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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Otto Wittmann papers, 1932-1996

Otto Wittmann papers, 1932-1996

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 6 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Information, 1995-1996
2 folders
Box 1

Found is a biographical sketch used by Otto Wittmann for his museum consulting business and an index of an interview of Wittmannn by Richard Candida Smith.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-1990
0.6 linear feet
Box 1

Personal correspondence is primarily with family, friends, and colleagues, including colleagues at the Getty and the Toledo Museum of Art. Also found are letters from various friends and museum professionals congratulating Otto Wittmann on becoming the Director of the Toledo Museum of Art and his responses.

Series 3: Professional Files, 1947-1986
5.2 linear feet
Boxes 1-6, OV 18

Numerous files documenting Wittmann's professional work with the Toledo Musuem of Art, consulting work with the Owens-Illinois and Owens Corning Fiberglas Company, and his many professional affliations with organizations are found here. The files contain a wide variety of documents, including correspondence, printed materials, and receipts. Files are found for the American Association of Museums, American Society of the French Legion of Honor, Art Advisory Panel of the Commission of Internal Revenue, Art Dealers Association of America, Association of Art Museum Directors, The Century Association, College Art Association, International Council of Museums, The Museums Association of Great Britain, National Collection of Fine Arts Commission, National Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities.
These files reflect the creator's original order and folder titles. They are arranged primarily by name of organization or corporation.

Series 4: Getty Museum Files, 1978-1991
1.7 linear feet
Boxes 6-9

Found here are primarily chronological files of copies of outgoing letters from Otto Wittmann to the Getty Museum staff and colleagues when he served as a consultant, trustee, and acting chief curator for the museum. The letters focus on the early formation of the Getty Museum including policies and art acquisitions. There are also travel expense reports.

Series 5: National Endowment for the Arts, Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Files, 1976
0.2 linear feet
Box 9

There are seven files of applications from museums for grants from the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity program under the National Endowment for the Arts, for which Otto Wittmann sat on the committee.

Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1932-1977
2.4 linear feet
Boxes 10-17

Eleven scrapbooks date from 1932 to 1977. Each scrapbook is arranged chronologically and typically includes biographical information, correspondence, invitations, clippings, brochures, and scattered photographs. Wittmann's service during and immediately following World War II, including his work with the Art Looting Investigation Unit of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services is represented in the scrapbook dating from 1932 to April 1959, but is scattered. The other scrapbooks document Wittmann's career and work for the Hyde Collection, the Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, the Toledo Musuem of Art, and the Getty Museum. Photographs are mostly of receptions at the Toledo Museum of Art.

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  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.