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Harald Szeemann papers, 1836–2010, bulk 1957–2005

Harald Szeemann / Lüscher
The Harald Szeemann Archive and Library contains a comprehensive record of Szeemann's correspondence with major artists, curators, and scholars from the late 1950s until his death in 2005, as well as significant collections of material from the early 20th century. The archive alone encompasses approximately 1,500 linear feet of archival research files, containing letters, ephemera, prints, drawings, floor plans, date books, videotapes, and a complete photographic record documenting Szeemann's projects and the artists with whom he was associated.

Additionally, the collection includes Szeemann's extensive library, which comprises 1,500 linear feet of rare monographs, artists' books, and limited edition publications, as well as specialized collections on topics ranging from anarchism, science fiction, and pataphysics to other lesser-known artistic movements.

As the largest single archival collection ever acquired by the Getty Research Institute, the Harald Szeemann Archive and Library is an essential and significant resource for the study of 20th century art and art history. Perhaps the most famous curator of the post-World War II era, Szeemann was an ardent advocate of modern and contemporary art, from Dada, surrealism, and futurism, to conceptualism, postminimalism, performance art, and new forms of installation and video art.

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Archival Materials:
Series I. Project files (including exhibition files): Available now
Series II. Artist files: Available now
Series III. Curator and museum professional files: Available now
Series IV. Photographs: Available now. View digitized images.
Series V. Professional activities
Series VI. Topical
Series VII. Gallery and museum ephemera: Available now
Series VIII. Personal files: Available now
Series IX. Business files: Available now

Series I and II are processed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more.

Library Books and Journals:
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