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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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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 IV. Photographs, 1800, 1836-2011, bulk 1957-2005 101.9 Linear Feet (255 boxes and 3 flatfiles)
Series IV.D. Topical, 1900-2004 9.2 Linear Feet (20 boxes)
This subseries contains more than 2,800 of Szeemann's collected photographs of a wide range of subjects. Most are identified by city or country. Other disparate topics include baths, castles and parks, misfits, science fiction, some individual people and a variety of animals. The bulk of the subseries is composed of photographic prints, negatives and slides, but postcards and photocopies are also included.
Boxes 230-251B contain nitrate negatives and are therefore restricted.
Arrangement note
For the most part this subseries remains in Szeemann's original order. Portions are in alphabetical order by topic, but the alphabetical organization starts over several times. Assorted items at the end.
box folder
71 1 [Baths] Bäder, Dax, France, undated 2 items
Photographs are postcards. Also includes ten postcards.
71 2 Basel, Switzerland, undated 1 item
Contains pamphlet for artistic monuments.
box folder
192 1 Bergamo, Italy, undated 3 items
Contains color slides.
box folder
71 3 Berlin, Germany, undated 3 items
Photographs are postcards.
71 4 Bern, Switzerland, undated 1 item
Photograph is postcard. Also includes four postcards.
box folder
192 3 Castelfidardo, Italy, undated 7 items
Contains color slides.
China, 1996
box folder
192 2 Color slides 5 items
box folder
71 5-6 Papers and assorted publications 8 items
Contains three postcard books; one package of postcard books; wrapping from Beijing Friendship Store; two guidebooks; map.
71 7 [Monuments] Denkmal, undated 35 items
Contains postcards.
71 8 [Florence] Florenz, Italy, undated 1 items
Photograph is postcard.
[Football] Fussball, undated
box folder
71 9 Postcards 8 items
box folder
192 6 Color slide 1 item
box folder
71 10 Fribourg, Switzerland, undated 1 item
Photograph is postcard.
[Cemeteries] Friedhöfe, undated
Contains color slides.
box folder
192 4 Assorted 2 items
192 5 Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno 27 items
box folder
71 11 Gubbio, Italy, undated 3 items
Contains postcards.
71 12 London, England, undated 1 item
Contains one postcard.
71 13 London, Jack, undated 7 items
Contains postcards.
71 14 Macerata, Italy, 1973 8 items
Contains tickets to Aida at Arena Sferisterio; program for Aida; postcards.
71 15 Madonna, undated 3 items
Photographs are postcards. Also includes 60 postcards. Some postcards are addressed to Szeemann.
[Museums] Museen, undated
Präsentations formen [Presentation forms]
box folder
72 1 Postcard 1 item
box folder
192 7 Color slide 1 item
box folder
72 2 Bamberg, Germany: Karl-May Museum 1 item
Photograph is postcard. Also includes 23 postcards; 36 cards from Die Echten Grünen Bande series; two book catalogs from publisher; one shopping bag; two flyers promoting adventure book list.
box folder
192 8 Bern, Switzerland: Kunsthalle Bern 12 items
Contains color slides.
box folder
72 3 Brussels, Belgium: Royal Museum of Natural History 1 item
Photograph is postcard.
box folder
192 9 Brussels, Belgium: Congo Museum 1 item
Contains slide. Museum is now known as the Royal Museum for Central Africa.
box folder
72 4 Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland: Musée des grenouilles 2 items
72 5 Oakland, California: The Oakland Museum 1 item
Contains postcard.
72 6 York, England: Yorkshire Museum 1 item
Contains pamphlet for Yorkshire Philosophical Society's grounds.
72 7 Napoleon I, 1971 6 items
Photographs are postcards. One is addressed to Szeemann.
72 8 [Easter] Ostern, undated 6 items
Photographs are postcards.
72 9 [Couples] Paare, 1960 39 items
Photographs are postcards. One is addressed to Szeemann and one is addressed to Françoise Szeemann-Bonefoy.
[Simplon Pass] Paesse Simplon, undated
box folder
72 10 Postcards 9 items
box folder
192 10 Color slides 2 items
box folder
72 11 [Palms] Palmen, undated 10 items
Photographs are postcards.
[Pope] Papst, 1972
box folder
72 12 John XXIII, 4 items
Photographs are postcards. One is addressed to Szeemann.
