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Baxter Art Gallery records, 1962-1997

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Erin Kinhart and Rayna Andrews
Scope and Contents
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, as well as three films by artist Lillian Schwartz shown at the gallery. The bulk of the collection (9.7 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 1997. Also included are records of the Pasadena Gallery of Contemporary Arts, which was founded by former director Jay Belloli after Baxter Art Gallery closed.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.
Funding for the processing of the 2019 addition to the collection was provided by Gerald and Bente Buck.
Processing Information
The collection was minimally processed in 2013 by Erin Kinhart. Motion picture film reels were inspected and re-housed in 2016-2017 with funds provided by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund. The 2019 addition was minimally processed and integrated into the collection by Rayna Andrews in 2019 with funding from Gerald and Bente Buck.