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The Special Collections and Institutional Archives departments create finding aids for the Getty Research Institute's archival and visual resource collections and for a few historical records of the J. Paul Getty Trust. A "finding aid" describes the scope and contents of a group of records and provides an inventory of materials within the records.

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 Creator/Collector:  Pacific Standard Time (Project)
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 Title:  Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. oral history interviews with artists, filmmakers, curators, collectors, and critics  
 Dates:  2008-2012 
 Abstract:  The collection principally comprises oral history interviews conducted from 2008 through 2012 as part of the Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. research project. Project participants conducted an extensive series of oral histories with many of Los Angeles' key artists, filmmakers, curators, collectors, and critics, focusing on postwar art (1945-1980). Many of the participating cultural institutions received funding from the Getty Foundation, which collected the resulting interviews. Material also includes transcripts of interviews; recordings of lectures, symposia, and panel discussions; short documentary films; and printed brochures and announcements related to the project. 
 Number:  IA40011 
 Creator/Collector:  Palanti, Mario
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 Title:  Mario Palanti architectural records, Montevideo, Uruguay  
 Dates:  1919-1946 
 Abstract:  These papers of Mario Palanti (1885-1979) primarily document the planning and construction of the Palacio Salvo in Montevideo, Uruguay, as well as his dry masonry technique known as "palandomus." 
 Number:  910002 
 Creator/Collector:  Panza, Giuseppe
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 Title:  Giuseppe Panza papers  
 Dates:  1956-1990 
 Abstract:  Collection documents the Italian businessman's activities in collecting works by some of the seminal American artists involved with abstract expressionist, pop, minimal, conceptual, environmental, and light and space art. The archive contains material dating from 1956, when Panza began collecting. up to the sale of the second part of his collection to the Guggenheim Museum in 1990. Panza's art collection is documented by correspondence with artists and galleries, photographs, small drawings, invoices, loan requests, announcements, and invitations. The archive also includes a substantial quantity of Panza's writings on art; papers and ephemera related to Panza's associations with museums, galleries, and cultural institutions; clippings and photocopies of articles about the collection; and an extensive group of architectural drawings of potential sites for the collection, many with Panza's installation designs. 
 Number:  940004 
 Creator/Collector:  Patricia Faure Gallery
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 Title:  Patricia Faure Gallery records  
 Dates:  1952-2006 (bulk 1970-2006) 
 Abstract:  The Patricia Faure Gallery in Los Angeles, which began as Asher/Faure, exhibited internationally recognized artists such as Richard Artschwager, Philip Guston and Morris Louis along with less-known local artists such as Gwynn Murrill, Craig Kauffman and Jack Goldstein. The archive documents the period when the gallery was known as Asher/Faure between 1979 and 1994 and when it was under Faure's own name between 1994 and 2008. The bulk of the records comprises exhibition announcements and photographic documentation of artists' works in the form of prints, transparencies, slides and negatives. Also included are business papers such as sales and inventory lists, correspondence, financial statements and clippings. 
 Number:  2010.M.13 
 Creator/Collector:  Payró, Julio E., 1899-1971
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 Title:  Julio Payró letters received  
 Dates:  1937-1971 (bulk 1940-1955) 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises 354 letters from 116 correspondents sent to the Argentine art critic Julio Payró between 1937 and 1971. 
 Number:  990020 
 Creator/Collector:  Pearlman, Judith
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 Title:  Judith Pearlman interviews with Bauhaus masters and students  
 Dates:  approximately 1960-1985 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises audio interviews by Judith Pearlman, accompanied by some transcrips, translations, notes and printed matter. Also included are two videotapes of Bauhaus films; and the original unenhanced cassette tapes and reel-to-reel master copies. 
 Number:  920069 
 Creator/Collector:  Pecci Blunt, Anna Laetitia
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 Title:  Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt print collection of views of Rome  
 Dates:  1589-circa 1860 
 Abstract:  The collection consists of 97 prints of views of the city of Rome, dating 1589 to circa 1860, from the library of collector, gallerist, philanthropist and patron of the arts, Countess Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt. 
