Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Yves Poupard-Lieussou correspondence and
collected papers on Dada and Surrealism
Collection number: 930004
6 linear ft.
Getty Research Institute
Special Collections and Visual Resources
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA
Abstract: French scholar of Dada and surrealism, and vice president of the Association pour l'Étude de Dada et du Surréalisme. Collection
consists of correspondence received by Poupard-Lieussou from artists, writers, publishers, critics, and scholars, mainly 1956-1979.
Includes bio-bibliographic notes, drawings, photographs, printed materials, and manuscripts (some unpublished or rare texts)
given to Poupard by his correspondents or sometimes hand-copied by himself.
Language: Collection material in French, German and English
Open for use by qualified researchers.
Yves Poupard-Lieussou correspondence and
collected papers on Dada and Surrealism,
1905-1984 (bulk 1956-1979), Getty Research
Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 930004.
The archive was acquired in 6 separate acquisitions between 1993
and 1996: accession nos. 930004, 930022, 930040, 930065, 950070 and 960086.
Scott Wolf arranged and described the Raoul Hausmann materials in
early 1995. Lesley Heins Walker cataloged the remaining portion of the
collection acquired before 1996, and joined it with the Hausmann papers in
December 1995 when all the accessions were merged to form one collection under
Accn. no. 930004. The finding aid was compiled by Lesley Heins Walker. In
November 1996, a new acquisition (accn. no. 960086) added ca. 1.3 linear ft. of
correspondence, manuscripts, publications and photographs to this collection.
The material was organized and cataloged by Onica Busuioceanu, who also
inserted the corresponding descriptions into the finding aid in February
The following items were removed from the Poupard papers and placed
in the Getty Research Institute Library. These items include books, catalogues,
posters and audio recordings.
The Little Review, Winter 1922, eds. Margaret
Anderson, Ezra Pound, Francis Picabia. Christian's article appears on pages
29-34. Includes a collage by Christian.
Traité de questions sans solutions importantes,
Bale, 1957. Exemplar No. 22 of 350 printed copies, with autograph signature by
the author and dedication from Hausmann to Jasia Reichardt dated 11/4/65.
Courrier Dada suivi d'une Bio-Bibliographie de l'Auteur par
, Paris, 1958. Exemplar No. 2 of 50 printed copies with
a poetic dedication to Poupard-Lieussou signed 11/7/1959. Included: a recording
Sound Poetry; one audio cassette of the same; one
autographed water color sketch. ( 88-B24319-4).
Poèmes et Bois. Cinq poèmes
précédés d'un hommage par Iliazd
, Paris, 1961.
Exemplar No. 4 of 50 printed copies, signed by Hausmann and Iliazd. (Special
Oversized 93-B10345, N 7433.4 H376 A1 1961)
Siebensachen, Stuttgart, 1961. Exemplar No. 33 of 90
signed copies with dedication to Poupard-Lieussou dated 2/18/62. (Special
Affiche für Raoul Hausmann in Limonges anlässlich
seines 75. Geburtstages
, Stuttgart, 1961. One folded poster (1 of 250
exemplars), with printed poems by Hausmann and dedication to Poupard-Lieussou
dated 5/25/61. (Special 93-B11484).
Spreschspäne, Flensburg, 1962. Exemplar No. 376
of 700 printed copies with dedication to Poupard-Lieussou dated. (Special
Mélanographie, Paris, 1968. Exemplar No. 23 of
61 signed copies, with 6 original photographs (initialed and numbered "R H
31"), original photomontaged cover, and dedication to Poupard-Lieussou dated
3/12/69. (Special 93-B10331).
La sensorialité excentrique 1968/69
précédé de: optophonétique 1922
, French and
English texts, Cambridge, 1970. Exemplar No. 197 of 440 printed copies with
dedication to Poupard-Lieussou dated 1/20/71. Included: 2 photocopies of
advertisements for the book. (Special 90-B5161-2).
Sagemorcim, Bruxelles, 1971. Exemplar No. XXVI of 340
printed copies. (Special 90-B11214-2)
Am Anfang war Dada, Steinbach/Giessen, 1972. (Special
Mostra personale di Raoul Hausmann, Milano, Galleria
Pagani, 1963. (Special 93-B10265).
Raoul Hausmann, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1967. With
autograph dedication to Poupard-Lieussou dated 11/15/67. (Special
Raoul Hausmann disegni e collages 1960-1970, text by
Jean-François Bory and Claude Viallat. Brescia, 1972. (Special
Raoul Hausmann autour de L'Espirt de notre temps. Assemblages,
, Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne,
1974/75. (Special 89-B7738).
Muscheln und Schirme, Meudon-Val-Fleury, 1939. Signed
"Hausmann Paris 1939", it contains an autograph dedication to Poupard dated
(7/18/56). (Special 89-B 23430-2).
Journals include articles by or about Raoul Hausmann separated from
the Poupard-Lieussou collection and now located in the Getty Center
Revue F, No. 4 (Paris, n.d.).
