Transcripts, audio recordings, and
computer disks preserve interviews with contemporary art historians, archaeologists,
bibliographers, and selected key individuals from the J. Paul Getty Trust.
The Oral History Documentation project was begun in collaboration with the Oral History
Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1991. Seventeen interviews
were completed, most by interviewer and historian Richard Cándida Smith, in collaboration
with UCLA. The Oral History Program owns the tapes and electronic versions and this
collection includes only the transcripts of these interviews. Transcripts of those
interviews jointly sponsored by the Getty and UCLA are also located at UCLA and in the
Bancroft Library at Berkeley. UCLA is digitizing transcripts of the seventeen oral histories
and making them available online. Connect to the digital versions.
Contact Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers with the following exceptions. Sound recordings are
unavailable until reformatted. Selected transcripts and recordings are temporarily sealed
and restricted, as indicated in the container list. Computer discs are restricted.