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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 IV. Photographs, 1800, 1836-2011, bulk 1957-2005 101.9 Linear Feet (255 boxes and 3 flatfiles)
Series IV.F. Personal, approximately 1880-2004 9.8 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
This subseries contains more than 1,100 items, mostly photographs of Harald Szeemann, his family, and the "Fabbrica" in Maggia, as well as Szeemann's passports. Personal photographs culled for the publication Harald Szeemann: with by through because towards despite have also been included, and are identified below.
Arrangement note
Most materials were unfiled and have been grouped according to subject. Szeemann's original order for the With by through because towards despite photographs has been retained.
Photographs of Harald Szeemann, 1933-2004, undated
Loose photographs are mostly of Szeemann at various professional events and also include portraits. Photograph albums include childhood photographs of Szeemann.
79, 2423 Black-and-white photographs 147 items
Includes photocopies. Includes photographs of Ingeborg Lüscher.
2407 Framed photograph 1 item
This framed photograph of a baby is possibly Szeemann.
210-211, 2408, 2424 Other formats 211 items
Contains color photographs (one removed from a frame, frame included), black-and-white photographs, black-and-white negatives, and black-and-white polaroids. 205 photographs total. Four photographs are digital reproductions printed on two sheets.
box folder
216 8-8a Dental x-rays 3 items
14 x-rays mounted on two sheets.
Photograph albums
225-228, 2410-2411, 2424 Albums 8 items
Boxes 225-228 contain 475 black-and-white photographs adhered to pages of four albums. Also includes typed 0card from Giuseppe Cattori to Harald Szeemann dated July 28, 1999. Box 2410 has an album of color photographs showing family and friends, with Julie Szeemann-Kambly, Harald Szeemann, Ingeborg, and children dating from 1979-1989. Box 2411 contains an empty album. The photographs were separted due to adhesive issues and are in Box 2424.
box folder
2424 3-5 Removed photographs
These are photographs removed from the album in Box 2411.
2305 Photobook 1 item
This is a bound book of digital prints of photographs from the release party(?) for the publication Harald Szeemann: with by through because towards despite. It may have been a birthday gift.
229 Oversize 12 items
Contains black-and-white and color photographs. Includes postcard from Cecilia (?) and Walter (?) dated September 13, 1989.
Rolled photographs
82 Black-and-white photograph 1 item
215 Color photograph 1 item
Fabbrica, Maggia, Switzerland, 2004, undated
box folder
79 3-3A Black-and-white photographs 19 items
Includes 31 photographs printed on 19 sheets.
212 Color photographs 58 items
box folder
79 4-5 Harald Szeemann's passports, 1949-2001 12 items
Includes a transportation fare discount card.
Family photographs, approximately 1880-1934, 1950-2000, undated
With by through because towards despite, 1950-1999, undated
Contains photographs that were culled and some that were used for the book Harald Szeemann: with by through because towards despite. Project photographs culled for the book can be found in subseries I.A. Titles were taken from labels and are organized chronologically. To search for all images from this project conduct a keyword search for "With by through because towards despite".
box folder
80 1 [Scouts] Pfadi, 1950, undated 54 items
Contains black-and-white photographs. Some photographs are postcards. Includes clippings.
box folder
81 1 Wedding, 1958-1959 6 items
Contains black-and-white photographs. Includes birth announcement for Jérôme Szeemann.
box folder
80 2 Eichenberger-Schwald, Trudosch, 1953, undated 18 items
Contains black-and-white photographs. Some photographs are postcards.
Szeemann-Bonnefoy, Françoise, 1958-1966, undated 38 items
box folder
81 2 Black-and-white photographs 38 items
39 photographs total. Two photographs are printed on one souvenir matchbook. Contains 2 Burkhard photographs. Some photographs are postcards.
box folder
214 1 Color photograph and black-and-white negative 2 items
Due to privacy issues, this box is SEALED until 2079.
