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

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Biographical / Historical Note
Scope and Content of Collection
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Administrative Information
Container List
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 IX. Business files, 1923-2011, bulk 1974-2004 63.88 Linear Feet (117 boxes, 3 bins, 1 flatfile)
Series IX contains business records covering a wide range of materials, dates, and activities. Including both private and professional business, the series is made up of three subseries: Receipts and bank statements, Taxes and balances, and Miscellaneous business. The series as a whole reflects Szeemann's business activities and meticulous recordkeeping, with a majority of the materials originally housed in binders labeled and dated with specific information, including type of bank account or type of material. When possible, folders have been labeled to reflect the original binder title, with the binder label being photocopied or placed within a mylar sleeve. Binder titles have been translated into English when possible.
Making up a majority of the Business files, Series IX.A includes receipts and bank documents created or used by Szeemann during the course of travel or work, with a small portion covering personal family expenses, such as tuition and house repairs. Receipts are for expenses such as taxis, hotels, groceries, order forms, and exhibition-related purchases of books or catalogs. Receipts, bank statements and other bank-account related materials were originally housed in binders titled "Kasse" (for receipts) or by name of a specific bank for materials such as bank statements and account transfer forms. Prior to rehousing the binders into folders, the binders were arranged chronologically, with receipts and bank documents of the same year remaining together. Following rehousing, all "Kasse" receipt folders created from the original binders have been arranged chronologically together, followed by the banks organized by name and date. The arrangement of materials within the binders has not been altered.
Series IX.B contains balance ledgers and tax documents related to Szeemann's personal and professional finances. Rehoused binders and ledger books originally labeled "Abschluss" have been changed to "Balance," while materials labeled "Steuern" are now "Taxes." Records within each section are arranged chronologically.
Series IX.C is made up of other business-related materials created by his office and have been arranged alphabetically. A majority of the records in this subseries have been drawn from Unfiled materials or labeled Loose to reflect their original placement outside of the formally organized binders in subseries IX.A. All Unfiled materials have been drawn from boxes of unfiled materials while Loose materials include records that appear to be intentionally placed with the business files (such as those in loose folders or groupings of documents) but not within a receipt or bank statement binder.
Arrangement note
This series is arranged in three subseries:
Series IX.A. Receipt and bank documents 1968-2006;
Series IX.B. Taxes and balances, 1969-2004;
Series IX.C. Miscellaneous business, 1965-2004.
Series IX.A. Receipts and bank documents, 1968-2006 35.92 Linear Feet (86 boxes)
Making up a majority of the Business files, Series IX.A includes receipts and bank documents created or used by Szeemann during the course of travel or work, with a small portion covering personal family expenses, such as tuition and house repairs. Receipts are for expenses such as taxis, hotels, groceries, order forms, and exhibition-related purchases of books or catalogs. Receipts, bank statements and other bank-account related materials were originally housed in binders titled "Kasse" (for receipts) or by name of a specific bank for materials such as bank statements and account transfer forms. Prior to rehousing the binders into folders, the binders were arranged chronologically, with receipts and bank documents of the same year remaining together. Following rehousing, all "Kasse" receipt folders created from the original binders have been arranged chronologically together, followed by the banks organized by name and date. The arrangement of materials within the binders has not been altered.
Arrangement note
The arrangement of this subseries is based on type of materials, followed by chronological year.
Receipts
box folder
2104 1-4 1968-1977
box
2104-2105 1974
Includes records from the exhibition Grandfather - a pioneer like us.
box
2105-2106 1975
Includes records from the exhibition The Bachelor Machines.
box
2107-2108 1976
Includes records from the exhibition The Bachelor Machines.
box
2108-2110 1977
Due to privacy issues, a document has been removed from box 2109, folder 1. The original is SEALED until 2055 in box RX.
box
2110-2111 1978
box folder
2111 3 1978, 1983
2111 4 1978-1988
box
2111-2114 1979
Includes records from the exhibition The Bachelor Machines andMonte Verità: The breasts of truth.
box
2114-2116 1980
Includes records from the exhibition La Biennale di Venezia: Aperto 80 and L'arte degli anni settanta.
box
2117-2119 1981
box
2118-2120 1982
Includes records from the exhibition La Biennale di Venezia: Aperto 80 and L'arte degli anni settanta.
