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Charles Brittin papers, 1914-2009 (bulk 1950-1979)

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Brittin (Charles) Papers

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Series I. Los Angeles art scene, circa 1939-2009 (bulk 1950-1979) 45.5 Linear Feet (61 boxes, 2 flatfile folders)
The files consist mostly of Brittin's black-and-white prints and negatives documenting Los Angeles culture and the art scene in the 1950s and 1960s. Some files also contain photographs taken by Brittin's wife, Barbara, and other photographers. Along with these photographs are related papers, works of art, publications, exhibition posters, and ephemera.
Arrangement
Arranged in four subseries: Series I.A. Artists, writers and musicians; Series I.B. Galleries and museums; Series I.C. Venice sites; Series I.D. Los Angeles city views.
Series I.A. Artists, writers, musicians, circa 1939-2009 (bulk 1950-1969) 37 Linear Feet (48 boxes, 2 flatfile folders)
The artist files form the bulk of the archive and primarily contain black and white photographs, contact sheets, negatives and some color photographs and slides of Los Angeles artists, writers and musicians during the 1950s and 1960s. This section also includes mail art, poetry, collage, assemblage and drawings created by underground Los Angeles artists such as Wallace Berman, Bob Alexander, John Altoon, George Herms and Brittin himself. Miscellaneous papers such as clippings and exhibition ephemera, as well as related publications, accompany some of the photographs. For materials related to exhibitions or projects at Ferus and Semina galleries, see the museum and gallery files in Series I.B.
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by artist, writer, musician or artist group.
box folder
4 1 Albany, Joe, 1970s
Metal LP record with song "Lullaby in Rhythm."
box
1-4, 29, 72* Alexander, Bob, circa 1950s-1970s
box
1-3, 72* Works of art, 1950s
box
1 Untitled business card boxes, circa 1957
Two business card holders created by Alexander for Brittin: one box contains 36 copies of Charles Brittin's business cards; the other contains one business card and an unidentified clipping.
box
2 Untitled box, circa 1950s
box
3 Art is Love is God, circa 1955
box folder
72* 1 Untitled collage, circa 1950s
box folder
4 2-5 Papers, circa 1950s-1970s
4 2 General, circa 1956-1964
Contains mechanical print of cover art for Cameron book. Also includes four copies of "Bazascope Mother" (1964), one signed by Alexander.
4 3 Ex Tempore Press, circa 1950s-1960s
4 4 Press Baza, circa 1956-1964
Contains two Syndell Gallery invitations designed by Alexander: Action 2 invitation and collage on cardboard invitation (possibly incomplete). See also Rachel Rosenthal, Sonia Gechtoff and Ferus Gallery files for additional invitations designed by Press Baza.
4 5 The Temple of Man, 1960s-1970s
See also Yvonne Westbrook file.
box
4, 29 Photographs, 1950s-1970s
See also Wallace Berman: Berman Circle; Donald Morand; Beverly Walsh: Erotica; Ferus Gallery (Series I.B.); and Erotica (Series III) files.
box folder
4 6 Prints, contact sheets
Includes one photograph taken by Zack Walsh. Also includes photographs of Alexander with Wallace Berman in an abandoned building on the Speedway in Venice.
box
29 Negatives
box
83, 85 Altbaum, Lou, 1950s
box folder
83 1 Papers
box
83, 85 Photographs
box folder
83 2 Contact sheets
box
85 Negatives
box
4, 27, 29, 71* Altoon, John, circa 1950s
See also Ferus Gallery files in Series I.B.
box folder
4 7 Works of art, circa 1950s
Christmas cards by Altoon.
box
4, 27, 29, 71* Photographs, 1950s
Includes images of Altoon with John Reed and Alexander Trocchi.
box folder
4 8-9 Prints, contact sheets
box folder
27 1 11 x 14 inch print
box
29 Negatives
box folder
71* 1 Oversize prints
box
5, 27-29, 71*, 82*-83 The Artists' Tower of Protest (Peace Tower), 1965-1971, 1997
Also known as "Peace Tower" or "California Peace Tower". Includes Angry Arts material. Also in flatfile folder 2**.
box folder
5 1-5 Papers, 1965-1971
Includes publications and broadsides.
box folder
83 3 Papers added later, 1967, 1997
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
71* 2 Posters, 1965-1966
Also in flatfile folder 2**.
71* 2 Oversize, 1965-1966
flatfile
2** Flatfile, 1966
box
5, 27-29, 82* Photographs, 1965-1966
box folder
5 6-11 Prints, contact sheets, 1965-1966
Contains photographs not by Brittin.
box folder
28 1 Color contact sheet, 1966
box
29 Negatives, color slides, transparencies, 1965-1966
box folder
27 2 11 x 14 inch prints, 1965-1966
box folder
82* 1 16 x 20 inch color print, 1966
box folder
4 10 Barletta, Joel, late 1950s
box
30 Bell, Larry, between 1987-1994
See also Ferus Gallery exhibition poster (box 70*, folder 10).
box folder
4 11 Bengston, Billy Al, 1959
See also Venice files for photographs of Bengston's bathroom; and box 70*, folder 10 for Ferus Gallery exhibition poster.
box
6, 9-10, 67*, 83 Berman, Shirley, 1950s
box folder
6 1 Drawings, 1950s
box
6, 9-10, 67*, 83 Photographs, 1950s
Includes photographs of Shirley Berman used for Wallace Berman's Veritas Panel.
box folder
6 2 Prints, contact sheets
box folder
9 1 11 x 14 inch prints
box
10 Negatives
box folder
67* 1 Matted print
box folder
83 4 Photographs added later
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box
6-14, 26, 67*, 83 Berman, Wallace, 1940-1997 (bulk 1955-1977), undated
Also in flatfile folder 1**.
box
6, 67* Papers, 1954-1977, 1997
Some notable items include: a letter from Berman to Brittin requesting photographs for the first Semina Gallery exhibition (1960); Arthur Richer exhibition invitation at Syndell Gallery with Berman note to Brittin (a second copy of the invitation can be found in Richer's file); Berman postcard to Bob Alexander announcing "The New Scene" in Larkspur, California.
box folder
6 3-4 Various, 1954-1977, 1997
box folder
67* 2 Oversize clipping, 1961 February 26
box folder
26 1 Posters, circa 1963-1964, 1977
Also in flatfile folder 1**.
