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Scope and Content of Collection
Related Archival Materials Note
Title: J. Paul Getty Trust Press Releases
Identifier/Call Number: IA10011
Institutional Records and Archives
Language of Material:
11.0 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1954-2006
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The records comprise press releases issued by the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1954-1997, and the J. Paul Getty Trust, 1983-2006.
The press releases document the events and activities the Getty wished to publicize to the media.
J. Paul Getty Museum. Department of Public Information and Visitor Services
J. Paul Getty Trust. Communications Department
J. Paul Getty Trust. Public Affairs Department
Duplicate materials were weeded to the extent possible; however, some duplication is to be expected.
The Institutional Archives regularly receives press releases and press kits from the Getty Communications Department. These
are integrated into this guide at regular intervals.
Records inventoried and finding aid created by Nancy Enneking and Rebecca Fenning,
March 2007, Kyle Morgan,
August 2008 and
July 2009, and Jennifer Thompson,
September 2014 through
November 2014, and
March 2015 through
1986.IA.56, transferred by the J. Paul Getty Museum
2007.IA.06, transferred by J. Paul Getty Trust, Communications Department
2007.IA.10, accumulated by the Getty Institutional Archives
2007.IA.34, transferred by the J. Paul Getty Trust, Communications Department
2013.IA.66, transferred by the J. Paul Getty Trust, Communications Department
[Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Press releases, 1954-2006, J. Paul Getty Trust. Institutional Archives, Research
Library, Getty Research Institute, Finding aid no. IA10011.
Restrictions on Access
All records described in this finding aid are available for use by qualified researchers.
The following 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.
Scope and Content of Collection
The records consist of press releases, press kits, fact sheets, media advisories, schedules, remarks made at the J. Paul Getty
Muesum's 1954 opening and other events, and memorandums issued by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the J. Paul Getty Trust, 1954-2006.
The press release materials date from 1954 to 1959 and 1973 to 2006. The organization issued relatively few press releases
until the construction of the Villa Museum in 1974 and it is uncertain if any exist from 1960 to 1972. An increase in press
release production came in the early 1980s with the expansion of the Trust and its operations. Press release subjects include
acquisitions, building projects, collaborative projects, cultural property conservation and restoration, grant awards, public
events, publications, senior personnel and Board of Trustees appointments, matters regarding Trust administration, and others.
The press releases are intended to inform both the media and, by extension, the general public of Getty events and activities.
It is not clear whether the press releases for the years before 1984 are complete.
While the number of press releases in this collection are extensive, it does not claim to contain every press release created
by the Getty.
The J. Paul Getty Trust's origins date to 1953, when J. Paul Getty established the J. Paul Getty Museum as a California charitable
trust to house his growing art collections. Originally a small, private institution located in Mr. Getty's ranch house in
Malibu, the museum moved to the newly constructed Villa in grounds adjacent to the ranch house in 1974. When most of Mr. Getty's
personal estate passed to the Trust in 1982, the Trustees decided that, given the size of the endowment, it should make a
greater contribution to the visual arts and humanities than the museum could alone. Out of this resolve grew an expanded commitment
to the arts in the general areas of scholarship, conservation, and education. This took the shape of new programs including
the Center for the History of Art and Humanities (GCHAH), Art History Information Institute (AHIP), Conservation Institute,
Grant Program, and Center for Education in the Arts (GCEA). Smaller programs include the Museum Management Institute (MMI),
a joint venture with the Art Museum Association of America, and the Program for Art on Film, a joint venture with the Metropolitan
Museum of Art. In 1983 the Trust's corporate name was changed from the J. Paul Getty Museum to the J. Paul Getty Trust to
reflect its broader scope, with the museum becoming an operating program of the Trust. On December 16, 1997 the Getty Center,
a new unified facility housing all Getty programs, was opened in Brentwood, CA.
As the Trust matured, several of the programs underwent administrative and functional reorganizations resulting in name changes
or dissolutions. AHIP's name was changed to the Getty Information Institute (GII) in 1996 as part of a new identity program
instituted by the Trust just prior to occupancy of their new unified facility. To avoid confusion with the soon-to-open Getty
Center in Brentwood, GCHAH was renamed the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities in 1996. Three
years later the program's name was shortened to the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The GII was dissolved in 1999, and many
of its functions were absorbed by the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The Getty Center for Education in the Arts (GCEA) changed
its name to the Getty Education Institute for the Arts (GEI) in 1996, and was disbanded in 1998. In 1996, Program for Art
on Film was transferred to the Pratt Institute and the Trust ended its affiliation with the program. The Getty Leadership
Institute (GLI) was created in 1996 to administer museum executive education programs, including the Museum Management Institute
(MMI). Administration of GLI programs was transferred to the Claremont Graduate University in 2010. The Grant Program changed
its name to the Foundation in January 2005.
Although press releases were issued by the J. Paul Getty Museum dating back to 1954, press release production was not officially
institutionalized until 1974 with the creation of the Public Information department and the appointment of Deborah Ashin as
Public Affairs Director. From 1979 to 1997 museum press releases were consistently rendered from Public Information. In 1983
the Department of Public Affairs was created to issue press releases on behalf of the J. Paul Getty Trust and its non-museum
programs, with Phillipa Calnan serving as Director. The Department of Public Affairs reported directly to Trust leadership,
whereas Public Information reported to the museum. Lori Starr became the second Director of Public Affairs in 1995. In 1998
the Department of Public Affairs began issuing press releases on behalf of the museum, and responsibility for the organization's
press release function was placed in a single department.
The Department of Public Affairs name was changed to Communications in 2000. In 2003 Pamela Johnson was appointed Vice President
for Communications and Corporate Relations, and Ron Hartwig succeeded her in 2005.
Related Archival Materials Note
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the
records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Getty Institutional Archives
J. Paul Getty Trust Press Clippings, 1954-2009. J. Paul Getty Trust Communications Department. Getty Research Institute, Finding
aid no. IA30017.
J. Paul Getty Trust Communciations Department Audio and Video Recordings, 1947-1997. J. Paul Getty Trust Communications Department.
Getty Research Institute, Finding aid no. IA30003.
Final versions of press releases issued by the Getty have been scanned, processed using uncorrected optical character recognition
(OCR), and saved as PDF-A files. The content of each folder have been scanned as a single PDF; depending on the contnts of
the folder each pdf my be a single press release or multiple releases. The links to these electronic versions appear beneath
the folder titles in the following inventory. Internal word-searchabiltiy of the PDF's varies depending on the consistenccy
of the font and on the quality and background color of the original release. Please note that all material in the folders
that was not a final, Getty-issued, press release was not scanned, for example, drafts, memos, correspondence, photos, releases
issued by other organizations, and so forth.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Getty Art History Information Program
Getty Center for Education in the Arts
Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities
Getty Conservation Institute
Getty Education Institute for the Arts
Getty Foundation. Getty Leadership Institute
Getty Information Institute
Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities
Getty Research Institute
J. Paul Getty Museum
J. Paul Getty Trust
Program for Art on Film (New York, N.Y.)
Art in education
Art museums--Design and construction
Art museums--Public relations
Art--Conservation and restoration
Art--Scholarships, fellowships, etc.
Cultural property--Conservation and restoration