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Robert Mapplethorpe papers and photographs, circa 1850-2011, bulk 1970-1989

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Scope and Content of Collection
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Related Material
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Container List
Series I. Creative work, circa 1850-2009 (bulk 1960-1988)
Series I.A. Artworks by Robert Mapplethorpe, circa 1964-1988
Series I.B. Artworks by others, circa 1850-2009 (bulk 1969-1988)
Series I.C. Non-editioned prints, 1974-1989, 2008
Series I.D. Portfolios, circa 1970-2005
Series I.E. Commissioned and commercial works, 1970-1993, undated
Series I.F. Jewelry, 1970s
Series I.G. Films, 1978-1984
Series II. Photographic practice, circa 1975-2000
Series II.A. Card inventory of editioned prints, circa 1979-circa 1991
Series II.B. Shooting books, circa 1979-1989
Series II.C. Model releases, 1978-2000
Series II.D. Polaroid test shots, circa 1975-1989
Series III. Photographic documentation, 1969-circa 1989, undated
Series V. Exhibition files, 1977-1992, undated
Series VI. Interviews and documentaries, circa 1980-circa 1989, undated
Series VII. Financial and administrative files, 1964-1995, bulk 1975-1989, undated
Series VIII. Collections and miscellaneous items, circa 1880-1989, undated
Series IX. Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, 1977-2011, undated
Series IX.A. Administrative files, 1989-circa 2011, undated
Series IX.B. Exhibition files, 1989-2011, undated
Series IX.C. Press materials and published works, 1989-2003, undated
Series IV. Correspondence, 1969-1991, undated
Series IV.A. Personal and professional, 1969-1991, undated
Series IV.B. General correspondence files, 1973-1990, undated
Mapplethorpe (Robert) papers
Series I. Creative work, circa 1850-2009 (bulk 1960-1988) 219.6 Linear Feet (147 boxes, 5 flatfile folders, 2 rolls)
Series I.E. Commissioned and commercial works, 1970-1993, undated 32.3 Linear Feet (23 boxes, 2 flatfile folders)
Series I.E. comprises Mapplethorpe's work created or repurposed for commercial use from 1970 to 1993. Materials include professional portfolios of his commercial work, binders of press clippings and tear sheets about his work and lifestyle, album covers featuring portraits of recording artists, commissioned work, advertisements, and blank postcards and greeting cards featuring his editioned prints.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged by subject type and then chronologically within the section. Commercial portfolios and press binders have been kept in their original order.
Commercial work portfolios, 1983-1988, undated
Three commercial portfolios consist of print ads, magazine and newspaper articles, and tear sheets of Robert Mapplethorpe's commercial work. The original layout of the print materials have been retained. The original contents of the binders are not to be removed. Several articles within each portfolio have been photocopied by the Getty Research Institute and are contained within each box for surrogate use.
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119 Commercial portfolio 1, 1985-1987, undated 1 items
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120 Commercial portfolio 2, 1983-1986, undated 1 items
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121 Commercial portfolio 3, 1986-1988, undated 1 items
Press binders, 1970-1993, undated
Fourteen press binders consist of magazine and newspaper articles about Robert Mapplethorpe and his work. Some materials about Patti Smith and Sam Wagstaff are also included. Binders are arranged according to the original numbering system and are in chronological order. The original layout of the print materials has been retained, and the contents of the binders are not to be removed. Several articles within each portfolio have been photocopied by the Getty Research Institute and are contained within each box for surrogate use.
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122 Press binder 0, 1970-1980, undated 1 item
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123 Press binder 1, 1970-1980, undated 1 item
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124 Press binder 2, 1980-1981, undated 1 item
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125 Press binder 3, 1981, undated 1 item
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126 Press binder 4, 1981-1983, undated 1 item
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127 Press binder 5, 1983, undated 1 item
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128 Press binder 6, 1983-1984, undated 1 item
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129 Press binder 7, 1984-1985, undated 1 item
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130 Press binder 8, 1985-1986, undated 1 item
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131 Press binder 9, 1986-1987, undated 1 item
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132 Press binder 10, 1987-1988, undated 1 item
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133 Press binder 11, 1988, undated 1 item
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134 Press binder 12, 1988-1990, undated 1 item
Press binder (unnumbered), 1988-1993, undated 1 item
Unnumbered binder. The materials from this binder have been removed and placed in folders.
box folder
135 1-26 Articles, 1988-1993, undated
flatfile
12** Poster: Musee d'art contemporain, Pully/ Lausanne, 1991-1992 1 item
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136 Empty binder, 1988-1993, undated 1 item
Record covers, 1975-1993
Mapplethorpe photographed several recording artists including Patti Smith and Paul Simon. Thirteen album covers are included in the collection. Most are long-playing records (LP's) and there are two 45 rmp records. Some vinyl records are not included with the album cover, as indicated below. The records are arranged in chronological order. Access to the LP is restricted. These materials are available commercially.
