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Henry Geldzahler papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 684
Scope and Contents

The Henry Geldzahler papers consist of correspondence, writings, photographs, audiotapes, video recordings, motion picture film, computer disks, printed material, and other papers that relate to the personal and professional life of the American photographer Henry Geldzahler. Other papers include notes and writings on Andy Warhol and others, working illustrations and notes for his unfinsished monograph, "Modern Art in America", and footage used in Peter Rosen's 2005 documentary about Geldzahler, Who Gets To Call It Art?. The material documents Geldzahler's career as a curator of contemporary art, his relationships with artists, and his involvement in the art world of the 1960s and 1970s.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 21-25, 44-50, and 66 (audiocassettes, videocassettes, CDs, and DVDs): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 51 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Reels 52-65 (motion picture film): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Henry Geldzahler Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jonathan Geldzahler and Annette Banton, 1999; Jonathan Geldzahler, 2007; Peter Rosen, 2008; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009.


Organized into four groupings: I. December 1999 Acquisition, circa 1945-1996. II. November 2007 Acquisition, circa 1994-2004. III. June 2008 Acquisition, 2005-2006. IV. October 2009 Acquisition, 1994.

Material within this collection has been organized by acquisition reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time.

Researchers should note that material within each acquisition overlaps with and/or relates to material found in other acquisitions. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the Collection Contents section.

Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each acquisition, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the library.

circa 1945-2006
43.75 Linear Feet ((52 boxes) + 14 cold storage)
Related Names
Geldzahler, Henry, 1935-1994
Language of Materials