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Los Angeles County Museum records relating to the Mr. and Mrs. William Preston Harrison collections, 1916-1973

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Collection size: 1603 items (on 3 microfilm reels).

Collection Summary: Correspondence, 1917-1973, with curators and officials of the museum, concerning the museum, collecting and the contemporary art scene; inventories; data sheets; accession cards; deeds of gift; press releases; a speech by Harrison; a research data file (222 items) including conservation reports, condition reports, and research on the history of the paintings; an inventory of books donated by Harrison to the museum library; a few photographs; letters, inventories and miscellany relating to the South Sea Collection and the Collection of Western paintings; lists of Harrison gifts and loans, 1938-1963; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art patron and collector, Los Angeles, Calif. Collections deal with South Seas and Western paintings.

LACMA lent a group of records August 10 and August 27, 1973 and subsequently returned to LACMA. The arrangement kept by LACMA for each installment was not altered.

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