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Alexander Liberman photography archive, 1911-1998

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Liberman (Alexander) Photography Archive
Series VI. Negatives, contact prints and scrapbooks, 1936-1976, undated 61 Linear Feet (84 boxes)
The contact books contain strips and sheets of contact prints from Liberman's negatives, together with some enlargements of individual frames. Some of the whole contact sheets and strips have also been enlarged. The contact prints are cross-referenced to the negatives in the numbered boxes listed above, by box number, and negative strip number. Most negatives and virtually all contact prints are dated. Contact books numbers 1 to 9, in Boxes 335 to 343 below, are bound scrapbooks, with the contact strips and sheets pasted to their pages. All "volume" numbers and "title" headings given to the entries for the contact books in Boxes 335 to 373 are taken from labels on the original scrapbooks and binders. Note that Box 123* above contains contact sheets from strips of 35mm negatives, enlarged to cover 16x20 sheets of photographic printing paper.
Arrangement
According to Liberman's original arrangement.
Negatives, 1949-1967, undated
Binders of negatives, most 35mm., also 4x5, 6x6 cm., 110 format, etc.
Liberman originally stored the bulk of his negative strips in consecutively-numbered metal lockboxes, in which the strips were placed in individual glassine sleeves, on the fronts of which he noted such details as Box number, strip number, frame numbers, and, sometimes, subjects. The metal lockboxes of negatives found in the collection at the time of processing correspond to Boxes 304A to 308A, and 309A to 324C, below. Negatives for the bulk of the photographs used as illustrations in Liberman's books The artist in his studio and Then had at some point been removed from these boxes and placed elsewhere. These negatives are now housed in Boxes 328A, 328B, and 328C; see the headnote to the entries for these boxes below. The negative strips have been removed from their glassine sleeves, and placed in Printfile negative preserver pages, housed in slipcased binders. Each negative strip has its original glassine sleeve, with Liberman's notes, placed immediately beneath it in the page. Many glassine sleeves contained several strips of negatives, which have been grouped together in the Printfile pages, with the glassine sleeve at the end of the sequence. Photocopies of exterior labels on the original boxes are placed at the beginning of each corresponding binder, or binders, of Printfile sheets. The contact strips and sheets in Liberman's contact books-now housed in Boxes 93 to 131 below-are cross-referenced to the corresponding negatives by box number, and negative strip number.
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304A-304B Box 1: 1949 - 1952
Some negative strips in this binder have "nitrate film" printed in their margins, but are apparently acetate base--possibly duplicates of nitrate originals.
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305A-205B Box 2: 1953 - Picasso, Rouault, Miró, Gromaire, Léger, Giacometti, Gontcharova, Larionov
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306A-306B Box 3: 1957 - 1959
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307A-307B Box 4: 1960 - 1961
There seems to be no negative in Box 5.
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308A-308C Box 6: A-Z, AA-DD, E-EE, 0-24, 55A Series, 18451-22739
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309A-309B Box 7: De Kooning - Tinguely
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310A-310B Box 8: Grays and Libermans
Also contains photographs of Liberman by Ed Kasper and Oliviero Toscani.
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311 Box 9: Gimbel - Latham
Binder of strips of 35mm and 6x6cm negatives.
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312 Box 10: Rayner - Zadok
"Contacts and enlargements in storage at Hahn Brothers Warehouse, 112 West 107th Street. 9/5/73."
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313A-313B Box 11: Aldrich - Greene and Lidova
"Contacts and enlargements in storage at Hahn Brothers Warehouse, 112 West 107th Street. 9/5/73."
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314A-314B Box 12: Graham - Rayner
"Contacts and enlargements in storage at Hahn Brothers Warehouse, 112 West 107th Street. 9/5/73."
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315 Box 13: Paley - Von Wagenheim
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316 Box 14: 1964 - 1967
"Greek Trip-Summer 1964; Summer 1965-T. Capote 1967-W. Paley-Giacometti 1965"
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317A-317B Box 15: 1954 - 1956
Binder of strips of 35mm negatives.
