About: Laura Schroffel

As a library assistant in special collections cataloging at the Getty Research Institute since 2005, I process archival collections and write finding aids for the Research Library. Recent finding aids I've authored include the William Hemmerdinger papers, the Hal Glicksman papers, the Rolf Nelson Gallery records, and the Julius Shulman photography archive. I hold a BA in art history from Vassar College and a master’s in library science from California State University, San Jose. My current research interests are in digital preservation and access issues, archive and research-based contemporary art practices, and midcentury modern architecture in Los Angeles.

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Treasures from the Vault: The Ada Louise Huxtable Archive

Portrait of Ada Louise Huxtable, 1970s
Photograph by L. Garth Huxtable

Inside the archive of one of the greatest 20th-century writers on architecture. More»

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Dynamic L.A.: Images from the Julius Shulman Photography Archive Now Available

Julius Shulman photographing Case Study House no. 22, West Hollywood, 1960
Julius Shulman photographing Case Study House no. 22, West Hollywood, 1960. Julius Shulman photography archive. The Getty Research Institute, 2004.R.10

6,500 newly digitized images depict the development of Los Angeles architecture across decades. More»

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Treasures from the Vault: Anticipating Mapplethorpe

Self-portraits by Sam Wagstaff, 1960s or 1970s. The Getty Research Institute, Samuel Wagstaff papers, 1860-1987, 2005.M.46. Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.
Self-portraits by Sam Wagstaff, 1960s or 1970s. The Getty Research Institute, Samuel Wagstaff papers, 1860-1987, 2005.M.46. Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.

Many researchers are looking forward to delving in to the Robert Mapplethorpe archive we acquired in February. However, there is an important complementary collection of equal interest available right now: the Samuel Wagstaff papers. Wagstaff was a formidable curator and… More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      05/03/16

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