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Samuel Wagstaff papers, 1796-1987 (bulk 1952-1986)

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Wagstaff (Samuel) Papers
Series II. Collections, 1819-1987 65.3 Linear Feet (46 boxes, 5 rolls, 15 flatfiles)
Series II is comprised of Wagstaff's various collections and papers related to his collections. While Wagstaff is most well known for his collection of historic photographs, he also was a serious collector of silver, postcards, and contemporary art. This series includes a small number of postcards from his postcard collection and documentation, receipts, correspondence and photographs from his silver collection, original art from his contemporary art collections and items from even less well known collections of prints, flowers, currency and postage. Of note in this series are correspondence and administrative documentation regarding works from his collection. These papers include correspondence with artists as well as correspondence between art institutions that relate to the provenance of various works. Conservation papers are also included in this series and reflect Wagstaff's interest in maintaining the quality of items in his collections.
Arrangement
Arranged by collection type. Correspondence, administrative and conservation papers covering all collection types at the end.
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52-63, 100*-101*, 114-117 Wagstaff photograph collection, 1819-1986 2602 items
The bulk of the photographs are from Wagstaff's personal collection; some study photographs are also included.
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52 1 Carte-de-visite, 1819 1 items
52 2-9 Cabinet cards, 1894-1920 48 items
Two cabinet cards are hand tinted. Includes photographs of Stockade at World's Fair Chicago, American landscape views, portraits, domestic interiors, Venice architectural exteriors, city and rural scenes.
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53 1 Cyanotypes, undated 3 items
Silverspring.
53 2 Stereographs, 1870-1893 11 items
Includes contact print sheet. Some stereographs are fragments.
53 3-5 Albumen prints, undated 15 items
Includes albumen prints adhered to canvas or board.
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53-57, 54a, 100*-101* Photographs, original assorted, 1895-1945 192 items
Includes various photographic processes.
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53-57, 54a Photographs
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100*-101* Oversize photographs
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58-60, 101* Photographs, copies assorted, 1958-1982, undated 867 items
Includes photographs, contact print sheets and papers. Papers include indices and various notes. Some photographs are annotated on verso in pencil with author, title information and collection or negative number.
Includes copy prints of Von Gloeden photographs.
Some copy prints were made by Scott Hyde in 1982.
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58-60 Photographs
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60 8 Photocopies
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101* 6 Oversize photocopies
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60 9 Catalog listings, 1972-1983 55 items
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60-63, 114-117 Invoices and receipts, 1973-1986 1707 items
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60 10 Lightfoot Collection, 1976-1982 43 items
60 11 1973 95 items
60 12 1974 12 items
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61 1-2 1975 194 items
61 3-4 1976 261 items
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62 1-2 1977 130 items
62 3 1978 165 items
62 4 1979 119 items
62 5 1980 160 items
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63 1 1981 128 items
63 2 1982 72 items
63 3 1983 171 items
63 4-5 1984 110 items
63 6 1985 29 items
63 7 1986 11 items
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114 Other photographic formats 7 items
114 Negatives, undated 457 items
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114-117 Slides and transparencies, 1975-1984, undated 1056 items
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64-66, 102*, 118-119 Silver collection, 1981-1987 1335 items
In the late 1980s Wagstaff started collecting silver with a particular interest in 19th century works.
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64, 102*, 118 Photographs, undated 310 items
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64 1 Black-and-white photographs
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118 1-3 Other photographic formats
Contains color slides, color and black-and-white negatives and two albums of color photographs.
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102* 1 Oversize
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64-66, 118-119 Correspondence and dealer papers, 1981-1986 0 items
Contains listings, invoices, photographic materials, correspondence and research from various dealers and auction houses.
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64, 118 Applegate, Judith, 1986 15 items
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64 2 Papers 12 items
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118 4 Polaroids 3 items
Includes a letter that relates to color photographs.
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64, 118 Argentum, 1985-1986 14 items
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64 3 Papers 11 items
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118 5 Color photographs 3 items
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64 4 Butterfield's 1984-1986 4 items
64 5 Christie's, 1984-1986 25 items
64 6-10 Duffy, William Core, 1981-1986 358 items
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65, 119 Fancy That, 1985 7 items
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65 1 Papers 4 items
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119 1 Color photograph and polaroids 3 items
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65, 119 Hanks, David A., 1986 8 items
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65 2 Papers 7 items
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119 2 Color slides 1 items
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65 3 Kurland, Catherine, 1985-1986 9 items
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65, 119 Marsh-Ackerman, 1985-1986 50 items
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65 4 Papers 39 items
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119 3 Polaroids 11 items
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65, 119 Mascolo, Susan D., 1986 77 items
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65 5 Papers 6 items
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119 4 Polaroids 71 items
Includes letters and annotated notes that relates to photographs.