box
2120-2122 1983
box
2123-2124 1984
Includes records from the exhibitions Sigmar Polke, Alfred Jarry, and Mario Merz (1985). Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2141, folder 6 and from box 2142, folders 1-3. The originals are SEALED until 2055 and 2094 in box RX.
box
2125-2126 1985
Includes records from the exhibitions Alfred Jarry, Mario Merz (1985), Traces, Sculptures, and monuments of their precise journey, Jean Fautrier, and Eugene Delacroix. Due to privacy issues, a document has been removed from box 2125, folder 2. The original is SEALED until 2055 in box RX.
box
2127-2128 1986
Includes records from Museum Elisarion and the exhibitions De Sculptura, Da Marées a Picasso, Eugene Delacroix, and Cy Twombly.
box
2128-2129, 3736 1987
Includes records from the exhibitions Eugene Delacroix and Cy Twombly.
box
2130-2131 1988
Includes records from the exhibition Cy Twombly.
box folder
2131 5 1988-1994
box
2131-3132 1989
Due to privacy issues, documents has been removed from box 2132, folders 2-3. The originals are SEALED until 2055 in box RX.
box
2133-2134 1990
box
2134-2136 1991
Includes records from the exhibitions Ettore Jelmorini and Visionary Switzerland. Due to privacy issues, a document has been removed from box 2135, folder 3. The original is SEALED until 2055 in box RX.
box
2136-2138 1992
Includes records from the exhibition Visionary Switzerland.
box folder
2138 7 1992-1996, 1999
box
2139-2140 1993
Includes records from the exhibition Austria in a net of roses.
box
2140-2142 1994
Includes records from the exhibition Austria in a net of roses. Due to privacy issues, documents have been removed from box 2141, folder 6 and from box 2142, folders 1-3. The originals are SEALED until 2055 and 2094 in box RX.
box folder
2142 7 1994-1997
box
2143-2144 1995
Includes records from the exhibition Austria in a net of roses. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2143, folders 1, 4 and 5 and from box 2144, folders 1 and 3. The original copies are SEALED until 2055 and 2095 in box RX.
box
2144-2146 1996
Includes records from the exhibition Austria in a net of roses. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2145, folder 3. The originals are SEALED until 2055 and 2096 in box RX.
box
2146-2147 1997
Includes records from the exhibitions Austria in a net of roses and Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon "L'Autre". Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2146, Folder 6 and from box 2147, folders 2-3. The originals are SEALED until 2055 and 2097 in box RX.
box
2147-2148 1997-2003
box
2148-2149 1998
Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2148, folders 4-5 and from box 2149, folders 2-5. The originals are SEALED until 2055 and 2098 in box RX.
box folder
2149, 3736 7 1998, 2002
box
2150-2151, 3736 1999
Includes records from the exhibition Walter De Maria: The 2000 Sculpture in Folders 1-2, and The End of the World & The Principle of Hope in Folder 3. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2150, folders 1 and 6. The originals are SEALED until 2099 in Box RX.
box
2151-2152, 3736 2000
box
2152-2153 2000-2002
Records from Julie Szeemann-Kambly.
box
2153-2155 2001
Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2154, folders 3-4, and 5 and from box 2155, folder 1. The originals are SEALED until 2055 and 2101 in box RX.
box folder
2155 2-4 2003-2006
Includes records from the exhibition Temporary Enchantment.
2155 5 Undated
Bank documents
Kantonalbank von Bern
box
2156 1969-2004
Includes records from the exhibition The Bachelor Machines in box 2157, folder 1. Also includes correspondence with Madame Victor Loeb in box 2157, folder 3.
box
2157 1975-1980
box
2158 1981-1988
box
2159 1987-1992
Postcheckamt
box
2160 1979-2003
box
2161 1991-1998
box
2162 1995-2000
box
2163-2164 2001-2004
Includes records related to Julie Szeemann-Kambly.
Union de Banques Suisses
box folder
2165 1 1978-1985
Includes records from the exhibition Monte Verità: The breasts of truth.
2165 2-6 1979
Includes records from the exhibitions The Bachelor Machines and Monte Verità: The breasts of truth.
box
2165-2166 1980
Includes records from the exhibition Monte Verità: The breasts of truth.
box
2166-2167 1981
Includes records from the exhibition Monte Verità: The breasts of truth.
box
2167-2168 1982
Includes records from the exhibition La Biennale di Venezia: Aperto 80 and L'arte degli anni settanta.
box
2168-2169 1983
box folder
2169 2-3 1983-1996
box
2169-2170 1984
box
2170 1985
Includes records from the exhibitions Monte Verità: The breasts of truth and Mario Merz (1985). Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from folder 1. The originals are SEALED until 2085 in Box RX.