 Number:  P850003 
 Creator/Collector:  Pecci Blunt, Anna Laetitia, 1885-1971
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 Title:  Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt collection of maps of Rome  
 Dates:  circa 1550-1883 
 Abstract:  The collection consists of 42 printed maps of the city of Rome, dating circa 1550 to 1883, from the library of collector, gallerist, philanthropist and patron of the arts, Countess Anna Laetitia Pecci-Blunt. 
 Number:  P850002 
 Creator/Collector:  Pélissier, Georges Constantin
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 Title:  Georges Pélissier Photographs and Papers  
 Dates:  ca. 1872-1925 
 Abstract:  Art historian, lecturer, and cultural advisor to Tiffany and Company. In his wide travels, Pélissier both collected and created photographic images on diverse subjects, including buildings, monuments, gardens, city views, decorative arts, as well as family and friends. The images in this collection represent various formats and processes, including stereographs, lantern slides, glass negatives, and rare Lumière autochromes. Materials used to present, preserve, and repair stereo views are included, as well as some original stereo view boxes. The small representation of Pélissier's writing includes photocopies of several articles and partial essays, mostly concerning decorative arts. 
 Number:  94.R.66 
 Creator/Collector:  Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958
Pillement, Jean, 1728-1808
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 Title:  Jean Pillement etchings  
 Dates:  ca. 1755-1775 
 Abstract:  329 prints designed by Jean Pillement and etched by various printmakers. The etchings of chinoiserie, flowers, and rustic scenes were sources for designs on Worcester porcelain. The collection represents perhaps one-quarter of Pillement's printed designs. 
 Number:  P830005 
 Creator/Collector:  Pesce, Luigi
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 Title:  Album fotografico della Persia  
 Dates:  1860 
 Abstract:  The album of photographs taken by Luigi Pesce contains 21 views of Tehran and environs, followed by 21 views of ancient Persian sites including the Achaemenid ruins of Persepolis, the Achaemenid tombs and Sasanian reliefs at Naqsh-i Rustam near Persepolis, and the Sasanian reliefs at Tāq-e Bostān. Pesce took the earliest documented photographs of Persepolis and some of the earliest photographs of Tehran. 
 Number:  2012.R.18 
 Creator/Collector:  Petronio, Arthur
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 Title:  Arthur Petronio papers  
 Dates:  1919-1971 
 Abstract:  Small archive of Arthur Petronio, composer of verbophonic works, or works at the intersection of poetry and music. 
 Number:  980053 
 Creator/Collector:  Pettoruti, Emilio, 1892-1971
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 Title:  Emilio Pettoruti letters to Julio Payró  
 Dates:  1924-1957 (bulk 1943-1957) 
 Abstract:  The collection contains letters from the Argentine artist Emilio Pettoruti to the art historian and critic, Julio Payró (1943-1957). One of the 52 letters is to Pettoruti, 3 letters are from Pettoruti's wife. A one page inventory lists Pettoruti's paintings exhibited at the Witcomb Gallery, Buenos Aires, 1924. Four newspaper clippings are reviews of Pettoruti's exhibition at the San Marco gallery in Rome (October 1953). The letters document Pettoruti's Buenos Aires exhibition in 1924, his European exhibitions in the 1950s, and his move to Paris. They reflect in their content the experience of a Latin American artist amidst the European modernism art movement of the time. 
 Number:  2001.M.18 
 Creator/Collector:  Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1902-1983
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 Title:  Nikolaus Pevsner miscellaneous papers  
 Dates:  1957-1979 
 Abstract:  This collection of papers relates primarily to the work of German-born art and architecture historian Nikolaus Pevsner during the 1960s and 1970s, including publications and speaking engagements, pedagogical research, and his membership on boards and committees, such as the Council of Bauhaus. 
 Number:  2003.M.34 
 Creator/Collector:  Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1902-1983
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 Title:  Nikolaus Pevsner papers  
 Dates:  1919-1982 
 Abstract:  Papers and manuscripts of the German-born art and architecture historian (1902-1983). Papers date primarily from the years following Pevsner's immigration to England in 1933, and include written and visual materials used for lectures or as research for his many books and articles. Files related to Pevsner's radio lectures and affiliations document his career as a public figure, and correspondence tracks his relationships with many key figures in 20th-century art and architecture. 
 Number:  840209 
 Creator/Collector:  Pilter, J. G.
