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

Adams, Mary E., 1920-

Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 8 Items

Summary: Letters from Wilhelm Reinhold 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 Carolina Museum of Art. Included are typescripts of the letters.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Adams was assistant to Wilhelm Valentiner at the J. Paul Getty Museum, in 1954. She is the wife of printmaker Clinton Adams. Art historian Wilhelm Valentiner was born in Karlsruhe, Germany. He served as 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 was the author of books on Dutch painting and modern sculpture.


Donated 1997 by Mary E. Adams.

Language Note

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How to Cite This Collection

Mary E. Adams letters from Wilhelm Valentiner, 1954-1957. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.