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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:  Getty, J. Paul (Jean Paul), 1892-1976
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 Title:  Ranch House records  
 Dates:  1921, 1945-1960s, 1975-1976, 1980s, 1999-2007, undated 
 Abstract:  Records consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, legal documents, brochures, clippings, architectural drawings, and photographs, 1921, 1945-1960s, 1975-1976, 1980s, 1999-2007 and undated, that describe the history of, and planned and executed alterations and additions to, J. Paul Getty's Ranch House in Malibu, California. Also included is some administrative material relating to Ranch House personnel. 
 Number:  IA20021 
 Creator/Collector:  Hausmann, Raoul, 1886-1971
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 Title:  Raoul Hausmann correspondence  
 Dates:  1909-1971 (bulk 1960-1970) 
 Abstract:  Austrian artist, one of the founders of the Dada movement; active in Berlin 1912-1933. Collection details Hausmann's life in exile and chronicles his professional activities from 1945 to 1971. Letters to and from artists, writers, dealers, critics, and publishers contain detailed accounts of the original artists of Berlin Dada. 
 Number:  850994 
 Creator/Collector:  Kappe, Ray, 1927-
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 Title:  Ray Kappe papers  
 Dates:  1954-2007 
 Abstract:  Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe is one of Southern California's preeminent designers of modern residential architecture and a long-time educator who founded the influential Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Consisting of drawings, documents, photographs, client correspondence, and writings, the Ray Kappe papers provide a record of Kappe's contribution as an architect in private practice, as a partner in various firms and as an educator. The archive is an important resource for the study of postwar California modernism, and in particular the development of prefabrication and sustainability in modern housing, as well as a valuable resource for studying the recent history of architectural education. 
 Number:  2008.M.36 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Conservation Institute. Field Projects Division
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 Title:  RecorDIM project records  
 Dates:  1994-2009, undated 
 Abstract:  Records comprise reports, meeting materials and handouts, correspondence and memoranda, budgets, contracts, publication development and design material, images, audiocassettes, and ARIS workshop materials, dating 1994-2009 and undated, created and maintained by the Field Projects Division of the Getty Conservation Institute. The materials concern the development, operation, and results of Field Projects' Recording, Documentation, and Information Management (RecorDIM) Initiative. Some of the planning, publication, and ARIS workshop materials are in digital form, consisting of text, database, PowerPoint, image, website, and CAD files. The majority of the records were authored by project director and Field Projects Head, Francois LeBlanc, and by consultant Robin Letellier. Some of the files were also maintained by Christopher Gray, a senior project specialist in Field Projects, and Rand Eppich, project specialist and manager of the Institute's Digital Lab. 
 Number:  IA10016 
 Creator/Collector:  J. Paul Getty Museum. Publications
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 Title:  Records  
 Dates:  1975-1999 
 Abstract:  These records were generated by the J. Paul Getty Trust Publications offices and departments and its related Editorial Committee during the course of day-to-day operations. The records comprise correspondence, memoranda, publishing proposals, budget information (including information from the J. Paul Getty Museum bookstore and the Getty Education Institute), and legal documents, 1975-1999. The bulk of the material contains meeting minutes and agendas; many of these meetings were the occasion to discuss publishing proposals. The records also include documentation on the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, and miscellaneous files regarding publishing activities of the Museum. 
 Number:  IA20005 
 Creator/Collector:  J. Paul Getty Trust
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 Title:  Records and archives administrative records  
 Dates:  1980-1990 
 Abstract:  The records reflect the early development of the records management and archives policies and practices for the emerging J. Paul Getty Trust. The records date from 1980 to 1990 and include reports and recommendations of archival consultant, Nicholas Olsberg as well as the policies and actions that resulted from Olsberg's advice. Materials include research files; correspondence; policies and procedures; and administrative records. 