Patti Smith, 1975-1988
box item
137 D28 Horses, 1975 1 item
Long-playing (LP) record not included with the album cover.
137 D29 Patti Smith Group, Wave, 1979 1 item
Empty cover. No long-playing (LP) record included.
137 D30-D33 Dream of Life, 1988 4 item
Four copies. D30-D32 contain long-playing (LP) records. D33 is just the cover.
137 D34-D35 "People Have the Power" (45 rpm single), 1988 2 items
Two copies.
137 D36 "People Have the Power" (long-playing single cover), 1988 1 item
Long-playing (LP) record not included with the album cover.
137 D37-D38 Tapper Zukie, Man Ah Warrior, 1977 2 items
Two copies. Both contain long-playing (LP) records.
137 D39 The Dial-A-Poem Poets, Sugar, Alcohol, and Meat, 1980 1 item
Contains 2 long-playing (LP) records.
137 D40 Simon F., Gun Control, 1984-1985 1 item
Contains long-playing (LP) record.
137 D41 Joan Armatrading, Secret Secrets, 1985 1 item
Contains long-playing (LP) record.
137 D42-D44 Taj Mahal, Taj, 1986 3 items
Three copies. All contain long-playing (LP) records.
137 D45 Laurie Anderson, Strange Angels, 1987 1 item
Contains long-playing (LP) record.
137 D46 Paul Simon, Negotiations and Love Songs 1971-1986, 1988 1 item
Contains long-playing (LP) record.
137 D47 Unrest, Perfect Teeth (promotional copy), 1993 1 item
Contains long-playing (LP) record.
Commissioned work, 1980-1988
Contains work by Mapplethorpe commissioned by organizations or publications.
box folder
291* 1 Contemporary Ballet (New York City), 1980 1 item
Sugar, Alcohol and Meat (Dial-a-Poem Poets), 1980
box folder
140 1 Advertisement 1 item
box folder
291* 6 Posters 4 items
Two unique posters. Two copies of each.
flatfile
5** Santa Fe Festival Theatre poster, 1985 1 item
box
138 Sexual Scenario, 1986 10 items
Ten cibachrome prints commissioned for Puritan magazine. Images are of a man and a woman engaging in sexual activities. Each print is signed and dated by Mapplethorpe.
box folder
291* 1 "Look, Mom", American Jewish Theater poster, undated 1 item
291* 1 Scheier at Fifty/50 (pottery exhibition) poster, undated 1 item
Advertisements, 1978-1986, undated
Includes tear sheets and posters of Mapplethorpe's work completed or repurposed for use in advertisements.
Tokio Kumagai ad campaign, 1978, 1986, undated
box folder
139 1 Photos men, undated 4 items
139 2 Photos men, press clippings, 1978, 1986, undated 4 items
139 3 Duplicates, undated 2 items
139 4 Miscellaneous work printed in magazines, 1986, undated 3 items
box item
197 V23 Gillette: Natrel Plus, 1988 1 item
VHS. (2 min.)
box folder
139 5 Clippings of work from unidentified publications, undated 3 items
box folder
291* 1 Oris Watch (Japan), undated 1 item
291* 1 Sportscraft Energy Drink, undated 2 items
Two small posters featuring Felix Brown and Javier Peral.
box folder
139 6 Tear sheets featuring Mapplethorpe's jewelry, undated 3 items
flatfile
4** Gold (Japanese advertisement), undated 1 item
4** Workout (Juvenile Diabetes), undated 1 item
Postcards and greeting cards, 1980, undated
Includes blank postcards and greeting cards featuring Mapplethorpe's work. Some may be associated with specific galleries.
box folder
140 2 Postcards, Robert Miller Gallery, 1980 8 items
140 3 Greeting cards, "A Robert Samuel Card," 1980 4 items
140 4 Postcards, bust with leaf and phallic stamen, undated 125 items
140 5-8 Miscellaneous blank greeting cards and postcards, undated 150 items


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