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65 6 North Hill Antiques, undated 14 items
65 7 Petzal, Henry, 1985-1986 3 items
65 8 Sotheby's, 1985 15 items
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65, 119 Tiffany & Co., 1986 8 items
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65 9 Papers 3 items
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119 5 Color photographs 5 items
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65, 119 Wilson, Edward G., 1986 47 items
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65 10 Papers 30 items
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119 6 Color photographs 17 items
Includes letters that relates to color photographs. Versos of photographs are annotated.
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65 11 Assorted correspondence, 1984-1986 39 items
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65-66 Assorted receipts and invoices, 1984-1986 262 items
Includes receipts for books, rare books and silver collection purchases.
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66 5 New York Historical Society exhibition papers, 1986-1987 6 items
66 6-7 Silver book papers, 1986 25 items
Contains mostly photocopies of invoices for photography equipment and related items needed for photographing the silver collection. Also includes draft of introduction. Book is possibly related to New York Historical Society exhibition.
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66, 102* Clippings and ephemera, 1984-1985 70 items
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66 8-8a Papers
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102* 2 Oversize
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66 9 Assorted papers, 1985 46 items
66 10 Publications, 1983 2 items
Contains catalogs from the Michael Ward Gallery and the Frank S. Schwarz & Son collection.
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67-68 Postcard collection, 1962-1977 446 items
The bulk of the postcards are comprised of travel images or cultural world sites and are adhered to album pages. Other postcards are mostly without correspondence and are novelty or touristically themed. Includes some greeting cards.
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69-70, 103*-104*, 113*, 119 Contemporary photograph collection, 1941-1985 230 items
Includes photographs by Wagstaff and various artists that are not identified as part of Wagstaff's collection or as family photographs or as snapshots. Also includes photographs of some artists' works.
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103* 1 Arnold, Bill, 1978-1979 9 items
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69 1 Adam, Hans Christian, 1984 3 items
69 2 Barnhart, Raymond, 1977 1 items
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103* 2 Baroni, Stefano, undated 12 items
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69 3 Gaess, Jacquie, undated 4 items
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103* 3 Radino, Francesco, 1968 1 item
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113* 1 Ross, Charlie, 1970 1 items
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69 4 Shannon, Tom, undated 2 items
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113* 2 Story, Petra Davis, undated 8 items
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69 5-7 Wagstaff, Samuel, undated 32 items
Some photographs are presumed to be by Wagstaff, but may actually be by another photographer. Includes photographs of Wagstaff's Fifth Avenue Apartment. See also Series III for papers related to Wagstaff's apartment.
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69-70, 104* Assorted photographs, 1941-1985 141 items
Includes work by Barbara Alper, Rivas Anduro[?], Richard Baron, Bryn Cambell, Charles Fergus Colquhoun, Barbara Crane, Harris Fogel, Carole Gallagher, Stan Gilub[?], David Rasmus, M. Romer, Tony Smith, Elisabeth Sunday, Reinhart Wolf, Gary Woods, Richard [Wright?], Tom Zetterstein/Tom Zetterstrom, MOMA copy prints.
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113*, 119 Assorted color photographs, undated 33 items
Includes work by Valerio Tazzetti, Giancarlo Tovo.
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71-72, 105*-108*, 119 Original art collection, 1952-1985, undated
Also contained in roll 1-5 and flatfiles 1**-8**, 11**-17**.
Non-photographic works. Some of the works are represented in photographic formats.
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71, 105*, 119 Basen, Dan, 1962-1963 11 items
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71 1 Drawings
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119 8 Color slide
Slide is possibly of an installation or exhibition opening.
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105* 1 Oversize drawings
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71 2 De Menocal, Richard, 1952, undated 33 items
71 3 Ettinger, David, 1985 5 items
71 4 Melcarth, Edward, undated 18 items
Includes clipping from Harper's Magazine.
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13**-16** Morris, Robert, 1969 12 items
Contains three copies of didactic poster and nine "artist proof" lithographs for Morris Earth Projects.
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71 5 Nevelson, Mike, 1961 1 items
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71, 105* Newton, Gordon, 1969-1971, undated 97 items
Also contained in roll 1-5 and flatfiles 2**-4**.
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71 6-7 Drawings and sketchbooks
71 8 Photographs of drawings
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105* Oversize drawings
Also contained in roll 1-5 and flatfiles 2**-4**
105* 2 Drawings notebook
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1-5 Drawings
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2**, 3**, 4** Drawings
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105* 3 Ortman, George, undated 3 items
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72, 119 Shannon, Tom, 1969 13 items
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72 Art
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119 8 Polaroids of artworks
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105* 4 Shirley, Jay, 1970 2 items
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71 9 Skelton, G.B., 1971-1979 9 items
71 10 Suvert, Phil, undated 9 items
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105* 5 Tweady, Carol, 1968 1 items
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1** Wagstaff, Samuel, undated 1 item
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71, 108* Clock design, undated
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71 11 Drawings 5 items
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108* 1 Oversize drawing 1 items
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119 Postcard artist, 1970-1971 24 items
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71 12 Postcards
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119 8 Postcard with color slide
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71, 105*-108*, 11**, 12** Unknown, undated 56 items
Includes oversize portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe by unknown artist.
