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INVENTORY OF THE HENRY HOPKINS PAPERS, 1950-2005
2006.M.1  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Henry Hopkins papers
    Date (inclusive): 1950-2005
    Number: 2006.M.1
    Creator/Collector: Hopkins, Henry, 1928-
    Physical Description: 15.0 linear feet (32 boxes, 1 flat file folder)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The selected papers of curator, teacher, and museum director, Henry Hopkins, document his teaching at the University of California, Los Angeles, some of the exhibitions he curated, and his directorship at the Fort Worth Art Center Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Armand Hammer Museum of Art.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Henry Hopkins, born 1928, studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, but is best known as a curator, teacher, and museum director. He was director of the Fort Worth Art Center Museum from 1968 to 1973. In 1974 he moved to San Francisco where he took over the directorship of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1974-1986). In 1991 he was made Chair of the Department of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was instrumental in the negotiations that gave UCLA management responsibility over the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and was the museum's director from 1994 until 1998, when he returned to teaching in UCLA's art department. In 1991 Hopkins began painting again, and had several exhibitions of his work. Hopkins died in 2009.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Henry Hopkins papers, 1950-2005, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2006.M.1.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Henry Hopkins in 2006.

    Processing History

    Processed and re-housed by Sheila Prospero. Inventory is preliminary.

    Digitized Audiovisual Recordings

    All audiocassettes have been reformatted. Online access to digitized audio recordings  is available to on-site readers and Getty staff.
    All videos have been reformatted. Online access to digitized videos  is available online to on-site readers and Getty staff.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Henry Hopkins's papers include manuscripts of writings and lectures; research files; correspondence with artists, including Clyfford Still; and copies oral histories conducted with Hopkins by the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Archives of American Art. Files document his time as Director of the Fort Worth Art Center Museum (1968-1973) and the controversy that precipitated his departure, and Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1974-1986). Also included are papers relating to his teaching at UCLA (1991-2002) and his chairmanship of the Art Department (1991-1994). Some files relate to the negotiations that resulted in the Armand Hammer Museum of Art being transferred to UCLA (1994), and his directorship of the Hammer, from 1994 to 1998. Some papers document events at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
    The papers contain materials about the exhibition "Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997," and posters and printed ephemera for other exhibitions, including posters for "War Babies," and "L.A. When it Began." Audio and video recordings contain interviews with prominent American artists and Los Angeles art collectors.
    Also included in the papers are personal files that pertain to Hopkins's study at the Art Institute of Chicago, and his military service. Publications received with the papers will be transferred to the Getty Research Library's core collection.
    This inventory is a preliminary draft.

    Arrangement note

    Collection is arranged as received.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Hopkins, Henry, 1928-
    Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center
    Art Institute of Chicago.
    Fort Worth Art Center-Museum
    Huysman Gallery
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    Subjects - Topics

    Art, American--California--Los Angeles--20th century--Exhibitions
    Art--Collectors and collecting

    Subjects - Titles

    A Life in Art Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Audiocassettes
    Color slides
    Ephemera
    Photographic prints
    Posters
    Videocassettes