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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
Series I. J. Paul Getty papers, 1909-1977, 1982-1984, 1989, undated 17.6 Linear Feet (22 boxes, 1 flat file)
Series I.C. Publications, typescripts, and related material, 1940-1976, 1989, undated 1.4 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Records consist of correspondence, invoices, manuscripts, books, and articles, dating from 1940 to 1989 and undated, by or about J. Paul Getty. The bulk of the correspondence concerns Collector's choice, co-authored by Getty and Ethel Le Vane. This correspondence was sent to and received by Le Vane and is mostly concerned with the foreign language editions of the book. The manuscripts/typescripts include drafts of Europe in the eighteenth century, a complete copy of J. Paul Getty as collector, a sample chapter of Midas: the life of J. Paul Getty, by Alice Goldfarb Marquis; and copies of Collector's choice in three languages.
Material is arranged according to format, beginning with correspondence, followed by Mr. Getty's published works, typescripts, and drafts.
Correspondence, 1940-1975
box folder
1986.IA.48-09 1-3 Printing: history and catalogue, 1940-1941 (3 folders)
1986.IA.48-09 4-8 Correspondence re: Collector's choice, 1955-1964, 1970, 1975 (5 folders)
Shared 2014.IA.02; 2018.IA.58 J. Paul Getty correspondence with Playboy/HMH Publishing Co. staff and Hugh Hefner, fan mail, and internal memos primarily re: How to Be Rich, and articles contributed by Getty, 1961, 1966, 1967
Publications, 1949, 1955-1968, 1976, 1989, undated
Published works:
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, Europe in the eighteenth century, 1949
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, and Ethel Le Vane, Streifzüge eines kunstsammlers, 1955
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, and Ethel Le Vane, Vingt mille lieues dans les musées, 1955
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, and Ethel Le Vane, Collector's choice, 1956
1987.IA.05-01 Hewins, Ralph, J. Paul Getty: The richest American, 1961
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, "What makes an executive?" Playboy Magazine, May 1962
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, My life and fortunes, 1963
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, How to be rich, 1965
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, The joys of collecting, 1965
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, "The homogenized man: a plea for the preservation of the individual in our increasingly pigeonholed society," Playboy Magazine, August 1965
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, "Quitting time," Playboy Magazine (photocopy), February 1967
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, The golden age, 1968
1987.IA.05-01 Getty, J. Paul, As I see it: the autobiography of J. Paul Getty, 1976
1987.IA.05-01 Biographies in bronze: portrait sculpture by Robert Berks, exhibition catalog featuring a bronze bust of J. Paul Getty, 1989
Typescripts and drafts:
box folder
1986.IA.22-01 4-11 "J. Paul Getty as a collector," articles by Museum curators, Fredericksen, Wilson, and Frel, 1982 (8 folders)
1986.IA.22-01 14-15 Sample chapter, Marquis, "Midas: The life of J. Paul Getty," 1983 (2 folders)
2010.IA.17-02 Europe in the eighteenth century typescript and annotated drafts, undated
Shared 1987.IA.16-01; 2004.IA.17; 2009.IA.36; 2011.IA.44 Getty, J. Paul, "A journey from Corinth," undated (2 folders)

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