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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 II. Reports, 1968-1974 2.1 linear feet (5 boxes)
The series includes reports, correspondence, memoranda, lists, articles, clippings, notes, and an index, dating 1968-1974, produced by the consultants, architects, and artisans who worked on the construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Villa). Site studies were submitted to Langdon & Wilson, Architects, regarding J. Paul Getty Museum (Villa) foundations and geologic conditions. Stephen Garret's reports include copies of 60 numbered reports created by him for J. Paul Getty. The reports detail specifics of the Villa planning and construction process which Getty, who was living in England at the time, either needed to be informed of or needed to make a decision about. Langdon & Wilson produced "Specifications for Construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum" in December 1970, and produced thereafter a series of Bulletins as amendments or supplements to the original document. Norman Neuerburg, Langdon & Wilson, and various contractors are represented in a few miscellaneous reports.
Organization
These records are organized into three subseries:
Series II.A. Site studies, 1970, 1972-1974;
Series II.B. Reports from Stephen Garrett, 1968-1973;
Series II.C. Reports from architects and consultants, 1970-1974.
Series II.A. Site studies, 1970, 1972-1974 0.17 linear feet
Records comprise reports and correspondence, dating 1970, 1972-1974, submitted to Langdon & Wilson, Architects, regarding J. Paul Getty Museum (Villa) foundations and geologic conditions. The foundation inspections were prepared by LeRoy Crandall and Associates in collaboration with Edward G. Genter, Jr. and Brandow & Johnston Associates, Structural Engineers. The geologic investigations were performed by Glenn A. Brown and Associates.
Arrangement
The Crandall reports precede the Brown reports.
[Plastic spiral binders and covers have been removed - box contents are a little loose now - may need a spacer; the Geologic Investigation reports are on poor quality paper and should be photocopied]
Box Folder
1986.IA.08-4 1 Report of Foundation Investigation, Proposed Gate Entrance Structure, 1972-1973 [2 copies]
1986.IA.08-4 2 Report of Foundation Investigation, Proposed Building, 1970 [2 copies]
1986.IA.08-4 3 Inspection and Testing of Compacted Fill, and Inspection of Foundation Excavations Museum and Parking Structure, 1974
General note
[Oversized item has been rehoused into 1986.IA.08-37]
1986.IA.08-4 4 Geologic Investigation, Entry and Guard House, 1973 [2 copies]
Series II.B. Reports from Stephen Garrett, 1968-1973 1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
Records include reports, correspondence, memoranda, lists, notes, and an index, dating 1968-1973, maintained in the offices of Norris Bramlett. Stephen Garret prepared 60 numbered reports for J. Paul Getty detailing specifics of the Villa planning and construction process which Getty, who was living in England at the time, either needed to be informed of or needed to make a decision about. Copies of these reports were sent to the Getty Trust in Los Angeles. The reports are often structured in sections describing the work that had been accomplished, offering recommendations, and proposing questions to be answered by Getty. A number of the reports simply summarize discussions held with and decisions made by Getty. Some reports are accounts of meetings with people involved in the Villa project, others seem to include subjects and points of interest which Garrett felt were of interest to Getty, such as a translation of a 19th century text about the Villa dei Papiri. In between the numbered reports, there are shorter memos, correspondence, and notes, typically summarizing discussions and decisions reached in meetings held to review issues raised in the reports.
[Preservation photocopying is required for a portions of a number of folders. Oversize plats and plans need to be rehoused. With the exception of a few reports intended to serve as examples, damaging report covers and plastic fasteners have been removed.]
Arrangement
The records are arranged chronologically. At least two copies of most reports have been preserved.
Box Folder
1986.IA.08-4 5 Index/Listing of reports by Stephen Garrett, 1970, undated
1986.IA.08-4 6 [Memoranda entitled] "Notes on proposed addition to existing museum" and "Comments on proposed design," September 12, 1968 and November 13, 1968
1986.IA.08-4 7 Report #1, August 5, 1969
General note
[The file also includes a memorandum entitled "Decisions made by Mr. Getty...," September 8, 1969; with attached correspondence from Stephen Garrett to Bob Langdon and Norris Bramlett ( September 9, 1970 ); and correspondence from Burton Fredericksen to Norris Bramlett, re. Report #1, September 24, 1969 ]
1986.IA.08-4 8 Report #1, August 5, 1969
General note
[Pages of the first copy are in need of preservation photocopying in the near future]
1986.IA.08-4 9 Report #2, December 10, 1969
General note
[File also includes "Summary of Decisions made by Mr. Getty...," January 9, 1970 ]
1986.IA.08-4 10 Report #3, January 6, 1970
General note
[Contains the first mention of the Villa dei Papiri.] [The file also contains two memos, dating March 20, 1970, "Background information relating to decisions made by Mr. Getty concerning the design of the museum" and "Summary of decisions made by Mr. Getty concerning the design of the museum."]
1986.IA.08-4 11 Report #4, January 9, 1970
General note
[File also includes 2 untitled memos, February 19, 1970 ; "Summary of Decisions made by Mr. Getty...," March 20, 1970 ; "Check and Discuss," March 25, 1970; "Background Information relating to Decisions made by Mr. Getty...;" March 25, 1970 .]
