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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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Photographs, Original (7)
Kaprow, Allan (4)
Black-and-white photographs (3)
Conceptual Art (3)
Gelatin silver prints -- United States -- 20th century (3)
Performance art (3)
Alloway, Lawrence, 1926-1990 (2)
Art, American -- 21st century (2)
Audiocasettes -- United States -- 20th century (2)
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Audiotapes -- 20th century (2)
Baltz, Lewis, 1945-2014 (2)
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Castelli, Leo (2)
Color photographs (2)
Color slides (2)
Drawings (visual works) -- 20th century (2)
Drawings -- United States -- 20th century (2)
Happening (Art) (2)
New topographics (Photography) (2)
Notebooks (2)
Parsons, Betty (2)
Sleigh, Sylvia (2)
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A.I.R. Gallery (New York, N.Y.) (1)
Abstract expressionism (1)
Acconci, Vito, 1940-2017 (1)
Aigner, Carl, 1954- (1)
Alexander, Robert (1)
Amelunxen, Hubertus von (1)
American Academy in Rome (1)
Antin, Eleanor (1)
Appel, Karel, 1921-2006 (1)
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Arakawa, Shūsaku, 1936-2010 (1)
Ariete Grafica (1)
Art -- Study and teaching (1)
Art criticism (1)
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Art, American -- California -- 20th century (1)
Art, American -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century (1)
Art, American -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century -- Exhibitions (1)
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Art, Italian -- 20th century (1)
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Artists -- California -- History -- 20th century (1)
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Artists books -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century (1)
Assemblage (Art) (1)
Baldessari, John, 1931- (1)
Berman, Wallace (1)
Betty Parsons Gallery (1)
Black-and-white negatives (1)
Black-and-white negatives -- New York (State) -- 20th century (1)
Black-and-white prints (photographs) (1)
Brecht, George (1)
Brown, Jean (1)
Buchanan, Nancy, 1946- (1)
Burden, Chris, 1946-2015 (1)
Carbon copies (1)
Chicago, Judy, 1939- (1)
Chromogenic color prints -- Europe -- 20th century (1)
Chromogenic color prints -- United States -- 20th century (1)
Chromogenic color prints -- United States -- 21st century (1)
Cisventi, Carlo (1)
Clippings files (1)
Collages (visual works) (1)
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Color negatives -- Europe -- 20th century (1)
Color prints (photographs) (1)
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Compact discs -- 20th century (1)
Compact discs -- Europe -- 20th century (1)
Computer drawings -- California -- 20th century (1)
Contact prints -- Europe -- 20th century (1)
Contact prints -- United States -- 20th century (1)
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Conz, Francesco (1)
Correspondence (1)
Correspondence -- 20th century (1)
Cotton, Paul, 1939- (1)
DVDs -- 20th century (1)
DVDs -- Europe -- 20th century (1)
DVDs -- United States -- 21st century (1)
Dakin, Susanna (1)
Di Prima, Diane (1)
Diaries -- United States -- 20th century (1)
Diaries -- United States -- 21st century (1)
Dine, Jim (1)
Distel, Herbert (1)
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985 (1)
Dye difussion thermal transfer prints -- Europe -- 20th century (1)
Ephemera (1)
Fee, James (1)
Feminism and art (1)
Feminism and art -- United States (1)
Flack, Audrey (1)
Floppy disks (1)
FluxMed (1)
Fluxus (Group of Artists) (1)
Fotomuseum Winterthur (1)
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994 (1)
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011 (1)
Galleria dell'Ariete (1)
Gelatin silver negatives -- Europe -- 20th century (1)
Gelatin silver prints -- Europe -- 20th century (1)
Gelatin silver prints -- New York (State) -- 20th century (1)
Herms, George (1)
Human ecology (1)
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Jess (1)
Johnson, Ray, 1927-1995 (1)
Judson Memorial Church (1)
Kasmin Limited (1)
King, Phillip, 1934- (1)
Kraft, Pamela (1)
Kunst.Halle.Krems (1)
Lacy, Suzanne (1)
Landscape photography (1)
Leo Castelli Gallery (1)
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century (1)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1)
Love Press (1)
Lyon, Dominique (1)
Maciunas, George (1)
