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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:  M. Knoedler & Co.
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 Title:  M. Knoedler & Co. artist files  
 Dates:  approximately 1890-1971 
 Abstract:  The M. Knoedler & Co. artist files form part of the records of the firm of M. Knoedler & Co. described in the related finding aid for the collection. Due to their size, the artist files are described separately from the rest of the archive. The M. Knoedler & Co. artist files primarily document artworks handled by the New York office of Knoedler & Co. and represent the bulk of the materials in Series VII. Photographs. The photographs, along with research and descriptive information, document artworks purchased and sold by the firm or on consignment at the firm, as well as artworks offered for sale to the firm, but not acquired. In addition to photographs, each artist file typically includes "pedigree" documentation of the artworks, such as ownership history, bibliographies and expertise documentation. The photographs provide a visual record of the condition of the artwork at the time it was in the firm's stock and enable to distinguish works with similar titles or works whose titles have changed over time. Often they are the last record of works whose location is presently unknown. The titles indicated for the works are derived from the titles that Knoedler staff assigned the works in the stock books, the sales books or the inventory cards. When possible, abbreviations of the titles in the archive have been expanded and spelling mistakes corrected, but no attempt has been made to update the titles to current standards of the repositories for these works. When different sources in the archive provided titles that differed considerably, the different versions have been provided, when possible. The main finding aid for the The M. Knoedler & Co. records is available here: 
 Number:  2012.M.54.S7A 
 Creator/Collector:  M. Knoedler & Co
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 Title:  M. Knoedler & Co. records  
 Dates:  approximately 1848-1971 
 Abstract:  The records of M. Knoedler & Co. document the business of the prominent American art dealer from the mid-19th century to 1971. The archive traces the development of the once provincial American art market into one of the world's leading art centers and the formation of the private art collections that would ultimately establish many of the nation's leading art museums, such as the Frick Collection and the National Gallery of Art. It contains crucial provenance information on numerous artworks in private and public collections in the United States. The archive includes stock books, sales books and commission books; correspondence with collectors, artists, art dealers and other associates; photographs of the artworks sold by the gallery; records from the firm's offices in London, Paris and other cities; exhibition files; framing and restoration records, and records of the firm's Print Department. 
 Number:  2012.M.54 
 Creator/Collector:  Becket, MacDonald
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 Title:  MacDonald Becket papers documenting the work of Wurdeman and Becket, Welton Becket and Associates, and the Becket Group  
 Dates:  1944-2011 
 Abstract:  Albums of clippings, letters, photographs and ephemera, as well as brochures, company newsletters and related materials collected by MacDonald Becket, document the work of the successive architectural firms of Wurdeman and Becket, Welton Becket and Associates, and the Becket Group. 
 Number:  2012.M.43 
 Creator/Collector:  Macpherson, Robert, 1815 or 1816-1872
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 Title:  Macpherson's Vatican Sculptures  
 Dates:  1863? 
 Abstract:  An album of 130 albumen photgraphs by Robert Macpherson of Greek and Roman sculpture held in the Vatican Museum, along with installation views of six of the halls housing the sculpture. The album documents the museum as it was arranged in the 1860s. 
 Number:  91.R.3 
 Creator/Collector:  HUNGEXPO (Firm : Budapest, Hungary)
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 Title:  Magyar Jubileumi Népgazdasági Kiállitás Album  
 Dates:  1970 
 Abstract:  An album containing 41 full-page gelatin silver photographs documenting the Hungarian Jubilee Exhibition of the National Economy organized by HUNGEXPO, and held in Moscow in 1970. 
 Number:  2017.R.2 
 Creator/Collector:  Lubliner, Malcolm
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 Title:  Malcolm Lubliner Photographs of the Los Angeles Art Scene  
 Dates:  1967-1997, undated (bulk 1968-1971) 
 Abstract:  The collection of photographs of the Los Angeles art scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s by photographer Malcolm Lubliner records the activities of artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Josef Albers, John Altoon, Frank Stella, and Sam Francis. Most of the photographs were commissioned by Gemini G.E.L., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Art and Technology (A&T) Program. Included in the collection are approximately 460 sleeves of negatives, 600 corresponding contact prints, and 300 photographic prints, including duplicates. 