1986.IA.08-4 12 Report #5, April 6, 1970
General note
[File also contains correspondence from Stephen Garrett to J. Paul Getty, re. Decisions on Report #5, April 10, 1970 .]
1986.IA.08-4 13 Report #6, April 16, 1970
Box Folder
1986.IA.08-5 1 Report #7, April 17, 1970
General note
[File also contains "Typical Queries arising out of proposal to reconstruct the Villa dei Papiri...," May 11, 1970 .]
1986.IA.08-5 2 Report #8, June 3, 1970
General note
[File also contains correspondence from Stephen Garrett to J. Paul Getty, re. Decisions on Report #8, June 5, 1970 .]
1986.IA.08-5 3 Report #9, June 12, 1970
General note
[Oversized items have been rehoused into 1986.IA.08-37]
1986.IA.08-5 4 Report #10, August 11, 1970
1986.IA.08-5 5 Report #11, December 23, 1970
General note
[Includes memo "Notes on meeting held at Sutton Place...," December 14, 1970.]
1986.IA.08-5 6 Report #12 – January 14, 1972
General note
[Includes memo "Notes on decisions made by Mr. Getty...," January 28, 1971.]
1986.IA.08-5 7 Report #13, March 15, 1971
General note
[Includes memos "Matters discussed and agreed at meeting...," March 5, 1971; "Notes on matters discussed...," March 8, 1971; untitled memo from Stephen Garrett to J. Paul Getty, March 11, 1971; and "Notes on meeting..."]
1986.IA.08-5 8 Report #14, March 28, 1971
General note
[File also includes "Film," March 31, 1971 with attached telegram April 8, 1971; memos to file from Frank Whitworth, April 7 and 8, 1971; "Matters for discussion at next visit" (undated); and untitled memo from Stephen Garrett to Norris Bramlett, March 3, 1971.]
1986.IA.08-5 9 Report #15, April 12, 1971
General note
[File also contains attached correspondence from Robert Langdon to Norris Bramlett (April 18, 1971); from T. W. Smith (Dinwiddie) to Langdon & Wilson (April 8, 1971); from unknown to Norman Neuerburg (March 30, 1971); and "Notes by Dr Neuerburg – Gallery 14 Hercules Room" – April 14, 1971 with photocopied diagrams.]
1986.IA.08-5 10 Report #16, April 15, 1971
General note
[The file also includes the memo "Notes on telephone conversation...," April 23, 1971.]
1986.IA.08-5 11 Report #17, April 30, 1971
General note
[The file also contains the memos "Notes on various details...," July 12, 1971 and "Notes on decisions reached and comments made...," July 26, 1971.]
1986.IA.08-5 12 Report #18, August 18, 1971
General note
[The file also contains correspondence from T. W. Smith (Dinwiddie) to Langdon & Wilson (August 4, 1971, and Aug 5, 1971); "West Garden" – undated (circa August 1971); and "Reports" – August 18, 1971 (listing of Stephen Garrett reports).]
1986.IA.08-5 13 Report #19, August 23, 1971
1986.IA.08-5 13 Report #20, September 6, 1971
1986.IA.08-5 14 Report #21, September 20, 1971
1986.IA.08-5 14 Report #22, October 7, 1971
1986.IA.08-5 14 Report #23, October 25, 1971
1986.IA.08-5 15 Report #24, November 19, 1971
General note
[The file also contains "Matters for discussion...," November 19, 1971.]
1986.IA.08-5 16 Report #25, December 8, 1971
General note
[The file also contains correspondence from T. W. Smith (Dinwiddie) to Langdon & Wilson (August 5, 1971), T.W. Smith to Norris Bramlett (December 1 and 2, 1971), Emmet Wemple to Stephen Garrett (November 29 and December 1, 1971), and Norman Neuerburg to Stephen Garrett (September 19, 1971). Also unattributed memos entitled "Climate Control J. P. Getty Museum," "Fire Protection Systems – Getty Museum," "Security System Resume," and "Lighting of the Main Floor of the Museum."]
1986.IA.08-5 17 Report #26, December 13, 1971
1986.IA.08-5 17 Report #27, December 29, 1971
1986.IA.08-5 17 Report #28, January 7, 1972
Box Folder
1986.IA.08-6 1 Report #29, February 23, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 2 Report #30, February 28, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 2 Report #31, March 13, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 2 Report #32, April 18, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 3 Report #33, June 8, 1972
General note
[With attached correspondence from Stephen Garrett to Norris Bramlett, June 16, 1972.]
1986.IA.08-6 4 Report #34, June 16, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 4 Report #35, July 4, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 5 Report #36, July 21, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 6 Report #37, July 21, 1972
General note
[File also contains "Proposed design for Ceiling to West Porch" – August 8, 1972.]