26 1 Various, 1963, 1977
flatfile
1** 3rd Los Angeles Film-Makers Festival, circa 1964
October 12-13 at Cinema Theatre. Designed by Berman.
box
6-11, 67*, 83 Photographs, 1940-1997 (bulk 1955-1965), undated
box
6, 9-10, 67* Portraits, 1940s-1960s (bulk 1955-1961)
box folder
6 5 Prints, contact sheets, 1940s-1960s (bulk 1955-1961)
Includes a 1940s photograph of Berman with Loree Foxx by an anonymous photographer.
box folder
9 2 11 x 14 inch prints, circa 1955-1961
Contains photograph of Berman in an abandoned building on the Speedway in Venice.
box folder
67* 4 Matted 11 x 14 inch print, circa 1955-1961
box
10 Negatives, circa 1955-1961
box
6, 9-10, 67* Family, circa 1955-1959
Includes photographs used for Berman's Ferus Gallery invitation.
box folder
6 6 Prints
box folder
67* 5 Matted print
box folder
6 7-8 Contact sheets
box folder
9 3 11 x 14 inch prints
box
10 Negatives
box
6, 9-10, 67* Crater Lane house, circa 1955-1959
box folder
6 9 Prints, contact sheets, circa 1955-1959
9 4 11 x 14 inch prints, circa 1955-1959
box folder
67* 6 16 x 20 inch print, circa 1957
box
10 Negatives, circa 1955-1959
box
7, 9, 11, 67* Works of art, circa 1955-1965
Includes photographs of Berman's art at Ferus Gallery exhibition and Semina issue no. 1.
box folder
7 1 Prints, contact sheets, circa 1955-1959
box folder
9 5 11 x 14 inch prints, circa 1957
box folder
67* 7 16 x 20 inch prints, 1957
box
11 Negatives, 1957-1965
box
7, 9, 11, 67* Ferus Gallery, 1957
7, 9, 11, 67* Arrest
box folder
7 2 Prints, contact sheets
box folder
9 6 11 x 14 inch prints
box folder
67* 8 16 x 20 inch print
box
11 Negatives
box
7, 9, 11 Trial
box folder
7 3 Prints, contact sheets
box folder
9 7 11 x 14 inch prints
box
11 Negatives
box
7, 11 Cinema Theatre, 1965
box folder
7 4 Prints, contact sheets
box
11 Negatives
box
7, 9, 11, 83 Dean Stockwell, 1959
box folder
7 5 Prints, contact sheets
box folder
9 8 11 x 14 inch contact prints
box
11 Negatives
box folder
83 21 Print added later
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box
8-9, 11 Berman Circle, 1950s-1960s
Images of members of Berman's circle, including Bob Alexander, Jim Baker, Shirley Berman, John Caruthers, Sampson Debrier, Juanita Dixon, Loree Foxx, Suzi Hicks, Ed Jacobi, Larry Jordan, Ed Kienholz, Dixie Love, Warne Marsh, Donald Morand, Dean Stockwell, Beverly Walsh, Zack Walsh and Saul White.
box folder
8 1-4 Prints, contact sheets
box folder
9 9 11 x 14 inch prints
box
11 Negatives, one color print
box
7, 11 Postmortem, 1997, undated
box folder
7 6 Contact sheets, undated
box
11 Negatives, 1997, undated
box
12-14, 67* Works of art, circa 1955-1975
Includes mail art sent to Bob Alexander.
box
12-14 Various
Box 14: Vultus Janua et Tabula, (1955)
box folder
67* 3 Oversize
box folder
20 1 Black Ace, circa 1976
Cover art for Ace Is Black Of Course (1976) poetry book. Print by Bill Dailey.
box
15-18, 68*, 86-92, 121, 134* Brittin, Charles, circa 1939-1980, 1999-2009
box
15, 86-88 Papers, circa 1948-1980, 1999-2001
box folder
15 1 General, 1950s-1960s
15 2 Correspondence, circa 1956-1967
Miscellaneous correspondence sent to Brittin.
15 3 Poetry, circa 1948
box
86-88 Items added later, 1950-2009
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
88 1-8 General, 1950-2009
box
86-87 Correspondence, 1950-1980, 1999-2001
Also contains photographs.
box
15-16, 68*, 86, 88-92, 121, 134* Photographs, circa 1939-2009
For photographs of Brittin's first exhibition at the Semina Gallery, please refer to Semina Gallery files.
box
15-16 Portraits, circa 1939-1947
box folder
15 4 Black-and-white prints, circa 1939-1946
Early photos of Brittin.
box
16 Color prints, 1947 September 20
College photograph of Brittin at UCLA.
box
15-16, 68* Still lifes, 1950s-1970s
Also contains other subjects photographed by Brittin.
box folder
15 5 8 x 10 inch prints
15 6 Contact sheets
15 7-8 11 x 14 inch prints
box folder
68* 3-5 16 x 20 inch prints
Includes one matted print (11x10.5").
box
16 Negatives, color slides
box
86, 88-92, 121, 134* Items added later, circa 1950-2009
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box
86, 88, 134* Portraits, circa 1950-2009
86, 88, 134* Black-and-white prints, circa 1950-2009
box folder
88 9-18 Prints and contact sheets, circa 1950-2009
Also includes photocopies of photographs and one line drawing of Brittin signed by "R. Marcus" in 1965.
box
86 Polaroid prints and negatives, circa 1957-1967, circa 1990-2000
box folder
134* 1 Oversize prints, 1990s-2000s
box
86 Color prints, slides and one Polaroid print, circa 1970-2004
box
89-92, 121 Still lifes, 1950s-1970s, undated
Also contains other art works by Brittin.
box
89-92 Black-and-white prints, 1950s-1970s
box folder
89 1-5 Prints and contact sheets
box
90 11 x 14 inch prints
Also contains photographs that are possibly political graphics.
box
91-92 Negatives
box
91, 121 Color prints, 1960, undated
box folder
121 1 8 x 12 inch prints, undated
See also box 106 for similar images.
box
91 Prints, Polaroid prints, and negatives, 1960, undated
box
17-18, 68*, 89, 91, 121, 133 Collages and assemblage, circa 1954-1965, undated
Also includes photographs of some collage works.
box
17-18 Various, circa 1954-1955
In box 17, folder 1: Wanted Men To Learn Crime (circa 1954) and The Dance Of Life (circa 1954).
box folder
68* 1-2 Oversize, circa 1954-1955
box
89, 91, 133 Collages added later, circa 1954-1965, undated
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
133 1-2 Various, circa 1954-1965
box folder
89 6-9 Collage pieces, circa 1954-1965
box
91, 133 Photographs, circa 1954-1965, undated
91, 133 Black-and-white prints, circa 1954-1965
box folder
133 3 Print
box
91 Negatives
91 Color prints and negatives, circa 1954-1965, undated
box
19 Burrell, Jan, between 1955-1965
Framed photograph of Burrell at Rachel Rosenthal's Instant Theatre. See also Rosenthal file for more photographs.
box
20, 27 The Byrds, 1960s
Performing at the Whisky a Go Go nightclub.
box folder
20 3 8 x 10 inch prints
box folder
27 3 11 x 14 inch prints
box folder
20 4 Cameron, circa 1950s-1960s
Also known as Marjorie Cameron. See also Semina Gallery files.
box folder
83 5 Caruthers, John, 1950s
box folder
20 5 Conner, Bruce, circa 1950s-1960s
See also box 71*, folder 10 for Ferus Gallery exhibition poster.
20 6 DeFeo, Jay, 1959
box
20, 27, 30 Dixon, Juanita, 1950s
box folder
20 7 Prints
box folder
27 4 11 x 14 inch print
box
30 Negatives
box
21-22, 30, 71*, 83 Eames Office, between 1963-1970, 1989
box folder
21 1 Papers, between 1963-1970, 1989
box
21-22, 30, 71* Photographs, between 1963-1970
Images acquired or photographed by Brittin during his employment at the Eames Office as a photographer and lab technician.
