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Archives related to: Suhr, William, 1896-1984

titleWilliam Suhr papers, ca. 1846-2003, bulk 1928-1982
locationThe Getty Research Institute
collection titleThe 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.

Biographical or Historical Notes:
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.
extent97.5 linear ft. (169 boxes)
formatsPhotographs Correspondence Financial Records Ephemera Notes
accessOpen for use by qualified researchers, except for unreformatted audio visual materials.
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record source
finding aidUnpublished finding aid; available in the repository; folder-level control. 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.
acquisition informationAccession Number: 870697
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