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Jean Brown papers, 1916-1995 (bulk 1958-1985)

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Brown (Jean) papers

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jean Brown papers, 1916-1995 (bulk 1958-1985), Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession nos. 890164 and 2016.M.14

Acquisition Information

Acquired from Jean Brown in 1988 with the exception of Series VIII. Correspondence with Bernard Karpel and miscellaneous notes, 1958-1973, undated, which was acquired from the family of Jean Brown in 2016 (2016.M.14).

Processing History

A number of people processed and cataloged parts of the Jean Brown papers from 1988-2002. Eric Vos, a researcher and consultant during periods of 1988, 1989 and 1990, processed and cataloged sections of the collection (see research file for his report and checklist). Jon Hendricks, consultant, visited in August 1989 and helped Vos identify Fluxus materials. Intern Albert DePetrillo organized a portion of the correspondence in February 1990.

Some of the objects were damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. This incident prompted a team of collection maintenance personnel - Rick Zwies, John Pearson, Jessica Holada - to measure and order boxes for each object and write conservation notes. Most of this work was done in 1995-1996, but continued until 1997. Bennington intern Mikel Wadewitz and Pearson photographed about 70% of the objects.

From April 1996 to May 1997, Lynda Bunting reorganized Vos's series arrangements, sorted and integrated unprocessed materials from ca. 25 boxes, and wrote the bulk of this finding aid. Much of the Dada and Surrealist ephemera had been separated from the archive in 1985-1986. Bunting collected these materials, along with some others that had been separated, and reintegrated them into the collection. In addition, she transferred to the library 181 sound recordings and ca. 950 books, serials, and prints. Over 320 book sales catalogs were deaccessioned. The art objects were reorganized into a rough alphabetical order, thus rendering Vos' numbering system obsolete.

In Summer 1996, Phil Curtis integrated and organized materials within Series II. and Series III. From September-December 1996, Kirsten Hammer organized most of Series III., Series IV., and Series V. Peter Frank was hired as a consultant for four days in February 1997 to make attributions on unidentified items.

In 2000-2002 Annette Leddy and Julio Vera provided object-level descriptions for the art objects in Series VI.

In 2016, one box of additional correspondence and notes received from the family of Jean Brown was cataloged by Kit Messick and intellectually integrated into the collection as Series VIII. In December 2018, three boxes of unprocessed material, maily prints and posters, were processed and intellectually integrated into Series I. by Pietro Rigolo (boxes 319*, 320*, 321). In Summer 2021, Petra Warren updated the finding aid in ArchivesSpace by intelectually reorganizing the hierarchical description and adding date components at the file level in Series I.

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