21-22, 30, 71* By Brittin, between 1963-1970
box folder
21 2-3 Prints, between 1963-1970
21 4 Contact sheets, between 1963-1970 (bulk 1964)
box
30 Negatives, color slides, between 1963-1970 (bulk 1964)
box folder
22 1 11 x 14 inch prints, between 1963-1970
box folder
71* 3 16 x 20 inch print, between 1963-1970
box folder
21 5 By Charles Eames, between 1963-1970
box
21-22 By Anonymous, between 1963-1970
Some photos taken by Charles Eames.
box folder
21 6-10 Prints, contact sheets
Photographs in folder 10 possibly by Brittin.
box folder
22 2 11 x 14 inch prints
box
83 Items added later, between 1963-1970
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
83 6 Ephemera, 1968
UCLA Extension booklet addressed to Charles Eames.
83 7 Photographs, between 1963-1970
box folder
26 2 Foulkes, Llyn, 1962
box
20, 26-27, 30 Foxx, Loree, 1949-1959, undated
box folder
20 9 Papers, undated
Photocopies of various childhood photographs and clippings of Loree Foxx. Some are possibly early images of Suzi Hicks.
box
20, 27, 30 Photographs, 1950s
box folder
20 8 Prints, contact sheets
box folder
27 5 11 x 14 inch prints
box
30 Negatives
box folder
26 3 Drawings, 1949
Two drawings: [Self-portrait] and Easter Sunday
box folder
20 10 Gechtoff, Sonia, circa 1955
Invitation for a solo exhibition at Syndell Studio, circa 1955. Invitation designed by Craig Kauffman. See also Ferus Gallery files (box 34) for a second copy of Gechtoff's Ferus invitation (designed by Press Baza).
20 11 Golub, Leon, 1969 March 23
box
83, 85 Gunsaullus, Marty, 1999-2000
box folder
83 8 Correspondence, 2000 May 23
Card for Brittin from Gunsaullus and Nancy Rudolph.
box
83, 85 Photographs, 1999
Pictures of Gunsaullus, Brittin and Nancy Rudolph.
box folder
83 9 Prints and contact sheets
box
85 Negatives
box folder
20 12 Haimsohn, George, circa 1950s-1960s
20 13 Haynes, Rosie, June 1962
box
20, 26-27, 31, 72*, 83, 85 Herms, George, between 1950-2007
box folder
20 14 Papers, 1957-1970, 1995
Includes mail art and Love Press prints.
box folder
72* 2 Posters, 1961, 1973
Photographs, 1950s-1990s
box folder
20 15 Prints, contact sheets, circa 1950s-1980s
box folder
27 6 11 x 14 inch print, circa 1979
box
31 Negatives, slides, 1950s-1990s
box folder
72* 3 Oversize prints, circa 1979
box
26, 72* Works of art, undated
See also box 20, folder 14.
box folder
26 4 Untitled print
box folder
72* 2 Untitled drawing
box
83, 85 Items added later, 1976, 1996-2007
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
83 10 Exhibition ephemera, 1996, 2007
83 11 The Loneliest, 2004
Incomplete artist book by Amber Tamblyn with collages by Herms.
box
85 Color prints, negatives, and slides, 1976, 1998
Includes photographs of Herms and Pixie Guerin's wedding.
box folder
71* 4 Herold, Rick undated
box
23, 27, 31, 85 Hicks, Suzi and Eddie, 1950s-1960s, circa 1999
Additional photographs of Suzi Hicks can be found under files for Bob Alexander, Donald Morand, Wallace Berman's Circle, Craig Krull Gallery and Semina Gallery.
box folder
23 1-2 Prints, contact sheets, 1950s-1960s
box folder
27 7-8 11 x 14 inch prints, circa 1950-1960
box
31 Negatives, 1950s-1960s
box
85 Photographs added later, circa 1999
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012. Color prints of Suzi Hicks. See also Craig Krull Gallery file in Series IB.
box
23, 27, 31 Hopps, Walter, 1950s, 1997
box folder
23 3 Papers, 1950s
See Bob Alexander's Press Baza file for Syndell Studio invitations designed by Alexander.
box
23, 27, 31 Photographs, circa 1957, 1997
Includes photographs of Hopps at Wallace Berman's Ferus Gallery opening.
box folder
23 4 Prints, contact sheets, circa 1957
Includes one photograph by Wallace Berman.
box folder
27 9 11 x 14 inch prints, circa 1957
box
31 Negatives, circa 1957, 1997
box folder
83 12 Irwin, Robert, 1999
Photographs of Irwin exhibition.
box
33 Jahrmarkt, Billy, circa 1966
Also known as Billy Batman.
box folder
23 5 Kaprow, Allan, 1966 May-June
box folder
83 13 Kendall, Kenneth, 1960
Drawing.
box
83, 85, 132 Kerr, Mary, 2000, 2004
box folder
83 14 Papers, 2000
box
83, 85 Photographs, 1997, 2000
Also contains images of Made in California exhibition at LACMA.
box folder
83 15 Prints and contact sheets, 2000
box
85 Negatives, 1997, 2000
box item
132 DVD1 Swinging in the Shadows, 2004
1 videodisc (DVD): digital, sd., col.; 4 3/4 in. Venice West and the LA scene, February 12, 2004, Sponto Screening.
box
23, 27, 71* Kienholz, Edward, 1950s-1960s
box
23, 71* Papers, circa 1957-1966
box folder
23 6 Various, circa 1957-1966
box folder
71* 5 Oversize clipping, 1966 March 24
box
23, 27, 71* Photographs, 1950s-1960s
Photographs of Kienholz's artwork by Brittin and unknown photographer(s).
box folder
23 7 Prints, 1950s-1960s
box folder
27 10 11 x 14 inch prints, 1950s-1960s
box folder
71* 5 Oversize print, circa 1965
box
83, 85 Lang, Maryjane, 1997-2000
box folder
83 16 Papers, 1997-2000
box
83, 85 Photographs, 2000
box folder
83 17 Black-and-white prints and contact sheets,
box
85 Color prints,
box folder
23 8 Marsh, Warne, circa 1958
box folder
71* 6 Mason, John, 1960
See also box 71*, folder 10 for Ferus Gallery exhibition poster.
box
23, 31 Meltzer, David, circa 1958-1964
box folder
23 9 Papers, 1960, 1964
Includes three copies of "Bazascope Mother" (1964). Additional copies can also be found under Bob Alexander and Zack Walsh files.
box
23, 31 Photographs, circa 1958
box folder
23 10 Prints, contact sheets
box
31 Negatives
box folder
23 11 Miller, Henry, after 1945
box
23, 27, 31, 83-84 Morand, Donald, circa 1950-1960
See also Semina Gallery photographs.
box folder
23 12 Prints, contact sheets
Includes photographs of Suzi Hicks and Bob Alexander.
