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Duveen Brothers Resources

An overview, selected bibliography, and frequently asked questions about the Duveen Brothers archive. The Duveen Brothers was one of the most prominent firms of art dealers during the first half of the 20th century.


Owing to the fragile condition of the Duveen material, the contents of the archive have been photographed and transferred to microfilm. The microfilm is available on site to qualified researchers during regular library hours.

How do I access the Duveen archive on microfilm?

If you live in the Los Angeles area or plan to visit, please call the Getty Library at (310) 440-7390 or Contact the GRI.

The Duveen microfilm is also available in two other locations: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris. Please note that each of these repositories implements its own access and photocopy policies, which may differ from those of the Getty Research Institute.

Are the Duveen Brothers records available online?

The Digitized records are available online.

The Getty's Duveen Brothers records finding aid is available online.

For information regarding the digitization project, please see Digitizing the Duveen Brothers Records.

May I look at the original Duveen papers?

Unfortunately, the Duveen archive itself consists largely of extremely fragile paper and cannot be handled. However, the Research Library has created a microfilm copy of the entire archive that is available to library readers and Getty staff.

May I request a microfilm copy of all or part of the Duveen Brothers records?

No, we cannot provide microfilm copies of the archive.

What happened to the Duveen library?

Duveen Brothers maintained their own art library that included a large number of monographs, exhibition catalogs, and sales catalogs. After Duveen Brothers closed in the 1960s, the library was eventually sold to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 2006, a large number of archival materials that had been interfiled with the books were placed on deposit at the Getty Research Institute, where they will be conserved, cataloged, and microfilmed. Most of the Clark materials will be unavailable for consultation until the project is complete.

I am studying the market for a specific kind of art object (e.g., Chinese porcelains) among Duveen's clients. Can you photocopy all relevant material for me?

No. Information regarding broad topics such as these is likely to be found in numerous areas of the Duveen Brothers records that are not necessarily noted in the finding aid. Locating such material will require the kind of in-depth work that we encourage researchers to carry out themselves. While accessing the Duveen records microfilm on-site at the Getty, researchers are welcome to make their own photocopies of relevant material at a cost of 10 cents per page.

How may I review photographs from the Duveen Brothers records?

The photographic material (Series III) is available for onsite study only. The photographic material will come online at a later time. The photographs will be digitized from the prints made from original glass plate negatives; they have not been imaged from the microfilm due to poor image quality.