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Guide to the Reports Submitted to the Getty Foundation by Recipients of Conservation Grants, 1985-2009
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative History
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Reports submitted to the Getty Foundation by recipients of conservation grants
    Date (inclusive): 1985-2009
    Number: IA20017
    Creator/Collector: Getty Foundation
    Physical Description: 107.5 linear feet (137 boxes, 11 flat files)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Institutional Records and Archives
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The records consist entirely of final and annual progress reports made up of correspondence, reports, surveys, architectural drawings, publications, specifications, print and slide photographic documentation, CD-ROMs, video, and floppy diskettes, dating 1985-2009, submitted to the Getty Foundation by recipients of conservation grants for the purpose of documenting the progress and results of their grant-funded projects.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administrative History

    The Getty Grant Program was formally established in 1984 (announced October 11) to serve the visual arts and related humanities by providing funding for work of exceptional merit for which resources were otherwise limited. It supports projects, internationally, that promote research in the history of art and the humanities, the understanding of art, and conservation. In early 1985 the Grant Program had the following grant categories: library and archival projects at independent centers for advanced research in the history of art; scholarly cataloging of art museum collections; publications; conservation; museum programs to interpret permanent collections; education in the arts; national and international service organizations. In 1986 the Getty brought "in-house" its postdoctoral fellowship program, which had been administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
    The professional staff of the Trust design programs, encourage and assess proposals, and seek to discover opportunities of exceptional promise that can advance a field or strengthen an institution. Applications are evaluated by the professional staff, calling on outside expertise when required. The staff recommends to the President grants for funding under Trustee-approved appropriations. [From report "The J. Paul Getty Trust Grant Program" presented to the Trustees at April 27, 1980 Board meeting.] Grants in excess of $50,000 must be approved by the Trust Grant Committee.
    Nearly five hundred grants (almost one-third of the total number of grants awarded by the program) have been in the area of conservation, with the intention of supporting projects that strengthen conservation practices as well as protect the world's artistic and architectural heritage. The grants support both museums and historic buildings in projects that emphasize careful planning and research, in projects that provide training opportunities, and in projects that will act as models of conservation practice for their region or discipline. Documentation of projects is an important aspect of each grant.
    In the area of museum conservation, the Getty Grant Program awards two types of grants: survey and treatment grants. Survey grants are designed to help museums analyze and assess the conservation requirements of their collections. Such grants are intended for museums with limited staff and resources; they allow the institutions to hire outside consultants to examine collections and develop recommendations and strategies for actual treatment. Treatment grants support the conservation of individual works of art, or groups of art. These grants are intended for institutions with limited conservation staff and resources that have undertaken a survey of their collections, and have thus identified priorities for treatment. Treatment grants are generally made for projects that can demonstrate significant new advances in conservation methodologies and documentation. Treatment grants are made in matching form.
    In April 1988, the Grant Program announced a new category of support for architectural conservation. These grants support both planning and implementation, although the emphasis is on planning. Planning includes detailed research on the history and past conservation of a building, scientific analysis, and documentation in the form of drawings and photographs. Once an organization completes its planning and demonstrates that an exemplary conservation project exists, it is encouraged to apply at the project implementation level. Implementation grants provide funds for the conservation work necessary to stabilize and secure a building. These are also matching grants, and are intended to serve as regional models, have a lasting impact on the building's preservation, advance a technical practice for understanding particular materials, and provide training opportunities for young conservators. [Source: "The Getty Grant Program" by Deborah Marrow, Board of Trustees Report, November 7-8, 1996, pp. 24-27]
    In January 2005 the name of the Getty Grant Program was changed to the Getty Foundation.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    The records described in accessions 199.IA.01, 2005.IA.02, 2006.IA.27, 2007.IA.46, 2008.IA.44, 2009.IA.49, and 2012.IA.06 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.

    Restrictions on Use

    Contact Library Rights and Reproductions  at the Getty Research Institute for copyright information and permission to publish.

    Preferred Citation

    [Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Reports submitted by recipients of conservation grants, 1985-2009, Getty Foundation. Institutional Archives, Research Library, Getty Research Institute, Finding aid no. IA20017.

    Acquisition Information

    The records comprise accessions nos. 1999.IA.01; 2005.IA.02; 2006.IA.27; 2007.IA.46; 2008.IA.44; 2009.IA.49; and 2012.IA.06.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Researchers must wear cotton gloves when handling photographic materials.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The records consist entirely of reports made up of correspondence, technical reports, surveys, architectural drawings, publications, technical drawings and specifications, black-and-white and color photographic documentation (prints and slides), compact diskettes (CD-ROMs), video, and floppy diskettes, dating 1985-2009, submitted to the Getty Foundation by recipients of conservation grants for the purpose of documenting the progress and results of their grant-funded projects. The reports provide evidence of the conservation work accomplished internationally through the use of Getty funds. Types of grant-funded projects include survey and treatment grants to help museums analyze and assess the conservation requirements of their collections and grants to support the planning and implementation of architectural conservation projects. The reports frequently include scientific analyses, condition and conservation surveys, detailed descriptions of the sites or objects, photographic documentation, and summaries and conclusions. Some reports are in Italian, Spanish, German, and Georgian.


    The records are in project number order; the numbers appear to have been assigned chronologically. The projects have been intellectually sub-grouped by the year listed in the project number. Please note that the year of the grant approval does not necessarily match the year listed in the project number. However, the range of grant approval dates can be found in the sub-group date expression.
    The individual items resulting from each project are listed after the project identification information. The physical arrangement of accession 1999.IA.01 matches the intellectual arrangement of the records. The reports in all later accessions have not been physically organized and do not mirror the intellectual arrangement.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Getty Conservation Institute
    Getty Grant Program

    Subjects - Topics

    Altarpieces--Conservation and restoration
    Archaeological sites--Conservation and restoration
    Architecture--Conservation and restoration
    Armories (military buildings)--Conservation and restoration
    Art objects--Conservation and restoration
    Castles--Conservation and restoration
    Church buildings--Conservation and restoration
    Conservation and restoration--Needs assessment
    Decorative arts--Conservation and restoration
    Excavations (Archaeology)
    Furniture finishing
    Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration
    Historic districts--Conservation and restoration
    Historic preservation
    Monuments--Conservation and restoration
    Painting--Conservation and restoration
    Prisons--Conservation and restoration
    Sculpture--Conservation and restoration
    Stained glass windows--Conservation and restoration
    Synagogues--Conservation and restoration

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Architectural drawings (visual works)
    Floppy disks
    Historic structure reports
    Slides (photographs)
    Surveys (documents)
    Technical drawings


    J. Paul Getty Trust