Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Inventory of Getty publications
Date (inclusive): 1954-2011
J. Paul Getty Trust
43.1 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
Institutional Records and Archives
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
The materials include publications issued by the J. Paul Getty Trust or Getty Publications, including titles published by,
or on behalf of, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Center for the History of Art and the
Humanities, the Getty Research Institute, the Project for Art on Film, the Getty Art History Information Program, the Getty
Information Institute, and the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, dating from 1954 to 2011. The materials include museum
guides, exhibition catalogues, art books, information on the conservation of art and historical sites, conference notes, J.
Paul Getty Trust annual reports, art history resource guides, and material related to arts in education.
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The J. Paul Getty Trust is a not-for-profit institution, educational in purpose and character, that focuses on the visual
arts in all of their dimensions. As of 2011 the Trust supports and oversees four programs: the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty
Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs
serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa near Malibu, California.
The origins of the J. Paul Getty Trust 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 near Malibu, the museum moved to the newly-constructed Getty 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 areas of scholarship, conservation, and education. This took the shape of new programs
including the Center for the History of Arts and Humanities, Art History Information Institute, Conservation Institute, and
Center for Education in the Arts, as well as smaller programs such as the Museum Management Institute and the Program for
Art on Film. In 1983 the Trust's 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.
Due to expanded operations and limited space at the original J. Paul Getty Museum in Pacific Palisades, near Malibu, the various
programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust were located at different sites throughout the Los Angeles basin during the 1980s and
early 1990s. The Trust's vision was to bring together most of their programs at a single site. A roughly 750-acre property
in Brentwood (west Los Angeles) was purchased by the Trust in 1983 and the Getty Center was built to house the Trust, its
newly created programs, and an additional space for the Museum. While the Getty's collection of antiquities remained at the
Villa, the rest of the collections were moved to the new and much larger facility at the Center.
The Publications office / department was originally established as part of the Museum and is frequently referred to as "Getty
Publications." With the founding of the Trust in 1983, the Publications department became responsible for the publications
produced by the J. Paul Getty Trust and its operating programs. Since then Publications has undergone considerable restructuring.
Over the years the administration of the Publications department has shifted back and forth several times between the Museum
and the Trust, and at times there have been separate publications departments within various Getty programs. In recent years
Publications' primary focus has been the editing, design, production, and marketing of exhibition catalogs and books for the
J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, and Getty Research Institute, including books on art, photography, art
history, and children's literature. Historically Publications has also produced a wider variety of materials, including Trust
reports and ephemera such as event invitations, newsletters, informational brochures, site and gallery maps, and other visitor
The records described in accessions 1987.IA.04, 2005.IA.16, 2006.IA.01, 2007.IA.01, 2008.IA.01, 2009.IA.01, 2010.IA.01, and
2011.IA.01 are available for use by qualified researchers.
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.
[Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Inventory of Publications, 1954-2011, The J. Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The materials described in this finding aid originated in accessions 1987.IA.04, 2005.IA.16, 2006.IA.01, 2007.IA.01, 2008.IA.01,
2009.IA.01, 2010.IA.01, and 2011.IA.01. The materials were transferred periodically from Getty Publications to the Institutional
Processing Information note
An inventory of the materials was created and updated by various IRA staff in the early 2000s and updated by Kyle Morgan in
2009. Additional materials were processed and a finding aid was created by Zoe MacLeod in 2011.
Scope and Content of Collection
The materials comprise publications, dating from 1954 to 2011, issued by the J. Paul Getty Trust or Getty Publications. Materials
were published by or on behalf of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Center for the History
of Art and the Humanities and the Getty Research Institute, the Project for Art on Film, the Getty Art History Information
Program and Getty Information Institute, and the Getty Center for Education in the Arts. The materials include museum guides,
exhibition catalogues, art books, information on the conservation of art and historical sites, conference notes, J. Paul Getty
Trust annual reports, art history resource guides, and material realted to arts in education.
The J. Paul Getty Museum publications contain museum guides, issues of the museum journal, exhibition catalogues and art books.
The publications from the Getty Conservation Institute contain reports on conservation projects and processes. Publications
from the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities and the Getty Research Institute contain J. Paul Getty Trust
reports and arts books. The Getty Art History Information Program and Getty Information Institute publications contain information
about art and technology and art reference books. The publications from the Getty Center for Education in the Arts contain
conference and seminar proceedings and information on the role art plays in education and how to enhance this role.
These materials represent publications that have been donated or transfered to the Institutional Archives periodically over
the years. There are gaps in the holdings; this is not a comprehensive collection of Getty publications.
The collection is organized into six series:
Series I. J. Paul Getty Museum, 1954-2011, undated;
Series II. Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), 1974-2011;
Series III. Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities (GCHAH) and Getty Research Institute (GRI), 1985-2011,
Series IV. Project for Art on Film, 1993;
Series V. Getty Art History Information Program and Getty Information Institute, 1984-1999, undated;
Series VI. Getty Center for Education in the Arts (GCEA), 1984-1999, undated.
Subjects - Topics
Art in education
Art--Conservation and restoration
Historic sites--Conservation and restoration
Genres and Forms of Material
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 Information Institute
Getty Research Institute
J. Paul Getty Museum