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

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Descriptive Summary
Biographical / Historical Note
Scope and Content of Collection
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Indexing Terms
Related Material
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 VIII. Personal files, 1800, 1933-2007, undated 35.98 Linear Feet (51 boxes, 1 flatfile)
Series VIII. Personal files, contains materials illustrating the personal life and family of Harald Szeemann. Family members include Ingeborg Lüscher, Julie Szeemann-Kambly, Étienne Ernst Szeemann, Françoise Szeemann-Bonnefoy, and Rolf Szeemann, as well as Valérie, Jérôme, and Una Szeemann. Taken as a whole, the series is illustrative of the personal life of Harald Szeemann and his relationships with his family, while the materials he personally collected reflect his travel, work and personal interests.
Series VIII.A. Individuals, consists of materials kept by Szeemann regarding specific family members, as well as materials related to Szeemann himself. The files on Szeemann include sketches and drawings he created in the 1950s, as well as membership cards, awards and curriculum vitae iterations beginning in 1968. A large portion consists of condolence letters collected by his family after his death, as well as tributes and press clippings commemorating his life and career. Additionally, files originally housed in hanging folders and labeled by Szeemann for individual family members are included in this subseries. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by last name, with folder contents remaining unarranged. Contents include correspondence and accompanied photographs, cards, postcards and newspaper clippings.
Series VIII.B. Objects, includes personal use objects not directly related to Szeemann's business or career. These are organized alphabetically, and include cigars and cigar boxes, personalized photograph frames, souvenirs, and a t-shirt with a Harald Szeemann caricature. All of the items in this subseries have been drawn from the unfiled materials found loose in the Fabbrica. They have been labeled [unfiled].
Originally housed with the personal materials, 15 photographic albums as well as loose photographs have been moved to Series IV.F. Photographs, Personal, which already contained numerous family photographs and albums. Photographs associated with specific correspondence or personal events have been retained in the personal files. Additionally, a small number of folders were transferred to other series when folders on that subject already existed, such as information regarding houses, the Monte Verità project, business activities, specific artists and curators. This was done to reduce redundancy in multiple series housing similar materials.
Arrangement note
This series is arranged in two subseries:
Series VIII.A. Individuals, 1800, 1936, 1952-2004;
Series VIII.B. Objects, undated.
Series VIII.A. Individuals, 1800, 1933-2007, undated 18.18 Linear Feet (40 boxes, 1 flatfile)
Series VIII.A. Individuals, consists of materials kept by Szeemann regarding specific family members, as well as materials related to Szeemann himself. The files on Szeemann include sketches and drawings he created in the 1950s, as well as membership cards, awards and curriculum vitae iterations beginning in 1968. A large portion consists of condolence letters collected by his family after his death, as well as tributes and press clippings commemorating his life and career. Additionally, files originally housed in hanging folders and labeled by Szeemann for individual family members are included in this subseries. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by last name, with folder contents remaining unarranged. Contents include correspondence and accompanied photographs, cards, postcards and newspaper clippings.
Arrangement note
The material in this subseries has been arranged alphabetically by the archivist.
box
2361A General family correspondence, 1979-2004, undated
box folder
2361B 1 Bonnefoy, Jacques, 1974-1975, undated
2361B 2 Bonnefoy, Marcelle, 1991
box folder
2397B 1 Family reunion, 1984
Lüscher, Ingeborg
box
2361B-2363, 2100, 2396*, 2397B General, 1971-1979
box
2363, 2388 Mail art, undated
box
2364, 2388, 2396* Photographs, 1971-1976, undated
box folder
2364 2-3 Szeemann, Étienne Ernst, 1954-1958, 1964
box
2364-2366, 2100, 3734 Szeemann-Bonnefoy, Françoise, 1952-1976, undated
Szeemann, Harald, 1800, 1933-2007, undated
box
2366, 2100 General, 1976-1981, 1991-1994, undated
box folder
2366 9 Artworks, 1952-1957, undated
box
2366, 2396* Awards, 1953, 1982, 1992-2000, 2006
box folder
2397B 5 Birthday certificate, 1933
box
2397B, 2469B** Birthday wishes, 1992-1993, undated
Roll box 2469B** includes history of Harald Szeemann's exhibitions created by Una Szeemann for Harald's 70th birthday.
box folder
2366 10b Confirmation booklet, 1946
box
2396*, 2397C Correspondence, 1954-1961, 1986-1987, 2000-2003 undated
Includes letters and postcards from unidentified senders.
box
2366, 2397B Curriculum vitae, 1968-1981, 1998-2002
box folder
2366 13 Death certificate, 2005
box
2397B Diary, 1953
box
2367, 2396*, 2397C Drawings and loose notes, 1953-1957, 1969-1973, 1981, undated
box
2396*, 2397C Drawings and photographs of, 1955, undated
box
2367, 3770 Drivers license and application, 1974, 1979
box
2367, 2397A Family history, 1800, 1936, undated
box folder
3770 13 Health insurance card, undated
box
2367, 3770 Memberships, 1959, 1968-1992, 1999-2000, undated
Military, 1952-1954, undated
box folder
3770 15 Service booklets, 1952-1954
box
3771 Swiss field cap, undated
Found near the service booklets on a bookshelf and tentatively attributed.