 Number:  2012.R.21 
 Creator/Collector:  Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966
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 Title:  Malvina Hoffman papers  
 Dates:  1807-1882, 1897-1984, undated 
 Abstract:  A nearly complete archive of letters, manuscripts, photographs, diaries, drawings, and films documents Malvina Hoffman's life and her career as a sculptor and writer. 
 Number:  850042 
 Creator/Collector:  Man Ray, 1890-1976
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 Title:  Man Ray letters and album  
 Dates:  1922-1976 
 Abstract:  A significant ensemble of letters and writings by or addressed to Man Ray and collected by his sister Elsie Ray Siegler and her daughter Naomi Savage. The letters provide a rich chronicle of Man Ray's personal and professional life from 1922 to 1976. Letters to Man Ray are from Dada and surrealist artists and authors, and document the dynamic artistic and literary scenes of the immediate pre- and post-World War II period in the United States. An album of Man Ray's predominately handwritten manuscripts supplements the letters. 
 Number:  930027 
 Creator/Collector:  Hall, Manly P. (Manly Palmer)
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 Title:  Manly Palmer Hall collection of alchemical manuscripts  
 Dates:  1500-1825 
 Abstract:  A collection of 243 manuscripts detailing the arts of Alchemy, Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, and Masonry, gathered by Manly Palmer Hall, author and researcher in the realms of mysticism and the occult. 
 Number:  950053 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Maps of Paris  
 Dates:  1754-1907 
 Abstract:  A collection of 152 printed maps of Paris and its environs, dating from the mid-18th to early 20th centuries. Most are hand-colored, indexed, and many are illustrated with vignettes of famed monuments. 
 Number:  P910001 
 Creator/Collector:  Vasquez, Carl, Graf, 1798-1861
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 Title:  Maps of Vienna  
 Dates:  ca. 1840 
 Abstract:  Ten lithographed hand-colored maps of Vienna published (and possibly drawn) by Austrian cartographer Carl Graf Vasquez. One print shows the city and neighboring districts in the medieval era (1147); the remaining prints show the city in the years prior to modernization efforts in the mid-19th century. The border of each map contains 14 views of Viennese monuments. 
 Number:  P960001 
 Creator/Collector:  Tucker, Marcia
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 Title:  Marcia Tucker papers  
 Dates:  1918-2007, bulk 1957-2005 
 Abstract:  Museum files, correspondence, writings and other materials pertinent to Marcia Tucker's career as curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and founding director of the New Museum (New York, N.Y.). 
 Number:  2004.M.13 
 Creator/Collector:  Leavin, Margo, 1936-
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 Title:  Margo Leavin Gallery records  
 Dates:  1947-2017, bulk 1966-2013 
 Abstract:  In nearly forty-two years of operation as one of the foremost art venues in Los Angeles (1970 -2012), Margo Leavin Gallery presented over five hundred exhibitions. Grounded in Minimalism and Pop Art, the gallery showed a mix of works by both New York and Los Angeles artists such as Dan Flavin and Claes Oldenburg, and gradually moved into the terrain of Conceptual Art, representing artists such as Alexis Smith, John Baldessari, and Sherrie Levine. In 1976 Wendy Brandow joined the gallery staff, and became Director and Partner in 1989. Brandow played a key role in the gallery: she was active in all aspects of the enterprise, from conceptualizing and organizing exhibition to managing business affairs, and was instrumental in engaging with a younger, conceptually oriented generation of artists such as Larry Johnson, Stephen Prina, Christopher Williams, and Roy Dowell. Leavin and Brandow placed numerous works at the world's top museums, had a profound effect on the art world of the city, and made an indisputable contribution to the international acclaim accorded to Los Angeles Conceptual Art. 
 Number:  2015.M.5 
 Creator/Collector:  Karras, Maria, 1950-
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 Title:  Maria Karras collection of Woman's Building papers and photographs  
 Dates:  1972-2018, undated 
 Abstract:  The collection presents a record of the historic first years of the Woman's Building in Los Angeles and the women involved with it, including Feminist Studio Workshop founders Judy Chicago, Sheila de Bretteville, and Arlene Raven. Maria Karras's photographs are joined by related ephemera, correspondence, posters, and other documentary materials, together with a selection of original artwork by Karras and her peers. 
