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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:  Erenberg, Sam
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 Title:  Sam Erenberg papers  
 Dates:  1965-2012 
 Abstract:  The papers highlight Erenberg's career as a painter, bookmaker, filmmaker, and installation and performance artist. The archive includes correspondence, photographs, and project files documenting Erenberg's exhibition history; relations with artists, curators, and gallerists; and the development of various projects including experimental films, installations, and artists' books. 
 Number:  2012.M.52 
 Creator/Collector:  Francis, Sam
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 Title:  Sam Francis papers  
 Dates:  1916-2010 (bulk 1950-1994) 
 Abstract:  California born artist Sam Francis was a second generation Abstract Expressionist painter who incorporated influences of Jungian psychology, Buddhism, and Japanese aesthetics into the urban and angst-ridden painting style of the New York School. After living abroad in Paris and Japan, he settled in Los Angeles, where he founded a fine art print press, the Litho Shop, a book press, Lapis Press, and painted prolifically until his death in 1994. The papers document his exhibitions, business ventures, friendships, five marriages, and childhood. 
 Number:  2004.M.8 
 Creator/Collector:  Wagstaff, Samuel J., Jr., 1921-1987
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 Title:  Samuel Wagstaff papers  
 Dates:  1796-1987 (bulk 1952-1986) 
 Abstract:  The papers document Sam Wagstaff's activities as curator and collector, with a focus on his collections and collecting processes. The papers are rich in correspondence and include letters from artists, photographers and cultural institutions. Original photographs and non-photographic original artworks are included, as well as slides, negatives, postcards, film reels, prints and drawings. 
 Number:  2005.M.46 
 Creator/Collector:  Starr, Sandra Leonard
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 Title:  Sandra Leonard Starr papers related to California assemblage art  
 Dates:  1960-1995, bulk 1986-1988 
 Abstract:  The collection contains art historian, curator and gallery director Sandra Leonard Starr's papers related to her 1988 exhibition and catalog titled, Lost and Found in California: Four Decades of Assemblage Art. Included are her research files on artists, production material for the exhibition and publication, and audio recordings and transcripts of Starr's interviews with 12 significant figures in the California art scene from 1940 to 1987, including artists Robert Alexander, Cameron, Richard Diebenkorn, George Herms, and Edward Kienholz. 
 Number:  2011.M.22 
 Creator/Collector:  Schaeffer Galleries (New York, N.Y.)
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 Title:  Schaeffer Galleries records  
 Dates:  1907-1988, bulk 1925-1980 
 Abstract:  Hanns and Kate Schaeffer specialized in Old Master paintings from all European schools. The records of the Schaeffer Galleries document gallery's stock and business dealings from the early 1920s until the late 1980s, both in Berlin and New York. The core of the collection comprises approximately two and a half thousand photographs of art that was handled by the gallery, which are filed along with documents concerning attribution, provenance, acquisition history, and sales. Card catalogs, lists, and ledgers record artworks sold and purchased and detail transactions with clients. These documents of business dealings are amplified by extensive correspondence with art collectors, museum curators, art dealers, art historians, restorers, and storage and shipping companies. Also included are inventories of private collections, lists of artworks shown at exhibitions held at the gallery, and unpublished albums with photographs of gallery stock. 
 Number:  910148 
 Creator/Collector:  Sisters of Survival
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 Title:  Sisters of Survival records  
 Dates:  1954-2015, undated 
 Abstract:  Sisters of Survival (S.O.S.) was an anti-nuclear performance group founded in 1981 by Cheri Gaulke, Jerri Allyn, Nancy Angelo, Anne Gauldin, and Sue Maberry. The archive consists primarily of project files documenting performances, exhibitions, and publications from Sisters of Survival's main period of activity from 1982 to 1985 and some later projects, and includes photographic materials, planning documents, ephemera, digital files, audiovisual materials, and exhibition materials. The archive also contains press clippings and promotional images, administrative files, and a small amount of materials by other anti-nuclear artists and activists. 
 Number:  2017.M.47 
 Creator/Collector:  Society of Dilettanti (London, England)
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 Title:  Society of Dilettanti drawings, prints, and letters  
 Dates:  1806-1880 
 Abstract:  A collection reflecting the publishing work of the Society of Dilettanti, an English group that promoted the study of ancient sculpture and architecture, primarily that of Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. Drawings and printed proofs relate to three of the Society's major publications: Specimens of Antient [sic] Sculpture, Aegyptian, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman; Antiquities of Ionia; and Unedited antiquities of Attica. 
 Number:  840199 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Souvenir d'Algérie  
 Dates:  1889 
 Abstract:  Photographs taken by an amateur photographer of sights and everyday life in late-nineteenth century Algiers are presented in two portfolios each titled Souvenir d'Algérie. 
 Number:  2008.R.15 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Souvenir du Sahara  
 Dates:  1901-1904 
 Abstract:  Album of photographs (70 gelatin silver, 38 albumen), probably created by an amateur photographer. Images document various sites in or neighboring the Sahara, and features the major cities of Algeria including Oran, Tlemcen, Algiers, and Constantine, as well as the desert oases of Taghit, Biskra, and Beni Abbes. 
 Number:  2007.R.1 
 Creator/Collector:  Woodbury & Page
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 Title:  Souvenir of Java  
 Dates:  1860-1890 
 Abstract:  This photograph album depicts events and sites in the city of Batavia (Jakarta) and surrounding countryside. 