box folder
27 11 11 x 14 inch prints
box
31 Negatives
box
83-84 Photographs added later
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
83 18 Prints and contact sheets
box folder
84 2 11 x 14 inch prints
box
23, 31 Ochs, Phil, circa 1950s-1960s
box folder
23 13 Prints
box
31 Negatives
box
23, 27, 31, 83 O'Day, Anita, circa 1940s-1950s, 1981, circa 1998
box folder
23 14 Papers, 1956-1959, 1981
box folder
83 19 Papers added later, circa 1998
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box
23, 27, 31 Photographs, circa 1940s-1950s
box folder
23 15 Prints, contact sheets
Also contains photographs by unknown photographer(s).
box folder
27 12 11 x 14 inch prints
box
31 Negatives
box folder
24 1 Patchen, Kenneth, 1957
box
24, 26-27, 72* Reed, John, circa 1955-1958
box folder
24 2 Papers, circa 1958
See also Semina Gallery file (box 34) for Reed's exhibition announcement.
box
24, 27 Photographs, circa 1956-1957
See also John Altoon file.
box folder
24 2 8 x 10 inch print, circa 1957
box folder
27 13 11 x 14 inch print 1956
box folder
26 5 Drawing, circa 1955
The Unseen Green is Touched and Bounding Back
box folder
72* 4 Poster, 1958
Designed by Reed; poster was mailed to Brittin from Wallace Berman.
box
24, 26, 32 Richer, Arthur, between 1950-1963
box folder
24 3 Papers, between 1956-1963
Contains invitation to Richer's exhibition at the Syndell Gallery. Another copy can be found in Wallace Berman's paper files. See also Ferus Gallery and Semina Gallery files for additional exhibition announcements.
box
24, 32 Photographs, 1950s
box folder
24 4 Prints, contact sheets
Also contains photographs of Richer's wife, Betty. Includes photographs of Richer at Syndell Studio.
box
32 Negatives
box folder
26 6 Works on paper, circa 1958-1962
box folder
24 5 Rose, Norman, 1962
box
24, 32, 83 Rosen, Seymour, circa 1950s
box folder
24 6 Contact sheets
box
32 Negatives
box folder
83 20 Photographs added later
Later Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box
24, 27, 32 Rosenthal, Rachel, between 1955-1965
box folder
24 7 Papers, circa 1955-1956
Invitation to Instant Theatre performance designed by Press Baza (Bob Alexander).
box
24, 27, 32 Photographs, between 1955-1965
Images of Rosenthal at Instant Theatre with Jan Burrell.
box folder
24 8 Prints, contact sheets
box folder
27 14 11 x 14 inch prints
box
32 Negatives
box
83, 85 Rudolph, Nancy, 1999-2000
box folder
83 8 Correspondence, 2000 May 23
Card for Brittin from Rudolph and Marty Gunsaullus.
box
83, 85 Photographs, 1999
Pictures of Rudolph, Brittin and Marty Gunsaullus.
box folder
83 9 Prints and contact sheets
box
85 Negatives
box folder
26 7 Secunda, Arthur, 1966
box folder
71* 7 Siskind, Aaron, 1951-1952
71* 8 Talbert, Ben, 1960s
Jean Cocteau's Les Enfant Terribles poster possibly created by Talbert according to original inventory provided with acquisition of the archive.
box
69*-71* Teske, Edmund, circa 1940s-1960s
Photographs by Teske.
box
69*-70* Framed
box folder
71* 9 Unframed
box folder
24 9 Trocchi, Alexander, 1950s
See John Altoon file for photographs of Trocchi with Altoon and John Reed. See also box 72*, folder 5 for Trocchi's contribution to Semina, No.2. Additionally, an invitation to a Trocchi and Wallace Berman event can be found in Berman's paper files.
box
24-25, 32 Velvet Underground, 1967
box
25 11 x 14 inch prints
box folder
24 10 Contact sheets
box
32 Negatives
box
24, 27-28, 32, 83, 98 Walsh, Beverly, circa 1950s-1960s
box folder
24 11-12 Prints, contact sheets, 1950s-1960s
box
32 Negatives, color slides, 1950s-1960s
box folder
27 15 11 x 14 inch prints, 1950s-1960s
box folder
28 2 Color prints, color contact sheets, 1950s-1960s
box
24, 27, 32, 98 Erotica, circa 1950s-1960s
Includes photographs and negatives with Zack Walsh, Bob and Anita Alexander.
box folder
24 13 Prints, contact sheets
box folder
27 16 11 x 14 inch prints
box
32 Negatives
box
98 Negatives added later
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box
24, 27-28, 32, 83 Bob and Dominique Jones' Party, circa 1961-1963, undated
Walsh at Bob and Dominique Jones' party. Also includes photos of Wallace Berman, Dean Stockwell, Zack Walsh and others.
box
24, 27-28, 32 Photographs circa 1961-1963
box folder
24 14 Prints, contact sheets
box folder
27 17 11 x 14 inch print
box folder
28 3 Color prints, color contact sheet
box
32 Negatives
box folder
83 22 Clipping added later, 1963
Brittin material integrated into the archive in 2012. Photocopy of a 1963 clipping from the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner featuring Dominique Jones.
box folder
24 15 Walsh, Zack, circa 1950s-1960s
Includes four copies of "Bazascope Mother" (1964). More copies can also be found under Bob Alexander and David Meltzer files.
box folder
83 23 Wasser, Julian, undated
box folder
24 16 Westbrook, Yvonne, 1997
Certificate of Ordination from the Temple of Man. An unidentified print, possibly by George Herms, was found with certificate.
24 17 Westervelt, Barbara, circa 1950s-1960s
box
83, 85 White, Saul, 1950s
box folder
83 24 Prints
box
85 Negatives
Series I.B. Galleries and museums, 1957-2005 3 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Series I.B. contains photographs, exhibition invitations, posters and correspondence from galleries and museums focusing on the Los Angeles art scene. The majority of this section contains Ferus Gallery and Semina Gallery material. See also artist files in Subseries I.A. for more information on specific artists who exhibited at these galleries.
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by name of gallery or museum.
box folder
34 1 The Alan Gallery, 1959 May 12
34 2 Barnsdall Art Park, circa 1958
Poetry reading announcement at the Frank Lloyd Wright Gallery.
box
93-95, 129 Craig Krull Gallery, 1996-2001
box folder
93 1-4 Papers, 1996-2001
box
94-95, 129 Photographs, 1999
Contains photographs of Edward Teske, George Herms and Suzi Hicks at exhibition opening.
