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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 archive is now digitized (with the exception of Series III which is available on the microfilm). Contact the Reference Desk for questions about the microfilm. 

Learn more about the project. 

Are the Duveen Brothers records available online?

Yes, the Library digitized the Duveen microfilm and the digitized records are freely available online.

The Duveen Brothers records finding aid is available online. 
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.

May I look at the original Duveen papers?

The Duveen archive itself consists largely of extremely fragile paper and cannot be handled.  

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 were conserved, cataloged, and fully digitized. 

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.