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Harald Szeemann papers, 1800-2011, bulk 1949-2005

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Series I. Project files, 1836-2007, bulk 1949-2005
Series II. Artist files 1888-2009, bulk 1969-2005
Series III. Curator and museum professional files, 1903, 1942, 1955-2007
Series III.A. Curator files, 1903, 1942, 1955-2007
Series III.B. Correspondence binders, 1973-1998
Series III.C. Unfiled materials, 1958-2007
Series IV. Photographs, 1800, 1836-2011, bulk 1957-2005
Series IV.A. Projects, 1895-2007
Series IV.B. Artists, 1892-2007, bulk 1960-1999
Series IV.C. Margarethe Fellerer photographs of Monte Verità, 1904-1979, undated
Series IV.D. Topical, 1900-2004
Series IV.E. Slide carousels, 1997, undated
Series IV.F. Personal, approximately 1880-2004
Series V. Audiovisual files, 1926-2005, undated, bulk 1983-2005
Series V.A. Project files, 1969-2005, undated, bulk 1983-2005
Series V.B. Artist files, 1926, 1950-1956, 1965-2005, undated
Series V.C. Curator and museum professional files, 1989-2005, undated
Series V.D. Topical files, 1956, 1960, 1965-1972, 1984-2004, undated
Series V.E. Gallery and museum ephemera, 1995-2005, undated
Series V.F. Personal files, 1996-2005
Series V.G. Unidentified, undated
Series VI. Topical files, 1806-2005, bulk 1967-2005
Series VI.A. Arts and letters, 1905-2005, bulk 1956-2005
Series VI.B. Clippings and assorted research materials, approximately 1969-2005
Series VI.C. People and organizations, 1967-2004, undated
Series VI.D. Places, 1851-2004, undated
Series VI.E. Politics, environment, and society, 1905-2004, undated
Series VI.F. Professional associations, 1961-2005, undated
Series VI.G. Themes, 1912-2004, undated
Series VI.H. Unfiled materials, 1806, 1924-1929, 1948-1958, 1967-2004, undated
Series VII. Gallery and museum ephemera, 1915, 1937, 1953-2007, undated
Series VII.A. Galleries, 1953-2007, undated
Series VII.B. Museums, 1915, 1937, 1954, 1960-2007, undated
Series VII.C. General, 2004-2005
Series VIII. Personal files, 1800, 1933-2007, undated
Series VIII.A. Individuals, 1800, 1933-2007, undated
Series VIII.B. Objects, 1997, 2000, undated
Series IX. Business files, 1923-2011, bulk 1974-2004
Series IX.A. Receipts and bank documents, 1968-2006
Series IX.B. Taxes and balances, 1969-2004
Series IX.C. Miscellaneous business, 1923-2004, 2011, bulk 1974-2004
Series X. Digital files, approximately 2001-approximately 2006
Szeemann (Harald) Papers

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Preferred Citation

Harald Szeemann papers, 1800-2011, bulk 1949-2005, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2011.M.30.

http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2011m30

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 2011.

Processing History

From January to June 2012, Alexis Adkins, Laura Schroffel, Medria Martin, and Emmabeth Nanol processed and cataloged Series IV under the supervision of Andra Darlington. Szeemann's original organization of the material was retained, and previously unfiled items were integrated into the orginal order whenever possible. Conservation treatment for some of the photographs was done by Mark Benson and Teresa Mesquit. Nitrate negatives were rehoused by Adkins in consultation with Mesquit and are permanently restricted.

In 2012 and 2013, with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Holly Deakyne, Pietro Rigolo, Alexis Adkins, Alice Poulalion, and Melanie Tran processed and cataloged Series I. The records were rehoused into archival containers from the boxes, plastic cartons and ringed binders in which they were found, and the original organization of the materials within these containers was retained. When possible, records from boxes of unsorted or unlabeled materials were identified and added to the end of the appropriate project files.

In 2013 and 2014, with grant funding from the NEH, Deakyne, Rigolo, Adkins, Heather Courtney, B. Karenina Karyadi, Emmabeth Nanol, Elena Salza, Laura Schroffel, Sue Tyson, Xiaoda Wang, and Isabella Zuralski processed and cataloged Series II. The records were rehoused into archival containers from the wine boxes and manila folders in which they were found, and the original organization of the materials within these containers was retained. When possible, records from boxes of unsorted or unlabeled materials were identified and added to the appropriate artist files.

In 2014 to 2015, Rigolo processed and cataloged Series III.

In 2014 to 2015, Lindsey Sommer processed and cataloged Series IX under the supervision of Rigolo.

In 2015, Sommer processed and cataloged Series VIII under the supervision of Rigolo.

In 2015, Wang and Sommer processed the posters and works of art that were housed separately in tubes and flatfiles at the Fabbrica, and incorporated them in to Series I and Series II.

In 2015, Deakyne, Rigolo, Wang, and Judy Chou processed and cataloged Series VII. The materials were rehoused into archival containers from the wine boxes and manila folders in which they were found, and the original organization of the materials within these containers was retained. When possible, materials from boxes of unsorted or unlabeled materials were identified and added to the appropriate city.

In 2015, Sue Tyson processed and cataloged Series VI. The materials were rehoused into archival containers from the wine boxes and manila folders in which they were found. When possible, unsorted or unlabeled materials were identified and added to the appropriate category.

In 2013 Shay Cornelius began processing Series V. She assessed the condition of the audiovisual material and began an inventory. Tyson finished processing and cataloging the bulk of the series in 2015. The audiovisual materials were rehoused into archival containers or left in the original containers when appropriate. Wang processed and cataloged additional materials in 2016, and the cataloging was completed by Deakyne in 2016.

The series are being processed out of order, with Series IV having been processed first, followed by Series I, II, III, IX, VIII, VII, VI, and V. As a result, the box numbers are non-sequential.

In 2015 and 2016 Deakyne and Wang processed Series X. Deakyne accessioned the digital files in 2015 by forensically imaging the disk drive for preservation. She and Wang reviewed and processed the disk image using Forensic Toolkit (FTK) in 2015 and 2016. Processing included flagging files to be ignored, such as .tmp, thumb.db, shortcuts, zero byte files and files with the file name [deleted]. Also flagged were email trash and spam folders. The files were searched for personally identified information (PII) such as ID numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and student records. Any PII from third-parties was flagged as restricted. A new disk image containing only documents and emails and excludng all flagged items was created for access. Email PST files were exported from this disk image for access. Deakyne mounted the subsidiary disk image and loaded email onto a non-networked laptop that is available for research.

Deakyne, Maggie Hughes, and Wang interfiled additional materials to all series and enhanced description from 2015 to 2016.

Laura Schroffel deposited the disk image of Szeemann's hard drive into the digital preservation system, Rosetta, May 2017.




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