographs portray the southern branch of the Silk Road and its routes, and are the first photographic record made of the indigenous inhabitants of Chinese Turkistan. 
 Number:  2017.R.16 
 Creator/Collector:  Ruscha, Edward
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 Title:  Edward Ruscha photographs of Los Angeles streets  
 Dates:  1974-2010 
 Abstract:  The archive is comprised of Edward Ruscha's ongoing photographic documentation of Los Angeles thoroughfares. Included are shoots of three streets made in the 1970s: Santa Monica Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, 1974; and Melrose Avenue, 1975; and over 40 shoots made since 2007. These shoots represent more than twenty-five streets including Sepulveda, Pico, Olympic, Wilshire, La Cienega, and Beverly boulevards. 
 Number:  2012.M.2 
 Creator/Collector:  Ruscha, Edward
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 Title:  Edward Ruscha photographs of Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard  
 Dates:  1965-2010 
 Abstract:  The archive is comprised of material related to Ed Ruscha's photographic documentation of two major Los Angeles thoroughfares: Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard, as well as the projects that resulted from the documentation of the two streets. Ruscha documented Sunset Boulevard in twelve shoots between 1965 and 2001, and Hollywood Boulevard in four shoots between 1973 and 2004. Finished projects include his fourth photographic art book, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, 1966; the portfolio Sunset Strip 1965/1995, and the portfolio and book Then & Now: Hollywood Boulevard 1973-2004, 2005. 
 Number:  2012.M.1 
 Creator/Collector:  Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952
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 Title:  Edward S. Curtis papers  
 Dates:  1900-1978 (bulk 1903-1954) 
 Abstract:  The Edward S. Curtis papers document all of the photographer's major projects, focusing on The North American Indian, his major publication, the Curtis Picture Musicale, and his full-length feature film In the Land of the Head Hunters. The promotion and publication of these projects is particularly well-documented. The collection also contains the original manuscript musical scores for both the Curtis Picture Musicale and In the Land of the Headhunters. Also included are typescripts and notes for books, lectures, and other writings. There is a small amount of Curtis's original photographic material as well as miscellaneous personal and professional documents. 
 Number:  850111 
 Creator/Collector:  Gray, Eileen, 1878-1976
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 Title:  Eileen Gray architectural drawings  
 Dates:  1930-1947 
 Abstract:  Sixteen architectural drawings once owned by architect and designer Eileen Gray comprise the archive. Original drawings and reprographic prints for three of Gray's own architectural projects form the bulk of the archive, with the rest being prints of drawings for two projects by Gray's colleagues, Le Corbusier and Jean Badovici. Although few in number, the drawings in this collection document key aspects of Gray's architectural work, including her interest in minimal housing and in the role of architecture in public welfare, as well as her interactions with colleagues. 
 Number:  2002.M.25 
 Creator/Collector:  Gjerstad, Einar, b. 1897
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 Title:  Einar Gjerstad research papers  
 Dates:  1806-1984 (bulk 1925-1980) 
 Abstract:  The Einar Gjerstad research papers document the long and prolific scholarly career of this Swedish classical archaeologist. The archive includes research notes, photographs, drawings, typescripts and publication production materials for Gjerstad's extensive studies of the archaeology of Cyprus and early Rome. 
 Number:  900228 
 Creator/Collector:  Lissitzky, El, 1890-1941
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 Title:  El Lissitzky letters and photographs  
 Dates:  1911-1941 
 Abstract:  The El Lissitzky letters and photographs collection consists of 106 letters sent, most by Lissitzky to his wife, Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers, along with his personal notes on art and aesthetics, a few official and personal documents, and approximately 165 documentary photographs and printed reproductions of his art and architectural designs, and in particular, his exhibition designs. 
 Number:  950076 
 Creator/Collector:  Antin, Eleanor
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 Title:  Eleanor Antin papers  
 Dates:  1953-2010 
 Abstract:  The papers of artist Eleanor Antin contain comprehensive documentation of her work and work processes throughout her career as a pioneer in the fields of conceptual, feminist, and performance art. Included are extensive correspondence, notebooks and sketchbooks, ephemera, thousands of photographs and negatives, and master recordings of video, film, and audio works. 
 Number:  2012.M.5 
 Creator/Collector:  Jastrow, Elisabeth
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 Title:  Elisabeth Jastrow papers  
 Dates:  1870-1971 (bulk 1916-1965) 
 Abstract:  The Elisabeth Jastrow papers document the life and scholarship of this émigré archaeologist who left Germany due to the anti-Semitic policies of the Third Reich. The archive contains personal and professional correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, extensive research notes and photographic documentation on terracotta arulae from Magna Grecia, and teaching notes, as well as material related to her father, Ignaz Jastrow. 
