The collection consists of audio recordings, video recordings, and photographs of the people and events related to the Scholars
Program at the Getty Research Institute. The materials date 1985-2002, 2007 and include recordings and photographs of lectures,
panel discussions, conferences, and other events hosted by the Getty Research Institute and given by Getty Scholars, staff,
and invited speakers. The collection also includes portraits of the program scholars.
The concept of the Scholars Program originated with Harold Williams' appointment as the first President and CEO of the J.
Paul Getty Trust in 1981. Harold Williams and his team of advisors made several proposals to the Board of Trustees for potential
programs that would further the Getty's mission of "the diffusion of artistic and general knowledge." The establishment of
an arts library had already been proposed as early as 1977 by then Museum Director Stephen Garrett, when in February 1982
Williams' chief deputy Nancy Englander outlined a proposed "Center for Advanced Study." This proposed center would include
a residence program for scholars, a major expansion of the library, a limited publications program, and an art photo archive.
The center would focus on the preservation of historic art history materials and the development of new art history reference
tools using state-of-the-art information technology. The plan was approved and the Getty Center for the History of Art and
the Humanities (GCHAH) opened in temporary quarters in the First Federal Building at 401 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica,
in July 1983.
58.3 linear feet
Library Rights and Reproductions at the Getty Research Institute for copyright information and permission to publish.
The records described in accession 1987.IA.26, 1994.IA.02, 1995.IA.02, 1996.IA.02, 1997.IA.01, 2009.IA.41, and are available
for use by qualified researchers.