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Malibu, California, J. Paul Getty Museum

Collection Creator:
Jacques Seligmann & Co.  Search this
Container:
Box 117, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1955
1968-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The records of Jacques Seligmann & Co. are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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J. Paul Getty Museum

Collection Creator::
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 12
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 99-090, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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"In the Beginning" - J. Paul Getty Museum

Collection Creator::
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Curatorial - Ancient Near Eastern Art  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2024; Transferring office; 9/27/2001 memorandum, Alers to Hennessey; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-346, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Curatorial - Ancient Near Eastern Art, Curatorial Records
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Curatorial Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 29 Courts and Colonies: William and Mary Style, J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988-1989

Collection Creator::
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Office of the Registrar  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 18
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-123, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Office of the Registrar, Loan Files (Incoming Loans)
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Loan Files (Incoming Loans)
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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J. Paul Getty Museum

Collection Creator:
Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Office of the Registrar  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 541, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Office of the Registrar, Loan Files
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Loan Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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J. Paul Getty Museum

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution, Office of Museum Programs  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 630, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Museum Programs, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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J. Paul Getty Museum

Collection Creator:
National Portrait Gallery, Office of Exhibitions  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 1-29 restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2012; Box 29 contains materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Transferring office; 5/2/1985 and 3/3/1999 memoranda; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 97-083, National Portrait Gallery, Office of Exhibitions, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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J. Paul Getty Museum

Collection Creator:
Washburn, Wilcomb E  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 14 and 15 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 97-093, Washburn, Wilcomb E, Wilcomb E. Washburn Papers
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Wilcomb E. Washburn Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Museums  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 93-033, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Museums, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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J. Paul Getty Museum - Denied

Collection Creator:
National Portrait Gallery, Office of Exhibitions  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Boxes 1-6 restricted for 15 years; Box 7 restricted for 30 years, until Jan-01-2027; Transferring office; 3/3/1999 memorandum, Lee to Cox; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 00-044, National Portrait Gallery, Office of Exhibitions, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992

Collection Creator:
National Portrait Gallery, Office of the Registrar  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2017; Transferring office; 5/15/1998 e-mail, Lee to Grimsley; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-090, National Portrait Gallery, Office of the Registrar, Outgoing Loans
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Outgoing Loans
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Correspondence files - The J. Paul Getty Museum

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Curatorial Office  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2017; Transferring office; 01/08/2007 memorandum, Toda to Earle; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-020, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Curatorial Office, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Update: Repatriation / Antiquities Disputes of 2006

Author:
Clark, Stephen W  Search this
Adler, Andrew L  Search this
Subject:
J. Paul Getty Museum  Search this
Type:
Citations
Date:
2007
Topic:
Museums -- Law and legislation  Search this
Repatriation  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Cites cases  Search this
Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act 1983  Search this
Publisher:
Philadelphia, PA American Law Institute American Bar Association ALI-ABA
Data Source:
Museum Studies Bibliography
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_bib_18093

Copy of Horatio B. King photograph of Seth Eastman on Dighton Rock

Creator:
King, Horatio B.  Search this
Names:
Eastman, Seth, 1808-1875  Search this
Extent:
1 copy print
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
copy prints
Photographs
Place:
Massachusetts
Dighton Rock (Mass.)
Date:
1853
Scope and Contents note:
Copy print of a daguerreotype depicting Seth Eastman seated on an inscribed rock, Dighton Rock, in Massachusetts on July 7, 1853.
Biographical/Historical note:
Seth Eastman (1808-1875) was an army officer who also made paintings, drawings, and sketches of American Indians and fortifications. While on detail with the Office of Indian Affairs, he was commissioned to prepare illustrations for Henry Rowe Schoolcrafts╩╣ book, "Historical and Statistical Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States." In 1853 Eastman traveled to New England to explore ancient sites, during which he collaborated with Horatio King, a daguerreotypist with a studio in Taunton, Massachusetts.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot R81-11
Reproduction Note:
Copy print possibly made by Christie's East in New York, NY, circa 1980.
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Originals and copies of Seth Eastman's artwork can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in MS 1671, Photo Lot 24, Photo Lot 78, and the BAE historical negatives.
Records relating to an exhibition of Seth Eastman's artwork can be found in the Smithsonian Institution Archives in SIA Acc. 97-004.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
This copy collection has been obtained for reference purposes only. Copies can be obtained from the Getty Museum, which holds the original daguerreotype.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot R81-11, Copy of Horatio B. King photograph of Seth Eastman on Dighton Rock, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.R81-11
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-r81-11

