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Getty Villa construction records, 1960, 1964, 1968-1986, undated (bulk 1971-1974)

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Guide to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa Construction Records, 1960, 1964, 1968-1986 and undated (bulk 1971-1974)
Series I. Correspondence, 1968-1981 1.45 linear feet (3.5 boxes)
Series I.A. Chronological correspondence, 1968-1975 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Records comprise correspondence, memoranda, reports, and an oversize plan of Los Liones Canyon, dating from 1968 to 1975, pertaining to the conceptual development and construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Villa). Much of the correspondence consists of copies of outgoing letters and original incoming letters maintained by Norris Bramlett. The majority of the correspondence passed between Getty and members of the Trust/Museum as they discussed the development and construction of the Villa. Memoranda were often written to the file to record conversations with and instructions from Getty. The documents record the evolution of planning from discussion of a simple expansion of the existing ranch house museum wing to the construction of what became the Villa museum.
Specific subjects under discussion include the planned design of the Villa and issues such as security and security systems, gallery arrangement and the display of objects, the flow of visitors, environmental controls, potential maintenance issues, decoration, lighting, staff work space, parking, and access to storage areas. The files also include discussions of building orientation, the development and approval of plans and blueprints, land ownership, zoning and permits, landscaping, construction materials, cost estimates, the sale of Getty Oil stock to fund the construction, preparations for the opening, instructions from Getty on the creation of a museum art catalog and, occasionally, instructions from Getty on the purchase of art.
Letters and memos were predominantly written by Norris Bramlett, Stephen Garrett, J. Paul Getty, Burton Fredericksen, Norman Neuerburg, and Langdon & Wilson (architects). On infrequent occasions correspondence is generated by Janet Fox, Carole Tier, Frank Whitworth, and various consultants.
Some files in this subseries are closely related to the next subseries. Each set of files contains unique documents, but some of the correspondence is duplicated. Sometimes an incoming letter or cc. from, for example, Stephen Garrett maintained in this subseries is found as a copy of an outgoing letter in the next subseries, likewise a copy of an outgoing letter to Garrett in these files seems to have its original in the next subseries. The same is true for some of the correspondence between Garrett and other members of the Trust and Museum as well as with Langdon & Wilson.
Files are listed in chronological order. The original order of the records, however, appears to have been in reverse chronological order and the documents within the files remain in reverse chronological order.
Box Folder
1986.IA.08-1 1 April-December 1968
1986.IA.08-1 2 January-July 1969
General note
[An oversize item has been rehoused into 1986.IA.08-37.]
1986.IA.08-1 3 August-December 1969
General note
[File also contains a formal report (Report #1) from Stephen Garrett to J. Paul Getty on the Museum construction following Garrett's exploratory trip to Los Angeles in July 1969.]
1986.IA.08-1 4 January-July 1970
General note
(Correspondence in March 1970 first mentions the Villa dei Papiri)
1986.IA.08-1 5 August 1970
1986.IA.08-1 6 September-October 1970
1986.IA.08-1 7 November-December 1970
1986.IA.08-1 8 January-November 1971
1986.IA.08-1 9 December 1971-February 1972
1986.IA.08-1 10 March-October 1972
1986.IA.08-1 11 November 1972-December 1973
1986.IA.08-1 12 January-June 1975

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