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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles M. Kurtz archive
    Date (inclusive): 1870-1910
    Collection number: 910163
    Creator: Kurtz, Charles M.
    Extent: 1.67 linear feet (4 boxes)
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: American art critic, editor, collector, dealer, and director of numerous arts organizations and expositions. Collection documents Kurtz's prominent role as arts administrator, and patron and promoter of the arts, and includes letters from notable figures in the late 19th- and early 20th-century art world, manuscripts, printed ephemera, and notebooks.
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    Language: Collection material in English

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Charles M. Kurtz archive, 1870-1910, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 910163.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1991.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909) was the director of the Albright Gallery and Buffalo Arts Academy from 1905-1909. He was also an art critic, collector, and art director of the St. Louis Exposition of 1894 and of other art fairs and expositions.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Charles M. Kurtz papers document his prominent role as an arts administrator, patron and promoter of the arts in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and include letters, manuscripts, notebooks and printed ephemera. The collection contains ca. 340 letters which discuss exhibitions, sales of art, patronage, atelier visits, and submissions to publications, and include letters to his parents in which he discusses the art market and art world news. Manuscripts, notebooks, a diary and printed ephemera relate to exhibitions and publications, and date between 1873-1910.