 Number:  2018.M.16 
 Creator/Collector:  Asprucci, Mario, 1764-1804
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 Title:  Mario and Antonio Asprucci architectural drawings relating to the Villa Borghese in Rome and other Borghese commissions  
 Dates:  1786-early 1800s 
 Abstract:  The architectural drawings by Mario Asprucci (1764-1804), his father Antonio Asprucci (1723-1808), and their associates document the buildings and gardens of the Villa Borghese in Rome that were commissioned by Prince Marcantonio IV Borghese (1730-1800) and other Borghese commissions. They reveal the importance of Mario Asprucci's contributions and include designs he made for the Temple of Aesculapius and the unrealized Museo Gabino. 
 Number:  2021.M.12 
 Creator/Collector:  Palanti, Mario
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 Title:  Mario Palanti architectural records, Montevideo, Uruguay  
 Dates:  1919-1946 
 Abstract:  These papers of Mario Palanti (1885-1979) primarily document the planning and construction of the Palacio Salvo in Montevideo, Uruguay, as well as his dry masonry technique known as "palandomus." 
 Number:  910002 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Martinique: vues & types  
 Dates:  1870s-1880s 
 Abstract:  The album of 69 photographs taken by an unidentified photographer(s) contains views of Martinique and studio portraits of the island's inhabitants. 
 Number:  95.R.97 
 Creator/Collector:  Richards, Mary Caroline
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 Title:  Mary Caroline Richards papers  
 Dates:  1898-2007, bulk 1942-1999 
 Abstract:  Papers document Richards's work as a scholar and teacher of English literature, her a poet, potter, and translator, and finally her lectures, workshops, and writings in art education. The papers emphasize the 1940s and 1950s, the period during which Richards taught at Black Mountain College. 
 Number:  960036 
 Creator/Collector:  Bontempelli, Massimo, 1878-1960
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 Title:  Massimo Bontempelli papers  
 Dates:  1865-1991 
 Abstract:  This collection details the creative output and life story of Italian writer and composer Massimo Bontempelli (1878-1960) through extensive correspondence and photographs (bulk 1920-1960), manuscripts, typescripts, drafts, clippings, and other media, a fair representation of his novels, plays, short stories, essays, lectures, reviews, and musical compositions, as well as documents about his personal relationships. It also contains papers of Giosuè Borsi, and Paola Masino. 
 Number:  910147 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Materials relating to the building of a bridge at Bergerac  
 Dates:  circa 1768-1840 
 Abstract:  A comprehensive collection of architectural materials related to the building of a bridge at Bergerac in southwest France (bulk ca. 1825), containing plans, designs, proposals, explanations, estimates, specifications, correspondence, and other supporting materials. 
 Number:  870536 
 Creator/Collector:  Tuchman, Maurice
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 Title:  Maurice Tuchman papers  
 Dates:  1949-1998, undated 
 Abstract:  Maurice Tuchman (Jacksonville, Florida, 1936) is one of the most important curators to have emerged from Los Angeles, and his papers form a significant resource for the study of Southern California art history from the early 1960s to the 1990s. The archive documents many of Tuchman's projects both at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where he served as curator from 1964 to 1994, an those done outside the institution as a scholar and art consultant. His professional files include most notably his appointment books from 1965 to 1994, and the photographs he took during the installation of Art and Technology (1971). A large section of personal correspondence, photographs and miscellaneous papers is also present, together with some audiovisual materials. 
 Number:  2015.M.19 
 Creator/Collector:  Raphael, Max, 1889-1952
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 Title:  Max Raphael papers  
 Dates:  1931-1990 
 Abstract:  Modernist art historian, born in Poland (1889), died in the United States (1952). Papers contain approximately 6 linear feet of manuscripts (many unpublished) on philosophy, artists and art (ancient, medieval and modern), the sociology of art, architects and architecture, as well as the natural sciences, literature and Marxism. Correspondence among his disciple Ilse Hirschfeld, his wife, Emma Raphael, Claude Schaefer, his literary executor and disciple, and publishers, editors, students, and scholars documents the efforts to translate, interpret, and publish his writings after his death. These letters, many of which are copies transcribed by Hirschfeld, primarily date between 1952-1989 and number over 2,000. In addition there are ca. 50 postcards, telegrams and letters from Max Raphael to Ilse Hirschfeld, 1932 and 1952. Forty-four reels of microfilm contain copies of the Raphael papers in the Germanishes Nationalmuseum, Nuremburg. 