72 13 Paul VI, 1 item
Photograph is a postcard. Postcard is addressed to Szeemann.
72 14 [Representations of paradise] Paradiesdarstellung, undated 2 items
Photographs are postcards.
72 15 [Horse] Pferd, undated 9 items
Photographs are postcards.
72 16 [Horse and rider] Pferd & Reiter, 1964-1973 14 items
Photographs are postcards. Some are addressed to Szeemann.
72 17 [Marionettes] Marionetten, undated 3 items
Photographs are postcards.
72 18 Marseille, France, undated 1 item
Photograph is postcard.
72 19 [Mummy] Mumie, undated 1 item
Contains postcard.
72 20 Ravenna, Italy, undated 1 item
Contains postcard.
72 21 Restaurants, undated 1 item
Photograph is postcard. Also contains three postcards. One postcard is addressed to Szeemann.
[Castle/park] Schloss/Park, 1900-1955, undated
box folder
72 22 Warwick, England: Warwick Castle, 1954 1 item
Photograph is postcard. Includes booklet.
72 23 Norfolk, England: Holkham Hall, undated 5 items
Photographs are postcards. Includes pamphlet with annotations.
72 24 Jegenstorf, Switzerland: Jegenstorf Castle, 1955 1 item
Contains pamphlet.
72 25 Kenilworth, England: Kenilworth, Castle, 1948 1 item
Photograph is postcard. Includes pamphlet.
72 26 Somerset, England: Longleat, undated 1 item
Photograph is postcard.
72 27 Vienna, Austria: Schönbrunn Palace, undated 12 items
Includes one postcard.
72 28 Stuttgart, Germany: The New Palace, 1900 1 item
Contains postcard.
72 29 Habsburg, Switzerland: Habsburg Castle, 1953 2 items
Includes two copies of pamphlet.
72 30 Heidelberg, Germany: Heidelberg Castle, undated 13 items
Contains postcards.
box folder
192 11 San Simeon, California: Hearst Castle, undated 70 items
Contains color slides.
box folder
72 31 Stein am Rhein, Switzerland: Hohenklingen Castle, 1954 2 items
Contains two copies of pamphlet.
72 32 Chantilly, France: Château de Chantilly, undated 11 items
Contains black-and-white photographs. Also contains flyer for event at Château de Chantilly.
Berlin, Germany: Charlottenburg Castle, undated
box folder
72 33 Postcard 1 item
box folder
192 12 Color slides 3 items
box folder
73 1 Veytaux, Switzerland: Chillon Castle, undated 1 item
Contains booklet.
73 2 Durham, England: Durham Castle, undated 1 item
Contains pamphlet.
73 3 Versailles, France: Palace of Versailles, undated 20 items
Contains black-and-white photographs. Also contains 14 postcards and booklet.
73 4 Stein am Rhein, Switzerland, 1954 1 item
Contains pamphlet.
73 5 Stonehenge, 1953 1 item
Contains annotated booklet.
[Animals] Tiere, undated
box folder
73 6 [Marten] Marder 1 item
Contains postcard.
73 7 [Pelican] Pelikan 1 item
Contains postcard.
73 8 [Peacock] Pfau 1 item
Contains postcard.
73 9 [Butterfly] Schmetterling 1 item
Contains postcard.
73 10 [Edible dormouse] Siebenschläfer 1 item
Contains postcard.
Tolentino, Italy, undated
box folder
73 11 Postcard 1 item
box folder
193 1 Color slides 25 items
box folder
73 12 [Venice] Venedig, Italy, 1960 3 items
Contains postcards. One postcard is addressed to Szeemann.
box folder
193 2 Venezuela-Folklore, undated 6 items
Contains color slides.
Verdun, France, undated
box folder
73 13 Black-and-white photographs 18 items
Photographs are postcards. One item is booklet of 20 postcards.
73 14 Postcards 55 items
73 15 Guidebook 1 item
Contains illustrated guide to World War I battles in Verdun.
box folder
193 3 Black-and-white negative 1 item
box folder
73 16 Verona, Italy, undated 8 items
Contains postcards.
73 17 Waterloo, undated 1 item
Contains a booklet about the Battle of Waterloo.
73 18 Zürich, Switzerland, 1953-1954 3 items
Contains two copies of a pamphlet about Zürich city hall and a pamphlet about Luzern city hall.