 Number:  IA40008 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities
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 Title:  Records of facilities at 401 Wilshire  
 Dates:  1980-1994, undated 
 Abstract:  The collection comprises architectural records, photographs, and ephemera documenting the development of the facilities and activities of the Center for the History of Art and the Humanities (GCHAH) of the J. Paul Getty Trust at 401 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, California from 1980 to 1994. The architectural records consist of blueline prints, blueprints, drawings, architectural models, reports, photographs, slides and negatives, for and of 401 Wilshire Boulevard. The photographs and ephemera document the interior spaces of 401 Wilshire Boulevard and the various activities of the GCHAH. 
 Number:  IA20015 
 Creator/Collector:  Galerie Bonnier
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 Title:  Records of Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Galerie Bonnier  
 Dates:  1918-1997 
 Abstract:  Complete business records of the Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm, Sweden (1918-1974) and the successor gallery, Galerie Bonnier, Geneva, Switzerland (1961-1997). The combined galleries dealt in Impressionist, Post-impressionist, Cubist, German Expressionist, and early abstract art. 
 Number:  990074 
 Creator/Collector:  International Congress for Modern Architecture. Belgian Section
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 Title:  Records of the CIAM Belgian Section  
 Dates:  1928-1958 (bulk 1934-1958) 
 Abstract:  Records of the CIAM Belgian section comprise the records of Paul Fitschy, Liège-based secretary of the Belgian Section of the International Congress for Modern Architecture (Congrès internationaux d'architecture moderne), as well as some CIAM-related documents obtained in separate acquisitions. Included are correspondence and documents generated by the Belgian section itself, the central CIAM secretariat in Switzerland, and associated CIAM national sections. The records reflect CIAM's development as an international organism, devoted to discussion and promotion of modern architecture and city planning. The CIAM congresses, particularly those from 1937 to 1956, are well documented, as are the day-to-day operations of the Belgian section. 
 Number:  850865 
 Creator/Collector:  Unidentified
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 Title:  Reports submitted to the Getty Foundation by recipients of conservation grants  
 Dates:  1986-2011 
 Abstract:  The records consist entirely of final and annual progress reports made up of correspondence, reports, surveys, architectural drawings, publications, specifications, print and slide photographic documentation, CD-ROMs, video, and floppy diskettes, dating 1986-2011, submitted to the Getty Foundation by recipients of conservation grants for the purpose of documenting the progress and results of their grant-funded projects. 
 Number:  IA20017 
 Creator/Collector:  Banham, Reyner
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 Title:  Reyner Banham papers  
 Dates:  1877-1988, undated (bulk 1960-1988) 
 Abstract:  British-born architectural historian and critic, educator, and editor, 1922-1988. The collection contains draft manuscripts, printed material and research notes for eight of Banham's published books, for unpublished projects, and many articles and reviews related to the history of architecture and design. Included are the notes and manuscripts for his public lectures and his teaching. Other files document his participation on design juries and his consultation work. 
 Number:  910009 
 Creator/Collector:  Huelsenbeck, Richard, 1892-1974
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 Title:  Richard Huelsenbeck papers  
 Dates:  1910-1978 
 Abstract:  Papers of German poet, Richard Huelsenbeck, who was involved with the Dada movement and edited several of its important journals. The collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, some photographs, clippings and catalogues. 
 Number:  910082 
 Creator/Collector:  Fisher, Robert B., 1919-2004
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 Title:  Robert B. Fisher Collection of Views of Europe  
 Dates:  circa 1850-circa 1920 
 Abstract:  A collection of glass and paper stereographs, glass lantern slides, photographic prints (single and mounted in an album) and photomechanically illustrated travel booklets, primarily depicting European sites and cities, together with some genre scenes and a few non-European views. 
 Number:  94.R.30 
 Creator/Collector:  Irwin, Robert, 1928-
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 Title:  Robert Irwin papers  
 Dates:  circa 1940-2011, bulk 1970-2011 
 Abstract:  Robert Irwin is a California artist associated with the Light and Space movement. His papers document many of Irwin's site-specific, primarily public artworks from the 1980s with correspondence, writings, clippings, drawings, photographs, models, and sound and video recordings. Additions (1999-2011) to the archive include papers, photographs, and drawings relating to the Getty central garden and other projects (ca. 1992-2011). 
