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J. Paul Getty Trust press releases and public outreach materials, 1954-1959, 1973-2019 (bulk 1983-2019)

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J. Paul Getty Trust Press Releases and Public Outreach Materials

Scope and Content of Collection

These records comprise press releases, press kits, event calendars, and magazines created and published by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the J. Paul Getty Trust, and date from 1954 to 1959 and 1973 to 2019 (bulk 1983-2019). The collection includes original, photocopied, and digital (.pdf and .mht) files. The materials, intended to publicize Getty events and activities to the media and the public, were disseminated by the J. Paul Getty Museum (1954-1982), the Department of Public Affairs (1983-1999), and the Communications Department (2000-present). The organization issued relatively few press releases until the construction of the Villa Museum in 1974, and it is uncertain if any exist from 1960 to 1972. An increase in press release production came in the early 1980s with the expansion of the Trust and its operations.

Subjects include acquisitions; administration; awards, including Getty Medal recipients; building projects; collaborative projects; cultural property conservation and restoration; exhibitions; grant awards; logistical advisories; organizational initiatives; publication announcements; public and scholarly events; senior personnel and board of trustees appointments; and others. Of note are the J. Paul Getty Museum 1954 opening press release, transcriptions of news articles regarding the opening that were published in local media outlets, opening day remarks, and event flow for the opening day reception; and various press kits documenting the building of the Getty Center in Brentwood, including site and architect selection, center design, construction, and the 1997 opening. All Getty programs, including those no longer in operation, are represented.

While the number of press releases, press kits, calendars, and magazines in this collection is extensive, it is not presumed that the materials are comprehensive for any given subject or year, excepting digital press releases dating 2016 to 2019.


These records are organized into five series:

Series I. Chronological press releases, 1954-1959, 1973-2019;

Series II. Press releases, subject files, 1974-2002, 2006;

Series III. Press kits, 1954, 1973, 1983-1984, 1989-2018.

Series IV. Calendars, 1988-1991, 1999, 2016-2019 .

Series V. Magazines, 1986-1997, 2012-2020.

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