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1Creator/Collector:  Lyman, Frederic P., III, 1927-2005
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 Title:  Frederic Lyman papers  
 Dates:  1923-2001 
 Abstract:  The Frederic Lyman papers document the career of this southern California architect, who although little known today, was once deemed one of the most talented architects of his generation. Composed of over 1800 drawings and two models, as well as photographs, the archive records Lyman's architectural designs and provides limited glimpses of his other passions of architectural education and social and environmental activism. 
 Number:  2011.M.31 
2Creator/Collector:  Lautner, John
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 Title:  John Lautner papers  
 Dates:  1929-2002 
 Abstract:  The John Lautner papers contain the comprehensive archive of this Southern California architect who became famous for such innovative structures as Chemosphere (the Malin House) and Silvertop (the Reiner House). Comprised of about 10,000 drawings, photographs and slides, and 17 models, plus Lautner's office and correspondence files, the archive is an important resource for the study of Southern California modernism in all its diverse aspects. The drawings detailing the structural engineering that enabled Lautner to create his sculpturally innovative houses will be of particular interest to historians of architecture and science. 
 Number:  2007.M.13 
3Creator/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 
4Creator/Collector:  Koenig, Pierre
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 Title:  Pierre Koenig papers and drawings  
 Dates:  1925-2007 
 Abstract:  The archive of Los Angeles architect Pierre Koenig, consisting of drawings, photographs, documents, writings and client correspondence, and three models. The archive is an important resource for the study of Southern California Modernism, as well as for the study of pre-fabrication in housing in the United States. 
 Number:  2006.M.30 
5Creator/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 
6Creator/Collector:  Becket, Welton D.
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 Title:  Welton Becket architectural drawings and photographs  
 Dates:  1913-2009, bulk 1930-1969 
 Abstract:  The Welton Becket architectural drawings and photographs document the career of this architect whose iconic designs defined the built environment of Los Angeles in the mid-twentieth century. Comprised of over 10,000 drawings and over 1500 photographs, the collection includes a selection of projects from Becket's earliest independent work in 1930, through his involvement in the firms of Plummer, Wurdeman and Becket; Wurdeman and Becket; and Welton Becket and Associates, until his death in 1969. The archive also contributes to the discussion of structural and theoretical changes in architectural practice in the mid-twentieth century. 
 Number:  2010.M.83 
7Creator/Collector:  Frank Brothers
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 Title:  Frank Brothers records  
 Dates:  1929-2015 
 Abstract:  The Frank Brothers records contain material from the Frank Brothers furniture company, an influential, Long Beach, California-based organization, active between 1930 and 1982, credited with defining and promoting mid-century modern furniture design on the West Coast. 
 Number:  2009.M.19 
8Creator/Collector:  Heinecken, Robert, 1931-2006
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 Title:  Getty Research Institute collection of materials relating to Robert Heinecken's...wore khakis project,  
 Dates:  1994-2000 
 Abstract:  This finding aid describes four separate collections acquired by the Getty Research Institute in 1997 and related to Robert Heineckens's project...wore khakis, a five-year endeavor centered on the GAP's 1990s khaki pants advertising campaign. 
 Number:  Heinecken 
9Creator/Collector:  Glicksman, Hal
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 Title:  Hal Glicksman papers  
 Dates:  1927-2010 
 Abstract:  The papers document the life and career of Hal Glicksman, a curator and preparator who contributed to many key exhibitions in Southern California, and helped found several important Southern California art institutions. The collection provides information regarding Glicksman's relationships with artists, his exhibition planning and gallery administration, and the Southern California art scene in the 1960s and 1970s. 
 Number:  2009.M.5 
10Creator/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 
11Creator/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 
12Creator/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 
13Creator/Collector:  Smith, Barbara Turner, 1931-
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 Title:  Barbara T. Smith papers  
 Dates:  1927-2012, undated, bulk 1948-2012 
 Abstract:  Barbara Turner Smith (American, born 1931) is one of the most influential figures in the history of performance and feminist art in Southern California. Her work – which has taken the varied forms of painting, drawing, installation, video, performance, and artists' books, and often involves her own body – explores concepts that strike at the core of human nature, including male and female sexuality, physical and spiritual sustenance, ecology, technology, and death. The archive, which offers an exceptionally rich resource for Smith's highly personal artistic practice, contains 160 diaries, 54 sketchbooks, hundreds of drawings, more than 850 vintage prints, thousands of negatives and contact sheets, approximately 90 films and 1100 audio and video tapes, in addition to all the notes, plans, and archival records related to her artistic projects from her student days forward. The archive encompasses not only Smith's career as an artist, but also her work as a writer, teacher, and advocate of the arts in Los Angeles. 
 Number:  2014.M.14 
14Creator/Collector:  Suhr, William, 1896-1984
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 Title:  William Suhr papers  
 Dates:  1846-2003 (bulk 1927-1982) 
 Abstract:  An American paintings conservator trained in Berlin, William Suhr worked under Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner at the Detroit Institute of Arts beginning in 1927, and was the conservator of the Frick Collection from 1935 to 1977. He also maintained private clients including individuals and major American museums in Cleveland, New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Chicago, and St. Louis. After World War II he worked closely with clients active in the New York art market, particularly the dealer Rosenberg and Stiebel. The bulk of the collection is comprised of photographs of paintings treated by Suhr, along with his treatment notes. The collection also contains business papers, including correspondence, articles about Suhr, personal papers, and documentation of Suhr's own artwork. 
 Number:  870697 
15Creator/Collector:  Mapplethorpe, Robert
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 Title:  Robert Mapplethorpe papers and photographs  
 Dates:  circa 1850-2011, bulk 1970-1989 
 Abstract:  The papers and photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) span the artist's career, from his early drawings, collages and jewelry to his renowned photographic work in the 1970s and 1980s. The photographic material in the archive includes Polaroids, photographs, commercial commissions, test shots, and non-editioned prints from the same photography sessions as his editioned prints. Also included in the archive are films, personal and professional correspondence, studio documents, interviews, clippings, exhibition files, financial records, and collected items. 
 Number:  2011.M.20