 Number:  920050 
 Creator/Collector:  Barry, Maximillien-Étienne-Émile, 1843-1910
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 Title:  Maximilien-Étienne-Émile Barry, Mission scientifique de Mr. Ernest Chantre sous-directeur du Muséum de Lyon dans la haute Mésopotamie, le Kurdistan et le Caucase  
 Dates:  1881 
 Abstract:  The portfolio documenting Ernest Chantre's scientific mission to the Caucasus, Kurdistan and Mesopotamia, undertaken between March and September 1881, contains 57 albumen photographs taken by Captain Maximilien-Étienne-Émile Barry and one lithographed map showing the expedition's route. The photographs primarily document the Kurdistan portion of the mission which began in Trabzon, on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey, and proceeded on to Poti, Kutaisi, Goti and Tbilisi in the Caucasus. During the expedition Chantre explored some of the oldest continuously inhabited towns and cities in the world. The photographs record both ancient archaeological and contemporary urban sites. Portraits of inhabitants encountered along the way include those of Mingrelian, Kurdish and Armenian peoples. Also present are scenes of daily life and landscapes. 
 Number:  2018.R.23 
 Creator/Collector:  Lechter, Melchior, 1865-1937
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 Title:  Melchior Lechter papers  
 Dates:  1879-1937 
 Abstract:  German artist, best known for his work in the decorative design of books and ex libris, stained glass windows and painting. Collection consists primarily of correspondence between Lechter and the artists, writers, craftsmen, and decorative artists with whom he worked and intersected. 
 Number:  970039 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Mexican carte-de-visite portrait album from the era of Maximilian and Napoleon IIII  
 Dates:  between 1854 and 1870 
 Abstract:  The album of carte-de-visite portraits was compiled by an unidentified person, most likely of French nationality, during or shortly after the period known as the French intervention in Mexico (1861-1867) when the French invaded and ruled that country, establishing Maximilien, Archduke of Austria, as Emperor of Mexico. It includes photographs by several photographers active in France or Mexico such as François Aubert and André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri. 
 Number:  92.R.8 
 Creator/Collector:  Gallis, Michael Alexander, 1909-2001
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 Title:  Michael Alexander Gallis papers  
 Dates:  1908-1990 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises personal correspondence, drawings, photographs, draft material for a monograph on Erich Mendelsohn, professional materials and ephemera documenting Gallis's personal and professional life, with particular attention to his years in training at the School of Architecture at the University of Oregon, Eugene, as well as his independent architectural practice after 1953. The collection excludes materials produced while Gallis worked with Erich Mendelsohn. 
 Number:  2017.M.49 
 Creator/Collector:  Simon, Michael
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 Title:  Michael and Carol Simon collection of Hungarian photography  
 Dates:  1850s-2009 
 Abstract:  Assembled by Michael Simon during his research on Hungarian photography, this extensive collection of photographs documents the development of the medium with a range of photographic processes and the history of the art form in Hungary. Through photography the collection also documents Hungary's tumultuous history over the course of almost 150 years. 
 Number:  2011.M.8 
 Creator/Collector:  Corris, Michael
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 Title:  Michael Corris papers of the Art & Language New York group  
 Dates:  1965-2002 
 Abstract:  The collection documents the activities of the conceptual art group Art & Language New York. Art & Language New York challenged the assumption that art is necessarily visual by questioning ideas of perception and the institutional stake of museums and the art market. 
 Number:  2003.M.32 
 Creator/Collector:  Maynard, Michel de
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 Title:  Michel de Maynard lantern slides of early twentieth-century China  
 Dates:  1906-1912 
 Abstract:  Lantern slides taken by Michel de Maynard, a Franciscan missionary in China, document Chinese culture and missionary activity during the last days of the Qing dynasty, the revolution of 1911, and the birth of the Chinese Republic, notably in Shaanxi province. Subjects include landscapes, buildings, cultural monuments, formal and informal portraits, scenes of daily life, religious and cultural practices, and the revolution of 1911. 
 Number:  2002.R.43 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Middle Eastern and North African Portraits  
 Dates:  circa 1860-circa 1889 
 Abstract:  Studio portraits or other posed shots of indigenous Middle Eastern and North African individuals, produced for a European audience. 
 Number:  93.R.31 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Middle Eastern and North African Views and Portraits  
 Dates:  circa 1870-circa 1900 
 Abstract:  This collection of albumen prints dates from the last quarter of the 19th century and comprises views and portraits from North Africa and the Middle East, some of which are signed Bonfils. 
