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J. Paul Getty family collected papers, 1880s-1989, undated (bulk 1911-1977)

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Getty (J. Paul) family collected papers, circa 1880s-1989, undated
Series III. Photographs, approximately 1880s-1970s 2.4 Linear Feet (7 boxes containing over 100 unique images)
Materials consist primarily of black-and-white photographs and negatives, dating from approximately the 1880s to the 1970s, of J. Paul Getty, family, friends, properties, and city and landscape views. The materials also include several images of the J. Paul Getty Museum and galleries during its early years. The images are black-and-white unless otherwise specified.
The images are of various sizes, and are largely undated and unidentified. The majority of these photographs once belonged to J. Paul Getty, while a smaller number of them seem to have belonged to his father, George F. Getty I. The photographs come from several different sources, including Ralph Hewins, Getty's biographer.
When negatives were found together in an envelope they have been kept together in a set. The photographic prints, having arrived in the archives in a state of complete disarray, have been roughly organized by subject. Negatives can be found for some of the prints in this group of photographs and vice versa, but such relationships are uncommon.
Please note that image counts are approximate and represent the number of unique images (not counting duplicates).
Arrangement
The provenance of the photographs has been obscured by time. In an effort to improve access, the photographic prints and negatives in each accession are arranged in binders and roughly grouped by subject.
Sets of photographic negatives, when present, have been placed at the back of the last binder of each accession. Sets have been assigned alphabetical identities by the Archives to facilitate retrieval. Rather than attempting to match the negatives with corresponding prints, these sets of negatives have been left in the order in which they were received.
Individual negatives created by the Archives have been housed with their associated prints when possible.
J. Paul Getty:
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2010.IA.17-06 Set A Portrait of J. Paul Getty as child, undated (1 photographic negative)
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1986.IA.22-02 J. Paul Getty in 8th grade class portrait, Emerson School, May 23, 1906 (1 photographic print)
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2010.IA.17-06 Set A J. Paul Getty shipboard as a young adult, undated (3 photographic negatives)
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2010.IA.17-03 Souvenir photographs of J. Paul Getty and guests at various nightclubs, 1950s and undated (10 black-and-white photographic prints of various sizes enclosed in cardstock frames imprinted with nightclub logos)
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2010.IA.17-06 Set H J. Paul Getty with first wife, Jeanette Demont, undated (1 photographic negative)
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1986.IA.22-02 J. Paul Getty at his desk, circa 1939-1945
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2010.IA.17-06 J. Paul Getty at work, traveling, and at leisure, 1935, 1949, and undated (approximately 30 black-and-white photographic prints, various sizes)
Includes snapshots of Getty with former wife, Allene, and with unidentified women and children.
2010.IA.17-06 Set B J. Paul Getty in swimsuit, undated (1 photographic negative)
2010.IA.17-06 Set B J. Paul Getty in front of automobile and in front of low stone wall, undated (2 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set C J. Paul Getty in front of automobile, undated (3 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set C J. Paul Getty at beach, undated (2 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set D J. Paul Getty in front of automobile and in front of stone wall, undated (1 photographic negative)
2010.IA.17-06 Set D J. Paul Getty in front of equine statues, undated (1 photographic negative)
2010.IA.17-06 Set F J. Paul Getty with dog (landscape in background), undated (1 photographic negative)
2010.IA.17-06 Set G J. Paul Getty with dog (on tennis court?), undated (1 photographic negative)
2010.IA.17-06 Set G J. Paul Getty at beach, undated (1 photographic negative)
2010.IA.17-06 Set H J. Paul Getty with landscape in background, undated (1 photographic negative)
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1986.IA.22-02 J. Paul Getty portrait in profile, 1939
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2007.IA.32-01 J. Paul Getty portraits taken at Sutton Place, undated (3 photographic prints and corresponding negatives)
2007.IA.32-01 J. Paul Getty and guests at Sutton Place, including Getty Villa planning meetings, undated (10 photographic prints and corresponding negatives)
2007.IA.32-01 J. Paul Getty hosting annual Christmas party for children at Sutton Place, undated (4 photographic prints and corresponding negatives)
2007.IA.32-01 J. Paul Getty color portraits taken at Sutton Place, 1970s (5 photographic prints and corresponding negatives)
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1986.IA.48-12 1 J. Paul Getty with Richard M. Nixon, undated (1 photographic print and corresponding negative)
1986.IA.48-12 1 J. Paul Getty with son and others, undated (6 photographic prints and 2 negatives)
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1986.IA.22-02 J. Paul Getty presenting trophy to Boyer Coe, Mr. Universe (London), 1973 (2 photographic prints and one document)
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1986.IA.48-11 J. Paul Getty headshot (pinstriped suit), undated (1 photographic print)
1986.IA.48-11 J. Paul Getty standing on a country road in front of barbed wire fence, undated (1 photographic print with corresponding negative)
1986.IA.48-11 J. Paul Getty in his estate golf cart, the "Getty-up," undated (1 contact print and corresponding negative)
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1986.IA.48-12 J. Paul Getty receiving an honorary degree, undated
Note
See original photograph in Hewins collection.
