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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:  Didier Lecointre et Denis Ozanne (Firm)
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 Title:  L'Architecture lettriste collection  
 Dates:  1968-1988 
 Abstract:  A collection assembled for an exhibition in 1988 at Lecointre-Ozanne in Paris featuring maquettes, projects, plans and writings of Isidore Isou, Roland Sabatier, Alain Satié, François Poyet, Gérard-Philippe Broutin, Albert DuPont, and Micheline Hachette. Included are manifestos and bulletins; proposals for playgrounds and housing; designs for towns of the future; and decorative designs. 
 Number:  880210 
 Creator/Collector:  Huxtable, L. Garth
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 Title:  L. Garth Huxtable papers,  
 Dates:  1913-2012 
 Abstract:  The papers of the industrial designer L. Garth Huxtable (1911-1989), spans his career from the 1930s to the 1970s. This collection contains Huxtable's design work including drawings, models and tools that comprise his decades-long contribution to American product design. 
 Number:  2013.M.2 
 Creator/Collector:  L.A. Artists For Survival
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 Title:  L.A. Artists for Survival records relating to Target L.A.  
 Dates:  1981-1984, undated 
 Abstract:  The collection documents anti-nuclear war festivals in 1982 and 1983 organized by L.A. Artists for Survival, one of the later generation of artists' groups to emerge from the Los Angeles Woman's Building. The materials show the evolution of the festival's development and execution, and comprise largely administrative and production files, photographic documentation, and ephemera. 
 Number:  2017.M.46 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute. Contemporary Programs and Research
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 Title:  L.A. as Subject records  
 Dates:  1989-2000 (bulk 1995-2000) 
 Abstract:  Records include development and background files for the L.A. as Subject program and directory created by Karen Stokes, the project manager for the organization at the Getty Research Institute, dating from 1989-2000 (bulk 1995-2000). Records document the development of Cultural Inheritance/L.A.: A Directory of Less-Visible Archives and Collections in the Los Angeles Region (Getty Research Institute, 1999) and the companion online database, the meetings of the L.A. as Subject Advisory Forum, the program's participation in public programming and on committees, and general management of the program through administrative files. 
 Number:  IA40019 
 Creator/Collector:  Alloway, Lawrence, 1926-1990
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 Title:  Lawrence Alloway papers  
 Dates:  1891-2003, undated 
 Abstract:  Lawrence Alloway was a British born art critic active in the New York art scene from 1960 until his death in 1990. An early champion of post-war American art, he coined the term "Pop Art." The archive consists of correspondence with his wife, the artist Sylvia Sleigh, work files, manuscripts and clippings, personal documents, and many photographs and slides of contemporary art. 
 Number:  2003.M.46 
 Creator/Collector:  Desmond, Lawrence Gustave, 1935-
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 Title:  Lawrence G. Desmond Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project (MMARP) Photographs  
 Dates:  1982-2013 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises Lawrence G. Desmond's photographic documentation of symposia organized by the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project (MMARP) held between 1982 and 1999. Included are approximately 1,700 black-and-white and color slides and 179 gelatin silver prints including a panoramic print of the 1989 symposium participants at the Templo Mayor Museum in Mexico City. 
 Number:  2014.R.16 
 Creator/Collector:  Desmond, Lawrence Gustave, 1935-
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 Title:  Lawrence Gustave Desmond papers relating to Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon  
 Dates:  1978-2009, undated 
 Abstract:  The Lawrence Gustave Desmond papers represent over 30 years of exhaustive research and writing by Lawrence Desmond on the lives and work of Mesoamerican archaeologists Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, who lived and traveled throughout Yucatán, Mexico, and Central America from 1873 to 1886, and were the first to systematically excavate and photograph the Maya sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal. Desmond's interest in the husband and wife team began during his graduate studies and they are the subject of his PhD dissertation and two books, A Dream of Maya: Augustus and Alice Le Plongeon in Nineteenth-century Yucatán with Phyllis Messenger (1988) and Yucatán through Her Eyes: Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, Writer & Expeditionary Photographer (2009). Included in the collection are research materials and correspondence assembled by Desmond over the course of his study of the Le Plongeons along with the drafts and manuscripts for his resulting publications. Inventories of the major holdings of original Le Plongeon photographs in the United States, and of the Dixon family in England, as well as copy photographs of those holdings, are also included. 