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73-74, 108*-110* Assorted collections, 1885-1986 304 items
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73 1-3 Flowers, 1936-1986 129 items
Includes Reflections From the Third Day.
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73, 108*-110* Prints, 1885-1957, undated 162 items
Includes engravings by Salvator Rosa.
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73 4-13 Assorted prints
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108*-110* Large prints
Includes images of Battle of Buena Vista; General William H. Harrison; Lord Byron; chromolithographs of mechanical trajectories; introduction; Polly's Lamentation; The British Sea; The Irish Sea; reproduction of E. Delacroix sketches; reproduction of Delacroix: "Jane Shore"; reproduction of Delacroix: "Un Naufrage"; map of Guinea, map of New York; Barnard genealogy; Mill's colossal equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson; farm yard, flowers. Also includes prints by Raphael Krichner, Berghem Pinxit and Dancker Danckerts.
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5**-8** Oversize prints
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73 14 Postage, 1940-1975 18 items
73 15 Currency, 1944-1957 3 items
Contains a Canadian penny and two French Franc notes.
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73-74 Various, 1972, undated 23 items
Contains: buttons and buckles, wine cork, picture hanging hardware, antique album cover, various paper items such as labels.
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76-77, 120, 123 17** Correspondence and administrative documentation, 1962-1986, undated 46 items
Comprised of correspondence regarding loan agreements, papers regarding transactions of pieces of art from Wagstaff's personal collections, requests for reproduction rights for works from the collection and correspondence between Wagstaff and various artists. Agnes Martin, Michael Heizer, Alan Saret, Tony Smith and H.C. Westermann make up the bulk of the subject matter.
Arrangement
Correspondence was organized by Wagstaff chronologically, alphabetically by artist or institution, and by subject. There is redundancy between the arrangements.
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75 1 Courbet, Gustave, 1969-1982 19 items
75 2 Detroit Institute of Arts, 1972-1984 20 items
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75, 120, 123, 17** Heizer, Michael, 1969-1986 338 items
Michael Heizer film reels: undated

Contains correspondence with the artist. Includes black-and-white photographs, film reels, and some original art. Also includes two copies of Actual Size.
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75 3-3a Papers and black-and-white photographs 37 items
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120 Color photographs and slides 298 items
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17** Oversize poster 1 items
Artist proof inscribed to Sam.
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123 F1-F2 [Tracks across lake bed project], undated 2 items
2 film reels; 16mm
123 F3 Untitled film, undated 1 items
1 film reel; 16mm
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75 4 Martin, Agnes, 1969-1977 91 items
Includes letters from Martin.
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75, 120 Nadar, 1976-1984 42 items
Includes catalog of Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf exhibition.
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75 4a Papers and black-and-white photographs 41 items
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120 Polaroid 1 items
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75 5 Quigley, Edward, 1976-1983 65 items
Includes letters from Quigley.
75 6 Saret, Alan, 1971-1978 31 items
Includes Materials & Methods: A New View, Katonah Gallery exhibition catalog.
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120 Seeley, George, undated 1 items
Contains color slide.
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75 6a Shannon, Tom, 1984 11 items
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75, 120 Smith, Tony, 1968-1986 18 items
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75 7 Papers 22 items
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120 Black-and-white negative 1 items
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75, 120 Vuillard, Edouard, 1970-1972 13 items
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75 8 Papers and black-and-white photographs 9 items
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120 Color transparencies 4 items
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75, 120 Warhol, Andy, 1970-1986 33 items
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75 9 Papers 28 items
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120 Color transparencies. undated 4 items
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75 10 Westermann, H. C., 1969-1981 35 items
Includes an issue of Waves.
75 11 Wadsworth Atheneum, 1970-1980
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76, 120 1962-1969 39 items
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76 1 Papers and black-and-white photographs
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120 Papers and color photographs 4 items
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76 2 1970-1975 33 items
76 3 1976-1979 55 items
76 4 1980-1981 28 items
76 5 1982 42 items
76 6 1983 46 items
76 7 1984 16 items
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76, 120 1985 18 items
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76 8 Papers 16 items
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120 Polaroids 2 items
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76 9 1986 4 items
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77 1 African art, 1964-1982 116 items
77 2 Native American art, 1966-1983 68 items
77 3-4 Reproduction rights, 1978-1986 125 items
77 5-6 Sales receipts and checks, 1962-1986 142 items
77 7 Photographs, undated 35 items
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77, 120 Assorted documentation, 1974-1982 21 items
Includes papers probably by Wagstaff for publication or lecture regarding his collection and collecting.
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77 8 Papers 21 items
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120 Color transparency 1 items
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77 9-10 Conservation papers, 1974-1986 46 items
Contains receipts for collection care items as well as various papers, publications and catalogs regarding archival practice.


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