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1987.IA.16-01 Coffin at Getty Villa burial site, undated (2 color slides)
Travel and leisure:
Sarah C., George F., and J. Paul Getty tour of Europe, probably 1909
Comprises images from the Getty family vacation in the summer of 1909. Includes images of George, Sarah, and Paul (from a distance) in a Chadwick touring car and scenes of Paris, Avignon, Holland, "Strassburg," Stratford on Avon, Oxford, the Rhine River, the Maas River, Monte Carlo, and "the Alps." Includes one picture of 17-year-old Paul in the driver's seat of the car with the Monte Carlo Casino in the background.
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2010.IA.17-06 Prints (approximately 14 photographic prints)
2010.IA.17-06 Set A Negatives (approximately 27 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Snapshots of unidentified scenes, people, and animals (including a chimpanzee), undated (approximately 8 photographic prints)
2010.IA.17-06 Set B European athletic team (weightlifters and perhaps swimmers) group photos and beach scenes, undated (approximately 16 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set C Unidentified beach and outdoor scene, undated (2 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set D European cityscapes, undated (2 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set E European landscapes and street scenes, often featuring an unidentified woman, undated (approximately 15 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set F Ancient ruins and harbor scenes (possibly Herculaneum), undated (approximately 12 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set G Ancient ruins (amphitheatre, aquaduct, and other structures), harbor scenes, street scenes, and volcano, (possibly including Herculaneum), undated (approximately 38 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set H Ancient ruins, landscapes, cityscapes, and street scenes, undated (14 photographic negatives)
General
Images are dark and difficult to identify.
2010.IA.17-06 Photographic postcards, 1934 and undated (11 photographic postcards, sepia and black-and-white)
Sepia postcards depict scenes from Duvall, Wisconsin and unidentified persons. Black-and-white postcards depict Hearst Castle (California), a German train, and Swiss mountain scenes. Some of the postcards are annotated and one is signed "Edith," but none of them have been addressed or posted.
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1986.IA.48-11 Various shots, including rowing, ruins, St Mark's (Venice), ships, a beach (Bahamas), and Hearst Castle, undated (7 photographic prints and 1 photographic postcard)
1986.IA.48-11 New York City and Harbor, 1892, 1909, and undated (4 photographic prints)
J. Paul Getty Museum:
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2007.IA.32-01 Museum staff, including Stephen Garrett, Gillian Wilson, Jiri Frel, and others, 1970s (5 photographic prints with corresponding negatives)
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1986.IA.48-12 3 Ranch House galleries, undated (5 photographic prints)
1986.IA.48-12 2 Ranch House: Louis XVI Gallery, undated (7 photographic prints)
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1986.IA.48-11 Exterior views of J. Paul Getty's Malibu Ranch House, undated (4 photographic prints with corresponding negatives)
1986.IA.48-11 Museum staff: curator Jiri Frel, undated (1 photographic print)
1986.IA.48-11 Ranch House zoo feeding (bear?), undated (1 photographic print)
1986.IA.48-11 Ranch House painting gallery, undated (1 photographic print)
1986.IA.48-11 Interior Ranch House: Guests touring J. Paul Getty Museum and Ethel Le Vane signing book (Collector's Choice), circa 1956 (6 photographic prints and corresponding negatives)
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1987.IA.16-01 Ranch House zoo: bear and bison undated (2 color slides)
Art objects:
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1986.IA.22-02 French furniture images [sent from JPG to David S. Hecht?], undated (6 photographic negatives)
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2007.IA.32-01 Detail of tapestry at Sutton Place (color), undated (1 photographic print and corresponding negative)
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1986.IA.48-12 4 Queen Anne oak panelled room with fireplace (possible model for renovation of "Getty dining room"), undated (1 photographic print and corresponding negative)
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1986.IA.48-11 Unidentified tables (French decorative arts), undated (6 photographic prints)
1986.IA.48-11 Unidentified stautes on pedestals, undated (1 photographic print)
Getty family:
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2010.IA.17-06 George F. and Sarah C. Getty in automobile (San Diego, California), undated (1 photographic print)