Ed Ruscha and some Los Angeles apartments / Virginia Heckert

Author:
Heckert, Virginia  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
J. Paul Getty Museum  Search this
Subject:
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Physical description:
87 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Pictorial works
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Date:
2013
┬ę2013
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Apartment houses  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1008093

"Preserving the Past" J. Paul Getty Museum videotape and video script

Collection Creator:
Washington Conservation Guild  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7477, Washington Conservation Guild, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection of photomechanical prints of American art works

Creator:
Library of Congress  Search this
Extent:
183.5 Cubic Feet ((58 solander boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photomechanical prints
Date:
circa 1890-1945
Summary:
The Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection is comprised of 2,335 photomechanical reproductions of works by 741 artists (mostly American). The large-format prints, deposited with the Library of Congress for copyright between 1890 and 1945, represent a broad range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art.
Scope and Contents:
The collection is comprised of 2,335 photomechanical prints documenting the works of American artists between 1890 and 1945. The collection documents drawings, graphic prints, paintings, and other works of art by late 19th and early 20th century American artists.

Included in the collection are works by such notable artists as: Edwin Austin Abbey, Washington Alston, Cecilia Beaux, George Bellows, Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Cole, John Singleton Copely, John Steuart Curry, Thomas Eakins, Child Hassam, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Maxfield Parrish, Frederick Remington, John Singer Sargent, Dwight William Tryon, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, James A. McNeil Whistler, and Grant Wood.

Studios and publishers represented include: Braun, Clements & Cie, Detroit Publishing Co.; and Evans & Cameron.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged alphabetically by artist, then title.
Separated Materials:
In 2001, as part of a Smithsonian American Art Museum office relocation move, 2,729 prints by European artists were separated from the collection and transferred to the J. Paul Getty Museum's Photograph Archives.
Provenance:
Transfer from Library of Congress, Gift and Exchange Program, 1987.
Restrictions:
Researchers may use prints on file in the Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Advance appointments are required.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions may apply.
Topic:
Art, American-Photomechanical reproductions  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photomechanical prints
Citation:
Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Identifier:
SAAM.Photo.LOC
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Library of Congress Copyright Deposit Collection of photomechanical prints of American art works
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Research and Scholars Center
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-saam-photo-loc
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"Studies from Life: Portrait Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron from the J. Paul Getty Museum," November 1987

Collection Creator:
National Portrait Gallery, Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-013, National Portrait Gallery, Office of Public Affairs, Publicity Records
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Publicity Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Paper promises : early American photography / Mazie M. Harris ; with contributions by Matthew Fox-Amato and Christine Hult-Lewis

Author:
Harris, Mazie M.  Search this
Contributor:
Fox-Amato, Matthew  Search this
Hult-Lewis, Christine  Search this
Issuing body:
J. Paul Getty Museum  Search this
Physical description:
223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Pictorial works
Exhibition catalogs
Exhibition, pictorial works
History
Illustrated works
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
19th century
Topic:
Photography--History  Search this
Photography--Processing--History  Search this
Photography--Developing and developers--History  Search this
Photography--Social aspects--History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1089814

Otto Wittmann papers

Creator:
Wittmann, Otto, 1911-2001  Search this
Names:
Hyde Collection  Search this
J. Paul Getty Museum  Search this
National Endowment for the Arts  Search this
Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation  Search this
Skidmore College  Search this
Toledo Museum of Art  Search this
United States. Army Air Forces  Search this
United States. Office of Strategic Services  Search this
Extent:
10.1 Linear Feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Date:
1932-1996
Summary:
The papers of museum director, art consultant and curator Otto Wittmann (1911-2001)date from 1932 to 1996 and measure 10.1 linear feet. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and other files concerning Wittmann's career as Director of the Toledo Museum of Art and as trustee and acting chief curator of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Eleven scrapbooks contain materials primarily relating to the activities of the Toledo Museum of Art, but also contain documentation of Wittmann's World War II service in the Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the present day CIA. Also found within the papers are files relating to his work with the National Endownment of the Arts, Arts and Artifacts Indemnification Committee, scattered biographical information, and personal correspondence.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of museum director, art consultant and curator Otto Wittmannn (1911-2001)date from 1932 to 1996 and measure 10.1 linear feet. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence and other files concerning Wittmannn's career as Director of the Toledo Museum of Art and as trustee and acting chief curator of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Eleven scrapbooks contain materials primarily relating to the activities of the Toledo Museum of Art, but also contain documentation of Wittmannn's World War II service in the Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the present day CIA. Also found within the papers are files relating to his work with the National Endownment of the Arts, Arts and Artifacts Indemnification Committee, scattered biographical information, and personal correspondence.

