Wilhelm Valentiner letters to Mary E. Adams, 1954-1957

Valentiner, Wilhelm Reinhold, b. 1880 d. 1958
Art historian, Museum director, Author
Active in N.C.

Collection size: 8 items + typescripts.

Collection Summary: Letters from Valentiner, the first director of the Getty Museum, to his assistant, Mary E. Adams. Five letters from 1954 regard the opening of the museum; the remainder were written while Valentiner was director at the North Caroline Museum of Art.

Biographical/Historical Note: Valentiner was a museum director, writer, and art historian. Born in Karlsruhe, Germany. Director, Detroit Institute of Art, 1924-1946, Director-Consultant, Los Angeles Museum of Art, 1946-1954, Director, J. Paul Getty Museum, Santa Monica, Calif., 1954, Director, North Carolina Museum of Art, 1955-1958. Editor, Art in America, 1913-1931, and author of books on Dutch painting and modern sculpture. Adams was his administrative assistant at the Getty, and is the wife of printmaker Clinton Adams.

Donated 1997 by Mary E. Adams.

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