 Number:  93.R.72 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Minimal and Conceptual Art Documents  
 Dates:  1969-1989 
 Abstract:  An assembled collection of visual and written documentation, including correspondence and artists' statements, and photographs and drawings relating to gallery installations, sculptural pieces, conceptual pieces, land art, and performances. Includes artists' letters to German critic and editor Werner Lippert and Galleria Toselli in Milan, and materials pertaining to the exhibition Prospect 69 (Dusseldorf, 1969). Includes letters from artists and gallery owners to Konrad Fischer, and some Fluxus printed ephemera. 
 Number:  920025 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute
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 Title:  Miscellaneous papers regarding Ambroise Vollard  
 Dates:  1890-1939 (bulk 1890-1910) 
 Abstract:  Collection comprises original and photocopied letters and records related to the French art dealer Ambroise Vollard and the artists he represented. 
 Number:  2001.M.24 
 Creator/Collector:  Mizuno Gallery
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 Title:  Mizuno Gallery records  
 Dates:  1955-2005 (bulk 1966-1988) 
 Abstract:  The Mizuno Gallery occupies an important place in the history of postwar art in Los Angeles as a venue for contemporary art from 1967 to 1984. The archive includes gallery ephemera, postcards, letters, installation shots and other photographs documenting gallerist Riko Mizuno's close relationship with the artists she exhibited, and with collectors and other art world personalities. The most extensively represented artists are Vija Celmins, Billy Al Bengston, and Henry Miller. 
 Number:  2010.M.84 
 Creator/Collector:  Harrison, D. Dex (Donald Dex), 1909-1987
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 Title:  MOD-X Building System records  
 Dates:  1952-1967 
 Abstract:  The MOD-X Building System records document the brief life of this product as its creators sought to find a niche for it in the post World War II efforts to industrialize building design and construction through prefabrication. Consisting primarily of legal and financial records and correspondence among the various stakeholders, as well as drawings and photographs, the archive provides insight into one of the most critical issues that the architectural profession faced during the period spanning the second half of the 1940s until well into the 1960s: how to design buildings that could be mass produced by big construction companies while at the same time maintaining sufficient artistic freedom to make the buildings interesting and attractive. 
 Number:  2001.M.14 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute
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 Title:  Modern Art in Los Angeles recordings  
 Dates:  2003-2011 
 Abstract:  Materials principally comprise audiovisual recordings of oral history interviews, public conversations, and lectures dating 2003-2011, generated by the Getty Research Institute (GRI) through its Modern Art in Los Angeles initiative. Materials also include supporting documentation for the initiative, including interview transcripts, photographs, and ephemera. The interviews and events were conducted to record leading artists, filmmakers, musicians, curators, and critics as they discuss their contributions to Los Angeles' vibrant postwar (1945-1980) art scene. 
 Number:  IA40018 
 Creator/Collector:  Mother Art
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 Title:  Mother Art records  
 Dates:  1973-2017, undated 
 Abstract:  The Mother Art records document the Los Angeles collective's artistic engagement with sociopolitical concerns relating to maternity, domesticity, and women's issues through photographs, posters, ephemera, press kits, and audio and videorecordings. 
 Number:  2017.M.60 
 Creator/Collector:  Besser, Howard
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 Title:  Museum Educational Site Licensing Project papers  
 Dates:  1983, 1992-1999, undated (bulk 1996-1998) 
 Abstract:  Papers consist of reports, printed matter, correspondence, letters, memoranda, notes, surveys, agenda, minutes, legal documents, and photographs, 1983, 1992-1999 and undated (bulk 1996-1998), created and used by Howard Besser, Principal Investigator and other participants in the Museum Educational Site Licensing Project, sponsored in part by the Getty Art History Information Program. The records describe the genesis, development, execution, and evaluation of the project. 
 Number:  IA20019 
 Creator/Collector:  Orth, Myra Dickman
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 Title:  Myra Dickman Orth research papers  
 Dates:  1952-2003 
 Abstract:  The research papers of Myra Dickman Orth consist of manuscript notes, correspondence, drawings, publications, slides, offprints, photographs, and index cards. An American art historian and a leading specialist on French Renaissance manuscripts, Orth conducted research and published on books of hours, printers, women patrons, royal patronage and intellectual life in Renaissance France. 
 Number:  2004.M.10