Biographical information includes a biographical sketch and an index of an interview of Wittmannn by Richard Candida Smith. Correspondence is mostly personal and with family, friends, and colleagues.

Professional files include Wittmann's files from the Toledo Museum of Art that consist of general operations and administrative files from the director's office. Wittmann's role as an art consultant and advisor to the Owens Corning Fiberglass Corporation is documented, as well as his many affliations with professional arts associations, arts organizations, and other museums and institutions.

Files documenting Wittmann's consulting and curatorial work for the Getty Museum are arranged in a separate series and consist of chronological correspondence and scattered expense reports. Correpondence concerns the development of the Getty Museum's early art collecting policy and the general formation of the museum.

There seven files relating to Wittmann's work for the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts and Artifacts Indemnification Committee.

Eleven scrapbooks dating from 1932 to 1977 focus on a variety of subjects, including the Hyde Collection, Skidmore College, the U.S. Army Air Force, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Getty Museum. Found within the scrapbooks are mixed formats, such as correspondence, biographical information, clippings, brochures, and photographs. The scrapbook dating from 1932 to April 1959 contains scattered photographs from Wittmannn's service in the Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 6 series:

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1995-1996 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-1990 (Box 1; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Professional Files, 1947-1986 (Boxes 1-6, OV18; 5.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Getty Museum Files, 1978-1991 (Boxes 6-9; 1.7 linear feet)

Series 5: National Endowment for the Arts, Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Files, 1976 (Box 9; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1932-1977 (Boxes 10-17; 2.4 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Otto Wittmann (1911-2001) was director of the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo Ohio from 1959-1976. He left Toledo to work as an arts consultant, trustee, and acting chief curator for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles from 1978 though 1989. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force and as a special intelligence officer assigned to locate and return works of art looted by the Nazis.

Otto Wittmann was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 1, 1911. He graduated from Harvard University with a fine arts degree in 1933 and returned to Kansas City to become the Curator of Prints at the Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, the first art museum in the city. Later, he enrolled at Skidmore College for graduate studies and worked at The Hyde Collection in Glen Falls, New York.

During World War II, Wittmann served as a Major with the Air Force in the Air Transport Command. He was transferred to the Art Looting Investigation Unit (ALIU) in Washington, D.C. under the Office of Strategic Services. He spent long periods in Paris and Munich assisting with looted art recovery, investigating transactions in Sweden and Switzerland, and working with the collection centers set up in France. Years later, at the Toledo Museum of Art, he curated an exhibition of recovered artwork, and invited the U.S. Army members that assisted with protecting the artwork.

After the war, Wittmann accepted a position at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), working there for thirty years and as director from 1959-1976. During his tenure, he tripled the museum's collection of artwork and expanded its exhibition space. Under his direction, the museum was one of the first American museums to display sculpture, painting, furniture, and decorative arts in one setting.

In 1978, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles hired Wittmann as an acquisitions consultant as the museum began to spend the huge billion dollar trust left behind by J. P. Getty. Many institutions and the art market in general were nervous that the Getty's new and huge purchasing power would drive up prices and shut out other institutions and museums from acquiring works of art. Wittmann, however, steadied the Getty's purchases and kept prices competitive enough so that other museums could outbid him if they desired. Within a year, he was appointed to trustee and, shortly thereafter, as acting chief curator until 1983. The Getty named Wittmann a trustee emeritus in 1989.

Otto Wittmann was among the first museum professionals to encourage the establishment of Federal programs for the arts. He was one of the founding members of the National Council on the Arts and served on the museum advisory panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and on the arts advisory panel for the Internal Revenue Service. He was the first chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Federal Council of Arts and Humanities responsible for implementing the intial programs of the Federal Arts Indemnity Act. He was active in many national professional arts associations.

In 1947, Otto Wittmann married Margaret Hill, with whom he had two sons, John and William. Wittmannn died in 1997 in Montecito, California.
Related Material:
The Archives of American Art has an oral history interview with Otto Wittmann conducted by Paul Cummings on August 19-20, 1976, and another conducted by Thomas Carr Howe on October 25, 1976.
Provenance:
Otto Wittmann donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in 1991 and 1995.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Otto Wittmann papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art -- Societies, etc. -- United States  Search this
Art museums -- Ohio -- Toledo  Search this
Art museum directors -- Ohio -- Toledo  Search this
Art consultants  Search this
Museum directors -- Ohio-Toledo  Search this
Curators -- Ohio -- Toledo  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Citation:
Otto Wittmann papers, 1932-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wittotto
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Otto Wittmann papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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