 Number:  940081 
 Creator/Collector:  Mapplethorpe, Robert
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 Title:  Robert Mapplethorpe papers and photographs  
 Dates:  circa 1850-2011, bulk 1970-1989 
 Abstract:  The papers and photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) span the artist's career, from his early drawings, collages and jewelry to his renowned photographic work in the 1970s and 1980s. The photographic material in the archive includes Polaroids, photographs, commercial commissions, test shots, and non-editioned prints from the same photography sessions as his editioned prints. Also included in the archive are films, personal and professional correspondence, studio documents, interviews, clippings, exhibition files, financial records, and collected items. 
 Number:  2011.M.20 
 Creator/Collector:  McElroy, Robert R.
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 Title:  Robert R. McElroy photographs of happenings and early performance art  
 Dates:  1959-2012 
 Abstract:  Robert R. McElroy's photographs document performance art and exhibitions by New York artists that took place during the late-1950s to the mid-1960s. Included are prints, contact sheets, negatives, and slides. The collection features photographs of works by Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman. 
 Number:  2014.M.7 
 Creator/Collector:  Valançay, Robert
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 Title:  Robert Valançay correspondence  
 Dates:  1921-1978 
 Abstract:  Collection comprises ca. 1600 letters (ca. 1921-ca. 1978) sent to Robert Valançay, the French poet and critic, from artists and writers of the surrealist group. Twelve letters are from Valançay. The collection includes a translation in manuscript by Valançay, 5 manuscripts by others, printed ephemera, and ca. 50 photographs, most presumably taken by Valançay. 
 Number:  950057 
 Creator/Collector:  Watts, Robert
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 Title:  Robert Watts papers  
 Dates:  1883-1989 (bulk 1940-1988) 
 Abstract:  American artist of mixed media, sculpture, and assemblage, best known as a founding member of Fluxus. The archive consists of correspondence, manuscripts, personal documents, and many photographs and slides documenting Watts' work and affiliations with artists. Also included are three works of art. 
 Number:  2006.M.27 
 Creator/Collector:  Rolf Nelson Gallery
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 Title:  Rolf Nelson Gallery records  
 Dates:  1953-1973 
 Abstract:  The Rolf Nelson Gallery made a significant contribution to the vibrant Southern California art scene of the 1960s by exhibiting emerging as well as established artists. The archive contains correspondence, photographs, and printed ephemera related to the operation of the gallery and Nelson's subsequent work as a private dealer. The collection is rich in materials from Lowell Nesbitt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Judy Chicago, Robert Indiana, Harry Partch and George Herms. 
 Number:  2010.M.38 
 Creator/Collector:  Hooghe, Romeyn de, 1645-1708
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 Title:  Romeyn de Hooghe etchings  
 Dates:  1667-ca.1700 
 Abstract:  Collection contains 59 prints on 67 sheets. Some are signed by Romeyn de Hooghe, some are attributed to him, and several are in his style or copied after him. Most relate to contemporary political, historical events and figures in Europe, and depict elaborate scenes with many details of costume, settings and objects. 
 Number:  P850001 
 Creator/Collector:  Getty Conservation Institute
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 Title:  Royal Bas-Reliefs of Abomey Conservation Project records  
 Dates:  1845-2000 and undated (bulk 1994-1997) 
 Abstract:  The records consist of administrative records, project field materials, project reports, and conference-, publication-, and exhibition-related materials all concerning the Getty Conservation Institute's field project for the conservation of the bas-reliefs of the Royal Palaces of Abomey in the Republic of Benin, West Africa. Project records date from 1994 to 2000 and supplemental reference materials date from 1845 to the 1990s. 
 Number:  IA50001 
 Creator/Collector:  Ranoux, Henri
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 Title:  Rusicade : théâtre romain, Philippeville Album  
 Dates:  1895 
 Abstract:  Album of cyanotypes and text recording archaeological investigations at the ancient site of Rusicada. 
 Number:  90.R.1