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318 Box 16: Dietrich
Binder of strips of 35mm and 6x6cm negatives.
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319A-319B Box 17: 1952 - 1960
"Francine before marriage-Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Gray and children All contacts, enlargements, etc. sent to 173-August 12, 1968."
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320A-320B Box 18: Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Gray and children, 1966-Henri Cartier-Bresson, Xmas 1961
"All contacts, enlargements prior to August 12, 1968, sent to 173." Negatives begin at rear of box.
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321A-321B, 322 Box 19-19A: 1962 - 1965
"Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Gray and children. Negatives begin at rear of box [this note bears no relation to arrangement of contents at time of processing]. All contacts, enlargements, etc. sent to 173-August 12, 1968."
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323 Box 20: 1961
"Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Gray and children-Spring 1961-Luke being given a bath-Luke on mattress-thru Christmas 1961.... All contacts, enlargements, etc. sent to 173-August 12, 1968."
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324A-324C Box 25: Alloway - Newhouse
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325A Box 26-1
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325B Box 26-2
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325C Box 26-3
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325 Box 26-4
This binder contains the "Hilda" negatives.
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326 Box 27
These negatives were not found in any original box at time of processing, but all glassine sleeves labeled, "Box 27." Negatives identified on glassine sleeves as belonging to various sequences, including: "80564," "Jackson children," "Gregory" and "The Gregorys," "11352," "11452," "11555."
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327 Box 28
These negatives were not found in any original box at time of processing, but all glassine sleeves labeled, "Box 28." Negatives identified on glassine sleeves as numerical sequences: "8898-1" to "8898-14," "8951-1" to "8951-11," "90761-1," "9068-1" to "9068-3," "9099-1" to "9099-2."
Scrapbooks, 1964-1965, undated
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335 1: A-Ca
Arp, Bazaine, Bores, Brancusi, Braque, Calder.
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336 2: Ce-De
Cezanne, César (Baldaccini), Chagall, Cleves, Dali, Delaunay.
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337 3: Derain - Feininger
Dérain, Dubuffet, Duchamp, Dufy, Ernst, Feininger.
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338 4: G-H
Giacometti, Gontcharova, Gromaire, Hartung.
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339 5: Kandinsky - Léger
Kandinsky, Kline, Kupka, Larionov and Gontcharova, Léger, Liberman sculpture.
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340 6: M-Pe
Maeght, Manessier, Masson, Matisse, Miro, Moore, Newman, Pevsner.
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341 7: Picasso - Richier
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342 8: Rouault - Venice
Rouault, Segonzac (Dunoyer de Segonzac), Stravinsky, Tanning, Theriade, Vertes, Venice.
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343 9: Vi-Z
Villon, Vlaminck, Zadkine, Zervos.
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344 10: Br-Ne
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, lists artists from Brancusi to Newman, but some of those named are missing and sequence ends at Giacometti. Condition of discarded blank pages in original binder suggests that contact sheets have been removed at some time.
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345 11: O-Z
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, lists artists from Parsons to Zadok, but of those named, Rauschenberg and David Smith are missing. See Boxes 356 and 357 below.
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346 12: Al-Au
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, lists persons from Alloway to Aumont.
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347 13: Ba-Bu
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, lists persons from Bailey to Butler.
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348 14: Ca-Cl
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, lists persons from Capote to Clair, but last of those named, René Clair, is missing.
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349 15: De-Di
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, lists persons from De Langlade to Dior.
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350 16: De-Em
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, lists persons from De Croisset to Emmerich.
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351 17: Fa-Gr
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, lists persons from Fairbanks to Gregory.
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352 18: Gr-Ja
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, lists persons from Graham to Jackson.
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353 19: Ka-Le
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, lists persons from Kayaloff to Le Beau, but in addition, Love is included. For Le Beau, see Aumont, Box 346.
