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

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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 II. Photographic practice, circa 1975-2000 14.5 Linear Feet (33 boxes)
This series documents the way in which Mapplethorpe worked and developed his photographic technique. Included is an inventory containing more than 2000 index cards used to document and track his editioned prints. Also included are approximately 3500 Polaroid test shots related to his editioned prints and commercial work.
Arrangement
This series is arranged in four subseries: II.A. Card inventory of editioned prints; II.B. Shootings books; II.C. Model releases; II.D. Polaroid test shots.
Series II.A. Card inventory of editioned prints, circa 1979-circa 1991 6.6 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
Series II.A. consists of 2080 catalog cards (5 x 8 inches) of Mapplethorpe's editioned prints. The cards include title, date, number of editions, pricing, gallery names, dates sold and description of the subject. Also included are print numbers that correspond to numbers in the Shootings Books (Series II.B.). A thumbnail-sized gelatin silver print is inserted in each card, except as noted. Box 160 contains Cibachrome, Polaroid and chromogenic thumbnail-sized prints.
Arrangement
Cards are arranged in their original alphabetical order. Self-portraits are filed under 'A'.
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145 A-Bre
Includes self-portraits filed under tab 'A'. Three cards are without a photograph.
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146 Bri-Cl
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147 Co-D
Two cards are without a photograph.
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148 E-G
Six cards are without a photograph.
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149 H-K
Four cards are without a photograph.
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150 L-Mon
Five cards are without a photograph.
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151 Moo-Ph
Two cards are without a photograph.
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152 Pi-San
One card is without a photograph
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153 Sar-St
Two card are without a photograph. Cards for Patti Smith and Dennis Speight are out of alphabetical order; see box 154.
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154 Smith, Patti; Speight, Dennis; Su-Ty
Four cards are without a photograph. See additional 'T' cards in Box 155.
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155 Tho-Wy
One card is without a photograph. See additional 'T' cards in box 154.
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156 Jake Walls-Z
One card is without a photograph.
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156-157 Flowers
Six cards are without a photograph.
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158 Lisa Lyon
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159 Lisa Lyon, platinum, platinum canvas, gravure
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160 Color flower
Thumbnail-size color photographs include Cibachrome, Polaroid, and chromogenic prints. One card is without a photograph.
Series II.B. Shooting books, circa 1979-1989 0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)
Series II.B. includes Mapplethorpe's shooting books from about 1979 to 1989. Eight of the hardcover notebooks list Mapplethorpe's editioned prints and include print numbers that correspond to the print numbers in the card inventory of editioned prints (Series II.A.), titles, dates, number of editions, gallery names and dates sold. A ninth notebook contains an inventory of Mapplethorpe's negatives. Also included is an inventory list of 20 x 24 inch photographs, dated 18 November 1987.
Arrangement
The files in this series are arranged in print number order with format specific inventories filed at the end.
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161 1 1-352 1 item
161 2 353-579 1 item
161 3 580-871 1 item
161 4 872-1186 1 item
161 5 1187-1681 1 item
161 6 1682-1898 1 item
161 7 1899-1969 1 item
161 8 Print inventory 20 x 24 1 item
Two loose-leaf papers originally folded and placed inside front cover of Shootings book 1899-1969(folder 7). Dated 18 November 1987.
161 9 Platinum 1 item
Contains information on platinum prints with print number (starts with the letter P), title, date, number of editions, gallery name and date sold.
161 10 Books of negatives 1 item
Title derived from first page of notebook.
Series II.C. Model releases, 1978-2000 1.7 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
The series contains model releases from 1978 to 2000, obtained during Mapplethorpe's lifetime and posthumously by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Included are 299 original model release cards filed alphabetically by last name, signed model release letters, photocopies of release cards related to specific publications and exhibitions, and summary spreadsheets of release statuses.
Arrangement
Items in this series are arranged according to their original order.
Original model releases, 1978-1992 299 items
Includes model release cards filed alphabetically by last name. Forty-five blank cards are filed at the end.
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162 A-N
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163 O-Z and [miscellaneous]
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164 1 Brooke Shields and Giorgio Paulino, 1985-1990 4 items
Due to privacy issues, some of the information in this folder has been redacted. Original items are SEALED until 2061 in box 298.
164 2 Some Women, 1988-1992 79 items
164 3 Model release summary, 1995 1 item
164 4 Random House, 1992 56 items
Due to privacy issues, some of the information in this folder has been redacted. Original items are SEALED until 2061 in box 298.
164 5 Model release status, 1995-2000 2 items
164 6 Old model releases, 1978-1982 108 items
Due to privacy issues, some of the information in this folder has been redacted. Original items are SEALED until 2061 in box 298.
164 7 Database of model releases, 1995 1 item
164 8 Te neues, 1995 2 items
Series II.D. Polaroid test shots, circa 1975-1989 5.8 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Polaroid test shots,: circa 1975-1989

The series contains 3054 Polaroid test shots taken by Robert Mapplethorpe from circa 1979 to 1989. Some of the Polaroids include annotations on lighting angles, filters, exposure times, and aperture settings. Many relate directly to Mapplethorpe's editioned prints including, but not limited to: Grace Jones, 1984; Keith Haring, 1984; Gregory Hines, 1985; Lydia Cheng, 1985; Patti Smith, 1986; Ed and Melody, 1988; and Watermelon with Knife, 1985. Also included are three spiral bound notebooks, dated circa 1975-1988, with Polaroids stapled to the pages accompanied by annotations on lighting angles, filters, exposure times, and aperture settings.
Series II.D. has been digitized. Digital images are provided for study purposes only. Access to images of works by artists other than Mapplethorpe is available only to on-site readers and Getty staff.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged according to subject category. Polaroids remain in their original order as designated by Mapplethorpe or his studio assistants.
Males 915 items
Black male 441 items
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165 2 Black-and-white 265 items
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170 2 Color 176 items
White male 474 items
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167 1 Black-and-white 290 items
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171 1 Color 184 items
Females 541 items
Black female 54 items
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165 1 Black-and-white 25 items
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170 1 Color 29 items
White female 487 items
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166 1 Black-and-white 325 items
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170 3 Color 162 items
Couples 123 items
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167 2 Black-and-white 68 items
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171 2 Color 55 items
Children 44 items
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167 3 Black-and-white 37 items
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170 4 Color 7 items
Fashion 153 items
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168 3 Black-and-white 97 items
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172 2 Color and black-and-white 56 items
Still life 640 items
Flowers 445 items
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168 1 Black-and-white 266 items
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171 3 Color 179 items
Objects 195 items
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168 2 Black-and-white 124 items
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172 1 Color 71 items
4 x 5 Polaroids 239 items
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168 4 Black-and-white 5 items
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172 3 Color 127 items
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173 1 Color 107 items
173 2 Ed and Mel (black-and-white and color) 41 items
Edward Mapplethorpe and Melody Danielson.
173 3 Lisa Lyon (black-and-white and color) 8 items
173 4 Robert (black-and-white and color) 9 items
173 5 Patti Smith (black-and-white and color) 38 items
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169 1 Miscellaneous (black-and-white and color) 303 items
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174-176 Spiral notebooks circa 1975-1988
These notebooks contain both color and black-and-white Polaroid test shots of fashion shoots, other sitters, and of Mapplethorpe himself.
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174 Notebook 1
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175 Notebook 2
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176 Notebook 3


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