During the 1970s, Williams sold a portion of his archive and single works to the American collector Jean Brown, and these became part of the Jean Brown Archive
acquired by the Getty Research Institute in 1985. Brown's original archive from Williams included correspondence with leading figures such as George Brecht, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Claes Oldenburg, and La Monte Young, scores by Williams, and letters and prints by fellow poets and artists. The Research Institute's acquisition of the Berlin archive brings it together with the Jean Brown material, establishing the complete Emmett Williams Archive in one location.
The Williams archive has close and deep connections to many other Research Institute collections, including the Fluxus multiples in the Brown archive, artists' books by Dieter Roth, the Robert Watts Archive
, and our rich, vast collection of concrete poetry. The Williams archive also overlaps with our recent acquisition of the papers of Claes Oldenburg
, who worked with Williams on a book of photographs and documents called Store Days
(1967), and with the papers of Simone Forti
, who taught with Williams at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design between 1970 and 1974.