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354 20: Ma-Ox
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, lists persons from Mandrakis to Oxenberg.
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355 21: Pa-Pe
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, actually lists persons from Paley to Picasso.
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356 22: Ra-Ro
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, actually lists persons from Ramatwell to Ryan, but of those named, Richier is missing, and in addition, Robertson and Rothko are included; Rauschenberg is here instead of in Box 345.
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357 23: Sc-Wi
Index sheet taped to front cover of original binder, and now in Folder 1 here, actually lists persons and categories from Schlumberger to Zasusa, but in addition, South of France, Weekend at David Smith's, and Zadok are included.
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358 24: Ski trip
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359 24[A]: Sculpture [Liberman's own]-Brodsky-Baryshnikov weekend
Liberman's original binder labeled 24, presumably in error.
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360 25: European trip and South of France
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361 26: Greek trip (1964)
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362 27: Greek trip and Italy (1965)
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363 28: "A.L.," 1-17
Some "A" and "B" A.L.s
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364 29: Other series
2 1/4 medium format (80564) and other series
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365 30: Others (family)
2 1/4 medium format (80564), and others (family)
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366 31: Contacts
From February 25, 1992, to present.
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367 32: Anna Wintour-Helmut Newton-Miami
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368 33: Marlene Dietrich
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369 34: Marlene Dietrich
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370 35: Grays #1
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371 36: Grays #2
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372 37: Grays and Libermans
Liberman and family and Leboux at party.
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373 38
373 Hilda Sturm book, 1936-1937, undated
Bulk of contact sheets in this binder were not in pages, but packed into one plastic sleeve, and pocket inside back cover of binder; only first three folders in this box correspond to single pages in original binder.
Contact sheets, 1958-1976, undated
Some enlarged, and negatives.
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374 1 Box 1: Greece, Liberman, Tatiana, Simon Liberman, etc
374 2 Box 2: includes, Tatiana, Oscar and Françoise de la Renta, "Chef"
374 3-5 Box 6: de Sawitch, le Beau, 18451 AL series
With enlargements of some frames.
374 6 18451 AL series
Enlargements of 5 frames.
374 7 Box 9: Tatiana, her father, Francine
374 8 Box 15: Villon, Tatiana and Francine
374 9 Box 17: includes Tatiana
374 10 Box 18: Europe (1961)
374 11 Box 26: includes Liberman, Tatiana, Francine
374 12 Box 27: includes Penrose
374 13 28: Tatiana
374 14 29
With three 35mm negative strips: Liberman, his mother, Tatiana.
374 15 Villa Va et Vient-Summer: before 1958
Includes contacts of Mrs. Liberman, Mr. Patcevitch, Mr. R. Loewy and of Léger in his studio.
374 16 A. Liberman and Friends-Rome, Italy-Summer 1976
One contact sheet accompanied by original 35mm negatives.
374 17 Summer in Italy-1979-Libermans
Three contact sheets accompanied by original 35mm negatives.
374 18 Liberman's family, and friends
With some accompanying 35mm negatives.
374 19-22 Miscellaneous
Includes some accompanying 35mm negatives of children and parents, an unidentified painter, Miro, Aumont, "Gypsies," and "Summer trip, Italy. 1961"
374 23 Color photographs not by Alexander Liberman 3 contact sheets
Each marked on back, "Not by A.L."
Miscellaneous, undated
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375 1 Negatives
From unidentified 35mm negatives, including some photographs of Liberman and his parents.
375 2 Contact rolls
3 long strips of printing paper, with contact prints from unidentified, complete, and uncut roll of 35mm film.
375 3 Album of contacts
Small album of contact strips, from unidentified 35mm negatives.
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123*, 381* Enlarged contact sheets
Miscellaneous contact sheets from original 35mm negative strips, enlarged onto 16x20 sheets of printing paper; also, some strips cut from such sheets. Four full contact sheets in this box identified, on label of original box, as containing photographs of "birthplace of AL."


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