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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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1Creator/Collector:  Getty Conservation Institute. Field Projects Division
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 Title:  Getty Conservation Institute Maya Initiative records  
 Dates:  1972-2016, undated 
 Abstract:  The Maya Initiative records date from 1972 to 2016, undated (bulk 1996-2016) and primarily document the Getty Conservation Institute's collaborations with the Instituto Hondureño de Antropología e Historia (IHAH) of Honduras to develop a conservation strategy for the Hieroglyphic Stairway at Copán and with the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y el Arte (CONCULTURA) of El Salvador to develop a site management plan for Joya de Cerén. The records are a mix of analog and digital files and cover the initial planning meetings that led to the Maya Initiative, as well as the logistical planning, progress, findings, and final outputs of the Copán and Joya de Cerén projects. There are also some files pertaining to the El Salvador Earthquake Relief project, another collaboration with CONCULTURA under the Maya Initiative. 
 Number:  IA30023 
2Creator/Collector:  Corris, Michael
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 Title:  Michael Corris papers of the Art & Language New York group  
 Dates:  1965-2002 
 Abstract:  The collection documents the activities of the conceptual art group Art & Language New York. Art & Language New York challenged the assumption that art is necessarily visual by questioning ideas of perception and the institutional stake of museums and the art market. 
 Number:  2003.M.32 
3Creator/Collector:  Huxtable, Ada Louise
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 Title:  Ada Louise Huxtable papers  
 Dates:  1859-2013 (bulk 1954-2012) 
 Abstract:  The Ada Louise Huxtable papers contain the writing and research of the outspoken architecture critic and ardent advocate of the contemporary preservation movement. Huxtable wrote 11 books and worked as a dedicated architecture critic at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. This collection is comprised of correspondence, typescripts, photographs, awards and research files spanning her career as a writer and one of the most important voices in the field of architectural criticism during the second half of the twentieth century. 
 Number:  2013.M.9 
4Creator/Collector:  Francis, Sam, 1923-1994
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 Title:  Sam Francis papers  
 Dates:  1916-2010 (bulk 1950-1994) 
 Abstract:  California born artist Sam Francis was a second generation Abstract Expressionist painter who incorporated influences of Jungian psychology, Buddhism, and Japanese aesthetics into the urban and angst-ridden painting style of the New York School. After living abroad in Paris and Japan, he settled in Los Angeles, where he founded a fine art print press, the Litho Shop, a book press, Lapis Press, and painted prolifically until his death in 1994. The papers document his exhibitions, business ventures, friendships, five marriages, and childhood. 
 Number:  2004.M.8 
5Creator/Collector:  Sleigh, Sylvia
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 Title:  Sylvia Sleigh papers  
 Dates:  1803-2013, undated (bulk 1940-2000) 
 Abstract:  The papers of noted Welsh-born feminist painter Sylvia Sleigh (1916-2010) document her life, career, and the larger context of contemporary feminist art, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1940-2000. Sleigh, a realist painter, moved to the United States in 1961 with her husband, art critic Lawrence Alloway. Sleigh's paintings of nude males in traditional odalisque poses remain her best-known works. She was a central figure in the New York City area feminist art movement of the 1970s. 
 Number:  2004.M.4 
6Creator/Collector:  Willan, Anne
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 Title:  Anne Willan papers  
 Dates:  1570-2018 
 Abstract:  The papers of Anne Willan, a British-American expert in French gastronomy, provide a comprehensive survey of the operations of the École de cuisine La Varenne founded by Willan in Paris in 1975 and of Willan's writings and TV programs. The papers consist of correspondence, brochures, drafts, typescripts, press clippings, photographs, videos, and electronic records. The archive also includes drawings, ephemera, manuscripts and prints collected by Willan and her husband Mark Cherniavsky. Dating from the 16th to the late 20th century, these works illuminate the preparation and consumption of food and its display in England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States. 
 Number:  2018.M.15 
7Creator/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 
8Creator/Collector:  De Herrera, Gloria
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 Title:  Gloria de Herrera papers  
 Dates:  1936-1996 (bulk 1947-1985) 
 Abstract:  American art preparator, restorer, and collector active in Los Angeles and Paris. De Herrera was a close friend of Man Ray, William Nelson Copley, and other notable artists. The papers include correspondence, documents, artworks, photographs, and audiovisual materials documenting De Herrera's milieu and activities. 
 Number:  980024