94-95, 129 Black-and-white prints
box
94 Prints and contact sheets
box folder
129 1 11 x 14 inch contact sheets
box
95 Negatives
95 Color prints and negatives
box
28, 34, 71* Ferus Gallery, between 1957-1966
For more files on individual artists who exhibited at the Ferus Gallery, see also Series I.A.
box folder
34 3-4 Announcements, between 1957-1966
Includes a framed invitation to Wallace Berman's first exhibition. See also Robert Alexander's Press Baza file for a second copy of Sonia Gechtoff's invitation.
box
28, 34 Photographs, circa 1957
Contains photographs of art at the Ferus Gallery; Wallace Berman's exhibition; Bob Alexander, Wallace Berman, John Reed, Walter Hopps, and Juanita Dixon at the Ferus alley. For more images of Berman's exhibition at the Ferus Gallery and his related arrest and trial, see Wallace Berman's photographic files.
box folder
34 5 Prints, contact sheets, circa 1957
Also includes contact sheets of Wallace Berman in abandoned building in Venice.
box folder
28 4 Negatives, 1957
box folder
71* 10 Posters and broadsides, 1959-1964
Advertising exhibitions for Josef Albers, John Altoon, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Bruce Conner, Joseph Cornell, Roy Lichtenstein, John Mason and Andy Warhol.
box folder
34 6 Focus Gallery, 1975
box
93, 95 G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, 1983-1994, undated
box folder
93 6-8 Papers, 1983-1994
box
93, 95 Photographs, undated
box folder
93 5 Contact sheet
box
95 Negatives
box
34, 93, 95 LACMA, circa 1966-1968, 1981, 2001
box folder
34 7 Papers, circa 1966-1968, 1981
box
93, 95 Photographs added later, 2001
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
93 9 Print and contact sheet
box
95 Negatives
box folder
34 8 L.A. Louver, 1992
Invitation to Poem Makers featuring Wallace Berman's Semina.
box
93, 95 M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, 1976-1977, 1996
93, 95 Black-and-white prints, 1996
box folder
93 10 Prints and contact sheets
box
95 Negatives
95 Color slides, 1976-1977
box folder
34 9 The National Portrait Gallery, 1996
box
28, 34 Newport Harbor Art Museum, 1976 February-October
The Last Time I Saw Ferus 1957-1966 exhibition, 1976.
box folder
34 10 Correspondence, 1976 February 23
box
28, 34 Photographs, 1976 October 16
box folder
34 11 Prints, contact sheets
box folder
28 5 Negatives
box folder
93 11 Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2005
box
28, 34, 72* Semina Gallery, 1957-1961
box folder
34 12 Papers, 1957-1961
34 13 Semina, No.1 (incomplete copy), 1957
Includes only 8 contributions.
box
28, 34, 72* Photographs, between 1957-1960
Images of Brittin's first exhibition and the Berman's home in Larkspur, California. Contains photographs of Wallace and Shirley Berman, Suzi Hicks and Donald Morand.
box folder
34 14 Prints, contact sheets, 1960
box folder
28 6 Negatives, 1960
box folder
72* 6-7 16 x 20 inch prints, between 1957-1960
Includes a photograph of Cameron's contribution to Semina, No.1.
72* 5 Maquette, 1957
Mock-up of Jean Cocteau, Alexander Trocchi and Dion Vigne's contributions to Semina, No.2.
box
93, 95 Track 16 Gallery, undated
box folder
93 12 Prints and contact sheets
box
95 Negatives
box
93, 95 Miscellaneous, 1979-2005, undated
Assorted gallery ephemera and unidentified items.
box folder
93 13 Papers, 1979-2005
box
93, 95 Photographs, undated
box folder
93 14 Prints and contact sheet
box
95 Negatives and color Polaroid prints
Series I.C. Venice sites, 1950s-1970s, 2005, undated 3 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
The files contain photographs, contact sheets, negatives and color slides of sites in Venice, California during the 1950s-1970s.
Arrangement
Arranged by medium.
box folder
36 1 Papers, 1958, undated
box
35-38, 73*, 93, 95 Photographs, 1950s-1970s, 2005
Also includes images of Santa Monica. Contains photographs of Billy Al Bengston's bathroom.
box folder
36 2-3 Prints
36 4-7 Contact sheets
box
37-38 Negatives, color slides
box
35 11 x 14 inch prints
box
73* 16 x 20 inch prints
box
93, 95 Photographs added later, circa 1954-1965, 2005
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012. See also Maryjane Lang file for materials related to Venice's 95th Anniversary.
93, 95 Black-and-white prints, circa 1954-1965, 2005
box folder
93 15-16 Prints and contact sheets, circa 1964, 2005
box
95 Negatives, circa 1954-1965
95 Color slides, 1964
Series I.D. City views, 1950s-1970s 2.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
The files contain photographs, contact sheets, negatives and slides of sites in Los Angeles, California and Greenwich Village, New York during the 1950s-1970s.
Arrangement
Arranged by location.
box
36, 38, 74*, 82*, 93, 129 Los Angeles sites, 1950s-1970s
Contains images of Watts Towers.
box folder
36 8-9 Prints, contact sheets
box
38 Negatives, color photographs, slides
box
74*, 82* 16 x 20 inch prints
box
74* Black-and-white prints
box folder
82* 2 Color print
box
93, 129 Photographs added later, 1950s-1970s
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
93 17 Cutout of Watts Towers
box folder
129 2 11 x 14 inch print
box folder
36 10 Greenwich Village, New York, 1956
Series II. Political movements and protests, 1926-2004 (bulk 1960-1979) 33 Linear Feet (35 boxes, 5 flatfile folders, 1 roll)
This series contains mostly black-and-white prints, contact sheets, negatives, transparencies, and slides of civil rights, Vietnam War, and political protests documented by Brittin during the 1950s-1970s. Some files also contain photographs taken by Brittin's wife, Barbara, and other photographers. Along with these photos are various related posters, publications, clippings, ephemera, and other papers. Unidentified photographs of political movements and protests are filed at the end of the series.
Arrangement
The series is arranged in four subseries: Series II.A.: Civil rights; Series II.B. Feminism and labor protests; Series II.C. Vietnam war protests; Series II.D. Politics.
Series II.A. Civil rights, 1926-1997 (bulk 1960-1975) 12 Linear Feet (13 boxes, 1 flatfile folder)
Series II.A. primarily contain black and white photographs, contact sheets, negatives and color slides of civil rights protests during the 1950s-1970s. CORE protests form the bulk of this section. Some files also contain photographs taken by Brittin's wife, Barbara, and other photographers. Along with these photographs are related papers, clippings, ephemera and posters.
