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INVENTORY OF THE MAN RAY LETTERS AND ALBUM, 1922-1976
930027  
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Man Ray letters and album
    Date (inclusive): 1922-1976
    Collection number: 930027
    Creator: Man Ray, 1890-1976
    Extent: 2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: A significant ensemble of letters and writings by or addressed to Man Ray and collected by his sister Elsie Ray Siegler and her daughter Naomi Savage. The letters provide a rich chronicle of Man Ray's personal and professional life from 1922 to 1976. Letters to Man Ray are from Dada and surrealist artists and authors, and document the dynamic artistic and literary scenes of the immediate pre- and post-World War II period in the United States. An album of Man Ray's predominately handwritten manuscripts supplements the letters.
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    Language: Collection material in English, and French

    Administrative Information

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    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Man Ray letters and album, 1922-1976, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 930027.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1993.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    American-born photographer, painter, and sculptor who played a key role in the Surrealist and Dada movements. He lived and worked in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, in Los Angeles in the 1940s, and Paris again until his death in 1976.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Man Ray Letters and Album consists of a significant ensemble of letters and writings by or addressed to Man Ray, collected and safeguarded by his sister Elsie Ray Siegler and her daughter Naomi Savage. The letters from Man Ray are addressed to Siegler and Savage and provide a rich chronicle of his personal and professional life from 1922-1976. Letters to Man Ray are from celebrated Dada and Surrealist artists and authors, and document the dynamic artistic and literary scenes of the immediate pre-and post-World War II period in the United States. An album of predominately handwritten manuscripts supplements the letters by offering Man Ray's thoughts on a range of artistic issues.

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