 Number:  920062 
 Creator/Collector:  Roth, Elizabeth E.
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 Title:  Elizabeth Roth research papers on festivals  
 Dates:  1956-2006 
 Abstract:  Research materials on festivals and festival books from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and other countries, assembled by Elizabeth Roth, Keeper of Prints, Rare Books, and of the Spencer Collection at the New York Public Library. 
 Number:  2007.M.16 
 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:  Ruhlmann, Emile-Jacques, 1879-1933
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 Title:  Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann drawings and papers  
 Dates:  1924-1936 
 Abstract:  The Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann drawings and papers detail the later work of this French Art Deco interior and furniture designer. This collection of interior design drawings displays a cross section of Ruhlmann's most productive period and forms a significant resource for the study of the history of modernism in French decorative arts. Included in this collection are twenty-four portfolios for seventeen design projects that document perspective views, floor plans, and interior design details. Materials are largely visual, comprised of original sketches, drawings, stencils, and renderings. Scattered throughout the collection are several handwritten notes, financial statements, and textual records. 
 Number:  2002.M.18 
 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:  Pettoruti, Emilio, 1892-1971
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 Title:  Emilio Pettoruti letters to Julio Payró  
 Dates:  1924-1957 (bulk 1943-1957) 
 Abstract:  The collection contains letters from the Argentine artist Emilio Pettoruti to the art historian and critic, Julio Payró (1943-1957). One of the 52 letters is to Pettoruti, 3 letters are from Pettoruti's wife. A one page inventory lists Pettoruti's paintings exhibited at the Witcomb Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1924. Four newspaper clippings are reviews of Pettoruti's exhibition at the San Marco gallery in Rome (October 1953). The letters document Pettoruti's Buenos Aires exhibition in 1924, his European exhibitions in the 1950s, and his move to Paris. They reflect in their content the experience of a Latin American artist amidst the European modernism art movement of the time. 
 Number:  2001.M.18 
 Creator/Collector:  Donati, Enrico, 1909-2008
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 Title:  Enrico Donati letters received and manuscripts  
 Dates:  1943-1963 
 Abstract:  Italian-born painter and sculptor. Circa 200 letters received from galleries, museums, and artists, four manuscripts, and circa 20 printed items primarily relate to the Surrealist retrospective "Le Surrealisme en 1947" curated by Andrei Breton and Marcel Duchamp and held at the Galerie Maeght in Paris, July-August 1947. 
 Number:  940120 
 Creator/Collector:  Gómez-Correa, Enrique, 1915-
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 Title:  Enrique Gómez-Correa papers  
 Dates:  1920-1995 
 Abstract:  Archive contains materials by and about poet, essayist and editor, Enrique Gómez-Correa, chiefly covering his activities during the 1940s, as well as his prominence in the South American surrealist movement. It contains correspondence, manuscripts, personal photographs, books, articles, clippings, artwork, and other material. 
 Number:  970015 
 Creator/Collector:  Lihn, Enrique
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 Title:  Enrique Lihn papers  
 Dates:  1941-1988 
 Abstract:  Chilean poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. Papers include Lihn's correspondence with poets, writers, publishers, artists, critics, and friends and family. His notebooks contain drafts of his writings, drawings, and notes. Other files hold research and lecture notes, drawings and collages, clippings and ephemera, as well as manuscripts by others. Included are some papers of the Chilean painter Pablo Burchard collected and maintained by Lihn. 
 Number:  990050 
 Creator/Collector:  Orr, Eric, 1939-1998
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 Title:  Eric Orr documentary photographs and papers  
 Dates:  1959-2012, undated 
 Abstract:  The Eric Orr papers consist primarily of photographic prints, slides, transparencies, and negatives that document the Light and Space movement artist's paintings, sculptures, and public fountains. Also present are schematic drawings and plans for Orr's public works and ephemera, clippings, and administrative files that detail Orr's life and practice. 
 Number:  2017.M.13 
 Creator/Collector:  Mendelsohn, Erich
Mendelsohn, Luise
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 Title:  Erich and Luise Mendelsohn papers  
 Dates:  1894-1992 
 Abstract:  The archive, from the estate of Luise Mendelsohn, comprises the personal correspondence and documents of the Mendelsohn family. Includes transcripts or originals of correspondence between Erich and Luise Mendelsohn (1910-1953) reflecting Erich Mendelsohn's architectural, aesthetic, and political development. Other papers concern Erich's architectural legacy and include manuscripts of Luise's unpublished autobiography and biographical notes on her husband, photographs of family life and architectural projects, microfilm copies of typescripts and drawings, audiotapes of lectures, and five drawings by Erich's students. 
