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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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1Creator/Collector:  Getty, J. Paul (Jean Paul), 1892-1976
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 Title:  J. Paul Getty diaries  
 Dates:  1938-1946, 1948-1976 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises twenty-nine handwritten diaries (1938-1946, 1948-1976) of billionaire J. Paul Getty. The diaries focus on his travels, business dealings, art collecting, and interests, providing insights into his personality, priorities, politics, relationships, tastes, and values. They contain daily accounts of Getty's activities, briefly describing social events, business meetings, museum visits, historical and archaeological sites, art objects, and the various people with whom he interacted. They reveal his business practices and philosophies, his passion for history and art, and his cultivation of friendships with influential people. The diaries also illustrate Getty's relations with people in the art world and contain his personal opinions on particular art objects, demonstrating how he developed the collections of decorative arts, antiquities, paintings, and sculpture that evolved into the J. Paul Getty Museum. 
 Number:  IA40009 
2Creator/Collector:  French & Company (New York, N.Y.)
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 Title:  French & Company stock sheets and ledgers  
 Dates:  1909-1968 
 Abstract:  Stock sheets, stock books, ledgers, and assorted papers document the objects, primarily decorative arts pieces, bought and sold by the New York art dealer, French & Company, between 1909 and 1968. 
 Number:  840027 
3Creator/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 
4Creator/Collector:  Hopkins, Henry
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 Title:  Henry Hopkins papers  
 Dates:  1950-2005 
 Abstract:  The selected papers of curator, teacher, and museum director, Henry Hopkins, document his teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles, some of the exhibitions he curated, and his directorship at the Fort Worth Art Center Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Armand Hammer Museum of Art. 
 Number:  2006.M.1 
5Creator/Collector:  Diament Sujo, Clara
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 Title:  Clara Diament Sujo papers  
 Dates:  1944-2014 (bulk 1981-2008) 
 Abstract:  The papers of Clara Diament Sujo provide a comprehensive survey of the operations of CDS Gallery founded by the dealer and art critic in New York in 1981. There is also documentation on the center of contemporary art Estudio Actual created by Sujo in Caracas in 1968, as well as on her formative years studying with Jorge Romero Brest in Buenos Aires, and her writings and lectures. The archive comprises correspondence; financial records; scrapbooks; exhibition brochures; artist files; photographs; videos; and works on paper dedicated to Sujo. Among the artists represented by CDS Gallery and in the records are: Roberto Aizenberg; Jacobo Borges; Carlos Cruz-Diez; José Luis Cuevas; Stephen De Staebler; Wilfredo Lam; Roberto Matta; Henry Moore; José Clemente Orozco; Armando Reverón; Jesús Rafael Soto; Hedda Sterne; Joaquín Torres-García; and Adja Yunkers. 
 Number:  2018.M.31 
6Creator/Collector:  Kasmin Limited
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 Title:  Kasmin Limited records  
 Dates:  1960-1992 (bulk 1963-1972) 
 Abstract:  The records of Kasmin Limited document the Kasmin Gallery at 118 New Bond Street in London that John Kasmin directed from 1963 to 1972 in partnership with Sheridan Dufferin. Among the artists represented by the gallery, and in the records, are Anthony Caro, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, John Latham, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, Richard Smith and Frank Stella. The records consist of correspondence, financial records, scrapbooks, visitor books, catalogs, invitations, ephemera, and photographs of the artworks handled by John Kasmin. 
 Number:  2001.M.1 
7Creator/Collector:  William and Noma Copley Foundation
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 Title:  William and Noma Copley foundation and collection records  
 Dates:  1954-1980 
 Abstract:  Records document the William and Noma Copley Foundation's grant program for composers and artists, 1954-1966. Richard Hamilton's correspondence, 1960-1966, largely concerns the Foundation's monograph series, which he edited. Other papers, including correspondence with artists, files regarding exhibitions and insurance, and photographs, document the Copleys' personal art collection, known for its large number of Surrealist works. Files dated after 1966 primarily contain Noma Copley's correspondence with artists. 
 Number:  880403 
8Creator/Collector:  Panza, Giuseppe
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 Title:  Giuseppe Panza papers  
 Dates:  1956-1990 
 Abstract:  Collection documents the Italian businessman's activities in collecting works by some of the seminal American artists involved with abstract expressionist, pop, minimal, conceptual, environmental, and light and space art. The archive contains material dating from 1956, when Panza began collecting. up to the sale of the second part of his collection to the Guggenheim Museum in 1990. Panza's art collection is documented by correspondence with artists and galleries, photographs, small drawings, invoices, loan requests, announcements, and invitations. The archive also includes a substantial quantity of Panza's writings on art; papers and ephemera related to Panza's associations with museums, galleries, and cultural institutions; clippings and photocopies of articles about the collection; and an extensive group of architectural drawings of potential sites for the collection, many with Panza's installation designs. 
 Number:  940004 
9Creator/Collector:  De Herrera, Gloria
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 Title:  Gloria de Herrera papers  
 Dates:  1936-1996 (bulk 1947-1985) 
 Abstract:  American art preparator, restorer, and collector active in Los Angeles and Paris. De Herrera was a close friend of Man Ray, William Nelson Copley, and other notable artists. The papers include correspondence, documents, artworks, photographs, and audiovisual materials documenting De Herrera's milieu and activities. 
 Number:  980024