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 Title:  Tour in Algeria  
 Dates:  Nov 1872-Dec 1872 
 Abstract:  A detailed journal of text, photographic prints, maps, and letters documenting Englishman J.G. Pilter's trip to Algeria in 1872. 
 Number:  93.R.33 
 Creator/Collector:  Piper, David
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 Title:  David Piper papers relating to British museums and art institutions  
 Dates:  1916-1990 
 Abstract:  British museum director, art historian, and novelist (1918-1990). These papers reflect Piper's tenure as director of the National Portrait Gallery (1964-1967), the Fitzwilliam Museum (1967-1973), and the Ashmolean Museum (1973-1985), as well as his position on various boards and institutions. The collection consists of letters, notes, essays, reports, clippings, and some single journal issues and promotional material concerning the arts in Britain. 
 Number:  960020 
 Creator/Collector:  Pope-Hennessy, John Wyndham, Sir, 1913-1994
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 Title:  John Pope-Hennessy papers  
 Dates:  1617-1995, bulk 1930-1995 
 Abstract:  The papers document John Pope-Hennessy's professional activities as a historian of Italian Renaissance art, museum director, curator, and teacher. The archive contains museum files, correspondence, study photographs, and manuscripts of his scholarly work. Also included are papers from his family, namely his parents, Ladislas and Una Pope-Hennessy and his brother, James Pope-Hennessy. The family papers include letters, clippings, and manuscripts of published and unpublished works. 
 Number:  990023 
 Creator/Collector:  Porter, Bern, 1911-2004
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 Title:  Bern Porter mail art collection  
 Dates:  1953-1992 (bulk 1978-1992) 
 Abstract:  American physicist, poet, publisher, editor of artists' books, illustrator and mail artist. Collection consists of five collections of mail art preserved by Porter from his own accumulation and those of fellow mail artists John Pyros, Carlo Pittore (née Charles Stanley), Robert Saunders, and Jay Yager. 
 Number:  900270 
 Creator/Collector:  Posada, José Guadalupe, 1852-1913
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 Title:  José Guadalupe Posada prints  
 Dates:  1880-1943 
 Abstract:  A largely self-taught artist who produced more than 20,000 prints, his most well-known pieces for the publisher Antonio Vanegas Arroyo in Mexico City. Most were illustrated broadsides on brightly colored paper and sold by strolling vendors throughout Mexico. Posada influenced the 20th-century Mexican muralists, for whom he was the quintessentially Mexican populist artist. Collection includes newspapers, chapbooks, half-sheet and full-sheet broadsides, all of which are illustrated with Posada's prints. 
 Number:  960060 
 Creator/Collector:  Poupard-Lieussou, Y. (Yves)
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 Title:  Yves Poupard-Lieussou correspondence and collected papers on Dada and Surrealism  
 Dates:  1905-1984 (bulk 1956-1979) 
 Abstract:  French scholar of Dada and surrealism, and vice president of the Association pour l'Étude de Dada et du Surréalisme. Collection consists of correspondence received by Poupard-Lieussou from artists, writers, publishers, critics, and scholars, mainly 1956-1979. Includes bio-bibliographic notes, drawings, photographs, printed materials, and manuscripts (some unpublished or rare texts) given to Poupard by his correspondents or sometimes hand-copied by himself. 
 Number:  930004 
 Creator/Collector:  Program for Art on Film (New York, N.Y.)
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 Title:  Records  
 Dates:  1951-1999, undated (bulk 1984-1997) 
 Abstract:  Records include correspondence, memoranda, printed matter, minutes, financial and legal documents, films, CD-ROMs, slides, and ephemera produced and collected by the Program for Art on Film, 1951-1999 and undated. Included in the collection are records created and collected by the Program for Art on Film. Among the records created by the Program are correspondence, publications and related correspondence and memoranda, and films. Also included in the records are interviews with filmmakers, in both audio cassette and transcript format, information on two symposia organized by the Program, and records of the Advisory and Managing Committees. Materials collected by the Program include subject files, primarily on art historical topics and film-related topics; information on filmmakers, art historians and artists; brochures and catalogs from film production and distribution companies; information (catalogs, press releases, brochures) on art-related film festivals, both domestic and international; and published materials. 
 Number:  IA20008