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Ranch House records, 1921, 1945-1960s, 1975-1976, 1980s, 1999-2007, undated

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Guide to the J. Paul Getty Ranch House Records, 1921, 1945-1960s, 1975-1976, 1980s, 1999-2007, and undated

Container List

Series I. Historic American Buildings Survey documentation, 1999, 2001, undated 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Records consist of a report and black and white photographs and negatives, 1999, 2001, and undated, of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) conducted for the J. Paul Getty Ranch House by PCR Services Corporation, Santa Monica, California. The report provides a HABS number, and physical description, significance, historical information, architectural information, site description, a bibliography, project information, maps and plans, and an index to the photographs of the Ranch House. Also included are photocopies of half of the photographs.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in the order found within the original accession.
Box Folder
2003.IA.10-1 1 Historic American Buildings Survey Documentation report, September 2001
2003.IA.10-1 4-6 [40 black and white photographs with captions], September 2001 [3 files]
2003.IA.10-1 7-8 [40 original negatives], September 2001 [2 files]
2003.IA.10-1 2 Index to photographs, September 2001
2003.IA.10-1 3 Photocopies of images, September 2001
2003.IA.10-1 9 [Negatives and contact sheets], November 1999 [3 sheets of negatives; 2 copies of each contact sheet.]
2003.IA.10-1 10 [21 color photographs], undated
2003.IA.10-1 11 [28 black and white negatives], September 2001
General note
[Not used in the report.]
2003.IA.10-1 12-14 [28 black and white photographs], September 2001
General note
[3 sets; one with captions on white paper, one with captions on brown paper, one with no captions. Not used in the report.]
Series II. Renovation and administration records, 1954-1982 5.4 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 flat file)
Records consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, contracts, permits, invoices, brochures, and clippings, 1954-1982, pertaining to J. Paul Getty's Ranch House in Malibu, California. The records describe additions and alterations to the Ranch House, and administrative matters pertaining to its maintenance and upkeep.
The records contain information about work undertaken to expand gallery space by the Los Angeles architectural firm of Claud Beelman & Associates, and P.J. Walker Company Builders, in the 1950s; the financial administration of the project was handled by Norris Bramlett. The records describe preparations for a proposed visit by Getty to the Ranch in the 1960s through copies of correspondence between Getty, Norris Bramlett, and Eileen Vogler, interior designer. In March 1973, the Trustees passed a resolution requesting that Getty authorize construction of an access road to the Museum, along Los Liones Road. The records contain detailed information about the costs and planning of this project. In the late 1970s the Trustees explored the possibility of expanding the Ranch House for more gallery space. Gruen Associates was retained to advise the Trustees; their report, related correspondence, and a geological investigation conducted by LeRoy Crandall & Associates is included in the records. The records also contain two inventories of the collections conducted in the late 1970s (the purpose of these inventories is unknown); and letters from Stephen Garrett, Museum Director, to the Ranch House staff discussing their transfer to museum staff.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by subject/project.
Box Folder
1986.IA.50-1 3 Clippings re: museum, letters re: Collector's Choice, 1954-1956
Claud Beelman and Associates addition:
Box Folder
1986.IA.50-1 1 Miscellaneous permits and licenses, 1954, 1957, 1964
1986.IA.50-1 2 Correspondence, invoices, notes re: interior furnishings, smoke detections, 1954, 1957-1958
1986.IA.50-1 4-5 Contract with Walker Co., 1957-1958 [2 files]
1986.IA.50-1 6 Building addition, museum wing, 1957
1986.IA.50-1 7-8 Specifications for alterations and additions, April 16, 1957 [2 files]
J. Paul Getty's possible return:
Box Folder
1986.IA.50-1 9 Correspondence re: Ranch House repairs and furnishings, 1966-1969
1986.IA.50-1 10 Brochures, price lists for furnishings, circa 1969
1986.IA.50-1 11-13 Invoices/expenses for J. Paul Getty's possible return to Ranch House, 1969-1970 [3 files]
1986.IA.50-1 14 To do lists, letters, tallies re: purchases for J. Paul Getty's possible return, 1969-1970
1986.IA.50-1 15 Lists of items received, 1970
1986.IA.50-1 16 Purchases and prices, 1970
1986.IA.50-1 17 Miscellaneous notes, letters re: furnishings, 1970
Los Liones Road (north access):
Box Folder
1986.IA.50-1 18 Invoices, 1973-1974
1986.IA.50-1 19 Grading permit surety bond, 1973
1986.IA.50-1 20 Letters re: geologic inspection, 1973
1986.IA.50-1 21 Insurance, 1973
Box Folder
1986.IA.50-2 1 Costs, 1973-1974
1986.IA.50-2 2 Stabilization, 1973
1986.IA.50-2 3 Trustee request re: road, 1973
1986.IA.50-2 4 Correspondence, permits, reports, 1972-1973
1986.IA.50-2 5 Correspondence, permits, reports, 1969-1972
General note
[Vicinity map, easement map, and Golden Land Investment Corp. map rehoused into Flat file 4.]
