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Norman Neuerburg papers regarding Getty Villa design and construction, 1966-1987, bulk 1970-1975
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Norman Neuerburg papers regarding Getty Villa design and construction
    Date (inclusive): 1966-1987 (bulk 1970-1975)
    Number: 870517
    Creator/Collector: Neuerburg, Norman
    Physical Description: 11.0 linear feet (19 boxes, 22 flat file folders, 3 rolls)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The papers of art history professor Norman Neuerburg (1966-1987) relate to his role as the historical consultant in the design and construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California, also known as the Getty Villa. Files contain correspondence, lectures, manuscripts, notes, construction reports, sketches and drawings, architectural schema, press clippings, photographs, and slides. The bulk of the archive dates to 1970-1975.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Norman Neuerburg, an art and architecture historian, artist, and university professor, was born in 1926 in Universal City, California. After serving in the army in Italy during World War II, Dr. Neuerburg received his B.A. in Greek from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1953 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, in 1955 and 1960, respectively. From 1955 to 1957, he was a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.
    Dr. Neuerburg taught art history at many major research institutions, including the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Riverside, University of Southern California, Indiana University, the California Institute of the Arts, and California State University, Dominguez Hills. He also acted as an historical consultant to the J. Paul Getty Museum, California's historic missions, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and the Santa Barbara Trust for Historical Preservation, as well as curator of Spanish colonial art at the Southwest Museum. Dr. Neuerburg died of complications from a stroke in 1997 in his native Los Angeles.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Norman Neuerburg papers regarding Getty Villa design and construction, 1966-1987, bulk 1970-1975, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 870517.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1987.

    Processing History

    This collection was initially processed circa 1988, then reprocessed and arranged by Shannon K. Supple, who also wrote the finding aid, in September through December 2004. The arrangement of Box 7 maintains Dr. Neuerburg's original organization scheme, but the original order of the remainder of the material is unknown.

    Related Material

    The remainder of Norman Neuerburg's personal papers, including his book, art, and 35 millimeter film collections, are located at the University of California, Berkeley libraries.
    Other materials relating to the design and construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum are held by the Institutional Archives of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Norman Neuerburg papers regarding the design and construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum contain materials gathered by the university art history professor in his capacity as historical consultant to the design of the J. Paul Getty Museum, also known as the Getty Villa. The archive contains correspondence, lecture notes and manuscripts, construction reports and updates, numerous drawings and design schemes for the Villa, notes on design schemes, press clippings, photographs, slides, and negatives. The collection begins with the early stages of designing and planning, flows into the period of the Villa's construction, and extends further to the critical and public response and other issues that arose well after the museum opened to the public.

    Arrangement note

    The papers are arranged in six series: Series I. Correspondence, 1970-1984 (bulk 1970-1975); Series II. Lectures and manuscripts, 1970, 1973-1976, 1981, 1983 (bulk 1973-1975); Series III. Construction reports, 1969-1973; Series IV. Drawings and designs, 1966-1976, 1979-1980 (bulk 1971-1973); Series V. Press clippings, 1970-1987 (bulk 1974-1975); Series VI. Photographs, slides, negatives, 1971-1974

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Getty, J. Paul (Jean Paul), 1892-1976
    Neuerburg, Norman

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    J. Paul Getty Museum
    Villa of the Papyri (Herculaneum)

    Subjects - Topics

    Art museums--Design and construction
    Museum buildings--California--Malibu--Design and construction

    Subjects - Places

    Malibu (Calif.)--Buildings, structures, etc.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Architectural drawings (visual works)
    Black-and-white prints (photographs)
    Blueline prints
    Brownline prints
    Color photographs
    Color slides
    Design drawings
    Photographs, Original
    Working drawings


    Bramlett, Norris
    Dinwiddie Construction Company
    Fredericksen, Burton B.
    Garrett, Stephen, 1922-
    Genter, Ed
    Getty, J. Paul (Jean Paul), 1892-1976
    Gnoli, Raniero
    Grazioli Medici, Priscilla
    Langdon and Wilson Architects
    Langdon, Robert
    Weber, Karl Jakob, 1712-1764
    Wemple, Emmett
    Wilson, Gillian, 1941-