 Number:  2013.M.12 
 Creator/Collector:  Steinberg, Leo, 1920-2011
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 Title:  Leo Steinberg research papers  
 Dates:  1945-1996 (bulk 1950-1993) 
 Abstract:  Art historian, critic, lecturer, and professor. The papers consist of research notes, correspondence relating to Steinberg's lectures and essays, papers written by his students, several versions of some of his essays, an abandoned dissertation project, and many of his notebooks from courses he took at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. The archive reflects Steinberg's career as an art critic, lecturer, and teacher, ca. 1945-ca.1996. 
 Number:  930046 
 Creator/Collector:  Nadel, Leonard
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 Title:  Leonard Nadel photographs and other material relating to housing and urban redevelopment in Los Angeles  
 Dates:  1947-1998 (bulk 1947-1957) 
 Abstract:  Consisting primarily of photographic materials created by Leonard Nadel from 1947 to 1957, the archive records early efforts by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) to create public housing for the city's growing population, and also documents several areas of the city that the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) had targeted for commercial revitalization. Nadel's black-and-white negatives, contact prints, and two unpublished photographic books form the bulk of the material, supplemented by handwritten notes and related documents. 
 Number:  2002.M.42 
 Creator/Collector:  Olschki, Leonardo, 1885-1961
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 Title:  Leonardo Olschki papers,  
 Dates:  1924-1987, undated 
 Abstract:  German-Italian romance philologist, orientalist, and scholar of medieval and renaissance texts. His papers comprises research papers, his manuscripts, correspondence, clippings, and some personal documents. Annotated proofs for English, German, and Italian editions of Marco Polo's Asia and Genius of Italy are included, along with research notes and related correspondence. Other papers concern some of Olschki's many research interests and his teaching at the University of Heidelberg and the University of California, Berkeley. 
 Number:  890138 
 Creator/Collector:  Maigné, Léopold, active 1844-1872
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 Title:  Léopold Maigné, Monuments remarquables de Tlemcen XI, XII, XIII siècles: restaurés et photographiés de 1853 à 1864  
 Dates:  circa 1864 
 Abstract:  Monuments remarquables de Tlemcen XI, XII, XIII siècles restaurés et photographiés de 1853 à 1864 comprises twenty-one albumen photographs documenting sites restored and photographed by Léopold Maigné in and around Tlemcen, Algeria, during the mid-nineteenth century. Monuments depicted include the Mosque of Sidi Halaoui; the Mosque and Madrasa of Sidi Boumediene (Sidi Abu Madyan); a Muslim cemetery; the ruins of a princely tomb at Sidi Yacoub; the Mosque at Mansourah; the El Mechouar Mosque; and the minaret and fortifications of the Mosque at Agadir. 
 Number:  2018.R.26* 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute. Research Library
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 Title:  Letters and papers of British artists  
 Dates:  1774-1993 (bulk 1774-1964) 
 Abstract:  The collection, assembled by the repository, comprises 1360 items, mostly letters signed by 507 British painters, illustrators, printmakers, draughtsmen, and sculptors. The collection includes circa 40 illustrated letters, as well as sketches, press clippings, manuscripts, and reproductions of art works. Most items date from the late 19th century. 
 Number:  860525 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute. Research Library
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 Title:  Letters of British architects  
 Dates:  1793-1921 
 Abstract:  An assembled collection of letters written by 34 British architects between 1793 and 1921, most of them from the second half of the 19th century. 
 Number:  860525A 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute. Research Library
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 Title:  Letters of British art patrons, collectors, and dealers  
 Dates:  1821-1921 
 Abstract:  An assembled collection of 66 letters, written by 47 persons between 1821 and 1921. Most letters date to the 19th century. The letters present a view of the 19th century world of art patrons, dealers, and collectors. 
