Owing to the fragile condition of the Duveen material, the contents of the archive have been photographed and transferred to microfilm. The microfilm is available on site to qualified researchers during regular library hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information regarding access, please call the reference desk at (310) 440-7390 (select option #2) or contact the GRI.


How do I access the Duveen archive on microfilm?

If you live in the Los Angeles area or plan to visit, please call the Research Library reference desk at (310) 440-7390 or Contact the GRI.

The Duveen microfilm is also available in two other locations: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris. Please note that each of these repositories implements its own access and photocopy policies, which may differ from those of the Getty Research Institute.

Are the Duveen Brothers records available online?

The Digitized records are available online, as well as on microfilm in three locations: the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris (see introductory page for additional information).

The Getty's Duveen Brothers records finding aid is available online.

For information regarding the digitization project, please see Digitizing the Duveen Brothers Records

May I look at the original Duveen papers?

Unfortunately, the Duveen archive itself consists largely of extremely fragile paper and cannot be handled. However, the Research Library has created a microfilm copy of the entire archive that is available to library readers and Getty staff.

May I request a microfilm copy of all or part of the Duveen Brothers records?

No, we cannot provide microfilm copies of the archive.

May I request photocopies from the Duveen Brothers records?

Yes. Our staff will photocopy up to 35 pages at a cost of $10.00, payable upon receipt of the photocopies. You may request the photocopies by completing the Reproductions and Permissions online email request form.

Please note that Research Library staff will photocopy only items that are identified within the Duveen Brothers records finding aid. Our staff will not be able to search through materials in order to determine their relevance to your research.

What if I need more than 35 photocopies?

If you need more than 35 photocopies, you may contact the Getty Research Institute to discuss the possibility of accessing the Duveen Brothers microfilm on site. Once here, you are welcome to make as many photocopies from the microfilm as you need.

Please note, access and photocopy policies differ at the other repositories.

If a trip to Los Angeles (or any of the other repositories) is not possible, you may want to consider hiring an independent researcher to make the photocopies for you. If you are interested in this option, we will gladly recommend the name of a researcher who may be available.

How much will photocopies cost if I come to the Getty Research Institute and make the copies myself from the microfilm?

If you make the copies yourself, the cost is 10 cents per page. When you are finished for the day we ask that you count the number of photocopies you make and pay at the reference desk. We can provide you with a receipt.

What happened to the Duveen library?

Duveen Brothers maintained their own art library that included a large number of monographs, exhibition catalogs, and sales catalogs. After Duveen Brothers closed in the 1960s, the library was eventually sold to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 2006, a large number of archival materials that had been interfiled with the books were placed on deposit at the Getty Research Institute, where they will be conserved, cataloged, and microfilmed. Most of the Clark materials will be unavailable for consultation until the project is complete.

I am studying the market for a specific kind of art object (e.g., Chinese porcelains) among Duveen's clients. Can you photocopy all relevant material for me?

No. Information regarding broad topics such as these is likely to be found in numerous areas of the Duveen Brothers records that are not necessarily noted in the finding aid. Locating such material will require the kind of in-depth work that we encourage researchers to carry out themselves. While accessing the Duveen records microfilm on site at the Getty, researchers are welcome to make their own photocopies of relevant material at a cost of 10 cents per page.

May I order a copy of a photograph from the Duveen Brothers records?

Not at this time; however, the Research Library plans to print all of the glass plate negatives. These prints will be available for on-site research within the next few years. Please contact us again for periodic updates.

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