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Guide to the Ralph Hewins Collected Papers for Biography of J. Paul Getty, circa 1890s-1973, 1984 and undated
IA20012  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collected papers for biography of J. Paul Getty
    Date (inclusive): Circa 1890s-1973, 1984, undated (bulk 1957-1973)
    Number: IA20012
    Creator/Collector: Hewins, Ralph
    Physical Description: 2.6 linear feet (5 boxes, 1 flat file)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Institutional Records and Archives
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    archives@getty.edu
    Abstract: The collection comprises material created or collected by Ralph Hewins in the course of researching and writing the biography The Richest American: J. Paul Getty (1960). The material dates from around the 1890s to 1973 and includes correspondence that discusses Hewins' writings about Getty, a number of unpublished manuscripts, personal photographs given to Hewins by Mr. Getty, and other related photographs, clippings, and ephemera belonging to Hewins.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biography

    Ralph Hewins (d. 1984) was a professional journalist largely concerned with the very wealthy. He was the author of The Richest American: J. Paul Getty (1960). Hewins became a personal friend of Mr. Getty during the years he spent researching and writing Getty's biography.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    The records described in accession 1986.IA.10 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.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    [Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Collected Papers for Biography of J. Paul Getty, circa 1890s-1973, 1984 and undated, Ralph Hewins. The Getty Research Institute (IA20012).

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was donated to the Getty by Ralph Hewins in 1984 and subsequently assigned accession number 1986.IA.10.

    Processing History

    In 2005 Sue Luftschein rehoused the materials and created this finding aid based, in part, on the preliminary inventory. In 2010 Cyndi Shein arranged and described the photographs, and revised the finding aid.

    Related Materials Note

    The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the people, programs, and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
    Publications
    Hewins, Ralph. The Richest American: J. Paul Getty. New York: Dutton, 1960.
    Archival Materials
    Contributing Institution: Getty Institutional Archives
    Art and Real Estate Holding Companies Records, 1939-1982 and undated, J. Paul Getty. The Getty Research Institute (IA20011).
    J. Paul Getty and the Ashby Sisters Papers, 1926-1992 and undated. The Getty Research Institute (IA20013).
    J. Paul Getty Family Papers, circa 1880s-1989 and undated. The Getty Research Institute (IA20009).
    J. Paul Getty Diaries, 1938-1946, 1948-1976. The Getty Research Institute (IA40009).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection comprises material created or collected by Ralph Hewins in the course of researching and writing the biography The Richest American: J. Paul Getty (1960). The material dates from around the 1890s to 1973 and 1984 and includes correspondence that discusses Hewins' writings about Getty, a number of unpublished manuscripts, personal photographs given to Hewins by Mr. Getty, and other related photographs, clippings, and ephemera belonging to Hewins. The collection has two main strengths: the unpublished material and the photographs.
    The papers include a substantial body of correspondence between Hewins and Getty, as well as scattered letters received from Allene Ashby, Penelope Kitson and other Getty family members and associates. The manuscripts comprise Hewins' published and unpublished material about Getty, probably assembled as a potential update to the 1960 biography. These writings are mainly anecdotal in nature; some relate to Getty's friendships and others to his business or recreational activities. A large file of photocopied international clippings chronicle Getty's press coverage through the fifties, sixties and seventies, many of these concerning the kidnapping of Getty's grandson.
    The photographic prints and negatives contain over 200 unique images, ranging from approximately the 1890s to the late 1960s, collected by Ralph Hewins. The images include an array of professional photographs and informal snapshots of Getty, his wives, children, friends, associates, businesses, properties, projects, and residences. Some of the images were published in Hewins' book.

    Arrangement

    These records are organized in three series: Series I. Correspondence, 1957-1971, undated; Series II. Manuscripts and background information, 1960-1973, 1984, undated; Series III. Photographs, circa 1890s-1960s.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Ashby, Allene
    Getty, J. Paul (Jean Paul), 1892-1976
    Hewins, Ralph
    Kitson, Penelope

    Subjects - Topics

    Art objects--Collectors and collecting
    Billionaires--United States--20th century

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Correspondence
    Ephemera
    Manuscripts
    Photographic prints