 Number:  2002.R.6 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute. Research Library
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 Title:  Soviet photographs from 1918  
 Dates:  1918 
 Abstract:  A collection of 595 photographs and film stills from 1918 depicts Soviet social programs and key battles of the Civil War. 
 Number:  97.R.36 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Spain and Belgium travel album  
 Dates:  compiled 1890s 
 Abstract:  An album containing views of Spain and Belgium, focusing on the exteriors and interiors of churches, monasteries, palaces and civic buildings. Locales represented include Burgos, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Córdoba, Toledo and Seville in Spain, and Brussels, Antwerp, Liège and Spa in Belgium. 
 Number:  89.R.38 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Information Institute. Standards and Research Projects Program
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 Title:  Standards and Research Projects Program records  
 Dates:  1979-1998 (bulk 1986-1998) 
 Abstract:  Materials comprise the records of the Standards and Research Projects Program (1993-1998) and its predecessors the Scholarly Information Development Program (1983-1990) and the Information Standards and Services Program (1990-1993), which were departments within the Getty Information Institute (GII) and its predecessor the Getty Art History Information Program (AHIP). Materials include seminal records on systems development related to projects such as the Art and Architecture Thesaurus® (AAT), Foundation for Documents of Architecture (FDA), the Avery Index, the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), the Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance, the Witt Library Index, the Thesaurus Artis Universalis (TAU), the Getty Provenance Index®, the Répertoire international de la littérature de l'art (RILA), and others. Records include the files of program managers, project managers, systems analysts, and programmers, dating from 1979 to 1998, and include administrative files, correspondence, memoranda, reports, proposals, meeting minutes, agreements, subject files, project files, computer programmers' notes, printouts of computer data samples, digital snapshots of databases, digital samples of various versions of software produced, and video recordings demonstrating databases and systems. 
 Number:  IA40007 
 Creator/Collector:  Lorant, Stefan, 1901-1997
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 Title:  Stefan Lorant collection  
 Dates:  ca. 1869-1993 (bulk 1920-1992) 
 Abstract:  A founder of modern pictorial journalism. Photographic documentation collected by Lorant represents German history from the Bismarck era to the Nuremberg Trials (ca. 1871-1946). A smaller portion of the collection consists of stills from Lorant's silent films and personal photographs of himself, his friends, and family. Extensive correspondence from his American years primarily concerns book projects. 
 Number:  920024 
 Creator/Collector:  Della Bella, Stefano, 1610-1664
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 Title:  Stefano Della Bella etchings  
 Dates:  circa 1642-1650 
 Abstract:  Four suites of etchings by Stefano della Bella, comprising 35 prints. Primarily decorative, they depict genre scenes of people and animals (in rural settings), fantastic vases, panels of grotesques, and the Medici Villa Demidoff and its gardens near Florence. 
 Number:  P830003 
 Creator/Collector:  Stendahl Art Galleries
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 Title:  Stendahl Art Galleries records  
 Dates:  1880-2003 
 Abstract:  The Stendahl Art Galleries records document the business dealings of the Los Angeles gallery from 1913 to 2017. The gallery initially exhibited works by modern and local artists, but transitioned in 1935 to dealing mostly in pre-Hispanic art. Stendahl Art Galleries sold pre-Hispanic works to a variety of collectors, dealers, and institutions, and is considered a significant gallery in the history of that market. The records comprise subject files; photographic files; exhibition files; documents related to publications; financial records; administrative files; correspondence; and Stendahl family papers including research files for the book Exhibitionist: Earl Stendahl Art Dealer as Impresario. 
 Number:  2017.M.38 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Center for Education in the Arts
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 Title:  Stephen M. Dobbs records  
 Dates:  1984-1989, undated (bulk 1987-1989) 
 Abstract:  The records comprise the correspondence and subject files of Stephen M. Dobbs, Senior Program Officer for the Getty Center for Education in the Arts(GCEA), from 1987 to 1989. The records provide insight into the programs of the GCEA and its efforts to shape contemporary arts education in the United States through the development of the K-12 art education theory referred to as "discipline based art-education" (DBAE). 
 Number:  IA20027 
 Creator/Collector:  Stephen White Gallery of Photography
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 Title:  Stephen White Gallery of Photography records  
 Dates:  1966-2004, undated (bulk 1975-1991) 
 Abstract:  The Stephen White Gallery of Photography records document the gallery's business in Los Angeles, California, from 1975 to 1991. The collection consists of files, correspondence, financial records, contracts, notes, promotional material, publicity materials, and ephemera related to the exhibitions and sales of fine art photography. 
 Number:  2002.M.43 
 Creator/Collector:  Sleigh, Sylvia
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 Title:  Sylvia Sleigh papers  
 Dates:  1803-2013, undated (bulk 1940-2000) 
 Abstract:  The papers of noted Welsh-born feminist painter Sylvia Sleigh (1916-2010) document her life, career, and the larger context of contemporary feminist art, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1940-2000. Sleigh, a realist painter, moved to the United States in 1961 with her husband, art critic Lawrence Alloway. Sleigh's paintings of nude males in traditional odalisque poses remain her best-known works. She was a central figure in the New York City area feminist art movement of the 1970s. 
 Number:  2004.M.4