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Guide to the J. Paul Getty and Ashby Sisters Papers, 1926-1992, and undated
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Series I. Correspondence, 1926-1931, 1950-1971

Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet (1 box)

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of personal correspondence and telegrams, 1926-1971, between J. Paul Getty and his second wife, Allene Ashby, and her sister, Belene. Also included is one letter to their mother, Ione, two letters from Norris Bramlett (one to Getty and one to Belene), and one letter from Allene and Belene's sister, Lois Ashby Jensen, to Getty. With the exception of the postcard from Allene, the two letters from Bramlett, and the letter from Lois, all of the letters and telegrams are from Getty; the majority are to Belene.
In the letters to Allene between 1926 and 1928, Getty discusses his travels, how much he misses her, and his homesickness for Los Angeles. The letters to Belene begin in 1931; the bulk date from the 1950s, and continue thereafter on an almost-annual basis. There are no letters dated between 1931 and 1950. In his letters to Belene, Getty discusses Allene's health, monetary gifts made to Belene, passes on general greetings and advice, and acknowledges photographs sent.
All the letters sent by Getty were published in Christine Banks', The Private Life of J. Paul Getty (see Series II. Printed Matter).

Arrangement

These letters are listed individually and are arranged in chronological order.
Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Telegram to Allene Ashby, October 25, 1926

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter to Allene Ashby, November 30, 1926

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter [to Allene Ashby], June 6, 1927

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter to Allene Ashby, 2 leaves, with envelope, June 26, 1927

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Telegram to Allene Ashby, August 20, 1927

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Telegram to Allene Ashby, September 7, 1927

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter to Allene Ashby, June 24, 1928

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter to Allene Ashby, with envelope, September 20, 1928

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter to Ione Ashby, with envelope, December 9, 1928

Box Shared box 1987.IA.09 [2003.IA.14-01]

Postcard from Allene Ashby to J. Paul Getty, November 4, 1929

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, June 30, 1931

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, August 9, 1950

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 16, 1952

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 14, 1953

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 27, 1954

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 10, 1956

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter (copy) Lois Ashby Jensen to J. Paul Getty, August 4, 1957

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, September 9, 1957

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten memorandum, Norris Bramlett to J. Paul Getty, October 23, 1957

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, October 31, 1957

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 26, 1957

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby (excerpt), December 5, 1958

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 27, 1959

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter, Norris Bramlett to Belene Ashby, with envelope, February 10, 1965

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, January 1, 1962

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 27, 1965

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, April 15, 1966

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, August 12, 1966

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, February 13, 1969

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, October 2, 1970

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 1

Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, October 12, 1971

 

Series II. Printed materials, 1932-1992, undated

Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 box)

Scope and Content Note

Records consist of letters, clippings and ephemera related to the Ashby sisters and the extended Ashby family, 1932-1992 and undated. Subjects of the clippings include society announcements about Belene, information on George Ashby (relationship unknown) as President of the Union Pacific Railroad, a death announcement for H.S.P. (Stump) Ashby (relationship unknown), an article on Christine Banks (Belene's granddaughter) and her discovery of Getty's letters to her grandmother and great-aunt (Allene), and genealogical information on the Ashby family. The photocopies of the guestbook contain greetings and comments from friends of Belene in Los Angeles, and the address book includes J. Paul Getty's address at Sutton Place, England.

Arrangement

These records are arranged in general order of accession.
Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 2

Clippings (photocopies) re: Ashbys, 1932-1992

Box 1987.IA.09-1, Folder 3

Address book and guestbook photocopies, undated

Box Shared box 1987.IA.09 [1988.IA.02-1]

Christine Banks, The Private Life of J. Paul Getty, and letter re: photographs, 1992

 

Series III. Photographs, circa 1930-1979, undated

Physical Description: 1.8 linear feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Records consist of 82 photographs, circa 1930-1979 and undated, of the Ashby family. The majority of the photographs feature Belene Ashby, sister of Getty's second wife, Allene Ashby; also present are members of the Ashby family, including Allene and Lois (Belene and Allene's sister), and various unidentified individuals, at family gatherings and holidays.

Arrangement

These records are arranged in order of accession.
Box 1987.IA.09-2

37 photographs of the Ashby family, undated

Box 1988.IA.02-2

45 photographs of the Ashby family, circa 1930-1979