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Baxter Art Gallery records, 1962-1997

Baxter Art Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 17 linear feet

Summary: The records of the Baxter Art Gallery measure 17 linear feet and date from 1962 to 1997. The collection documents the activities of the gallery founded by Professor David Smith in 1971 on the campus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Documentation includes administrative records, business correspondence, programs and events, exhibition files, and printed material. There are also three films by artist Lillian Schwartz shown at the gallery. Also included are records of the Pasadena Gallery of Contemporary Arts, which was founded after Baxter Art Gallery closed by former director Jay Belloli.
Administrative records as well as business correspondence document the day-to-day functions of Baxter Art Gallery. The bulk of this documentation covers the period from 1978 to 1985, especially the period that Jay Belloli was gallery director. Most of the collection (9.1 linear feet) consists of Exhibition Files, which document nearly every exhibition held at the gallery from 1971 to 1985. Of note are detailed records regarding "25 Years of Space Photography," the last exhibition held at Baxter Art Gallery in 1985 which toured internationally through 1990. After Baxter Art Gallery closed, Jay Belloli founded the Pasadena Gallery of Contemporary Art which was to be located at the Armory Center for the Visual Arts. One series of records document the planning that went into this gallery during its short existence.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Baxter Art Gallery Art (est. 1969; closed 1985) was the gallery of the California Institute of Technology, Pasedena, California, founded by professor David Smith.


The records were donated in 1986 by the Baxter Art Gallery via David Smith and Jay Belloli, Directors, and in 1991 by David Grether, chair of the Division of Humanities at the California Institute of Technology. Additional records were donated in 2011 and 2019 by Jay Belloli.