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Henry Hopkins papers, 1950-2005

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Hopkins (Henry) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

Henry Hopkins's papers include manuscripts of writings and lectures; research files; correspondence with artists, including Clyfford Still; and copies oral histories conducted with Hopkins by the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Archives of American Art. Files document his time as Director of the Fort Worth Art Center Museum (1968-1973) and the controversy that precipitated his departure, and Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1974-1986). Also included are papers relating to his teaching at UCLA (1991-2002) and his chairmanship of the Art Department (1991-1994). Some files relate to the negotiations that resulted in the Armand Hammer Museum of Art being transferred to UCLA (1994), and his directorship of the Hammer, from 1994 to 1998. Some papers document events at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The papers contain materials about the exhibition "Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997," and posters and printed ephemera for other exhibitions, including posters for "War Babies," and "L.A. When it Began." Audio and video recordings contain interviews with prominent American artists and Los Angeles art collectors.

Also included in the papers are personal files that pertain to Hopkins's study at the Art Institute of Chicago, and his military service. Publications received with the papers will be transferred to the Getty Research Library's core collection.

This inventory is a preliminary draft.

Arrangement note

Collection is arranged as received.

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