2170 7 1985-1997
box
2171-2172 1986
Includes records from Museo Elisarion and the exhibitions Da Marées a Picasso, Monte Verità: The breasts of truth, Eugene Delacroix and Cy Twombly. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2171, folders 2 and 3. The originals are SEALED until 2086 in box RX.
box folder
2172 2-3 1986-1991
box
2172-2173 1987
Includes records from the exhibition Cy Twombly. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2172, folder 6 and from box 2173, folders 1 and 3. The originals are SEALED until 2087 in box RX.
box
2173-2175 1988
Includes records from the exhibitions Cy Twombly and Zeitlos.
box folder
2175 2-3 1988-1999
box
2175-2177 1989
Includes records from the exhibitions Cy Twombly, Etienne-Martin and Egon Schiele and his time: Austrian paintings and drawings 1900 to 1930 from the collection Leopold. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2177, folder 1. The originals are SEALED until 2089 in box RX.
box folder
2177 3 1989-2004
box
2177-2178 1990
Includes records from the exhibition Georg Baselitz and Einleuchten: Will, Vorstel & Simul in HH. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2177, folder 4 and from box 2178, folder 1. The originals are SEALED until 2090 in box RX.
box
2178-2179 1991
Includes records from the exhibition Lightseed. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2178, folder 4. The originals are SEALED until 2091 in box RX.
box
2179-2180 1992
Includes records from the exhibitions Visionary Switzerland and Wolfgang Laib. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2179, folder 4. The originals are SEALED until 2092 in box RX.
box
2180-2181 1993
Includes records from the exhibition Joseph Beuys.
box folder
2182 1-4 1994
Includes records from the exhibition Bruce Nauman. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from folder 1. The originals are SEALED until 2094 in box RX.
box
2182-2183 1995
box
2183-2184 1996
Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2183, folders 4-5 and from box 2184, folder 1. The originals are SEALED until 2096 in box RX.
box
2184-2185 1997
Includes records from the exhibition Epicenter Ljubljana. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2184, folders 3-5 and from box 2185, folder 2. The originals are SEALED until 2055 and 2097 in box RX.
box
2185-2186 1998
Includes records from the exhibition La Biennale di Venezia: dAPERTutto / APERTO overALL / APERTO parTOUT / APERTO überALL. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2185, folders 4-7. The originals are SEALED until 2098 in box RX.
box
2186-2187 1999
Includes records from the exhibition La Biennale di Venezia: dAPERTutto / APERTO overALL / APERTO parTOUT / APERTO überALL. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2186, folders 3-6. The originals are SEALED until 2055 and 2099 in box RX.
box
2187-2188 2000
Includes records from the exhibition La Biennale di Venezia: dAPERTutto / APERTO overALL / APERTO parTOUT / APERTO überALL. Due to privacy issues, some documents have been removed from box 2187, folders 1-3 and 5. The originals are SEALED until 2055 and 2100 in box RX.
box folder
2188 3-6 2001-2004
Series IX.B. Taxes and balances, 1969-2004 2.92 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Series IX.B contains balance ledgers and tax documents related to Szeemann's personal and professional finances. Rehoused binders and ledger books originally labeled "Abschluss" have been changed to "Balance," while materials labeled "Steuern" are now "Taxes." Records within each section are arranged chronologically.
Arrangement note
The arrangement of this subseries is based on type of materials, followed by chronological year.
Taxes
box folder
2189 1-4 1969-1998
Includes records from the exhibition Monte Verità: The breasts of truth.
box
2189-2190 1992-2003
box folder
2190 2-3 2000-2001
box
2190-2191 2001-2004
Balances
box
2192 1971-1986
Includes records from Museo Elisarion and the exhibitions The Bachelor Machines and Monte Verità: The breasts of truth.
box
2193 1981-1996
Includes records from the exhibition Monte Verità: The breasts of truth.
box
2194 1991-2000
box
2195 1997-2000
Includes records from the exhibition Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon "L'Autre".