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Martha Jackson Gallery (1)
Mayer, Rosemary, 1943-2014 (1)
McCarthy, Paul, 1945- (1)
McClure, Michael (1)
McElroy, Robert R. (1)
McMillan, Jerry, 1936- (1)
Mechanical drawings -- 20th century (1)
Monti della Corte von Rezzori, Beatrice (1)
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Mulas, Ugo (1)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.) (1)
Namuth, Hans (1)
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970 (1)
Oldenburg, Claes (1)
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Reuben Gallery (1)
Rian, Jeffrey (1)
Ricke, Rolfe (1)
Rosenthal, Rachel, 1926-2015 (1)
Samaras, , Lucas (1)
Saura, Antonio, 1930-1998 (1)
Schifferli, Christoph (1)
Schneemann, Carolee (1)
Schneemann, Carolee, 1939-2019 (1)
Scordia, Antonio (1)
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Sidney Janis Gallery (1)
Silver-dye bleach prints -- 20th century (1)
Silver-dye bleach prints -- Europe -- 20th century (1)
Silver-dye bleach prints -- United States -- 20th century (1)
Silverman, Gilbert (1)
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Smith, Barbara Turner, 1931- (1)
Smithson, Robert (1)
Soho 20 (Gallery) (1)
Sonnabend, Ileana (1)
Stahel, Urs (1)
Steidl, Gerhard (1)
Stockwell, Dean (1)
Surrealism (1)
Sutherland, Graham Vivian, 1903-1980 (1)
Takahashi, Shū (1)
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Tàpies, Antoni, 1923-2012 (1)
Video art -- 20th century (1)
Video art -- California -- Los Angeles (1)
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Videotapes -- California -- Los Angeles -- 21st century (1)
Videotapes -- United States -- 20th century (1)
Videotapes -- United States -- Los Angeles -- 21st century (1)
Watts, Robert (1)
Whitman, Robert (1)
Women artists (1)
Women artists -- Archives (1)
Women artists -- United States -- 20th century (1)
1Creator/Collector:  Watts, Robert
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 Title:  Robert Watts papers  
 Dates:  1883-1989 (bulk 1940-1988) 
 Abstract:  American artist of mixed media, sculpture, and assemblage, best known as a founding member of Fluxus. The archive consists of correspondence, manuscripts, personal documents, and many photographs and slides documenting Watts' work and affiliations with artists. Also included are three works of art. 
 Number:  2006.M.27 
2Creator/Collector:  Herms, George
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 Title:  George Herms papers  
 Dates:  1890-2009 
 Abstract:  Southern California artist, writer, and musician George Herms was one of the founders of the West Coast assemblage movement. Influenced by the art of his close friend Wallace Berman, his work brings together discards, beach trash, urban detritus and other "found objects" to create a highly original and personal mix of collage, sculpture, and assemblage. The bulk of the papers comprise full documentation of Herms' life and work from 1960-2000. 
 Number:  2009.M.20 
3Creator/Collector:  McElroy, Robert R.
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 Title:  Robert R. McElroy photographs of happenings and early performance art  
 Dates:  1959-2012 
 Abstract:  Robert R. McElroy's photographs document performance art and exhibitions by New York artists that took place during the late-1950s to the mid-1960s. Included are prints, contact sheets, negatives, and slides. The collection features photographs of works by Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman. 
 Number:  2014.M.7 
4Creator/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 
5Creator/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 
6Creator/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 
7Creator/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 
8Creator/Collector:  Galleria dell'Ariete
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 Title:  Galleria dell'Ariete records  
 Dates:  1955-1993 
 Abstract:  The complete business records of the Galleria dell'Ariete of Milan, Italy, from 1955, when it opened, through its closing in the mid-1980s. It was among the most important galleries in Italy for contemporary art, and had extensive connections with dealers, collectors, artists, and critics in Europe, the United States, and Japan. The archive documents these connections through correspondence, business and financial papers, catalogs, press clippings, and an extensive photographic record. 
 Number:  990058 
9Creator/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