Julius S. Held papers

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Julius S. Held.


Getty Research Institute (Getty Research Institute).




168 boxes (ca. 70 lin. ft.)

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The papers are arranged in 9 series: Series I. Correspondence, 1925-1999; Series II. Publication research, 1931-1999; Series III. Occasional papers, 1918-1998; Series IV. Legal cases and Art expertising (Fake experts), 1927-1998; Series V. Teaching and lectures, 1935-1991; Series VI. Travel notes, sketches, and letters, 1925-1983; Series VII. Ponce Art Museum, 1954-1999; Series VIII. Photographs (Artists' files), ca. 1921-1999; Series IX. Oversize material, color photography and negatives, 1937-1999.

Scope and content

The Julius S. Held papers constitute a comprehensive archive of a preeminent American previous hit art historian next hit renowned for his scholarship in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art. More then 70 linear feet of material, dating from the mid 1920s to 1999, provides access to a broad and detailed study of Held's professional life, his scholarly development, and his working methods. Ca. 27 linear feet comprises correspondence, of which the predominant portion constitutes correspondence with distinguished previous hit art historians next hit and other scholars. Also included is Held's professional correspondence with art dealers, auction houses, museums, publishing firms, and numerous private collectors. Substantial material documents Held's research for his publications, his teaching and lecturing activities, extensive travel notes, and material related to his capacity as an art expert in various legal cases. A separate group of files concern Held's long association as an art consultant with the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico. The material details Held's advisory role building the collection. It also provides insight into the museum's collection development process. A major portion of the archive, ca. 29 linear feet, comprises study photographs and other visual documentation of artwork by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens, Rembrandt, and a vast number of other artists, predominantly Flemish and Dutch from the 15th to 17th centuries. The original arrangement of material is preserved as it was organized by Held, especially the frequent inclusion of correspondence, printed matter and handwritten notes with study photographs and other visual material. Oversize items, items shelved in cold storage, and publications transferred to other sections of the Getty Research Library were pulled and are described separately at the end of the container list.


People and organizations

Gustav Glück Katherine Anne Porter Svetlana Alpers Erwin Panofsky Frits Noske John Walsh Willibald Sauerländer Hans Tietze Frits Lugt Elizabeth McGrath Gary Schwartz Leo Steinberg Meyer Schapiro Michael Jaffé

Artists, schools, periods

17th century Jan van Eyck 16th century Anthony van Dyck Jan Brueghel the Elder Pieter Brueghel the Elder Rembrandt Peter Paul Rubens

Genres and themes

Dutch art painting Flemish art

History of collection

Acquired by the repository in 1999 from Julius Held. Some letters and Held's library list were received in 2003 from Held's family. Seven boxes of Held material were received from the National Gallery in late 2004.





Finding Aids

Finding aid available online: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa990056