Arrangement
CORE records are followed by other assorted civil rights material.
box
39-42, 53, 55-57, 75*-77*, 96, 98, 129, 133, 134* CORE, between 1963-1970, 1991, 1997
box
39, 53 Papers, between 1963-1970
box folder
39 1-3 Various, circa 1963-1966
box folder
53 2-3 Posters and clippings, 1966
Related to Brittin's visit to Bogalusa, Louisiana.
box
39-42, 55-57, 75*-77* Photographs, between 1963-1970, 1997
box
39-41 Prints, contact sheets, between 1963-1970
Some folders contain related papers.
box folder
39 4-17 CORE personalities and events, between 1963-1970
39 18-21 Police brutality protests, 1965-1968
box
40-41 Housing and other protests, circa 1963-1965
Includes Board of Education sit-in, job discrimination pickets, marches for Alabama and Brittin's documentation of protests in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Also contains Barbara Brittin's court trial and unidentified CORE photographs. Some folders include related papers.
box
55-57 Negatives, color slides, between 1963-1970, 1997
box
42 11 x 14 inch prints, between 1963-1966
Folder 8: "CORE Action in Torrance" (1964) also contains "NO on 14" protest sign.
box
75*-77* 16 x 20 inch prints, circa 1964-1965
Box 76*: "CORE Action in Torrance" (1964) also contains one protest sign.
box
96, 98, 129, 133, 134* Items added later, between 1963-1970, 1991
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
96 1 Papers, between 1963-1970
box folder
133 4 Oversize clipping, 1991
The clipping includes a Brittin photograph of police brutality.
box
96, 98, 129, 134* Photographs, between 1963-1970
box folder
96 2-3 Prints
box
98 Polaroid prints and one negative
box folder
129 3 11 x 14 inch prints
box folder
134* 2 16 x 20 inch prints
box
43, 53 Papers, 1926-1991 (bulk 1963-1975)
Includes various ephemera and publications.
box folder
43 1-4 General, 1926-1970 (bulk 1964-1970)
box folder
53 1 Clippings, 1965-1967, 1991
box
43, 52, 57 Photographs, 1960-1975
Includes school board protests and demonstrations by the Non-Violent Action Committee (N-VAC). Also contains photographs taken by Barbara Brittin and others.
box folder
43 5-24 Prints, contacts sheets, 1963-1975
box folder
52 1-2 11 x 14 inch prints, 1960s
box
57 Negatives, 1963-1975
box
49, 60, 78*, 96-97 Political graphics, circa 1960s, 1971
Various papers, photographs, negatives, transparencies and maquettes of protest ephemera and posters designed by Brittin.
box
49, 78* Papers, photographs, posters
box folder
49 1-3 Various
box folder
78* 1 Oversize
box
60 Negatives, transparencies
box
96-97 Items added later, circa 1960s, 1971
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
96 5-6 Papers and photographs, circa 1960s, 1971
box
97 Negative, circa 1960s
box folder
80* 1 Posters, circa 1950-1971
Also in flatfile folder 4**.
80* 1 Oversize
flatfile
4** Flatfile
Series II.B. Feminism and labor protests, circa 1946-1979 (bulk 1970s), undated 3.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Series II.B. consist primarily of photographs (black and white prints, contact sheets, negatives and color slides), papers, ephemera and publications related to feminist and labor protests in Los Angeles during the 1970s.
Arrangement
Arranged by topic.
box
44, 57, 96 Feminism, 1969-1975
box folder
44 1-2 Pamphlets, publications, circa 1969-1970
box
44, 57, 96 Photographs, 1970-1975
box folder
44 3-4 Prints, contact sheets, 1970-1975
box
57 Negatives, 1971-1975
box folder
96 7 Prints added later, 1970-1975
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
96 8 Political graphics, between 1970-1975
box
44, 49, 52-53, 57, 60, 78*-80*, 96, 98, 133, 134* Labor protests, circa 1946-1979 (bulk 1970s), undated
The files contain material on Chicano protests, labor committees and film industry protests.
box folder
44 9-14 Papers, 1946-1947, 1970-1976
box folder
53 4 Prints, circa 1970s
53 5-6 Publications, 1975-1976
Seven issues of El Obrero del Sur de California newspaper.
box
44, 52, 57, 79* Photographs, 1968-1975
Chicano/Labor protest photographs.
box folder
44 5-8 Prints, contact sheets, 1970-1975
box
57 Negatives, color slides, 1968-1975
box folder
52 3 11 x 14 inch prints, between 1970-1975
box folder
79* 1 16 x 20 inch prints, between 1970-1975
box
49, 60, 78* Political graphics, 1970s
Various papers, photographs, negatives, transparencies and maquettes of protest ephemera and posters designed by Brittin.
box
49, 78* Papers and photographs
box folder
49 4-5 Various
box folder
78* 2 Oversize
box
60 Negatives and transparencies
box folder
80* 2 Poster, undated
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union protest sign.
box
96, 98, 133, 134* Items added later, between 1969-1979, undated
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box
96, 133 Papers, 1969-1972, undated
box folder
96 9 General, 1969-1972
box folder
133 5 Oversize, undated
box
96, 98, 134* Photographs, 1973-1975
box folder
96 10 Prints and contact sheets
box
98 Negatives
box folder
134* 3 16 x 20 inch print
box
96, 98 Political graphics, 1970s
box folder
96 11 Prints and cutouts
box
98 Negatives and color slides
Series II.C. Vietnam war protests, circa 1960-1975, undated 5.25 Linear Feet (7 boxes, 1 flatfile folder, .5 roll)
This subseries primarily contain black-and-white photographs, contact sheets, negatives and color photographs and slides of Vietnam War protests during the 1960s-1970s. Some files also contain photographs taken by Brittin's wife, Barbara. Along with these photographs are related papers, clippings, ephemera and posters. See also Series I.A. for The Artists' Tower of Protest (Peace Tower) files.
Arrangement
Arranged by medium.
box
45, 53 Papers, 1960s
box folder
45 1-2 General, circa 1964-1969
Contains flyers, pamphlets, correspondence, clippings, etc. Also includes a 44 rpm record of Matt Jones's songs, "Hell No! I Ain't Gonna Go" and "Supersam."
box folder
53 7 Clippings, 1961 November 12
53 8-9 Bumper stickers, circa 1960s
Bumper sticker in folder 9 is fragile and has a sticky, adhesive material on the surface.
box
28, 45, 47, 52, 58-60, 79* Photographs, 1965-1975
Includes photographs of the remains of anti-war protestor Florence Beaumont, who died from self-immolation at the LA Federal Building in 1967. The photographs were taken at the aftermath of the incident where some of her remains were found.
box
45, 47 Prints, contact sheets, 1965-1975
Some folders contain related papers. Also includes photographs taken by Barbara Brittin.
box folder
45 3-31 1965-1968
box folder
47 1-7 1969-1975
box folder
28 7 Color print, 1967
One color photograph from "Century City Anti-War Demonstration, June 23, 1967"
box
58-60 Color slides, negatives, between 1965-1975
box folder
52 4-9 11 x 14 inch prints, 1966-1967
box folder
79* 2-4 16 x 20 inch prints, 1966-1969
Some folders contain photocopies of prints.
box
28, 49, 60, 78* Political graphics, circa 1960s
Also in flatfile folder 3**. Various papers, photographs, negatives, transparencies and maquettes of protest ephemera and posters designed by Brittin.
box
49, 78* Papers, photographs, and posters
Also in flatfile folder 3**.
box folder
49 6-9 Various
box folder
78* 3-5 Oversize
flatfile
3** Flatfile
box
60 Negatives and transparencies
box folder
28 8 Color transparency
roll
1** Poster, undated
"Primary Uses of Basic Ground Weapons"
box
97-98, 129, 133, 134* Items added later, circa 1960-1975
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
97 1-2 Papers, circa 1960s
box
97-98, 129, 134* Photographs, 1965-1975
box
97, 129, 134* Black-and-white prints, 1965-1975
box folder
97 3 Prints
Also contains photographs by Nadine Etkes.
box folder
129 4 11 x 14 inch prints
box folder
134* 4 16 x 20 inch prints
box
98 Color slides, 1967
box
97, 129, 133, 134* Political graphics, circa 1960s
box folder
97 4 Papers
box
97, 129, 134* Photographs
box folder
97 5 Prints
box folder
129 5 11 x 14 inch prints
box folder
134* 5 16 x 20 inch print
box folder
133 6 Poster layout
Series II.D. Politics, 1940-2004 (bulk 1960s-1970s) 12.25 Linear Feet (10 boxes, 3 flatfile folders, .5 roll)
The files consist of photographs, papers, clippings, publications and posters on various political and politicized organizations, namely the Black Panther Party, Communism, National Rifle Association (NRA) and political films. Photographic files comprises black and white prints, contact sheets and negatives of political figures, parties, protests and events during the 1960s-1970s. Unidentified photographs of political movements and protests are filed at the end of this subseries.
