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J. Paul Getty and Ashby sisters papers, 1926-1992, undated

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Guide to the J. Paul Getty and Ashby Sisters Papers, 1926-1992, and undated
Series I. Correspondence, 1926-1931, 1950-1971 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
The records consist of personal correspondence and telegrams, 1926-1971, between J. Paul Getty and his second wife, Allene Ashby, and her sister, Belene. Also included is one letter to their mother, Ione, two letters from Norris Bramlett (one to Getty and one to Belene), and one letter from Allene and Belene's sister, Lois Ashby Jensen, to Getty. With the exception of the postcard from Allene, the two letters from Bramlett, and the letter from Lois, all of the letters and telegrams are from Getty; the majority are to Belene.
In the letters to Allene between 1926 and 1928, Getty discusses his travels, how much he misses her, and his homesickness for Los Angeles. The letters to Belene begin in 1931; the bulk date from the 1950s, and continue thereafter on an almost-annual basis. There are no letters dated between 1931 and 1950. In his letters to Belene, Getty discusses Allene's health, monetary gifts made to Belene, passes on general greetings and advice, and acknowledges photographs sent.
All the letters sent by Getty were published in Christine Banks', The Private Life of J. Paul Getty (see Series II. Printed Matter).
Arrangement
These letters are listed individually and are arranged in chronological order.
Box Folder
1987.IA.09-1 1 Telegram to Allene Ashby, October 25, 1926
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter to Allene Ashby, November 30, 1926
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter [to Allene Ashby], June 6, 1927
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter to Allene Ashby, 2 leaves, with envelope, June 26, 1927
1987.IA.09-1 1 Telegram to Allene Ashby, August 20, 1927
1987.IA.09-1 1 Telegram to Allene Ashby, September 7, 1927
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter to Allene Ashby, June 24, 1928
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter to Allene Ashby, with envelope, September 20, 1928
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter to Ione Ashby, with envelope, December 9, 1928
Box
Shared box 1987.IA.09 [2003.IA.14-01] Postcard from Allene Ashby to J. Paul Getty, November 4, 1929
Box Folder
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, June 30, 1931
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, August 9, 1950
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 16, 1952
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 14, 1953
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 27, 1954
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 10, 1956
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter (copy) Lois Ashby Jensen to J. Paul Getty, August 4, 1957
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, September 9, 1957
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten memorandum, Norris Bramlett to J. Paul Getty, October 23, 1957
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, October 31, 1957
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 26, 1957
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby (excerpt), December 5, 1958
1987.IA.09-1 1 Handwritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 27, 1959
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter, Norris Bramlett to Belene Ashby, with envelope, February 10, 1965
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, January 1, 1962
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, December 27, 1965
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, April 15, 1966
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, August 12, 1966
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, February 13, 1969
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, October 2, 1970
1987.IA.09-1 1 Typewritten letter to Belene Ashby, October 12, 1971


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