1986.IA.08-6 6 Report 37a, "Galleries – Preliminary Schedule of Design and Contents," August 9, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 6 Report #38, August 29, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 7 Report #39, September 15, 1972
General note
[File also contains untitled memo from Stephen Garrett –September 25, 1972 and "Notes on designed submitted by Langdon & Wilson..." – .]
1986.IA.08-6 8 Report #40, September 27, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 8 Report #41, October 11, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 8 Report #42, October 30, 1972
General note
[The file also contains correspondence from Stephen Garrett to J. Paul Getty – October 30, 1972 and "Villa Dei Papiri: proposed excavations" – October 30, 1972.]
1986.IA.08-6 9 Report #43, November 10, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 10 Report #44, November 14, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 10 Report #45, December 19, 1972
1986.IA.08-6 10 Report #46, January 17, 1973
1986.IA.08-6 11 Report #47, January 25, 1973
1986.IA.08-6 11 Report #48, February 26, 1973
1986.IA.08-6 11 Report #49, March 8, 1973
1986.IA.08-6 12 Report #50, April 4, 1973
Box Folder
1986.IA.08-7 1 Report #51, April 4, 1973
1986.IA.08-7 1 Report #52, April 8, 1973
General note
[The file also contains "Signs – Comment on John Follis & Associates Proposals..." – April 25, 1973.]
1986.IA.08-7 2 Report #53, May 4, 1973
1986.IA.08-7 3 Report #54, May 18, 1973
General note
[The file also contains "Progress: as reported in a letter from Norman Neuerburg..." - May 8, 1973.]
1986.IA.08-7 3 Report #55, July 10, 1973
1986.IA.08-7 4 Report #56, July 10, 1973
1986.IA.08-7 4 Report #57, July 13, 1973
1986.IA.08-7 4 Report #58, July 13, 1973
1986.IA.08-7 5 Report #59, August 7, 1973
1986.IA.08-7 6 Report #60, August 8, 1973
General note
[The file also contains "Matters discussed and agreed between Mr. Getty, Mr. Bramlett and Mr. Garrett..." – December 3, 1973.]
Series II.C. Reports from architects and consultants, 1970-1974 0.63 linear feet (2 boxes)
The records consist of reports, with some accompanying memoranda, correspondence, articles, clippings, and notes, dating 1970-1974, that were created by Langdon & Wilson and various contractors to record the progress of the construction of the Villa Museum. The reports were sent to Getty, Norris Bramlett, and Stephen Garrett. Some of the reports record the construction status and responses to specific construction questions.
The majority of the reports were written by Langdon & Wilson, who produced the "Specifications for Construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum" in December 1970 and followed up with a series of Bulletins that served as amendments or supplements to the original document. The first report details the original construction specifications while the Bulletins describe later revisions and additions.
Arrangement
These are arranged chronologically. Two copies of the majority of the Bulletins have been preserved. [Some preservation photocopying is required.]
Box Folder
1986.IA.08-7 7 Reports, memos, and construction schedules, 1970-1972, 1974
General note
[Includes correspondence from Langdon & Wilson, Brandow & Johnson Associates, Dr. Norman Neuerburg, Emmet Wemple, Standard Cabinet Works, Inc., and Ades Engineering Co.]
1986.IA.08-7 8 Reports and research, 1972
General note
[Done at the request of J. Paul Getty by Norman Neuerburg and Anna Hladka (?) re. other recreations of Roman Villas. Includes a monograph (first draft), entitled "Ancient marbles and their use in the J. Paul Getty Museum," unsigned but apparently by Neuerburg. Also includes related articles and clippings. ]
1986.IA.08-7 9 Langdon and Wilson, Specifications for Construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum, December 9, 1970
General note
[With handwritten notes (photocopy).]
1986.IA.08-7 10 Bulletin No. 1 to Specifications for Construction of the J. Paul Getty Museum, February 11, 1971
1986.IA.08-7 11 Bulletin No. 2, June 2, 1971
1986.IA.08-7 12 Bulletin No. 2, June 2, 1971 (duplicate copy)
Box Folder
1986.IA.08-8 1 Bulletin No. 3, January 6, 1972
1986.IA.08-8 1 Bulletin No. 4, February 8, 1972
1986.IA.08-8 2 Bulletin No. 5, April 5, 1972
1986.IA.08-8 2 Bulletin No. 6, May 2, 1972
1986.IA.08-8 3 Bulletin No. 7, May 8, 1972
1986.IA.08-8 4 Bulletin No. 8, June 16, 1972
1986.IA.08-8 5 Bulletin No. 9, June 27, 1972
1986.IA.08-8 6 Bulletin No. 10, July 6, 1972
1986.IA.08-8 6 Bulletin No. 11, September 20, 1972
1986.IA.08-8 6 Bulletin No. 12, October 30, 1972
1986.IA.08-8 7 Bulletin No. 13, December 1, 1972
1986.IA.08-8 7 Bulletin No. 14, July 19, 1973
1986.IA.08-8 8 Bulletin No. 15, August 1, 1973
1986.IA.08-8 9 Bulletin No. 16, August 10, 1973
1986.IA.08-8 10 Bulletin No. 17, August 13, 1973


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