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Guide to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa Event Recordings, 2006-2012
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative History
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Getty Villa event recordings
    Date (inclusive): 2006-2012
    Number: IA20035
    Creator/Collector: J. Paul Getty Museum. Villa Program Coordination
    Physical Description: 9.4 linear feet (26 boxes)
    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 comprise audio recordings, video recordings, and ephemera that document public events sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa from 2006 to the present.
    Request Materials: To access physical materials at the Getty, go to the library catalog record  for this collection and click "Request an Item." 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

    The Getty Villa, located just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades, California, operates as a museum and educational center dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The Getty Villa was designed to house J. Paul Getty's art collection when it outgrew his Ranch House, which had served as a private museum since 1954. After considering various options for expanding the Ranch House, Getty decided in the fall of 1968 to build a new museum on the same property, in the form of a first-century Roman country house, based primarily on the plans of the ancient Villa dei Papiri just outside of Herculaneum. The archaeologist Norman Neuerburg, who had studied the ruins of Herculaneum and was an authority on Roman domestic architecture, was retained as a consultant for the project. The Santa Monica architectural firm Langdon & Wilson was hired to design the Villa, and British architect Stephen Garrett, who had served as Getty's consultant in the remodeling of a Getty home in Posillipo, Italy, was retained as overseer of the construction. Landscape architect Emmet Wemple designed the gardens, Garth Benton worked on the murals, and Bruce Ptolomy worked on the fountains. The construction itself was done by Dinwiddie Construction Co., with various subcontractors. Construction began on December 21, 1970, and the new museum opened to the public on January 16, 1974.
    As part of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Villa is overseen by the J. Paul Getty Trust, an international cultural and philanthropic organization serving both general audiences and specialized professionals. The Trust is a not-for-profit institution, educational in purpose and character, that focuses on the visual arts in all of their dimensions. As of 2012 the Trust supports and oversees four programs: the Getty Research Institute; the Getty Foundation; the Getty Conservation Institute; and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Beginning in the 1980s the Trust developed an expansion plan that included the Getty Center campus in Brentwood and the renovation and expansion of the Villa in Pacific Palisades. When the Getty Center opened in 1997, the Villa closed to undergo extensive remodeling. The architectural firm of Machado and Silvetti Associates redesigned the Villa, and it reopened on January 28, 2006. While most of the Museum's collections are housed at the Getty Center, the antiquities collection is housed at the Villa. The Getty Villa serves a varied audience through the permanent collection, changing exhibitions, conservation, scholarship, research, and public programs in an intimate setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Villa Program Coordination department oversees public and scholarly programs at the Villa, including lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, symposia, film series, musical concerts, and theatrical performances in the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Outdoor Classical Theater.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    The records described in accessions 2008.IA.33, 2009.IA.21, 2010.IA.13, 2011.IA.02, and 2012.IA.29 are available for use by qualified researchers. Master recordings are restricted; viewing copies are available for researcher use.
    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 Rights and Reproductions   at the Getty Research Institute for copyright information and permission to publish.

    Preferred Citation

    [Cite the item and date], Getty Villa Event Recordings, J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty Research Institute(IA20035).

    Acquisition Information

    The records in accession numbers 2008.IA.33, 2009.IA.21, 2010.IA.13, 2011.IA.02, and 2012.IA.29 were transfered by J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Program Coordination.

    Processing History

    Accessions recieved through 2008 were processed by Kyle Morgan. Accessions recieved from 2008 through 2012 were processed by Cyndi Shein.

    Technical Requirements Note

    Please note that use copies of recordings have been created over a period of time in a variety of formats. Some digital media players are unable to recognize some DVDs. A cross-platform media player is recommended for viewing use copies that exist in DVD format.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The records comprise audio recordings, video recordings, and ephemera that document public events sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa from 2006 to the present. The events include scholarly lectures, seminars, workshops, and symposia conducted by experts in their particular fields. The collection represents the forefront of academic thought on such matters as ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria, and also of interdisciplinary topics related to the activities of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation.


    Material is arranged in two series. Please note that Series II consists of 3.4 linear feet (9 boxes) and is available for internal use only.
    Series I. Access recordings and ephemera, 2006-2011
    Series II. Master recordings, 2006-2011

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

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

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Getty Villa (Malibu, Calif.)

    Subjects - Topics

    Antiquities, Roman
    Art museums
    Art, Greek
    Art, Mexican--16th century
    Art, Roman
    Art--Collectors and collecting
    Aztec art--History and criticism
    Classical antiquities
    Congresses and conventions
    Illumination of books and manuscripts--Mexico
    Indians of Mexico--Antiquities
    Nonprofit organizations
    Pottery, Greek
    Precious stones--History
    Sculpture, Classical

    Subjects - Places

    Mérida (Spain)--Antiquities, Roman

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Compact discs--20th century
    Sound recordings
    Video recordings


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    Getty Villa Event Recordings have also been described individually. For additional information on a particular event, search the Getty Research Institute Library Catalog  by event name or participant name.