Arrangement
Files are arranged by topic: the Black Panther Party, communism, National Rifle Association (NRA) and political films, followed by other assorted political material.
box
48-49, 52, 54, 60-61, 78*-80*, 97-98, 129, 133 Black Panther Party, circa 1966-1971, 1996, 1999, undated
Also in flatfile folder 5**.
box
48, 54 Papers, circa 1966-1970
box folder
48 1-5 General, circa 1966-1970
box folder
54 1 Publications and clippings, 1968
box
48, 52, 61, 79* Photographs, 1968-1971
See also Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) in box 47.
box folder
48 6-16 Prints, contact sheets, 1968-1971
box
61 Negatives, 1968-1971
box folder
52 11-13 11 x 14 inch prints, 1969-1970
box folder
79* 5-6 16 x 20 inch prints, 1969
box
49, 60, 78* Political graphics, circa 1968-1971
Various papers, photographs, negatives, transparencies and maquettes of protest ephemera and posters designed by Brittin.
box
49, 78* Papers, photographs, and posters
box folder
49 11 Various
box folder
78* 7 Oversize
box
60 Negatives and transparencies
box folder
80* 3 Posters, between 1968-1970, undated
Also in flatfile folder 5**.
80* 3 Oversize, between 1968-1970, undated
flatfile
5** Flatfile, 1968
Presidential campaign poster for Dick Gregory.
box
97-98, 129, 133 Items added later, circa 1968-1971, 1996, 1999, undated
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box
97, 133 Papers, 1999, undated
box folder
97 6 General, 1999
box folder
133 7 Large envelope, undated
box
97-98, 129 Photographs, 1968-1971, 1996
box folder
97 7-8 Prints, 1968-1971
box folder
129 6 11 x 14 inch print, 1969
box
98 Black-and-white prints and color slides, 1968, 1996
box
97, 129, 133 Political graphics, circa 1968-1971
box folder
97 9 Papers
box
97, 129 Photographs
box folder
97 10 Prints
box folder
129 7 11 x 14 inch prints
box folder
133 8 Poster layouts
box
49-50, 54, 80*-81*, 97, 133 Communism, 1942-2004
Also in flatfile folder 6-7** and roll 1**.
box folder
49 12 Papers, circa 1947-1980
box
49-50, 54 Publications, 1953-2004
box folder
50 1-3 Various, 1953-2001
box
49, 54 Revolutionary Worker, 1999-2004
box folder
49 13-14 No.1220-1224; 1228-1230 November 2003- February 2004
box folder
54 7-8 No.1004-1012 May 1999-June 1999
box
80*-81* Posters, circa 1950s-1990s
Also in flatfile folder 6-7** and roll 1**.
box folder
80* 8-10 Oversize, circa 1950s-1990s
box
81* Manifesti della Rivoluzione russa 1917-1929, circa 1950s-1960s
33 poster reproductions of Russian avant-garde posters.
flatfile
6-7** Flatfiles, circa 1950s-1990s
roll
1** Poster of Lenin, circa 1950s-1990s
box
97, 133 Items added later, 1963-1978, 2002-2004, undated
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
97 11-14 Papers, 1963-1978, 2002-2004
box folder
133 9 Poster, undated
box
50, 97 National Rifle Association (NRA), circa 1969-1971, undated
box folder
50 4-6 Papers, circa 1969-1971
box folder
97 15 Ephemera added later, undated
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box
51 Political films, 1968-1971
Los Angeles Power and Light Film Series; newsreel.
box
47, 54, 80*, 97, 133 Papers, 1940-2000 (bulk 1960-1979)
box folder
47 24-29 General, 1940-1972 (bulk 1970-1972)
box folder
54 2-2A Bumper stickers, circa 1960s-1970s
Campaign stickers for political candidates. Bumper sticker in folder 2A is fragile and has a sticky, adhesive material on the surface.
box
54, 80* Publications and clippings, circa 1957-1975
box folder
54 3-6 Various, 1964-1975
box folder
80* 4 Oversize, circa 1957, 1968
box
97, 133 Papers added later, 1942, 1975-1983, 2000, undated
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
97 16-18 General, 1975-1983, undated
box folder
133 10 Large clippings, 1942, 2000
box
47, 52, 60, 79*, 97-98 Photographs, 1964-1977
Contains photographs of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Peace and Freedom Party (PFP), political figures and events.
box folder
47 9-22 Prints, contact sheets, 1964-1977
Some folders also contain related papers.
box
60 Negatives, color slides, 1964-1977
box folder
52 10 11 x 14 inch prints, circa 1965-1971
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) photographs.
box folder
79* 7 16 x 20 inch prints, 1967
Photographs of Cuban Pavilion.
box
97-98 Photographs added later, between 1964-1977
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
97 19 Black-and-white prints, between 1964-1977
box
98 Color prints, circa 1967
box folder
80* 5-7 Posters, 1960s, 1980s, undated
Also in flatfile folder 5**.
80* 5-7 Oversize, 1960s, 1980s, undated
flatfile
5** Flatfile, circa 1968, 1987
box
49, 60, 78*, 97, 129 Political graphics, circa 1960s-1970s
Various papers, photographs, negatives, transparencies and maquettes of protest ephemera and posters designed by Brittin.
box
49, 78* Papers, photographs, posters
box folder
49 10 Various
box folder
78* 8 Oversize
box
60 Negatives, transparencies
box
97, 129 Items added later
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
97 20 Prints
box folder
129 8 11 x 14 inch prints
box folder
47 23 Unidentified photographs, circa 1950s-1970s
Series III. Collections, 1937-2005 (bulk 1960s), undated 3.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Brittin's collection of counterculture material is comprised of erotica (photographs, publications, and other papers); advertisements/pamphlets on health, drugs, and spiritual movements. This series also contains Brittin's collection of theater/film papers, film stills, and ephemera, including his membership in the Hollywood Film Society and materials on Orson Welles.