Szeemann, Valérie, 1964-1980, 2004, undated
box folder
81 3 Black-and-white photographs 14 items
Includes birth announcement and congratulatory cards.
box folder
214 2-2A Color photographs 92 items
Includes correspondence from Valérie Szeemann. Due to privacy issues, this box is SEALED until 2079.
Lüscher, Ingeborg, 1972-1989, undated
box folder
80 3 Black-and-white photographs 13 items
Includes one album with 21 photographs. Includes photocopy and book page. Contains one Burkhard photograph.
box folder
213 1 Color photographs and color slides 11 items
Szeemann, Jérôme, 1965-1995, undated
box folder
81 4 Black-and-white photographs 10 items
Includes a sticker.
box folder
214 3 Other formats 11 items
Contains color photographs, color polaroids, and black-and-white polaroids. Due to privacy issues, this box is SEALED until 2079.
Szeemann-Kambly, Julie, 1932-1952, 1987, undated
box folder
80 4 Black-and-white photographs 12 items
Includes a booklet of color photocopies of letters written by Julie Szeemann-Kambly to Harald Szeemann inscribed and dated October 4, 1987.
box folder
213 2 Color photographs 8 items
Szeemann, Una, 1981, undated
box folder
80 5 Black-and-white photographs 117 items
box folder
213 3 Color photographs 39 items
Szeemann, Rolf, undated
box folder
80 7 Black-and-white photograph 1 item
box folder
213 4 Color photographs 5 items
Tegna cottage, 1977, undated
box folder
80 8 Black-and-white photographs 9 items
box folder
213 5 Color photograph and black-and-white polaroids 5 items
213 6 Tegna apartment, undated 4 items
Contains color photographs, black-and-white polaroid, and color polaroid.
213 7 Civitanova house, 1971, undated 5 items
Contains color photographs.
Tegna house, 1990, undated
box folder
80 9 Black-and-white photographs 1 item
Includes clippings.
box folder
213 8 Color photographs 1 item
213 9 Fabbrica, Maggia, 1992, undated 3 items
Contains color photographs.
box folder
214 5 Family Christmas, 1999 23 items
Includes a note from Françoise Szeemann-Bonnefoy to Harald Szeemann and Ingeborg Lüscher dated January 2000. Due to privacy issues, this box is SEALED until 2079.
Assorted, approximately 1880-1975, 2000, undated
Includes photograph captions.
80, 2423 Black-and-white photographs 36 items
213, 2424 Color photographs 40 items
2412-2416 Photograph albums 5 album(s)
Includes five albums showing Julie Szeemann-Kambly and other family and friends and unidentified individuals. The album in Box 2412 is dated 1926-1927 and features Schloss Uster. The albums in Boxes 2415 and 2416 look to be from around the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
2424A Empty frame
2417 Szeemann, Rolf, 1936 1 album
Françoise Szeemann-Bonnefoy, Jérôme Szeemann, and Valérie Szeemann, 1956-1958, 1999-2000, undated
box folder
81 5 Black-and-white photographs, 1999, undated 3 items
One photograph is adhered to a card.
box folder
214 4 Color photographs, 1999-2000, undated 13 items
Due to privacy issues, this box is SEALED until 2079.
224, 2409, 2418 Photograph albums, 1956-1958, undated 3 album(s)
Box 224 contains 45 black-and-white and color photographs in album. One photograph is a postcard. Box 2409 and Box 2418 contain albums of color photographs.
2419-2422 Szeemann-Kambly, Julie, 1914, 1926-1936, undated
box folder
2423 9 Black-and-white photographs
box folder
2424 12-13 Color photographs
2419-2422 Photograph albums 4 album(s)
Szeemann, Una, 1975-1988
box folder
2423 10 Black-and-white photographs
box folder
2424 14 Color photograph 1 item
3712, 3810 Unidentified, undated 1 item
Box 3712 Folder 22 contains Aerial photographo of buildings, roads, and railway train. Note of "Wallis" on the verso.
Box 3810 Folder 11 contains 1 color photograph and 1 slide.

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