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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:  Becket, Welton D.
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 Title:  Welton Becket architectural drawings and photographs  
 Dates:  1913-2009, bulk 1930-1969 
 Abstract:  The Welton Becket architectural drawings and photographs document the career of this architect whose iconic designs defined the built environment of Los Angeles in the mid-twentieth century. Comprised of over 10,000 drawings and over 1500 photographs, the collection includes a selection of projects from Becket's earliest independent work in 1930, through his involvement in the firms of Plummer, Wurdeman and Becket; Wurdeman and Becket; and Welton Becket and Associates, until his death in 1969. The archive also contributes to the discussion of structural and theoretical changes in architectural practice in the mid-twentieth century. 
 Number:  2010.M.83 
2Creator/Collector:  Lyman, Frederic P., III, 1927-2005
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 Title:  Frederic Lyman papers  
 Dates:  1923-2001 
 Abstract:  The Frederic Lyman papers document the career of this southern California architect, who although little known today, was once deemed one of the most talented architects of his generation. Composed of over 1800 drawings and two models, as well as photographs, the archive records Lyman's architectural designs and provides limited glimpses of his other passions of architectural education and social and environmental activism. 
 Number:  2011.M.31 
3Creator/Collector:  Israel, Franklin D.
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 Title:  Franklin D. Israel papers  
 Dates:  1967-1996 
 Abstract:  Los Angeles-based architect Frank Israel contributed substantially toward the architectural discourse of the 1980s and early 1990s, and served as a key link between the modernist generation of California architects and the work of current practitioners. The archive comprises about 8,000 original drawings and prints, 38 models, photographs, articles, and extensive office records and correspondence files that encompass Israel's design process while also providing insight into the establishment of firms and modern architectural business practice. 
 Number:  2009.M.6 
4Creator/Collector:  Lautner, John
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 Title:  John Lautner papers  
 Dates:  1929-2002 
 Abstract:  The John Lautner papers contain the comprehensive archive of this Southern California architect who became famous for such innovative structures as Chemosphere (the Malin House) and Silvertop (the Reiner House). Comprised of about 10,000 drawings, photographs and slides, and 17 models, plus Lautner's office and correspondence files, the archive is an important resource for the study of Southern California modernism in all its diverse aspects. The drawings detailing the structural engineering that enabled Lautner to create his sculpturally innovative houses will be of particular interest to historians of architecture and science. 
 Number:  2007.M.13 
5Creator/Collector:  Koenig, Pierre
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 Title:  Pierre Koenig papers and drawings  
 Dates:  1925-2007 
 Abstract:  The archive of Los Angeles architect Pierre Koenig, consisting of drawings, photographs, documents, writings and client correspondence, and three models. The archive is an important resource for the study of Southern California Modernism, as well as for the study of pre-fabrication in housing in the United States. 
 Number:  2006.M.30 
6Creator/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