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Getty Research Institute Poetry Initiatives Records, 1997-2005, undated
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative History and Project Background
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Getty Research Institute poetry initiatives records
    Date (inclusive): 1997-2005, undated
    Number: IA60007
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
    Physical Description: 0.0004 Gigabytes (15 files)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Institutional Records and Archives
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The records comprise paper and electronic project files documenting various poetry initiatives sponsored by the Getty Research Institute (GRI) dating from 1997 to 2005 such as Poetry in Motion® L.A as well as GRI-commissioned poems related to the Scholars Program. Records include correspondence, ephemera of poetry readings, press materials, poet biographies, poems, and planning documents.
    Request Materials: Request access to the material described in this inventory through its corresponding library catalog record  and click "Request." Click here for general library access policy . See the Administrative Information section of this finding aid for access restrictions specific to the records described below. Please note, some of the records may be stored off site; advanced notice is required for access to these materials.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administrative History and Project Background

    The Getty Research Institute (GRI) is an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a not-for-profit educational, cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. Originally established in 1983 as the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities (GCHAH), the objective of the GCHAH was to foster advanced research in art, its history, diversity, and meaning in culture by engaging scholars from various disciplines in the humanities. In 1996, in order to avoid confusion with the soon-to-open Getty Center, the GCHAH was renamed the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities and in 2000, the program's name was shortened to the Getty Research Institute (GRI).
    The GRI's mission is to further knowledge and advance understanding of the visual arts and their various histories through advanced research and scholarship, and through its activities and resources, provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and scholarly exchange. The GRI's Research Library, consisting of over one million books, periodicals, study photographs, auction catalogs and special collections of rare and unique materials, as well as its online resources and databases, serve an international community of scholars and the interested public. The GRI also provides intellectual leadership through its research projects, exhibitions, and publication programs and provides service to a wide range of scholars worldwide through residencies, fellowships, hosted lectures and symposia, and its innovative digital reference tools. Through all of its programs and activities, the GRI endeavors to provide resources, expertise, and a collaborative environment for art-historical research and publication.
    Through multidisciplinary programming from the department of Contemporary Programs and Research (CPR) and its successor, the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art (DACA), the GRI advanced art history scholarship of contemporary art. As part of this effort CPR, along with the GRI Office of the Associate Director of Programs, sponsored various poetry initiatives. One such initiative was Poetry in Motion ® L.A. Originally founded in New York in 1992, it was brought to Los Angeles through a partnership founded in 1998 with the Poetry Society of America, the Getty Research Institute, the City of Santa Monica, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro Art. Poets staged live readings of poetry in the Metro Rail system at rush hour in celebration of National Poetry Month. Additionally, the work of poets were inscribed on placards placed aboard nearly 2,400 Metro buses servicing over one million bus riders per day.
    In another partnership with outside institutions including Occidental College, Friends of the Los Angeles River, and Beyond Baroque, the GRI commissioned poems from seven poets about the Los Angeles River for Occidental College and Friends of the Los Angeles River 's "Re-Envisioning the Los Angeles River," a year-long series of events promoting community education and economic revitalization.
    Lastly, in conjunction with the GRI Scholar Program, the GRI commissioned poems from American poets from 1999 to 2002. The commissioned poems addressed the theme of each Scholar Program year and were presented in public and private readings at the Getty.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    The records described in accessions 2012.IA.054 and 2017.IA.35 are available for on-site 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

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

    Preferred Citation

    Getty Research Institute poetry initiatives records, 1997-2005, undated, Institutional Records and Archives, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, IA60007. http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifaia60007

    Acquisition Information

    Accessions 2012.IA.054 and 2017.IA.35 were transferred by staff members at the Getty Research Institute.

    Processing History

    Accessions 2012.IA.054 and 2017.IA.35 were processed and finding aid created by Helen Kim in 2017.

    Technical Requirements

    A computer with network access is needed to view the electronic files in accession 2012.IA.054 at file:///A:\ 2012_ia_54.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The records comprise printed and electronic records that date from 1997 to 2005, undated and document various poetry initiatives sponsored by the Getty Research Institute, such as Poetry in Motion and GRI-commissioned poems related to the Scholars Program.
    Materials include event and initiative planning materials, correspondence, copies of commissioned poems, poet biographies, and ephemera. Materials were maintained by Jeanette Clough, Senior Reference Librarian at the Getty Research Institute.


    The records are arranged in chronological order.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Clough, Jeanette Marie
    Antin, David
    Brock-Broido, Lucie
    Emanuel, Lynn, 1949-
    Goldbarth, Albert
    Hirsch, Edward
    Kelly, Brigit Pegeen, 1951-
    Kinnell, Galway, 1927-2014
    Lux, Thomas, 1946-2017
    McHugh, Heather, 1948-
    Santos, Sherod, 1948-
    Troupe, Quincy
    Clifton, Lucille
    Hirshfield, Jane, 1953-
    Kizer, Carolyn
    Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927-
    Wakowski, Diane
    Bell, Marvin
    Waldman, Anne, 1945-
    St. John, David, 1949-
    Webb, Charles Harper
    Angel, Ralph, 1951-
    Hall, Donald, 1928-

    Subjects - Topics

    American poetry
    Poetry, Modern -- 20th century

    Subjects - Places

    Los Angeles River (Calif.)


    Clough, Jeanette Marie
    Getty Research Institute
    Poetry Society of America
    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    Santa Monica (Calif.). Arts Commission
    Occidental College
    Friends of the Los Angeles River
    Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center