 Number:  860525D 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute. Research Library
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 Title:  Letters of British authors  
 Dates:  1770-1915 
 Abstract:  This collection, assembled by the repository, comprises 150 letters sent by 73 persons between 1770 and 1915 with the bulk sent between the 1840s-1890s. The authors of the letters include British editors, publishers, writers, art critics, politicians, archaeologists, scientists, writers on architecture, and writers of dictionaries. 
 Number:  860525B 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute. Research Library
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 Title:  Letters of British dignitaries and professionals  
 Dates:  1756-1951 
 Abstract:  The collection, assembled by the repository, comprises 65 letters from 43 correspondents. The senders are well-known people in England, including physicians, politicians, directors of cultural institutions, and members of the peerage and the clergy. The letters cover a wide variety of subjects, ranging from professional issues and public business to social activities, private relationships, and family concerns. 
 Number:  860525C 
 Creator/Collector:  Queneau, Raymond, 1903-1976
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 Title:  Lettrism papers  
 Dates:  1946-1965 
 Abstract:  A collection of letters and ephemera belonging to editor Raymond Queneau, one of the founders of "Ouilipo." The materials concern the avant-garde movement Lettrism, and comprise correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, and ephemera. 
 Number:  980036 
 Creator/Collector:  Mouvement lettriste
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 Title:  Lettrist movement papers  
 Dates:  1949-1988 
 Abstract:  Assorted material from the Lettrist movement, including manuscripts, printed essays and tracts, and exhibition ephemera. 
 Number:  900263 
 Creator/Collector:  Baltz, Lewis, 1945-2014
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 Title:  Lewis Baltz Archive  
 Dates:  1967-2013 
 Abstract:  American photographer and author Lewis Baltz first gained recognition as one of the key figures in the New Topographic Movement of the late 1970s, pioneering an approach to photography that refused to glorify industrial process, revealing instead landscapes blighted by rapid development and human detritus. The collection encompasses Baltz's career spanning from his early black-and-white Prototype Works of the late 1960s to his color projects of the early twenty-first century up to and including Aqua Alta and It's a Wonderful Life (2002). Included are original materials - negatives with printing notes, contact sheets, outtakes for images not selected as part of a final project, proof prints, and duplicate final prints - as well as installation shots, exhibition ephemera, and publications by and about Baltz. 
 Number:  2013.M.31 
 Creator/Collector:  Baltz, Lewis, 1945-2014
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 Title:  Lewis Baltz notebooks and ephemera  
 Dates:  1987-2011 
 Abstract:  The collection of ephemera and notebooks from photographer Lewis Baltz gives insight to his public exhibitions and daily life between 1987-2011. The ephemera documents Baltz's group and solo exhibitions, while notebooks dating from 1995-2005 present a detailed overview of Baltz's career-related activities, meetings, projects planned and executed, and expenses. Also present are several photographs of and by Baltz. Also present are several photographs of and by Baltz. 
 Number:  2015.M.27 
 Creator/Collector:  J. Paul Getty Museum
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 Title:  Library inventory and accession records  
 Dates:  1954-1965, 1977 
 Abstract:  The records comprise inventories, lists, and accession records from the museum and library, listing J. Paul Getty's personal books and furniture in the museum, reference books in the library, and books purchased for the library of the J. Paul Getty Museum, from 1954 to 1965, and 1977. 
 Number:  IA20001 
 Creator/Collector:  Long Beach Museum of Art
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 Title:  Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive  
 Dates:  circa 1964-2003 
 Abstract:  The Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) was among the first museums in the United States to focus on video as an artistic medium. The materials in the archive document LBMA's innovative approaches to collecting, producing and displaying video art, primarily between 1974 and 1999. Materials include artist files; exhibition records; LBMA's administrative records pertaining to the video program; materials on the museum's grant and cable television programs; photographic materials; and almost 5,000 videotapes. 
 Number:  2006.M.7 
 Creator/Collector:  Lang, Lothar
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 Title:  Lothar Lang collection of East German art ephemera  
 Dates:  1930, 1953-1992 
 Abstract:  Compiled by German art historian Lothar Lang, the collection represents the work and activity of over 700 artists and institutions in East Germany in the latter half of the 20th century. The bulk of the collection is composed of artists' and institutions' files containing exhibition announcements, leaflets, photographs, offprints, negatives, press and book clippings, and correspondence. The artists' and institutions' files also include six posters for the political cabaret Distel in East Berlin, eleven oversize color reproductions of paintings, one oversize black-and white reproduction of a woodcut, and one oversize black-and-white reproduction of an illustration. The collection also contains eight LP records and a clay plaque commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. 