2010.IA.17-06 George F. Getty, I portrait, undated (1 black-and-white photographic print)
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1986.IA.22-02 Sarah C. Getty portrait in pearl necklace, circa 1880s (1 photographic print and corresponding negative)
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2010.IA.17-06 Set A Sarah C. Getty (?) shipboard, undated (2 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Sarah C. Getty in armchair, interior of 647 South Kingsley Drive, undated (1 photographic print)
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1986.IA.22-02 Sarah C. Getty in armchair, interior of 647 South Kingsley Drive (enlargement), undated (1 photographic print and corresponding negative)
1986.IA.22-02 George F. Getty II portrait, July 29, 1967 (1 color photographic print)
1986.IA.22-02 George F. Getty II portrait with Dalmation, undated
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2010.IA.17-06 George F. Getty II with puppies (Midland, Texas), approximately 1951-1952 (1 photographic print)
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1986.IA.22-02 Crosshatch portraits of infant sons, undated (Photographs of two unsigned drawings and one photographic negative)
1986.IA.22-02 Portrait of son with Scottish Terrier, undated (1 photographic print)
1986.IA.22-02 Portrait of wife and infant son, undated (1 photographic print)
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2007.IA.32-01 Images of J. Paul Getty's grown sons and other family members at Sutton Place, undated (5 photographic prints and corresponding negatives)
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2010.IA.17-06 Teddy Getty dancing aboard the Queen Mary, undated (1 photographic print, 5 x 7 inches)
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1986.IA.48-12 5 Allene Ashby, undated (2 hand-tinted photographic prints)
Getty residences:
General
Images of Getty's Ranch House near Malibu, California have been placed with images of the J. Paul Getty Museum (above).
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2010.IA.17-06 South Kingsley Drive interior (?) undated (3 photographic prints)
2010.IA.17-06 Set A South Kingsley drive exteriors and interiors, including teenaged J. Paul Getty in the Chadwick, 1908 (approximately 16 photographic negatives)
General
Several of these images are blurred or otherwise of poor quality.
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2007.IA.32-01 Color photographs of Sutton Place interiors, exteriors, and grounds in different seasons, undated (approximately 37 photographic prints and corresponding negatives)
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1986.IA.48-12 6 Sutton Place with Cadillac in driveway, undated (2 photographic prints)
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1986.IA.48-11 Getty home at East 61st Street and 5th Avenue, which was torn down to clear the site for the Hotel Pierre (New York), circa 1920s (1 photographic print)
Business:
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2010.IA.17-06 Rural scenes with people, horses, and oil derricks in background, undated (5 photographic prints, sepia and black-and-white)
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1986.IA.48-11 Aerial photos of Mexican coast, including Acapulco, where Getty's Hotel Pierre Marques would eventually be constructed, undated (8 photographic prints)
Oil tanker (?), undated
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2010.IA.17-06 Print (1 photographic print)
2010.IA.17-06 Set C Negative (1 photographic negative)
People:
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2010.IA.17-06 Tintype of unidentified boy on a tricycle, undated (1 ferrotype)
2010.IA.17-06 Snapshots of unidentified persons, undated (approximately 18 photographic prints)
2010.IA.17-06 Set C Unidentified woman at beach, in front of auto, and on the deck of a boat, undated (approximately 4 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set D Unidentified woman in front of equine statues and stone columns, undated (2 photographic negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set G Unidentified woman with dog (on tennis court?), undated (1 photographic negative)
2010.IA.17-06 Set H Unidentified woman shipboard, undated (2 photographic negatives)
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1986.IA.48-12 7 Group photo (unidentified persons), undated (1 photographic print)
Other:
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1986.IA.48-11 Exteriors and interiors of unidentified buildings, undated (13 photographic prints)
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2010.IA.17-06 Set I Space-age stewardess leaning over passenger (film or television?), undated (1 strip of 3 black-and-white negatives)
2010.IA.17-06 Set I Red-haired woman in nursery rhyme costume on stage with boy, undated (1 color negative)


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