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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

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection comprises architectural records, photographs, and ephemera documenting the facilities and activities of the Center for the History of Art and the Humanities (GCHAH) of the J. Paul Getty Trust at 401 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, California from approximately 1980 to 1994. The architectural records consist of blueline prints, blueprints, drawings, models, reports, photographs, slides and negatives (1980-1984, 1991, and undated) related to the 401 Wilshire building. This location was the temporary headquarters of the GCHCH, which grew out of the library at the Getty Ranch House and the Getty Villa. Plans from three architectural firms can be found in the records: Batey & Mack; Neptune & Thomas Associates; and Richard Meier & Associates.

The photographs and ephemera include a set of materials assembled to describe the role of the 401 Wilshire Boulevard building as a space for museum objects and activities while the new Getty Center in Brentwood was under construction. These materials include photographs of exhibitions and other events, event programs, event fliers, and a letter written by Musick, Peeler & Garrett (attorneys) on behalf of the J. Paul Getty Trust to the California State Board of Equalization that describes how the space at 401 Wilshire Boulevard was used for the various activities of the GCHAH. Additional photographs depict the former library at the Getty Villa; the new library, reading room, and office space of 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 at the GCHAH.


These records are arranged in two series:
Series I. Photographs and ephemera, 1981, 1983, 1987-1994, and undated
Series II. Architectural records, 1980-1984, 1991, undated

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