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William Suhr papers, ca. 1846-2003, bulk 1928-1982

Suhr, William, 1896-1984.

Available at Special Collections  SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE  (870697 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    William Suhr papers, ca. 1846-2003, bulk 1928-1982
  • Author/Creator: Suhr, William, 1896-1984.
  • Creation Date: ca. 1846-2003, bulk 1928-1982
  • Biographical/Historical Note: An American paintings conservator trained in Berlin, William Suhr was conservator for the Detroit Institute of Arts for seven years, and for the Frick Collection for over 40 years.
  • Arrangement: Arranged in four series: Series I. Conservation photographs and negatives, treatment notes, and clippings, 1927-1977 (box 1-109, 130-169); Series II. Business and professional papers, 1915-2003 (box 110-126, C1, F1); Series III. Personal papers, 1846-1995 (box 111, 125, 127-128); Series IV. Art work, 1929-1984 (box 128-129, 132).
  • Physical Desc.: 169 boxes (ca. 97.5 lin. ft.).
  • Summary: The collection provides fairly comprehensive coverage of Suhr's activities and achievements as a paintings conservator including documentation on the most notable paintings that Suhr treated.
    The restoration photographs of many paintings in American museums (especially in Cincinnati, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Toledo) and private collections are frequently annotated with restoration information, and Suhr's original treatment notes are also integrated with these photographs. The photographs are followed by clippings files. The collection also contains business papers, including correspondence, account ledgers, goods received receipts, date books, and the log of his photographer, Mr. Gray, in New York; articles about Suhr, a sound recording of a biographical interview of Suhr, and a filmed interview with Suhr made for the Detroit Institure of Arts; personal papers including documentation about Suhr's family, his efforts to formalize his immigration status and his activities during World War II; and documentation of Suhr's own art work in the form of photographs, transparencies and exhibition notices.
  • Language: English
    German
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Preliminary inventory available in the repository; folder-level control.
    Online inventory, SUHR, available on the repository's STAR system for item-level access to negatives.
  • Notes: Some Suhr photographs were interfiled in the Paintings Core Collection of the Photo Study Collection shortly after the archive was acquired.
  • Form/Genre: Audiotapes -- United States 20th century
    Color slides -- United states -- 20th century
    Laboratory notes -- United States 20th century
    Negatives (photographs) -- United states -- 20th century
    Motion pictures (visual works)
    Gelatin silver prints -- United states -- 20th century
    Photographs, original
    Photographic transparencies -- United states -- 20th century
  • Subjects: Suhr, William, 1896-1984 Detroit Institute of Arts Frick collection Art restorers -- United States Painting -- Conservation and restoration -- United States
  • Collection: Conservation collection (Getty Research Institute)
  • ID/Accession Number: 88-A24
    870697
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers, except for unreformatted audio visual materials. Use disc available for F1.
  • OCLC Record Number: 123379120

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