Art Brut - [Artistry of the mentally ill] Bildnerei der Geisteskranken, undated
box folder
73 19 Black-and-white photograph 1 item
box folder
193 4 Color slides 46 items
193 5 Belgian Art Brut, 1973-1974 48 items
Contains color slides.
USA, undated
box folder
193 6 Assorted 12 items
Contains color slides.
box folder
194 1 Monument Valley, Chelly Canyon, Petrified Forest, Arizona/Utah 22 items
Contains color slides.
194 2 Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico 5 items
Contains color slides.
194 3 Grand Canyon, Arizona/Utah 20 items
Contains color slides.
194 4 San Jose, California 15 items
Contains color slides.
194 5 Disneyland, California 15 items
Contains color slides.
194 6 Italy, assorted, undated 5 items
Contains color slides.
194 7 "Kunstfotografie" ["art photography"], undated 8 items
Contains color slides. Slides are images of legs.
194 8 [Paintings of the Third Reich] Malerei des dritten reiches, undated 1 item
Contains color slide.
[Votive pictures] Votiv bilder, undated
box folder
73 20 Black-and-white photographs 2 items
Includes photocopies of photocopies from unknown publication.
box folder
196 2 Color slides 10 items
Parallele Bildwelten [Parallel visual worlds], assorted, undated
box folder
73 21 Black-and-white photographs 2 items
box folder
196 8 Color slides 3 items
Science fiction, 1967, undated
Film
box folder
73 22 Black-and-white photographs 15 items
box folder
194 9 Slides and black-and-white negatives 157 items
box folder
195 1 [Illustrations] Illustrationen 35 items
Contains color slides.
195 2 [Astronautics] Astronautik 20 items
Contains color slides.
195 2A Comics 150 items
Contains color and black-and-white slides.
195 3 Badges, undated 41 items
Contains color slides.
195 4 [Banknotes] Banknoten, undated 7 items
Contains color transparencies.
195 5 [Cigar bands] Zigarren bindery, undated 10 items
Contains color slides.
box folder
196 1 [Streets] Strasse, undated 132 items
Contains color slides.
196 1A [Monuments] Denkmaler, undated 2 items
Contains color slides.
196 3 [Saints] Heilige, undated 14 items
Contains color slides.
196 4 [Religious representations] Religiös darstellungen, undated 6 items
Contains color slides.
196 5 [Light] Licht, undated 2 items
Contains color slides.
196 6 [Academies, courts] Akademien, corti, undated 1 item
Contains color slide.
196 7 [Children] Kinder, undated 4 items
Contains color slides.
196 9 Sonderlinge [misfits], undated 1 item
Contains slide.
box folder
73 23 [Press photographs] Presse photographien, 1950-1960 18 items
73 24 Labels from empty folders, undated 3 items
box folder
196 10 [Lake Maggiore] Lago Maggiore, undated 36 items
Contains color slides
box item
233 D7 Anarchists, 2004 1 item
CD-R disc with 15 images of anarchists. Includes insert listing disc contents.
Computer files are unavailable until reformatted.
box folder
74 1-2 Anticoli Corrado, 1937-1939 60 items
Includes typescript Margherita-Toppi; handwritten notes; letters from Margherita to Margrit. Two photographs are postcards.
Ascona, 1895-1903, 1910-1940, 1965, undated
General
box folder
74 3 Black-and-white photographs 15 items
Includes envelopes with images adhered to them and clipping.
box folder
197 1 Color slides and black-and-white negatives 38 items
box folder
74 3A Paul Evertz, Carl Vester, Assorted 19 items
Contains black-and-white photographs. Some photographs are postcards.
74 3B Carl Vester 3 items
Contains black-and-white photographs.
74 3C Casa Pirovano 2 items
Includes black-and-white photographs.
74 3 Casa S. Giorgio, Dr. Weber 1 item
74 0.003 Clara Lincke 43 items
Contains postcards addressed to Clara Lincke [Linke]. Includes photographs. Some photographs are postcards.
Photo-House E. Steinemann Locarno, 1910-1965, undated
Materials were originally housed in boxes labeled with the subject and a number or letter. The number is in parentheses after the box name. All acetate negatives are black-and-white.
Nitrate negatives are unavailable until digitized.
Monte Verità: Kitchen, garage, bar, dining room, 1-50 (#a), undated
Numbers were written on negatives.
box
230-231 Nitrate negatives 32 items
Restricted access.
