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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:  Finlay, Ian Hamilton
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 Title:  Ian Hamilton Finlay papers  
 Dates:  1948-1992 
 Abstract:  This collection details the career and work of Scottish concrete poet/artist, Ian Hamilton Finlay. It includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, garden designs, photographs, project files, clippings, catalogs, and other materials related to his work, his family, colleagues, friends, and the controversies that surrounded him. Materials collected by Simon Cutts, publisher of the Coracle Press. 
 Number:  890144 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Images from Tahiti  
 Dates:  1870-1895 
 Abstract:  The collection of 19 photographs taken by Charles Georges Spitz and Sophia Hoare depicts people and events as well as everyday life in Tahiti during the last three decades of the 19th century. Included are portraits of the Tahitian royal family; photographs depicting the funeral of Pōmare V; and a group portrait of M. Chessé and the chiefs of Tahiti and Mo'orea, taken at the time of France's annexation of Tahiti in 1880. 
 Number:  93.R.90 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Indian portrait album  
 Dates:  1880 
 Abstract:  The album contains 122 carte-de-visite and 11 cabinet card portraits of Indian sitters and related subjects by various photographers including: Bourne & Shepherd; John Burke; Hurrychund Chintamon; Photographie Parisienne, Bombay; Shapoorjee Hormusjee; Vussuntrao Hurrychund & Co.; Rustomjee Jamsetjee; David Sykes; and P. Vuccino & Co. 
 Number:  2011.R.17 
 Creator/Collector:  International Design Conference in Aspen
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 Title:  International Design Conference in Aspen records  
 Dates:  1949-2006 
 Abstract:  Founded in 1951, the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA) emulated the Bauhaus philosophy by promoting a close collaboration between modern art, design, and commerce. For more than 50 years the conference served as a forum for designers to discuss and disseminate current developments in the related fields of graphic arts, industrial design, and architecture. The records of the IDCA include office files and correspondence, printed conference materials, photographs, posters, and audio and video recordings. 
 Number:  2007.M.7 
 Creator/Collector:  Internationale situationniste
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 Title:  Internationale Situationniste ephemera  
 Dates:  1947-1975 
 Abstract:  A collection of assembled printed manifestoes, tracts, exhibition catalogs, and posters created by members of Internationale Situationniste (I.S.). The founding of this politically charged artistic and literary movement can be traced through the small amount of ephemera by the Internationale Lettriste and Bauhaus Imaginiste groups, precursors to I.S. 
 Number:  980047 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Art History Information Program
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 Title:  Interviews regarding the study of art history  
 Dates:  1986, 1988, 1990 
 Abstract:  The records comprise interviews that were conducted by the Getty Art History Information Program (AHIP) and Brown University's Institute for Research in Information and Scholarship (IRIS) in 1986 and 1988. The interviews consist of discussions with experts and researchers in the history of art and architecture. The interviews focus on research concerns and practices in an effort to determine what types of automated tools and networked resources would enhance scholarly work in the field of art history. Materials include sound recordings and transcripts. 
 Number:  IA20025 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Research Institute. Research Library
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 Title:  Interviews with art historians  
 Dates:  1991-2002 
 Abstract:  Transcripts, audio recordings, and computer disks preserve interviews with contemporary art historians, archaeologists, bibliographers, and selected key individuals from the J. Paul Getty Trust. 
 Number:  940109 
 Creator/Collector:  J. Paul Getty Trust
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 Title:  Inventory of Getty publications  
 Dates:  1954-2013 
 Abstract:  The materials include publications issued by the J. Paul Getty Trust or Getty Publications, including titles published by, or on behalf of, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, the Getty Research Institute, the Project for Art on Film, the Getty Art History Information Program, the Getty Information Institute, and the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, dating from 1954 to 2012. The materials include museum guides, exhibition catalogues, art books, information on the conservation of art and historical sites, conference notes, J. Paul Getty Trust annual reports, art history resource guides, and material related to arts in education. 
 Number:  IA10020 
 Creator/Collector:  Sandler, Irving, 1925-2018
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 Title:  Irving Sandler papers  
 Dates:  circa 1914-2001, bulk 1950-2000 
 Abstract:  Papers of the American art critic Irving Sandler, including five decades of notes, transcripts and audiotapes of interviews with artists and art professionals, materials documenting art organizations and associations, and correspondence regarding publications, lectures, and academic appointments. 
 Number:  2000.M.43 
 Creator/Collector:  Stollman, Israel
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 Title:  Israel Stollman collection of stereographs  
 Dates:  1850-1979, undated 
 Abstract:  Comprising over 9,100 items, the majority of which are card stereographs (mounted photographic prints), the Israel Stollman collection of stereographs focuses on views of cities and urban areas, especially in the United States. As such the collection is not only a significant resource on the development of modern urban sites, but it also encapsulates the history of the production of stereographs, which flourished from the 1850s through the 1930s. The collection also contains a small number of transparencies and images printed on glass in the form of stereographs and lantern slides, a collection of stereo viewers, and small amount of related ephemera. 
 Number:  2005.R.11 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Italian theater prints  
 Dates:  circa 1550-1983 
 Abstract:  The Italian theater prints collection documents the development of stage design, or scenography, the architecture of theaters, and the iconography of commedia dell'arte characters and masks. 
 Number:  P980004