Feasibility study:
Box Folder
1986.IA.50-2 6 Feasibility study, ranch (Gruen), correspondence, 1978-1979
1986.IA.50-2 7 Gruen Associates proposal letter, 1978
1986.IA.50-2 8 Gruen feasibility study, 1979
1986.IA.50-2 9 Preliminary geologic investigation report, 1979
General note
[Aerial photograph, topographic maps, and geologic maps rehoused into Box 3.]
1986.IA.50-2 10 Feasibility study, Ranch—clipping re: Santa Monica Mountains, June 1979
1986.IA.50-2 11 Victor Gruen death announcement, 1980
Administration:
Box Folder
1986.IA.50-2 12 Inventory re: ranch, September 15, 1976
1986.IA.50-2 13 Inventory of art object, furniture, furnishings, May 14, 1979
1986.IA.50-2 14 Letters, memos re: Ranch House staff, 1979, undated
1986.IA.50-2 15 Ranch House furniture gifts—letters, memos, 1982
Series III. Architectural drawings, 1921, 1945-1951, 1975-1976, undated 63.8 linear feet (15 flat files)
Records consist of blueprints, blueline prints, and architectural drawings, 1921, 1945-1951, 1975-1976 and undated, from various J. Paul Getty Ranch House renovation and alteration projects. A large portion of this material relates to the renovation of the property by the architect John Byers of Santa Monica, begun in 1946, for both residential and art gallery spaces in the house, and a 1950 art gallery renovation. In some cases the purpose, or jobs, for which drawings were created is unknown.
Arrangement
These records are generally arranged by job and chronologically, and when undated, in the order found within the original accession.
Flatfile
2004.IA.13-2 "Topographic map of 27.325 acres in Canada Sentimento, Rancho Boca de Santa Monica for Claude Parker. Surveyed November 1921. Wilkie Woodward Engineer," November 1921 [2 copies.]
John Byers' renovations:
Flatfile
2004.IA.13-1 "Art Gallery. Donald R. Warren Engineer, floor plans and sections," September 7, 1945
2004.IA.13-1 "Art Gallery. Donald R. Warren Engineer, sections," September 7, 1945
2004.IA.13-1 "Art Gallery. Donald R. Warren Engineer, hip beam framing," September 7, 1945
2004.IA.13-1 "Art Gallery for J. Paul Getty. Roosevelt Blvd. John Byers, Architect. 1st floor plan," October 10, 1945
2004.IA.13-1 "Art Gallery for J. Paul Getty. Roosevelt Blvd. John Byers, Architect. 2nd floor plan," October 10, 1945
2004.IA.13-1 "Art Gallery for J. Paul Getty. Roosevelt Blvd. John Byers, Architect. front elevation," October 10, 1945
2004.IA.13-1 "Art Gallery for J. Paul Getty. Roosevelt Blvd. John Byers, Architect. rear elevation," October 10, 1945
2004.IA.13-1 "Art Gallery for J. Paul Getty. Roosevelt Blvd. John Byers, Architect. interior sections," October 10, 1945
2004.IA.13-1 "Art Gallery for J. Paul Getty. Roosevelt Blvd. John Byers, Architect," October 10, 1945 [Sections looking to front, rear and sides.]
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-5 "Getty 1st Floor, John Byers, architect," April 10, 1946 [Photocopies of Ranch House Blueprints.]