Includes items numbered 1-10, 13-14, 16-17, 19-22, 24-29, 32-33, 43A, 43B, 44, 46-47.
box
251A Nitrate negative attached to glass mask 1 item
Restricted access. Includes item number 18. Negative was taped to glass mask for retouching.
box folder
197 2 Acetate negatives 13 items
Includes items numbered 34-43, 47A, 47B, 47C.
box folder
74 4 Black-and-white photograph 1 item
Photograph is numbered 35.
Monte Verità: 51-96 (#b), undated
Numbers were written on negatives.
box
232-233 Nitrate negatives 36 items
Restricted access.
Includes items numbered 52, 54-55, 58-61, 64-69, 71, 73, 75-83, 86, 88-90, 92, 94A, 94B, 94C, 95-96, cg1, cg2.
box folder
197 3 Acetate negatives 12 items
Includes items numbered 56B, 56C, 57, 62A, 62B, 62D, 62E, 62F, 62G, 72, 87, 91.
box folder
74 5 Black-and-white photograph 1 item
Photograph is a print of negative number 57.
box
234 Maurer (#1), undated 8 items
Contains nitrate negatives. Restricted access.
box folder
197 4 Box #2, undated 14 items
Contains acetate negatives. Box label is missing.
Baron von der Heydt (#3), undated
Items numbered in the order they were found in box. Box included sticker reading "Weidenmeier Villa Oppenheimer."
box
235-236 Nitrate negatives 52 items
Restricted access.
Includes items numbered 1-18, 20-51, 55, 57. Negatives 21 and 57 are duplicates.
box folder
197 5 Acetate negatives 4 items
Includes items numbered 19, 52, 54, 56.
box folder
76 1 Lantern slide 1 item
box folder
74 6 Black-and-white photographs 3 items
Includes two prints of negative numbered 54 and one print of negative numbered 55.
box folder
75 1 Canto Sereno Minusio (#4), undated 6 items
Contains glass negatives.
Box #5, undated
Items numbered in the order they were found in box. Box label is missing.
box
237 Nitrate negatives 5 items
Restricted access.
Includes items numbered 1, 3, 7-8, 10.
Glass negatives
box
75A Item numbered 2 1 item
Restricted access.
box folder
75 2 Items numbered 4-6, 9 4 items
box
238 Café Scheurer (#6), undated 5 items
Contains nitrate negatives. Restricted access.
box
239 Caffé Bar Svizzero (#7), undated 10 items
Contains nitrate negatives. Restricted access.
box folder
197 6 Alte neg. Monte Verità (#8), 1938 9 items
Contains acetate negatives. Date was on original box.
Casa Tamaro (#9), undated
box
240 Nitrate negatives 13 items
Restricted access.
Includes items numbered 6-9, 40-48.
box
198 Acetate negatives 57 items
Includes items numbered 1-5, 10-39, 49-70.
Abegg Arch., Ascona (#10), undated
box
241 Nitrate negatives 17 items
Restricted access.
Includes items numbered 1-7, 9-14, 16-17, 21-22.
box folder
76 2 Glass negatives 5 items
Includes items numbered 8, 15, 18-20.
box folder
74 7 Black-and-white photographs 5 items
Includes two prints from negative numbered 1, and prints from negatives 20, 21, and 22.
Walden, W. (#11), undated
box
242 Nitrate negatives 20 items
Restricted access.
Items numbered W1-W20; original numbering.
box folder
74 8 Black-and-white photographs 4 items
Includes prints of negatives numbered W1, W7, W14, and W15. Photographs are postcards.
Arch. Scherrer Ascona (#12), undated
box
243 Nitrate negatives 19 items
Restricted access.
Includes items numbered 1-8, 20-30. Items numbered 1-7 were in sleeve labeled "Casa Weber."
box folder
199 1 Acetate negatives 24 items
Includes items numbered 9-19, 31-43.
Alb. Montesano (#13), undated
box
244 Nitrate negatives 22 items
Restricted access.
Includes items numbered 5-15, 21, 24-33. Items numbered 7-10 were in sleeve labeled "Hotel Montesano No. 3." Item number 11 was in sleeve labeled "Hotel Montesano No. 2." Items numbered 12-15 were in sleeve labeled "10".
box folder
199 2 Acetate negatives 3 items
Includes items numbered 16, 19-20.
box folder
76 3 Glass negatives 8 items
Includes items numbered 1-4, 17-18, 22-23.