Arrangement
The series is arranged in three groups: erotica, theater/film and advertisements/pamphlets.
box
28, 62-65, 98-99 Erotica, 1937-2000 (bulk 1960s)
box folder
62 1-3 Publications, 1937-1968
Includes the periodical, Physique Pictorial, vol.13, no.4 (1964).
box
62-63 Papers, circa 1965-1968
box folder
62 4-7 Ephemera
box folder
63 1-5 Various
Contains more ephemera, drawings and clippings.
box
28, 63-65 Photographs, 1960s
Box 63 and 64 contain large commercial photographs as well as photographs taken by Brittin and Bob Alexander. More erotica photographs and negatives with Bob Alexander, Anita Alexander, Zack and Beverly Walsh can be found in Beverly Walsh: Erotica files.
box folder
63 6-7 Prints, contact sheets
box
64 11 x 14 inch prints
box
65 Small, mass-produced prints
box folder
28 9 Negatives
box
98-99 Items added later, 1970, 1990-2000, undated
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
99 1-3 Papers, 1970, 1990-2000, undated
Also includes black-and-white photographs and one publication.
box
98 Color negatives, undated
box
66, 99, 133 Theater/Film, 1942-2005, undated
box folder
66 1-4 Papers, 1942-1971
Also includes black-and-white photographs and publications.
box
99, 133 Items added later, 1947-2005, undated
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012.
box folder
99 4-7 Papers, 1947, 1967, 1999-2005
99 8-10 Photographs, undated
Film stills.
box folder
133 11 Posters, undated
Kenneth Anger posters.
133 12 Dashing Stage Beauties of the World, undated
Print portfolio with 12 plates of female performers.
box
66, 80* Advertisements/Pamphlets circa 1942-1969, undated
box folder
66 5 Metaphysics/Philosophy, circa 1942-1957
Booklets and pamphlets on spiritual movements such as Rosicrucianism and Mentalphysics.
66 6 Health, circa 1957-1961
box
66, 80* Drugs, 1950s-1960s, undated
box folder
66 7 Ephemera, 1950s-1960s
box folder
80* 11 Poster, undated
Series IV. Personal photographs, 1950s-2000s 8 Linear Feet (31 boxes, 1 flat file folder)
This series contains both black-and-white and color photographs in the form of prints, contact sheets, negatives, and slides of Brittin's personal life. Included are images of his family and friends, portraits of women, trip and vacations with his wife Barbara, and scenes of everyday life.
Arrangement
Arranged in four groups: family and friends, portraits of women, trips/vacations, and assorted and unidentified.
box
100-106, 110 Family and friends, circa 1954-2000
box
100-102, 110 Black-and-white prints, circa 1954-1999
box folder
100 1-10 Prints and contact sheets, circa 1954-1999
Folder 9 also includes color prints.
box
101-102 Negatives, 1954-1979, 1999
box folder
110 1 11 x 14 inch prints, 1950s-1960s
box
102-106 Color prints, Polaroid prints, slides and negatives, circa 1955-2000
box
107-110 Portraits of women, 1950s-2000s
107-110 Black-and-white prints, 1950s-2000s
box
107 Polaroid prints and negatives, 1950s-2000s
box
108-109 Prints and contact sheets, 1950s-2000s
box folder
110 2-4 11 x 14 inch prints, 1950s-1960s
box
107 Color prints, Polaroid prints, negatives, and slides, 1960-1967, circa 1990-2000
box
111-125, 129 Travels, 1951-2003
Also in flatfile folder 8**.
box
111-113 Various, 1953-1983, 2003
Photographs of domestic and international trips.
box
111-112 Black-and-white prints, 1953-1979
box folder
111 1-7 Prints and contact sheets, between 1963-1976
box
112 Negatives, 1953-1979
box
112-113 Color prints, slides, and negatives, 1953-1983, 2003
box
111, 114 Cruises, 1975, 1990s
111, 114 Black-and-white prints, 1990s
box folder
111 8 Contact sheets
box
114 Negatives
114 Color prints, slides, and negatives, 1975, 1990s
box
111, 115-118, 129 Mexico, 1951-1967
box
111, 115, 129 Black-and-white prints, between 1951-1967
box folder
111 10-12 Prints, between 1951-1967
Also contains LA County Local Board permit.
box folder
129 9 11 x 14 inch prints, between 1951-1967
box
115 Negatives, between 1951-1956
Color, 1951-1967
box
115-118 Slides, 1951-1967
box
118A Print, between 1951-1967
box
111, 119-121 French Polynesia, 1972, 1975-1976
box folder
111 9 Black-and-white prints, between 1972-1976
Photographs of snorkeling in Tahiti.
box
119-121 Color, 1972, 1975-1976
box
119-120 Slides, 1972, 1975-1976
Box 120 also contains slides of London, England.
box folder
121 2 Prints, circa 1975
box
122-123 Fiji, 1972-1973, 1975
Color slides of Fiji and adjacent areas. Box 121 also contains images of Costa Rica.
box
124-125 Virgin Islands, 1972-1978
Also in flatfile folder 8**.
box
124 Color prints and negatives, 1978
box
125 Color slides, 1977-1978
flatfile
8** Maps, between 1972-1977
box
100-101, 106, 126-129 Assorted and unidentified, 1950s-1990s
Includes photographs of various places including Brittin's home.
box
100-101, 128-129 Black-and-white prints, 1950s-1970s
box folder
100 11-14 Prints and contact sheets
box
101 Negatives and one Polaroid print
box
128-128A Test strips
Photo pieces of assorted sizes with various images including political protests, still lifes, portraits, etc. Box 128A contains 37 pieces of loose test strips.
box folder
129 10-13 11 x 14 inch prints
box
101, 106, 126-127 Color, between 1962-1999
box
101, 106 Prints, circa 1990s
box
126-127 Slides, 1962-1997
Series V. Miscellaneous items, 1914, 1943-2005, undated 3 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 1 flat file folder)
The last series comprises a small number of miscellaneous and unidentified items found in the archive. Included are papers such as exhibition ephemera and assorted clippings, artworks by unidentified artists, posters, and publications. Another portion of the series features Brittin's personal belongings such as photography accessories, music CDs, a bracelet, and pen nibs.
box folder
66 8 Papers, undated
box
54, 66 Publications, 1914, 1943, 1962
box folder
54 9-10 Various, 1914, 1962
box folder
66 9 The Vegetative Eye, 1943
Author: Max Harris
box folder
71* 11 Drawing, undated
box
130-133 Items added later, 1955, 1968-2005, undated
Brittin materials integrated into the archive in 2012. Also in flatfile folder 9**.
box
130, 133 Papers, 1955, 1976-2005, undated
box folder
130 1-10 General, 1955, 1976-2005, undated
Includes unidentified works by unidentified artists, clippings, blank postcards and ephemera.
box folder
133 13 Oversize clippings, 2005
box
130-131 Assorted objects, undated
Includes various items such as paper masks, photography accessories, bracelet, cigarette box and pen nibs.
box
132 Audiovisual, 1999, undated
Contains one untitled Betamax tape, Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant music CD, and Sounds of Rain Storms and Nature music CD.
flatfile
9** Posters, 1968, undated
Chart of USDA egg grades and a poster of the skeletal system.


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