box folder
2367 8 Nameplate, undated
box
2367, 2397C, 3770 Passports, 1952, 1958, 1974, 1980, 1989, 1996, 2003-2005 undated
Post-death, 2005-2007, undated
Commemorations, 2005-2007
box
2368, 2100 General
box folder
2368 3 Art 36 Basel
2368 4-5 Articles about Harald Szeemann
box
2368-2369 Berner Münster
box folder
2369 2 Biennale di Venezia
2369 3 Book discussion with Hans-Joachim Müller
2369 4 De Domizio Dirini, Lucrezia: Il Pensatore Selvaggio
Der Kasseler Bürgerpreis, "Das Glas der Vernunft"
box folder
2369 5 Papers
box
3100 Award
box folder
2369 6 Festival Internazionale del film di Locarno
2369 7 Villa Jelmini exhibition
Condolence letters, 2005-2006, undated
box
2370 A-B
box
2371 B-D
box
2372 E-G
box
2373 G-K
box
2374 K-M
box
2100, 2375 M-O
box
2100, 2376 P-R
box
2377 S
box
2378 T-Z
box
3734, 3738 Unfiled: A-Z
box folder
3734 6 Correspondence, 2005
Press, 2005-2006
box
2379, 3735 General
box
2379-2380, 3734-3735 Argus
Includes articles from assorted sources.
box folder
2380 3 English and Spanish newspapers
box
2380-2381 German newspapers
box folder
2381 2 Italian newspapers
2381 3 Obituaries
2381 4 Tessiner Zeitung
box
2382, 3770 Press articles, 1990-2005
Includes a clipping about Szeemann's 70th birthday.
box folder
3735 8 Profile: Rivista di Locarno, 1999
box
2397C, 3770 School reunions, 2003-2004
box folder
2382 2 Telephone doodles, undated
2382 3 Texts on or by Harald Szeemann, 2005-2006
box folder
2397C 9 University certificates, 1960-1961
box folder
2382 4-5 Will, 1986-1991
Szeemann, Jérôme
box
2382-2383, 2396* General, 1974-2000, undated
flatfile
274** Drawings, undated
box
3124* Assemblage, 1983
box
3093-3094B Gifts from Jérôme's children to Harald, undated
Decorated containers.
box
3122 Woodcut, undated
box
2383-2384, 3770 Szeemann-Kambly, Julie, 1953-1958, 1968-2004
box
2384, 2396* Szeemann, Rolf, 1977-1994, undated
Szeemann, Una
box
2384-2385, 2100 General, 1975-2003, undated
flatfile
274** Drawings, undated
box
3123 Assemblage, undated
Szeemann, Valérie
box
2385-2387, 2100, 2396* General, 1964-2004, undated
box
2396*, 3123 Works of art, 1982, undated
box folder
3735 9 Unidentified: General, undated
box folder
2387 9 Unidentified medical records, undated
Series VIII.B. Objects, 1997, 2000, undated 8.76 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Series VIII.B. Objects, includes personal use objects not directly related to Szeemann's business or career. These are organized alphabetically, and include cigars and cigar boxes, personalized photograph frames, souvenirs, and a t-shirt with a Harald Szeemann caricature. All of the items in this subseries have been drawn from the unfiled materials found loose in the Fabbrica. They have been labeled [unfiled].
Arrangement note
The material in this subseries has been arranged alphabetically by the archivist.
box
2393A Cigar boxes, undated
box folder
2392 1a-1b Cigarettes, undated
box
3947 Crucifix, undated
box
2393B Cuvée Victor Hugo bottles, 2000
box folder
2396* 8 Greenpeace commemorative memorabilia, undated
box
2394 Hat, undated
box
2393C Jukebox emblem, undated
box folder
2392 2 Key, undated
box
B-13** Luggage tag tree undated
This is a tree made out of airline luggage tags from Szeemann's travels. Restricted and housed off-site. Contact respository regarding access.
box
3125 Matchboxes and sugar packets, undated
box folder
2392 3 Photograph frames, undated
box folder
3946 5 Pin badge, undated
box folder
2392 4 Souvenir coasters, undated
2392 5 Polaroid viewers, undated
2392 7 Medallion, undated
box
2395 T-shirt, undated
Includes t-shirt with Harald Szeemann caricature by unknown artist.
box
3948 Violin, undated
box
B-48** Watch band storage chest of drawers, undated
Claimed by Szeemann's family to be part of the watch factory history of the Fabbrica and found there when they moved in. Restricted and housed off-site. Contact repository regarding access.
box folder
3735 10 Wine, 1997, 2000


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