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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
Series III. Curator and museum professional files, 1903, 1942, 1955-2007 52.79 Linear Feet (114 boxes, 1 flatfile)
Series III.B. Correspondence binders, 1973-1998 4 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
This subseries includes several binders of correspondence not directly related to Szeemann projects, which were found within the Project files or on desktops as well as on the floor. Some of them have specific titles which have been kept, but for the most part they were designated as General Correspondence ("Allgemeine" or "Allgemeine Korrespondenz"). Material is organized alphabetically by the first letter of the name of the person or institution.
There is no significant difference between the correspondence found in Szeemannn's Curators files and the correspondence in the binders; the binders might have been created as an earlier way of sorting correspondence. In the mid-1980s Szeemann moved to the Fabbrica and started organizing the Artist files and the Curators files, in which correspondence is kept instead in large envelopes organized by name. The binder system was then carried on for some years, but completely abandoned by the mid-1990s.
The arrangement of this subseries is based on Szeemann's original organization of correspondence in binders, organized alphabetically by letter group.
box folder
2077 1-2 Artist videodocumentation, 1987, 1992, 1998
2077 3 Photo archive, 1976-1981, undated
Includes correspondence with Johannes Gachnang, Kasper König, Josy Kraft, Claes Oldenburg and Meret Oppenheim.
General correspondence
2077-2079, 2100-2101 1973-1986
Includes correspondence with Jean-Christophe Ammann, Romeo Castellucci, Germano Celant, Lucrezia De Domizio Durini, Johannes Gachnang, Toni Gerber, Günter Grass, Pontus Hultén, Jean-Hubert Martin, Alan Sonfist, Holly Solomon, Ben Vautier, Michael Werner, Edy de Wilde.
2080-2084, 2100-2102* 1973-1995
Includes correspondence with François Burkhardt, Leonardo Clerici, Georges Dössegger, Johan van Geluwe, Akio Hayashida, Roman Kurzmeyer, Merve, Peter Münger, Laurence Pfautz, Prestel Verlag, Pidu Russek, Marianne Schirge, Schneider Auktionen, Ursula Windich.
2084-2085, 2100-2101 1974-1990
Includes correspondence with Roman Kurzmeyer, Enzo Mari, Kynaston McShine, Michael Werner, Christoph Zürcher.
box folder
2085 5-6 1980-1981
Includes correspondence with Jean-Christoph Ammann, François and Linde Burkhardt, Josy Kraft, Arturo Schwarz.
2086 1982-1983
Includes correspondence with Linde Burkhardt, Rudi Fuchs, Fritz Gerber, Kasper König, Walther König.

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