Adrienne Minassian Archive
Scope and Contents:
There are 291 items in the archive received, including duplicates amongst the photographs, negatives and transparencies. In order to preserve original order, the duplicates remain in the order in which they were received, dispersed amongst the folders. Multiple copies are sometimes located under the same item number and are counted as a single item in this inventory. The items are labeled according to their original arrangement and subdivided in a separate folder list for greater ease of navigation. This inventory also includes physical descriptions of the items as well as their general state of preservation.
The items, and the information associated with them, in this archive reflect some of the business practices and choices of the Minassians, such as some private photographers they worked with, some of the auction magazines and catalogs in which their items appeared, as well as sale details.
Below is a list of the intellectual and/or material subdivisions, and how many items fall under each category*:
- Art Negative: 14
- Art Photograph: 45
- Assorted Objects Photograph: 1
- Auction Catalog: 4
- Bindings Negative: 2
- Bindings Photograph: 2
- Carpet Photograph: 1
- Carving Negative: 3
- Carving Photograph: 16
- Ceramics Negative: 17
- Ceramics Photograph: 21
- Decorated Container Negatives: 2
- Folder with PanAm logo: 1
- Decorated Container Photograph: 21
- Hieroglyph Photograph: 1
- Horn Photograph: 1
- Manuscript Negative: 12
- Manuscript Negative—1980 London: 9
- Manuscript Negative—Black and White Miniatures: 13
- Manuscript Negative—Calligraphs: 27
- Manuscript Negative—Kufic Pages Vellum: 28
- Manuscript Photograph: 28
- Metalwork Negative: 5
- Metalwork Photograph: 7
- Postcard: 1
- Serials and Pamphlets: 6
- Spearhead Photograph: 1
- Tapestry Photograph: 1
- Unbound Book: 1
- Majority of material found within 1920-1960
- Minassian, Adrienne (Associated name, Person)
Languages of Materials:
3 box(es) (16 folders) : Toxic negatives kept a separate box, photographs taken to preserve what was possible of the content of these.
2 Linear Feet (contained in 3 archival document boxes, one of which is stored horizontally.)
Condition Note: Due to the extremely fragile nature of some of the negatives, they are housed separately in Box 3. This is to prevent further degradation of them and/or any materials in close proximity.
Some folders are divided into sub-folders a and b to segregate the photographs and negatives for better preservation. When this is the case, they will be under the same folder name, with the "a" or "b" following the folder number.
Duplicates Note: There are some duplicates amongst the photographs, negatives, and transparencies, in addition to some of the photographs and their related negatives. To maintain original order, it is necessary to leave the duplicates as they are. The inventory (Appendix II) list contains notes in the item description if duplicates of the item exist (and their folder location, if not present with that item).
- Adrienne Minassian Archive
- Under Revision
- Irina Sandler and Betsy Baldwin
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- The language of description is English.
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