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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.
Description Container Select
Biographical Sketch, circa 1995
1
1
Index of Interview, by Richard Candida Smith, 1995-1996
1
2

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.
Description Container Select
A-C, 1984-1990
1
3
D-J, 1982-1990
1
4
K-M, 1977-1989
1
5
N-Q, 1980-1990
1
6
R-S, 1983-1989
1
7
T-Z, 1980-1989
1
8
Congratulations, 1959, 1995
1
9-12

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.
Description Container Select
Operations Files
Toledo Museum of Art History, 1949-1976
1
13
Memos for the Record, 1977-1984
1
14
Memos to Staff, 1977-1985
1
15
Memos to/from Roger Mandle, circa 1980
1
16
Director, Wittmann, Otto: Biographies, 1968-1981
1
17
Retirement, Mr. Wittmann, 1977
1
18
Director, Extension Activities, 1966-1977
1
19
Volunteer Workers and Art Museum Docents, 1947-1984
1
20
Owens-Illinois Files
Consultant Files, 1980-1983
2
1-2
Correspondence, 1983-1984
2
3
Headquarters, Fountain, 1979-1982
Oversized material housed in OV18
2
4
Owens Corning Fiberglas, Art Committee
History and Procedures, 1968-1979
2
5
Correspondence, 1978-1985
2
6-7
Exhibitions, 1977-1979
2
8
Purchase and Aquisitions, 1978-1983
2
9-10
Meeting, 23 January 1980, 1979-1980
2
11
Proposed Trip to California, 1980
2
12-14
Articles on Artists in OCF Foundation, 1975-1979
2
15-16
Associations and Organizations,
Alliance Francaise de Toledo, 1979-1983
2
17
Art Dealers Association of America, 1979
2
18
American Association of Museums, 1977-1983
2
19-21
Associations and Organizations,
American Association of Museums, 1977-1983
3
1
American Society of the French Legion of Honor, INC., 1967-1983
3
2
Association of Art Museum Directors, 1977-1982
3
3-5
Association of Art Museum Directors, Membership Lists, 1978-1981
3
6
Association of Art Museum Directors, Meetings, 1977-1984
3
7-17
The Century Association, 1970-1983
3
18-20
College Art Association, 1977-1979
3
21
Internal Revenue Service, Art Advisory Panel, 1970-1982
3
22-23
Associations and Organizations,
International Council of Museums, 1976-1982
4
1
Museum Presidents Conference, 1978-1982
4
2
Museum Services Institute, 1977-1978
4
3
National Collection of Fine Arts Commission, 1978-1979
4
4-5
National Council on the Arts, 1974, 1965
4
6-7
National Endowment for the Arts, 197-1985
4
8-10
National Endowment for the Arts, Museum Advisory Panel, 1972-1976
4
11-15
National Endowment for Humanities, 1961-1981
4
16-21
National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities, 1977-1978
4
22-24
Associations and Organizations,
The Toledo Club, 1978-1986
5
1
Travellers' Club, 1968-1985
5
2-3
Museums and Institutions,
American Friends of Attingham, 1976-1985
5
4-5
Art Institute of Chicago, 1977-1982
5
6
Boston, 1977-1982
5
7
Cleveland, 1978-1984
5
8
Dart Industries, INC., 1977-1980
5
9
Detroit Institute, 1977-1984
5
10
Dixon Art Gallery, 1975-1983
5
11
England, General, 1973-1984
5
12-13
Foreign, General, 1977-1984
5
14
France, General, 1977-1983
5
15
Great Britain, 1973-1984
5
16
Holland, General, 1977-1982
5
17
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1978-1983
5
18-19
Museum Directors in America, circa 1979
5
20
Museums, Miscellaneous, circa 1970-1983
5
21-24
Museums and Institutions,
National Gallery of Art, 1978-1982
6
1-2
New York, Miscellaneous, 1978-1982
6
3-4
Palm Beach, 1978-1983
6
5
Philadelphia, 1977-1980
6
6
Rochester Museum and Science Center, 1981
6
7
Seattle, Washington, 1975
6
8
Switzerland, 1977-1982
6
9
Texas, 1978-1985
6
10
Toledo, 1977-1984
6
11
University of Michigan, 1979-1985
6
12
Washington, District of Columbia, 1977-1984
6
13
Miscellaneous,
Memoranda, 1977-1982
6
14-16
"Community Art Centers" Information File, circa 1970s
6
17
Oversized Blueprint of Fountain, circa 1982
See Box 2, F4
OV18

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.
Description Container Select
Chronological Correspondence, 1978-Dec 1981
6
18
Chronological Correspondence, 1982 Jan-Apr
6
19
Chronological Correspondence, 1982 May-Oct
6
20
Chronological Correspondence, 1982 Nov-Dec
7
1
Chronological Correspondence, 1983 Jan-Mar
7
2
Chronological Correspondence, 1983 Mar
7
3
Chronological Correspondence, 1983 Apr-Jun
7
4-5
Chronological Correspondence, 1983 Jul-Dec
7
6-7
Chronological Correspondence, 1984 Jan-Mar
7
8
Chronological Correspondence, 1984 Apr-Dec
7
9
Chronological Correspondence, 1985 Jan-Apr
7
10
Chronological Correspondence, 1985 May-Dec
7
11
Chronological Correspondence, 1986 Jan-Apr
7
12
Chronological Correspondence, 1986 May-Dec
7
13
Chronological Correspondence, 1987 Jan-May
7
14
Chronological Correspondence, 1987 Jun-Dec
7
15
Chronological Correspondence, 1988 Jan-Apr
7
16
Chronological Correspondence, 1988 May-Dec
7
17
Chronological Correspondence, 1989
7
18-19
Chronological Correspondence, 1990-1991
8
1
Expense Reports, 1978-1984
8
2-3
Expense Reports, 1985-1991
8
4-5
Memoranda, Blue File Copies, 1980-1981
8
6
Memoranda, Blue File Copies, 1981-1982
9
1

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.
Description Container Select
Advisory Panel Meeting, 1976
9
2
Armand Hammer Collection, 1976
9
3
Corning Museum of Glass, 1976
9
4
International Exhibitions Foundation, 1976
9
5
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1976
9
6
Nelson Gallery--Atkins Museum, 1976
9
7
Seattle Art Museum, 1976
9
8

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.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook, 1932-1959 Apr
10
1
Scrapbook, 1959 May-1963 Jan
11
1
Scrapbook, 1963 Feb-1965 Jun
12
1
Scrapbook, 1965 Sep-1967 Nov
13
1
Scrapbook, 1967 Dec-1970 Apr
14
1
Scrapbook, 1970 Jun-1971 Oct
14
2
Scrapbook, 1971 Oct-1973 Oct
15
1
Scrapbook, 1973 Nov-1975 Jul
15
2
Scrapbook, 1975 Jul-1976 Oct
16
1
Scrapbook, 1976 Nov-Aug 1977
16
2
Scrapbook, 1977 Oct
17
1

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