Collinetta (#14), undated
Items numbered in the order they were found in box.
box
245 Nitrate negatives 13 items
Restricted access.
Includes negatives numbered 4, 6-9, 20, 22, 24-29.
box folder
199 3 Acetate negatives 18 items
Includes negatives numbered 1-3, 5, 10-19, 21, 23, 31-32.
box folder
75 3 Glass negatives 4 items
Includes negatives numbered 22A, 30-32. Negative 22A is a duplicate of negative 22. Negatives 31 and 32 are blank.
box
246-247 Bar Nelly, Ascona (#15), undated 31 items
Contains nitrate negatives. Restricted access. Negatives numbered 1-6 were in sleeve marked "239." Negatives numbered 24-27 were in sleeve marked "Testo."
Pension Bernet, Monti (#16), undated
Items numbered in the order they were found in box.
box
248 Nitrate negatives 10 items
Restricted access.
Includes negatives numbered 1, 3, 6, 11, 18-23.
box folder
199 4 Acetate negatives 13 items
Includes negatives numbered 2, 4-5, 7-10, 12-17.
Villa Bodmer Moscia (#17), undated
box
249 Nitrate negatives 15 items
Restricted access.
box flatfile
74 9 Black-and-white photographs 3 items
Includes three prints of negative number 5. Photographs are postcards.
Pensione Voce nel Deserto (#19), undated
box
250 Nitrate negative 1 item
Restricted access. Includes item numbered 2.
box folder
200 1 Acetate negatives 6 items
Includes items numbered 1, 3-7.
box folder
75 4 Glass negatives 2 items
Includes items numbered 8-9.
Eremitage (#20), undated
Arrangement note
Items numbered in the order they were found in box.
box
251 Nitrate negatives 7 items
Restricted access. Includes items numbered 3-6, 14-16.
box folder
200 2 Acetate negatives 6 items
Includes items numbered 7, 9-13.
box folder
75 5 Glass negatives 2 items
Includes items numbered 17-18.
box folder
74 10 Black-and-white photographs 3 items
Includes items numbered 1-2 and 8. One photograph is a postcard.
box folder
200 3 Ingerborg (#21), undated 5 items
Contains acetate negatives.
Assorted photographs, 1947, undated
Hòtel Aeberli, 1947
Restricted access. Date was on original sleeve.
box
251B Nitrate [?] transparency 1 item
251B Nitrate negative 1 item
251B Unidentified, undated 4 items
Contains nitrate negatives. Restricted access. One negative includes two frames.
box folder
74 11-12 Photograph sleeve and papers
Contains original sleeves, labels, and papers with notations found with photographs.
Kunsthalle Bern,
Catalog covers, 1918-1968
Includes annotated glassine sleeves.
box
77-78 Black-and-white photographs 205 items
box folder
201 1 Black-and-white negatives 165 items
box
2403-2404 Exhibitions: Glass negatives, 1925-1926
box item
217 D1 Museum Bickel, 2002 1 item
CD-R disc containing 5 images for a brochure for the Museum Bickel, Walenstadt, Switzerland.
Computer files are unavailable until reformatted.
box folder
201 2 Der Spiegel 140 items
Contains color slides. Slides are of magazine covers.
Assorted, circa 1860-1910, 1985-1997, undated
box folder
78 10 Black-and-white photographs 1 item
Includes postcards; photocopies of photographs; letter to Ingeborg from Sauer.
box folder
201 3 Color slides 10 items
box
223 Photograph album 1 item
49 black-and-white photographs adhered to album pages. Photographs by C. Ruf, Zürich.
box
3795 Photograph album 1 item
Album of 65 primarily card-mounted black-and-white, albumen, collodion, and gelatin silver photographic portraits, circa 1860-1910, inserted into slotted album pages. Includes cartes-de-visites; cabinet cards; a photographic postcard; and a hand-cut silhouette. Album cover is threadbare brown cloth, originally velvet, with brass corner and center bosses and a brass latch; spine partially lacking. Photographers are mostly German or Polish; some photographer's imprints are visible on the rectos or versos of the cards. Individuals are unidentified.
Restricted due to fragility. Handling requires reading room assistance.
box
2304 Uvachrom Aktiengesellschaft für Farbenphotographie: Glass negatives


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