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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 VIII. Photographs of museum and museum construction, 1969-1974, 1976, undated (bulk 1971-1974) 5.0 linear feet (1 flat file folder, 3 photo albums, 3 oversize boxes, 1 box)
The records consist of photographs of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Villa) site, photos of the museum construction, and photos taken shortly after the museum's completion, dating 1969-1974, 1976, undated (bulk 1971-1974). The site photos are oversize aerial photos of the Villa site, taken before the beginning of construction, in 1968 and 1969. The majority of the photographic prints are either in three albums (ca. 800-1200 photos) or are loose. The photos in the albums are frequently dated and captioned on the back. A number of copies of photos from the albums have been pasted together to form panoramas, and were assembled by Stephen Garrett to show J. Paul Getty the progress of the construction project. These "paste-ups" are on cardboard backing with captions.
Aerial site photos precede photos of construction progress and completed museum. The construction progress albums precede the "paste-ups". The photos in the albums have been assembled chronologically, the "paste-ups" are in numerical order. Several images of the completed museum are listed at the end.
Aerial site photos
1986.IA.19-46 Aerial photograph of the Getty Malibu property by the Metrex Aerial Surveys Co., August 9, 1968 [3 copies]
General note
[One copy has strips of colored paper and typed labels highlighting Getty land and landmarks surrounding Getty land.]
1986.IA.08-36 Aerial photograph with caption "Preliminary Study for Lower Grove Site, Museum Building shown per Schematic LG-3." From Langdon and Wilson, November 1969
General note
[The photograph has a graphic addition of the proposed museum building added.]
Stephen Garrett's photos of construction progress and completed museum
1987.IA.24-1 Progress photos, February 2, 1971 - March 23, 1972
1987.IA.24-2 Progress photos, April 12, 1972 – August 16, 1973
1987.IA.24-3 Progress photos, August 22, 1973 – July 25, 1974, undated
Construction progress photos, "paste-ups":
Box Folder
1987.IA.24-5 1 1-10, undated (1940s-1950s), July 1969
1987.IA.24-5 2 11-15, undated, March 1970, January 1971
1987.IA.24-5 3 17-20, March-April 1971, December 1971, undated
1987.IA.24-5 4 21-25, undated, May-June 1971, February 1972
1987.IA.24-5 5 25-29, June-August 1971, February 1972
1987.IA.24-5 6 30-35, August-November 1971
1987.IA.24-5 7 36-39, November-December 1971
1987.IA.24-5 8 50-57, April-December 1971
1987.IA.24-5 9 58-63, December 1971-February 1972
Box Folder
1987.IA.24-6 1 64-73, February-June 1972
1987.IA.24-6 2 74-83, June 1972
1987.IA.24-6 3 84-95, July-August 1972
1987.IA.24-6 4 96-104, August-September 1972
1987.IA.24-6 5 105-115, September-October 1972
1987.IA.24-6 6 116-126, November 1972
1987.IA.24-6 7 127-137 November 1972 -January 1973
1987.IA.24-6 8 138-147, January-March 1973
1987.IA.24-6 9 148-149, D, J and unidentified, March 1973, unknown
Box Folder
1987.IA.24-4 1 Photos of completed Museum by Julius Shulman: letter from Shulman, June 11, 1976, re. photos of Sutton place (not present) from 1964., and photocopies of photographs, circa 1976
1987.IA.24-4 2 Color transparencies of completed Museum by Julius Shulman, circa 1974
1987.IA.24-4 3 Photos of completed Museum by Julius Shulman, circa 1974
Box Folder
1986.IA.36-2 2 Oversize photos of museum construction and completed museum, of unidentified origin, undated

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