New Resources: Digitized Searchable Indexes for Knoedler Microfiche Collections

As part of the 2012 acquisition of the M. Knoedler & Co. records, one of the America’s oldest and most preeminent art galleries, the Getty Research Institute Library gained two rich resources on microfiche for exhibition research, documenting select art exhibitions worldwide from 1673-1971.

Knoedler Library (Salons and Annual Exhibitions)
• These 1,951 exhibition catalogues are organized and color-coded by country name. Within each country they are organized by city, and then chronologically.

Knoedler Library (Exhibition Catalogues)
• These 9,146 exhibition catalogues are organized and color-coded by country name. Within each country they are organized by city, and then chronologically.
• Within the following major cities, such as Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, there is a breakdown by institution and then by date.
• Countries covered are extensive and include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Yugoslavia.

Indexes to these two invaluable microfiche sets are available in three formats:
• Print volumes: Salons and Annual Exhibitions and Exhibition Catalogues
Microfiche of the print volumes
• Digitized keyword searchable PDF documents of the print volumes: Salons and Annual Exhibitions and Exhibition Catalogues

It is advisable to consult the index first in order to ascertain whether the catalogue required is contained in either set. The index lists the title of each exhibition, author of the catalogue (if significant), institution/gallery, city, dates of exhibition, up to five additional places and dates in cases where an exhibition traveled, and the approximate number of pages.

For the convenience of our researchers, the digitized print volumes of indexes are keyword searchable PDF documents. To keyword search in the documents, follow these steps:

1. Go to the library catalog record for each index available here: Salons and Annual Exhibitions and Exhibition Catalogues
2. Click on “Online Access Available”

3. Use the “Find” keystroke commands on your keyboard (Control + F on PCs or Command + F on Macs) to conduct your keyword search. Here is an example:

If you would like an orientation for these sets and/or the accompanying Knoedler Library Auction Sales Catalogues microfiche, or you would like to learn how to use our ViewScan Microfilm/Microfiche Scanner, please contact Reference by email or phone 310-440-7390 for assistance.

Aimee Lind, Reference Librarian

Library Catalog introductory sessions

Join a Reference Librarian for a 30-minute overview of the Library Catalog.

Learn the basics and ask questions too!

• When: Mondays at 3:00 p.m. or Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

• Where: Plaza Seminar Room (*new location starting July 1*)

• What: Topics covered include searching, saving records and searches, requesting material, and overview of the “my account” feature.

Seating is first come first served. Reservations are not required.

Temporary closure of Photo Archive Flemish section

The Flemish paintings and drawings section of the Photo Archive will be unavailable for consultation from July 1, 2019, until approximately Spring 2020 while it is digitized.

The material will be digitized as part of PhotoTech, a Getty Research Institute project that will explore how photo archives might be used to enable advanced research into issues of cultural and artistic influence, historical transmission of visual ideas, and networks of exchange. PhotoTech will employ digital methodologies such as rapid image capture, computer vision, and machine learning to process and analyze images at scale.

Please contact the Reference Desk at with any questions.

Library closure dates in July

Thursday, July 4
The library will be closed to all readers, Getty staff, Getty scholars, and docents/volunteers.

Friday, July 5
Library services will be closed, including the Reference, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan desks and the Special Collections Reading Room.
No library access will be provided to Plaza Readers and Stack Readers; however, Extended Readers, Getty staff, Getty scholars, and docents/volunteers may use the library.

Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12
The Special Collections Reading Room will be closed for annual maintenance projects. All other Library services will be open and available as usual.

Saturday, May 11: GRI Plaza Entry Closed

Due to an event, the GRI Plaza entrance will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. During this time, access in or out of the library will be through L2 only. Security will have an officer assigned to the GRI L2 Security desk that day and Extended and Stack Readers will be able to have their parking validated.

It is anticipated that normal weekend access will resume around 3:00 p.m. After that time, all Extended Readers should enter and exit the building via Plaza as they normally would on Saturdays and Sundays.