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Getty Oral History Program interviews, overseen/conducted by Martin Meeker, University of California, Berkeley, 2015-2018

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J. Paul Getty Trust, Getty Oral History Program Interviews Overseen/Conducted by Martin Meeker, University of California, Berkeley, 2015-ongoing

Scope and Content of Collection

Records currently consist of printed transcripts and flash drives containing Word, PDF, MP3 and MP4, wav, and raw video files, dating 2015-2018, of the oral histories created as a part of the new 2015- Getty Oral History Program initiated by Trust President James Cuno and conducted by Martin Meeker, oral historian with The Oral History Center (OHC), Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley. Interviews and video clips may be viewed under the Getty Trust project on the Berkeley Oral History Center website.

All interviews are recorded on high-quality digital video. Each interview is transcribed in its entirety. Draft transcripts are lightly edited by OHC staff and then provided to each interviewee for his/her review and approval. At this point, interviewees are given the opportunity to edit, delete, and/or seal all or portions of their transcript (to the extent permissible under law) for a designated period of time as well. OHC staff then prepare a final transcript, which entails entering the interviewee's edits and preparing a discursive table of contents; if portions of a transcript have been sealed, OHC will prepare two transcripts: an expurgated version for immediate public release and an unexpurgated version that will be placed under seal until the designated release date. Interviewee-approved transcripts are then provided to the Getty to review prior to public release. The Getty has the right to determine if individual transcripts and accompanying audio/visual files (or portions thereof) should be sealed or otherwise put into limited public release (e.g. available only in research libraries) for a designated period time as well. No single transcript or accompanying audiovisual file will be published, deposited in an archive, or otherwise made available to the public until both the interviewee and the Getty provide formal approval. The goal of these measures is to create an environment in which interviewees feel secure in providing as candid and incisive interviews as possible and to protect any proprietary information that may be included in the interviews.


Records are organized into two series: I. Interviews with the arts community, 2015-2017; II. Interviews of significant Getty trustees and staff, 2016-2018.

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