Series IX.C. Miscellaneous business, 1923-2004, 2011, bulk 1974-2004 23.08 Linear Feet (19 boxes, 3 bins)
Series IX.C is made up of other business-related materials created by his office and have been arranged alphabetically. A majority of the records in this subseries have been drawn from Unfiled materials or labeled Loose to reflect their original placement outside of the formally organized binders in subseries IX.A. All Unfiled materials have been drawn from boxes of unfiled materials while Loose materials include records that appear to be intentionally placed with the business files (such as those in loose folders or groupings of documents) but not within a receipt or bank statement binder.
Arrangement note
The material in this subseries has been arranged alphabetically by the archivist.
box
2196, 2208, 3736 Address lists, approximately 1970, 1990, 1997-2004, undated
box
3736, 3770 Address and stamp books, 2002, undated
Archive housing, 1993, undated
Examples of the original housing used by Szeemann at the Fabbrica.
box
3126-3130 File containers, 1993, undated
Sample plastic file containers with hanging folders from project files and artist files.
box
3741**-3743** Wine boxes, undated
Wine boxes used by Szeemann to organize manila folders of artist files and gallery and museum ephemera. These are housed offsite. Please contact the curator for access.
Armand Von Ernst & Cie
box folder
2196 4-6 General, 1975-1977
Includes correspondence with Toni Gerber.
box
2196-2197 The Bachelor Machines, 1973-1977
box folder
2197 2 The Bachelor Machines and Monte Verità, 1975-1977
2197 3-7 Automobile, 1974-2003, undated
2197 8 Book ordering, 2003-2004
Business cards
box
2202, 3736 Szeemann, Harald, undated
box
2197-2198, 3736 Others, undated
box folder
2202 8 Calendars, 1965, 1969-1971
box
2198-2199 Charity, 1988, 2001-2005
box folder
2199 4 Contracts, 1975-2002
box
2199-2200 Divorce binder, 1974-1977
box folder
2200 1b Efficiency club Zürich, 1999
2200 1c Email addresses 2005
box
2200, 275** Fabbrica, Office room, papers on the wall undated
box folder
2200 1e Fabbrica, works in progress room, papers on the walls 1990, 2000-2004, undated
2200 2 Fax cover sheets (blank), undated
2200 3a House donation contract, 1977-1978, 1994
box
2200, 275** Houses, undated
box folder
3736 9 Inbox [Posteingang] binder, 2003-2004
box folder
2200 4-6 Maggia and Tegna, 1987-1993, 2000, 2011
Maggia
box folder
2200 7 General, 1987-1989
2200 8 Francesco Rougier, 1999-2000
2200 9 Reindl Alternativtechnik AG, 1999-2000
box
2200-2201 Rezzonico, 1987-1993, 2000
box folder
2201 3 Storage Building, 1998-2000
box folder
3736 10 Mail [Posta] binder, 2000?-2002?
box
2202 Personal business, 1989-2003
box
2201-2202 Prolitteris, 1986-2004
box folder
2202 4b Publishing, 1975-1976
2202 5 Rental contract, 1972,2004
box
2207-2209 Rolodex, undated
box
2213 Stamp holders, undated
box
2211-2212A Stamps, undated
box folder
2202 6 Stationery, fax forms, and envelopes (blank), undated
Szeemann-Kambly, Julie 1923-2005
box folder
2203 1 Credit Suisse morgage, 1997-2003
2203 2 House bills, 1999, 2002-2003
2203 3 Houses, 2004-2005
2203 4-5 Houses binder, 1923-1926, 1960-2003
2203 6 Spitalacker STR 64, 1995, 2000-2001, 2004
box
2203-2204 Miscellaneous, 1996-2005
box
2210 Tape rolls, undated
Includes Agentur für geistige Gastarbeit branded tape rolls.
box folder
2204 4 Tegna lot binder, 1986-1988
2204 5-6 Telephone messages, 1999-2002
Travel
box folder
2205 1-7 General, 1968, 1970, 1993-2004, undated
2205 7b Calendar, 1998
Flights
box folder
2205 8 General, 2004
box folder
2206 4 Lufthansa, 2000-2004
2206 1-3 Hotels, 1998-2004, undated
2206 5 Volksbank, senior savings account, 1991-1996
Includes materials related to Julie Szeemann-Kambly.
2206 6 Work schedule calendar, 2003
2206 7 Zürich life insurance, 1971-1976, 1986-1997


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