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Title: Scholars Program images and recordings
Date (inclusive): 1985-2007
Getty Research Institute. Scholars Program
58.3 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
Institutional Records and Archives
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
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.
To access physical materials at the Getty, go to the
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for this collection and click "Request an Item." Click here for
general library access policy
. See the Administrative Information section of this finding aid for access restrictions specific to the records described
below. Please note, some of the records may be stored off site; advanced notice is required for access to these materials.
Language: Collection material is in
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.
Noted architectural historian Kurt Forster began work as the first director of the GCHAH in the fall of 1984. One of the original
departments in the GCHAH was the Visiting Scholars and Conferences department, headed by Herb Hymans, and it was this department
that inaugurated the Scholars Program in the fall of 1985. The program's first participants comprised 17 scholars and Getty
fellows exploring the theme "Aesthetic Experience and Affinities Among the Arts." Since that first year, the number of scholars
has fluctuated between 20 and 30, but the treatment and consideration of a specific theme has remained a constant. In addition
to hosting the Scholars Program, the Visiting Scholars and Conferences department was also responsible for organizing scholarly
activities, events, and conferences, a responsibility that migrated back and forth to other departments over the years.
The Visiting Scholars and Conferences department was renamed the Scholars and Seminars Program in the mid 1990s and around
2000 it was renamed again as the Department of Research and Education. The Department of Research and Education administered
the Scholars Program until the department was dissolved in 2009. As of 2009 the Scholars Program reports directly to the director
of the Getty Research Insitute.
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.
While some of the audio recordings have been digitized and are online, these online recordings are only available on site
at the Getty Research Institute or through
due to the absence of agreements with participants.
The following types of records are permanently closed: records containing personal information, records that compromise security
or operations, legal communications, legal work product, and records related to donors. The J. Paul Getty Trust reserves the
right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.
Restrictions on Use
[Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Scholars Program images and recordings, 1987-2011, Getty Research Institute.
The Getty Research Institute (IA20026).
The records in this finding aid originated from the following accessions: 1987.IA.26, 1994.IA.02, 1995.IA.02, 1996.IA.02,
1997.IA.01, 2006.IA.24, and 2009.IA.41.
Initial physical processing and inventory of 1996.IA.02 performed by intern Daniel Feser. Project completed by Associate Collections
Cataloger Rebecca Fenning,
Additional processing and inventory of 1995.IA.02 performed and completed by Kyle Morgan,
Additional processing and inventory of 2006.IA.24 performed and completed by Kyle Morgan, May 2010.
In 2010 and 2011 Cyndi Shein and Annie Tang edited and reformatted digital versions of the audio recordings, restructured
Series II, and enhanced the descriptive and administrative metadata related to the audio recordings. In 2011 Zoe MacLeod edited
and reformatted some of the audio recordings.
In 2011 and 2012 Tim Chang edited and reformatted digital versions of the audio recordings and enhanced the descriptive metadata.
From 2011 to 2013 Simon Yu and Cyndi Shein reformatted digital versions of the audio recordings, enhanced the descriptive
metadata, and created administrative and technical metadata related to the audio recordings.
Use copies do not exist for all audio or video recordings in this collection. The production of use copies is required before
access can be granted and may add a delay to research requests. Special handling and gloves are required for the handling
of contact prints and negatives.
Related Archival Materials note
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the people and subjects covered by the records.
The listing is not exhaustive.
Getty Institutional Archives
Getty Villa Event Recordings, J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty Research Institute (IA20035)
Public Event recordings, Getty Research Institute. The Getty Research Institute (IA40002)
Restricted materials have been removed from this collection and returned to the department that created them.
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection comprises audio recordings, video recordings, and photographs of the people and events related to the Getty
Research Institute Scholars Program and its predecessors, 1985-2002, 2007.
The audiovisual recordings primarily comprise audiocassette and compact disc recordings of lectures, panel discussions, conferences,
and other events hosted by the Getty Research Institute and given by Getty Scholars, staff, and invited speakers, 1987-2001.
The lectures and events hosted by the Scholars Program tend to focus on the given theme for that particular scholar year.
Other symposia and conferences represented in this collection cover varies topics, and, although held at a Getty facility
and attended by Getty Scholars, may not have been hosted by the Scholars Program. Also included are video tapes of a symposium
on Florentine patronage (1986-1987) and a viewing schedule covering the research theme of the Getty Scholars Program for the
1986/1987 year: "Seventeenth Century Dutch Art and Society/Patronage."
The images principally comprise portraits of scholars from 1985 to 2007, comprising contact sheets, negatives, and oversize
photograph prints (8"x10" and 11"x14"). The photographs were primarily used to select official scholar portraits, but they
also document to a lesser extent the outings, events, and lectures that Getty Scholars attended.
The materials are arranged into three series:
Series I. Audio recordings, 1987-2002;
Series II. Video recordings, 1986-1987;
Series III. Photographs, 1985-2007.
Subjects - Topics
Congresses and conventions
Learning and scholarship
Genres and Forms of Material
Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities. Scholars and Conferences Department
Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities. Scholars and Seminars Program
Getty Research Institute. Department of Research and Education
Getty Research Institute. Scholars and Seminars Program
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Please note that scholar event recordings created from Scholar Year 2001/2002 through the present are not listed in this inventory.
Lists of recordings from 2001/2002 and following are part of broader collections and are available through the following inventories:
Most of the public Getty Scholar recordings from 2001/2002 forward have also been described individually. For additional information
on a particular event, search the Getty Research Institute
by event name or participant name.