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J. Paul Getty family collected papers, 1880s-1989undated

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Getty (J. Paul) family collected papers, circa 1880s-1989, undated

Administrative Information

Preferred citation

J. Paul Getty Family Collected Papers, circa 1880s-1989, undated (bulk 1911-1977). Institutional Records and Archives. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, IA20009.

Acquisition Information

This collection was assembled from a number of sources and is comprised of the following accessions:

  • 1986.IA.22 transferred by the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities
  • 1986.IA.40 transferred by the J. Paul Getty Trust
  • 1986.IA.48 transferred by the J. Paul Getty Museum (the material was originally part of accession no. 1986.IA.01 and was assigned no. 1986.IA.48 in January 2006 for purposes of providing better administrative control)
  • 1987.IA.05 (unidentified source)
  • 1987.IA.11 transferred by the J. Paul Getty Museum
  • 1987.IA.16 transferred by the J. Paul Getty Estate
  • 1992.IA.03 donated by Zeki Yonet
  • 1997.IA.08 donated by unidentified dealer
  • 1998.IA.07 donated by or acquired from Spencer A. Samuels & Co.
  • 2002.IA.02 (unidentified source)
  • 2004.IA.17 donated to the Institutional Archives by the Nethercutt Collection
  • 2006.IA.05 transferred by the J. Paul Getty Trust
  • 2007.IA.32 donated by Lynda Jenner
  • 2009.IA.36 discovered by Getty Institutional Archives staff during review of unaccessioned legacy records
  • 2010.IA.17 acquired from Scott J. Winslow Associates, Inc.
  • 2011.IA.44 transferred by the J. Paul Getty Trust
  • 2012.IA.37 transferred by the Getty Research Institute
  • 2014.IA.02 donated by Scott J. Winslow
  • 2018.IA.58 donated by John M. McDivitt
  • 2019.IA.56 purchased from Bonhams

Processing History

Phil Curtis created a box list in the summer of 2003, began a preliminary rehousing of the collection, and created and began encoding a preliminary finding aid in November 2004. Sue Luftschein completed the rehousing and restructured and completed this finding aid in August 2005. In 2009, Cyndi Shein processed material accessioned during the Legacy Records Appraisal Project and revised the finding aid accordingly. The acquisition of some of J. Paul Getty's personal papers and George F. and Sarah C. Getty's papers in 2010 introduced new content to the collection; Cyndi Shein processed and added the following accessions: 1997.IA.08; 1998.IA.07; 2006.IA.05; 2007.IA.32; and 2010.IA.17. She then restructured the intellectual arrangement of the materials and rewrote the finding aid to reflect the new nature of the collection. Cyndi Shein added accessions 2011.IA.44, 2012.IA.37, and 2014.IA.02. Sara Seltzer added accession 2018.IA.58. Nancy Enneking added accession 2019.IA.56

Please note that accessions 1987.IA.11, 1992.IA.03, and 1998.IA.07 are housed in shared box 1986.IA.22-02. Accession 2002.IA.02 is housed with the other oversized photographs in box 1986.IA.48-12. Accessions 2004.IA.17, 2009.IA.36, and 2011.IA.44 are housed in shared box 1987.IA.16-01. Accessions 2014.IA.02 and 2018.IA.58 are housed in a shared box.

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