De Tafelronde, 11/4 (Antwerp, n.d.).
Revue Arts et Lettres, 1/6 (Paris, 1946).
Revue Psychè, 2/8 (Paris, 1947).
Akzente. Zeitschrift für Dichtung,
Hortulus, 9/2 (April, 1959).
Manuscripte. Zeitschrift für Literatur, Kunst,
, (4/16/66) with dedication from Hausmann to
Cimézem. Svetové literatura (Prague,
OU. Cinquième saison, troisième numéro
(n.l., n.d.) with dedication from Hausmann to
Poupard-Lieussou. Mendelson, Marcel, Marcel Janco. Tel-Aviv, Massadah Co.,
Yves Poupard-Lieussou was one of the first scholars of Dada and
surrealism. He began collecting materials related to the avant-garde in the
1940s, and continued into the late 1970s. As well as assembling an extensive
personal archive, Poupard wrote articles on avant-garde artists, collaborated
in the production of catalogs, and compiled and published bibliographies. He
was also the vice-president of the Association pour l'étude de dada et
du surréalisme that in 1965 published one issue of
Revue de l'Association pour l'étude du mouvement
and four issues of the journal
Cahiers Dada de l'Association Internationale pour l'étude
de Dada et du Surréalisme
, 1967-1971. (For a bibliography of
Poupard's published work see the Bibliography, p. 45.) He also played an
important role in planning and organizing the Dada 50th anniversary exhibition
which opened in Paris, then moved to Zurich in 1966-1967.
Scope and Content of Collection
As one of the first scholars of Dada and surrealism, Yves
Poupard-Lieussou began in the 1940s to assemble books, ephemera and
bio-bibliographic information relating to the avant-garde. He befriended and
corresponded with artists, writers, publishers, critics and academic scholars
with the intent of publishing a global descriptive bio-bibliography on Dada.
The Yves Poupard-Lieussou correspondence and collected papers represents a
selected portion of his original archive that was dispersed after his
The collection contains correspondence with artists, writers and
critics, manuscripts, including diary-like reminiscences, drawings, photographs
and printed matter: journals, small books and exhibition materials. In the
letters, most of them written to Poupard between 1956-1979, correspondents
recount their experiences and memories of the early 20th-century avant-garde
art movements, particularly Dada, and Surrealism. The bulk of the
correspondence is from Christian (pseudonym for Georges Herbiet, 1895-1969),
Raoul Hausmann (1886-1971) and Pierre de Massot (1900-1969). Manuscripts of
essays and diaries from Christian, Hausmann and Massot provide intimate and
detailed glimpses of their work and associations. The letters from Michel
Sanouillet, the president of the Association Internationale pour l'étude
de Dada et du Surrealisme, to Poupard, who was its dedicated vice-president,
provide important documentation of the activities, goals and achievements of
that organization in Europe and America over a span of twelve years, which
includes the dramatic period of political and social unrest of the late
There are few letters from Poupard among these papers, but numerous
copies of rare texts (a few inedits too) and bibliographical lists of rare
publications in his print-like handwriting. The papers comprise ca. 4 lin. ft.
of correspondence with artists, writers and critics, most of it written to
Poupard, ca. 1 lin. ft. of printed material such as exhibition catalogs and
journals and ca. 1 lin. ft. of manuscripts and typescripts from Christian,
Raoul Hausmann and Pierre de Massot. Also included within the correspondence
are ca. 100 photographs of artwork and artists taken as early as 1914 but
mainly from the 1960s and 1970s, in addition to the over 500 contact prints
from the Dada 50th anniversary exhibition of 1966-1967. While most of the
correspondence dates from the years 1956 to 1979, there are some original
documents given to Poupard (including correspondence) that date from as early
as 1905. Taken as a whole, this material provides insight into the history of
Dada and its expansion in Europe and beyond, and testifies to the subjective
and personal nature inherent in attempts to record the past.
Hausmann, Raoul, 1886-1971
Massot, Pierre de
Arts, Modern—20th century
Genres and Forms of Material
Hausmann, Raoul, 1886-1971
Janco, Marcel, 1895-
Massot, Pierre de
Picabia, Francis, 1879-1953
Richter, Hans, 1888-1976
Schad, Christian, 1894-
Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955
Tzara, Tristan, 1896-1963
Published works to which Yves Poupard-Lieussou contributed.
Courrier Dada, Paris, Le Terrain vague, 1958. With
bio-bibliography by Poupard-Lieussou.
Hugues, Jean and Yves Poupard-Lieussou.
Max Ernst: écrits et oeuvre grave, Tours,
Bibliothèque municipale, 1963.
Documents dada, Paris, Weber, 1974.
Dada en verve, Paris, P. Horay, 1972.
Un recueil de ses oeuvres. A summary of his works.,
New York, P. Matisse, 1963. With a bibliographie illustrée by B. Karpel
and Y. Poupard-Lieussou.