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Records of facilities at 401 Wilshire, 1980-1994, undated

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Guide to the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities Records of Facilities at 401 Wilshire, 1980-1994, and undated
Series I. Photographs and ephemera, 1981, 1983, 1987-1994, undated, 4.6 linear feet (8 boxes)
These records comprise photographs and ephemera related to the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities (GCHCH), including various photographic materials and a report compiled on behalf of the J. Paul Getty Trust. The photographic materials depict the former library at the Getty Villa; the new library, reading room, office space, and a theatrical performance at the GCHAH at 401 Wilshire Boulevard; the interiors of the facility following the Northridge earthquake (1994); and a site inspection of the Brentwood location, the site of the new Getty Center and future home of the GCHAH program. Some photographs also include staff and researchers. Loose photographs consist of 18 black-and-white photographic prints, 24 color photographic prints, approximately 390 slides, 1 sheet and 109 strips of negatives, and 19 contact sheets (1981, 1983, 1994, and undated).
The report serves as a fairly comprehensive overview of GCHCH activities and contains materials assembled to describe the role of the 401 Wilshire Boulevard building as a space for the storage and display of museum and library holdings and scholarly research activities. The report includes photographs of exhibitions and other events, event programs, event fliers from 1987 to 1993, and a 1993 letter written by Musick, Peeler & Garrett (attorneys) on behalf of the J. Paul Getty Trust that describes how the space at 401 Wilshire Boulevard was used for the various activities of the GCHAH.
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These records are arranged in no particular order.
"The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Sales Tax Audit: Vol. I, The Getty Center as a Public Space," 1987-1993 (2 binders)
These records comprise a report titled, "The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Sales Tax Audit: Vol. I, The Getty Center as a Public Space." The "Getty Center" in this case refers to the GCHAH building at 401 Wilshire Boulevard (prior to the construction of the Getty Center in Brentwood). The materials include photographs of exhibitions and other events, event programs, and other documentation assembled for the purpose of establishing the building at 401 Wilshire Boulevard as a public space and thereby establishing the museum and library holdings therein as exempt from sales tax. The material is prefaced by a letter written by Musick, Peeler & Garrett (attorneys) on behalf of the J. Paul Getty Trust to a representative of the California State Board of Equalization. The letter describes the role of the 401 Wilshire site as a space for the storage and public display of museum and library objects and various scholarly research activities. The letter is dated August 3, 1993 and the supporting documentation dates from 1987 to 1993.
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2009.IA.40-01 Part 1
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2009.IA.40-02 Part 2
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1995.IA.01-01 GCHAH 401 Wilshire renovation, 1983 (2 contact sheets and 47 strips of negatives)
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1986.IA.25-1 GCHAH Library, 1981, undated (11 photographs)
Photographs depict the library in the Villa, unopened boxes of books in the corridor of the library in the Villa, and renovations of the new library space at 401 Wilshire Boulevard.
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1986.IA.34-1 GCHAH 401 Wilshire offices prior to renovation, Center opening, and Center offices post-renovation, undated (7 contact sheets and 24 negative strips)
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1997.IA.06-01 GCHAH 401 Wilshire office reception area and corridor exhibition spaces, undated (5 photographs)
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2009.IA.48-01 GCHAH 401 Wilshire Special Collections Reading Room, staff, and researchers, 1994 and undated (24 color photographic prints, 2 black-and-white prints, 1 contact sheet, and negatives)
These materials comprise 24 color photographic prints (4 x 6 inches each) and negatives of researchers and staff using the GCHAH Special Collections Reading Room at 401 Wilshire. The original envelop that contained the photographs indicates that they were developed 05/17/1994. The records also includes two undated 8 x 10 inch black-and-white portraits of Nicholas Olsberg (Head of Special Collections) and a contact sheet of other black-and-white portraits of Olsberg.
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1986.IA.34-02 GCHCH Brentwood site inspection and 401 Wilshire interior and events, undated (One binder containing 13 sheets of slides and 1 sheet of negatives)
Photographs depict GCHAH Brentwood site inspection, 401 Wilshire office remodeling/construction, and the 401 Wilshire office exterior, offices, library and exhibition spaces. Additionally, the binder includes slides and negatives of a theatrical/comical performance at the 401 Wilshire office.
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1995.IA.01-01 Brentwood site visit, undated (1 contact sheet and 10 strips of negatives)
1995.IA.01-01 Staff portrait: Bill Reider, circa 1983 (3 contact sheets and 3 strips of negatives)
1995.IA.01-01 Staff holiday party, 1993 (3 contact sheets and 4 strips of negatives)
1995.IA.01-01 Art object images, undated (2 contact sheets and 6 strips of negatives)
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2009.IA.52-01 shared box Postcard of exterior of 401 Wilshire, undated (1 postcard, 1 CD-ROM, and 2 photocopies)
One original black-and-white postcard (5 x 7 inches) of First Federal Square (located at 401 Wilshire Boulevard); one CD-Rom containing two images of the postcard (front and back); Two photocopies of the postcard (enlarged to 8 x 10 inches).
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2010.IA.47-01 401 Wilshire interiors in the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake, January 1994 (approximately 50 color photographic prints)


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