 Number:  880406 
 Creator/Collector:  Born, Ernest, 1898-
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 Title:  Ernest Born architectural drawings of medieval aisled timber halls  
 Dates:  ca. 1944-ca. 1981 
 Abstract:  Architect and professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Architectural drawings document English, French, and Dutch and Belgian vernacular buildings of the 13th and 14th centuries, including churches, tithe barns, manor halls, hospitals, and market halls. 
 Number:  920089 
 Creator/Collector:  Kitzinger, Ernst, 1912-
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 Title:  Ernst Kitzinger papers  
 Dates:  1931-1995 
 Abstract:  Art historian specializing in Byzantine, early Christian, and early medieval art. The papers document Kitzinger's scholarly contribution to the history of late antique, early Christian, Byzantine, and early medieval art. The collection consists of offprints of his published work, research materials, lecture materials, teaching files, and photographs and slides. 
 Number:  970036 
 Creator/Collector:  Fischer, Ernst O. E.
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 Title:  Ernst O. E. Fischer collection of Max Ernst prints  
 Dates:  1912-1974 
 Abstract:  A collection of prints by leading Dada and Surrealist artist, Max Ernst, assembled by Ernst O.E. Fischer and comprising 164 sheets. Approximately 66 additional pieces in bound books are now part of the Library's core collection. It constitutes a comprehensive selection of the artist's graphic oeuvre and includes a number of unique examples. 
 Number:  P900001 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Education Institute for the Arts
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 Title:  Event and publication images  
 Dates:  1985-1997 
 Abstract:  Records consist of black-and-white and color photographs, color slides, black-and-white and color negatives, forms, and letters, 1985-1997, created for and used by the Getty Education Institute (GEI), and housed in the Slide Library. The images depict conferences and seminars organized and hosted by the GEI; art appreciation instruction in elementary school classrooms; adults attending lectures and museums; and publication artwork. 
 Number:  IA20018 
 Creator/Collector:  Ellin, Everett
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 Title:  Everett Ellin papers  
 Dates:  1928-2013 
 Abstract:  Everett Ellin was the polymathic owner of two well-regarded art galleries in Los Angeles during the late 1950s and the early 1960s. He invigorated the local art scene by bringing major artists from New York to Los Angeles. He also created a vital link between technology and museums by founding the Museum Computer Network. After leaving the art world, he worked as an entrepreneur in energy management and medical imaging technology, as an inventor of media devices, an executive for SONY, and as a business consultant. The papers document Ellin's professional life, including his work with the Everett Ellin Gallery, French & Company, and the Museum Computer Network. A small quantity of personal papers is also present. 
 Number:  2015.M.22 
 Creator/Collector:  J. Paul Getty Museum
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 Title:  Exhibition photographs  
 Dates:  1980-2004 (bulk 1990-2004) 
 Abstract:  The records comprise written documentation and photographs documenting the exhibitions of the J. Paul Getty Museum from the early 1980s to 2004. Materials include black-and-white and color photographic prints, slides, negatives, transparencies, and digital images (TIFFs). 
 Number:  IA20032 
 Creator/Collector:  Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles (Organization)
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 Title:  Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles records  
 Dates:  1969-1975 
 Abstract:  Collection of materials documenting Experiments in Art and Technology Los Angeles, a non-profit organization fostering collaborations between artists and scientists that generally operated independently of the original New York-based E.A.T. The collection offers a survey of proposed and completed projects by the Los Angeles E.A.T. organization. 
 Number:  2003.M.12 
 Creator/Collector:  Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization)
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 Title:  Experiments in Art and Technology records  
 Dates:  1966-1993 (bulk 1966-1973) 
 Abstract:  Records of the organization Experiments in Art and Technology, generated and collected by its president, Billy Klüver, and other staff members, the bulk from 1966-1973. Materials include project files, correspondence, proposals, reports, photographs, posters, audiovisual materials, minutes, clippings, printed matter, and other items. 
 Number:  940003 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Exposición Universal Barcelona 1888  
 Dates:  1888 
 Abstract:  The album of collotypes documents the Barcelona Exposition of 1888. Included are birds-eye views of the exposition grounds; the greenhouse; the Hemicycle; the Maritime section; exteriors of individual pavilions; and interior displays including those in the Palace of Fine Arts, the Hall of Agriculture and the Palace of Industry. 
 Number:  90.R.23 
 Creator/Collector:  Bisson, Auguste-Rosalie, 1826-1900
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 Title:  Exposition Universelle de Paris 1867 album  
 Dates:  1867 
 Abstract:  Exposition Universelle de Paris 1867 contains 25 photographs taken by Auguste-Rosalie Bisson (Bisson Jeune) and five taken by Charles-Louis Michelez. The album documents the buildings, grounds and exhibits of the 1867 Paris Exposition universelle in Paris. 
 Number:  2002.R.11