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Rudy Burckhardt papers

Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Names:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Richard Green Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cornell, Joseph -- Photographs  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904- -- Photographs  Search this
Flavin, Dan, 1933- -- Photographs  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011 -- Photographs  Search this
Gross, Chaim, 1904-1991 -- Photographs  Search this
Judd, Donald, 1928- -- Photographs  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962 -- Photographs  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997 -- Photographs  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988 -- Photographs  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988 -- Photographs  Search this
Pettet, Simon  Search this
Rockefeller, David, 1915-  Search this
Stella, Frank -- Photographs  Search this
Extent:
5.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Negatives
Date:
1934-2015
Summary:
The papers of photographer, filmmaker, and painter Rudy Burckhardt measure 5.6 linear feet and date from 1934 to 2015. A bulk of the collection consists of black and white negatives which document over 260 mid-to-late twentieth century modern artists, their work, studios, and/or exhibitions. Notable artists include Willem de Kooning, Dan Flavin, Joseph Cornell, Helen Frankenthaler, Donald Judd, Franz Kline, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Stella, and many others. Burckhardt was hired to photograph for a number of New York art galleries such as the Leo Castelli Gallery and Green Gallery; art collectors including Chaim Gross and David Rockefeller; and art magazines such as ARTnews. Personal papers include announcements and an exhibition catalog; clippings; photographs on postcards; and a book, entitled Conversations with Rudy Burckhardt About Everything, by Simon Pettet, 1987. A small but rich addition to the collection dates from 1941-2015 and contains a curriculum vitae; letters from Joe Brainard, Harold Schimmel, and others; writings; one scrapbook dating from World War II containing letters Burckhardt wrote to Edwin Denby; printed announcements and clippings; and one photograph of Burckhardt taken by Yvonne Jacquette.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of photographer, filmmaker, and painter Rudy Burckhardt measure 5.6 linear feet and date from 1934 to 2015. A bulk of the collection consists of black and white negatives which document over 260 mid-to-late twentieth century modern artists, their work, studios, and/or exhibitions. Notable artists include Willem de Kooning, Dan Flavin, Joseph Cornell, Helen Frankenthaler, Donald Judd, Franz Kline, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Stella, and many others. Burckhardt was hired to photograph for a number of New York art galleries such as the Leo Castelli Gallery and Green Gallery; art collectors including Chaim Gross and David Rockefeller; and art magazines such as ARTnews. Personal papers include announcements and an exhibition catalog; clippings; photographs on postcards; and a book, entitled Conversations with Rudy Burckhardt About Everything, by Simon Pettet, 1987. A small but rich addition to the collection dates from 1941-2015 and contains a curriculum vitae; letters from Joe Brainard, Harold Schimmel, and others; writings; one scrapbook dating from World War II containing letters Burckhardt wrote to Edwin Denby; printed announcements and clippings; and one photograph of Burckhardt taken by Yvonne Jacquette.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 3 series:

Series 1: Personal Papers, 1934-1990 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Photographic Materials, circa 1950-1975 (Boxes 2-13; 4.8 linear feet)

Series 3: Addition to the Rudy Burckhardt Papers, 1941-2015 (Box 14-15; 0.6 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Rudy Burckhardt (1914-1999) was a Swiss-American photographer, filmmaker, and painter based in New York, N.Y. during the post-World War II era. Originally from Basel, Switzerland, Burckhardt relocated to New York in 1935 at the age of 21. Burckhardt shared a loft in Chelsea with American dance critic and poet, Edwin Denby, next-door to Willem and Elaine de Kooning.

After completing his service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1944, Burckhardt pursued an education in painting. He studied with French painter and writer, Amédéé Ozenfant in New York, circa 1948-1949; Italian painter and professor Giuseppe (Beppe) Guzzi in Rome; and the Academy of Naples, circa 1950-1951.

Burckhardt married painter and collagist, Edith Schloss in 1947 and in 1949 their son Jacob, a filmmaker, was born. The two separated and in 1964, Burckhardt married American painter, Yvonne Jacquette and the same year the couple's son Thomas (Tom), a painter, was born.

Throughout his career, Burckhardt collaborated with a number of notable post-war visual artists such as Joseph Cornell, Larry Rivers, Jane Freilicher, Alex Katz, Nell Blaine, Lois Dodd, and Red Grooms as well as writers and poets including Edwin Denby, John Ashbery, Phillip Lopate, and Kenneth Kock.

Burckhardt was hired to photograph New York-based visual artists, their work, studios, and exhibitions. A bulk of the black and white negatives that make up the collection were produced circa 1950 to 1975. Burckhardt photographed for the Leo Castelli Gallery for approximately 20 years. He also frequently photographed for Thomas B. Hess, editor of ARTnews.

Early exhibitions of Burckhardt's street photography include Photo League, 1948; Limelight Gallery, 1954; and Gotham Bookmart, 1972 and 1980. Painting exhibitions include the Tanager Gallery, 1959; Green Mountain Gallery, 1971, 1974, and 1978; and Blue Mountain Gallery, 1981; Brooke Alexander Gallery 1976 and 1978. A number of his films have been collected by and shown at the Museum of Modern Art, 1987 and circa 1993.
Related Materials:
Available in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Rudy Burckhardt conducted by Martica Sawin on January 14, 1993.
Provenance:
The first accession of biographical material was donated to the Archives of American Art by Rudy Burckhardt in 1993. A second installment of photographic material was donated by Yvonne Jacquette Burckhardt, Burckhardt's widow, in 2011. A third addition was donated by Yvonne Jacquette Burckhardt in 2016.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Topic:
Painters  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Filmmakers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Negatives
Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.burcrudy
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Ernst, Max

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Feeley, Paul

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
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Archives of American Art
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Ferber, Herbert

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Scope and Contents:
Studio view (No. 38); Installation view (No. 59; 62)
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
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Archives of American Art
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Fiore, Joseph

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
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Archives of American Art
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Flavin, Dan

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Scope and Contents:
Installation view (No. 2; 27)
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
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Archives of American Art
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Fontana, Lucio

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-burcrudy-ref105

Forst, Miles

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
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Archives of American Art
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Francis, Sam

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
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Archives of American Art
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Frank, Mary

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
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Archives of American Art
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Frankenthaler, Helen

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Scope and Contents:
Studio view (No. 1); Installation view (No. 63-66; 79-83)
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
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Archives of American Art
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Freilicher, Jane

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
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Archives of American Art
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Fromboluti, Sideo

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Gabo, Naum

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-burcrudy-ref113

Geist, Sidney

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Scope and Contents:
Installation view (No. 13-14)
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Giacometti, Alberto

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-burcrudy-ref115

Glarner, Fritz

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-burcrudy-ref116

Goldberg, Elias

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-burcrudy-ref117

Goldberg, Michael

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-burcrudy-ref118

Goodnough, Robert

Collection Creator:
Burckhardt, Rudy, 1914-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950-1975
Scope and Contents:
Portraits (No. 35-36); Portraits in studio (No. 20-21)
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that she may own in the following material: photographs taken by Rudy Burckhardt.
Collection Citation:
Rudy Burckhardt papers, 1934-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Rudy Burckhardt papers
Rudy Burckhardt papers / Series 2: Photographic Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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