 Number:  920100 
 Creator/Collector:  Rousselet, Louis, 1845-1929
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 Title:  Louis Rousselet photographs of India  
 Dates:  1865-1868 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises 26 photographs from Louis Rousselet's 1869 publication Voyage dans l'Inde documenting his five-year journey throughout the country. Depicted are sites and monuments in Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, Lucknow, Allahabad and Delhi. Included are views of the Buddhist stupa at Sānchi and Akbar's tomb and the villa and gardens at Secundra (Sikandar Bagh). Views of forts and citadels, gateways, palaces, tombs, mosques and bazaars are also present. 
 Number:  2018.R.11* 
 Creator/Collector:  Vignes, Louis, 1831-1896
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 Title:  Louis Vignes views and panoramas of Beirut and the ruins of Palmyra  
 Dates:  1864 
 Abstract:  The collection of 47 photographs contains views of the city of Beirut, Lebanon and the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra and the town of Al-Rastan in Syria, taken by Louis Vignes in 1864 when he accompanied Honoré Théodoric d'Albert, duc de Luynes, on his expedition to the Dead Sea region. They represent the earliest photographs of the remains of Roman Palmyra and are also among the earliest photographs of Beirut. 
 Number:  2015.R.15 
 Creator/Collector:  Cassas, Louis François
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 Title:  Louis-François Cassas materials for Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palaestine, et la Basse Aegypte,  
 Dates:  1795-1823 
 Abstract:  Preparatory drawings made by Louis François Cassas, manuscripts, and printed proofs for the publication Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palaestine, et la Basse Aegypte, issued in three volumes in Paris between 1799-1800. 
 Number:  840011 
 Creator/Collector:  Folgore, Luciano, 1888-1966
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 Title:  Luciano Folgore papers  
 Dates:  1890-1966 
 Abstract:  A comprehensive collection of materials tracing the career and work of prolific Futurist writer, Luciano Folgore, covering his involvement in that movement as well as his later pioneering work in Italian children's radio and television. The archive comprises a large volume of his manuscripts of poetry, theater, and prose, in addition to correspondence, clippings, photographs, books, and other printed and related matter. 
 Number:  910141 
 Creator/Collector:  Hervé, Lucien
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 Title:  Lucien Hervé photographs of architecture and artworks by Le Corbusier  
 Dates:  1949-1965 
 Abstract:  The collection contains over 18,000 photographic negatives, 1,700 color slides, and 1,200 transparencies taken by Lucien Hervé, Le Corbusier's official photographer. Organized by project, this photographic material includes both Hervé's original negatives and copys negatives from the work of other photographers who have documented Le Corbusier's architectural projects. Subjects include Le Corbusier's executed buildings, unrealized architectural designs, and non-architectural works, such as paintings, tapestries, and sculptures. The collection also contains hundreds of portraits of Le Corbusier, both formal and informal. 
 Number:  2002.R.41 
 Creator/Collector:  Goldscheider, Ludwig, 1896-1973
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 Title:  Ludwig Goldscheider papers  
 Dates:  1911-1981 (bulk 1925-1973) 
 Abstract:  Art historian, poet, and translator, and co-founder, director, designer, and editor of the Phaidon Press. Collection includes letters, drafts, and manuscript revisions of books, photographic materials, annotated books, and personal papers primarily documenting Goldscheider's writings on art and artists. 
 Number:  840066 
 Creator/Collector:  Salerno, Luigi, 1924-1992
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 Title:  Luigi Salerno research papers  
 Dates:  1948-1996 
 Abstract:  The collection is comprised of research notes, an extensive photograph archive and correspondence, which document the career and scholarly interests of Italian art historian Luigi Salerno. Active in Rome and prominent in the field of baroque studies, Salerno was a prolific author and an administrator involved with the preservation of artistic patrimony in Rome and Lazio. 
 Number:  2000.M.26