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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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Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States[X]
Photographs, Original (4)
Art museums -- California -- Los Angeles (2)
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Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Europe (1)
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Feldman, Bella, 1930- (1)
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.) (1)
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Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997 (1)
Glass, Sylvia (1)
Goode, Joe (1)
Heilbron, Bertha L. (Bertha Lion), 1895-1972 (1)
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery (1)
Herms, George (1)
Hirschl & Adler Galleries (1)
Irving Blum Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.) (1)
Jacobi, Kathryn (1)
Jan Baum Gallery (1)
Jan Baum-Iris Silverman Gallery (1)
Jones, Claude E. (1)
Kennedy Galleries (1)
Kienholz, Edward, 1927-1994 (1)
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Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895 (1)
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Mount, William Sidney, 1807-1868 (1)
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Schaeffer Galleries (New York, N.Y.) (1)
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Shulman, Julius (1)
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Smith, Harry Everett, 1923-1991 (1)
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Tamarind Lithography Workshop (1)
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University of California, Los Angeles (1)
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Virginia Steele Scott Foundation (1)
Virginia Steele Scott Gallery (1)
Vose Galleries of Boston (1)
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Waterston, Darren, 1965- (1)
Watts, Robert (1)
Wayne, June, 1918-2011 (1)
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820 (1)
Woelffer, Emerson (1)
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1Creator/Collector:  Smith, Harry Everett, 1923-1991
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 Title:  Harry Smith papers  
 Dates:  1888-2010, bulk 1987-1990 
 Abstract:  The archive was assembled after the death of Harry Smith, polymath filmmaker, painter, and collector of American vernacular art, music, and artifacts. It contains correspondence from the last three years of Smith's life, a selection of Smith's manuscripts and art, most of his original films, his final audio project, Materials for the Study of Religion and Culture in the Lower East Side or Movies for Blind People, and a sizeable portion of his realia collections, including paper airplanes. 
 Number:  2013.M.4 
2Creator/Collector:  Asher, Betty
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 Title:  Betty Asher papers  
 Dates:  1860-1999 
 Abstract:  The papers of art collector and dealer Betty Asher document the Los Angeles art scene from circa 1960 to 1990, though most comprehensively in the 1970s, through photographs, artist files, and more than three hundred posters. Correspondence, photographs and other documents provide information about Asher's family history and the process by which she built her art collection. Included in the papers are her collections of postcards and other ephemera. 
 Number:  2009.M.30 
3Creator/Collector:  Bloch, E. Maurice
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 Title:  E. Maurice Bloch papers  
 Dates:  circa 1925-1989 
 Abstract:  The papers span the life and career of American art historian, professor, curator and collector, E. Maurice Bloch, from his student days in New York City to his retirement in Los Angeles (bulk ca. 1935-1989). It includes extensive correspondence, research and lecture notes, syllabi, photographs, lists, manuscripts, minutes, reports, and clippings, detailing his principal interests (George Caleb Bingham and Benjamin West, and collecting), and his associations with institutions (Virginia Steele Scott Gallery, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, University of California, Los Angeles) as well as with art students, historians, artist friends, colleagues, and dealers. 
 Number:  910003 
4Creator/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 
5Creator/Collector:  Jan Baum Gallery
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 Title:  Jan Baum Gallery records  
 Dates:  1967-2007 
 Abstract:  The Jan Baum Gallery records include correspondence; press kits containing newspaper clippings, price lists, curriculum vitae and artists' statements; loan agreements; receipts; invitations; miscellaneous ephemera; and photographic and audiovisual materials. 
 Number:  2008.M.61