1986.IA.19-5 "Getty 2nd Floor, John Byers, architect," April 10, 1946 [Photocopies of Ranch House Blueprints.]
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-1 "Getty Job – interior elevations. John Byers, Architect," May 22, 1946
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-4 “Cem. Frame at Bronze Door – Getty Job. John Byers, Architect,” undated
1986.IA.19-4 [Unspecified blueprint], undated ["46" on verso. Wall elevation.]
1986.IA.19-4 “Mrs. Getty’s Bedroom. John Byers Architect”, undated ["48" on verso.]
1986.IA.19-4 “Section at Stairs. John Byers, Architect,” May 22, 1946 ["42" on verso.]
1986.IA.19-4 “Footing and Slab Detail – Getty Job. John Byers, Architect,” undated ["44 on verso.]
Flatfile
2004.IA.13-2 "Getty job theatre proscenium," July 13, 1946
2004.IA.13-2 "Getty job roof plan, John Byers, Architect," July 18, 1946
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-3 “Bay plan – Mrs. Getty BR [bedroom]. John Byers, Architect,” July 23, 1946
1986.IA.19-3 “Getty Job, Schedule Exterior Opening,” August 1, 1946
General note
[Possibly John Byers.]
1986.IA.19-3 “Getty Job – Marble Stairs and Iron Handrails. John Byers, Architect,” August 14, 1946
1986.IA.19-3 [Drawing on vellum], undated
General note
[Possibly John Byers. Depicts a small cabinet.]
1986.IA.19-3 "[Untitled], John Byers," 1946
General note
[Ranch House ground floor plan.]
1986.IA.19-3 [Unlabeled], 1946 [With pencil notations, similar handwriting to John Byers drawings. Possibly a wall elevation.]
1986.IA.19-3 [Unlabeled], undated [With pencil notations (small), similar handwriting to John Byers drawings. Unidentified room floor plan.]
Flatfile
2004.IA.13-1 "Residence for Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Getty and family, Second floor plan, John Byers, Architect," August 6, 1946
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-1 "Getty Job – window elevations. John Byers, Architect," August 29, 1946
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-2 “Getty Job. John Byers, architect,” August 29, 1946
General note
[Window specifications.]
Flatfile
2004.IA.13-2 "Getty job. Cellar plan, John Byers, Architect," October 11, 1946
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-1 “Residence Shutters. Getty Job. John Byers, architect,” December 2, 1946
Flatfile
2004.IA.13-2 "Getty 1st floor. John Byers, Architect," 1946
2004.IA.13-2 "Getty 2nd floor. John Byers, Architect," 1946
2004.IA.13-2 "Alternate plan, Second fl. Bath, Getty job," undated
2004.IA.13-2 "Mr. Paul Getty, California, Plan of the Art Gallery. 2nd floor for building, cornice and alterations," undated
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-1 “Kalamein Bronze Doors – Getty”, circa 1946
General note
[Probably John Byers.]
1986.IA.19-1 “Door and Window details, Owner’s Bedroom, Getty Job. John Byers, architect,” circa 1946 [2 blueprints.]
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-2 “Bear Pit and Wolf Run – sheet 1 of 1. John Byers, architect. Parker, Zehnder and Associates, construction engineers,” September 3, 1946 [2 copies.]
1986.IA.19-2 “Bear Pit and Wolf Run – Plot Plan – sheet 2 of 2. Parker, Zehnder and Associates,” September 18, 1946 [2 copies.]
Flatfile
1986.IA.20-8C “Getty At Bronze Door,” undated
1986.IA.20-8C “Tablet at Art Gallery – Getty Job – Roosevelt Highway” John Byers, architect, March 26, 1947
1986.IA.20-8C [Untitled], undated
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-5 “Getty Terrace. John E. Mackel, Structural Engineer,” May 1947
Starling Watson renovations:
Flatfile
2004.IA.13-2 "Plan, Elevation and Sections Retaining Walls. Living Room Terrace for Mr. Paul Getty Residence, Starling Watson," June 3, 1947
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-5 “Dressing Room – Mrs. Getty's – 17900 Roosevelt Highway. The office of Starling Watson,” October 16, 1947 [2 prints. Profiles of molds; elevation plan and details.]
1986.IA.19-5 “Getty Estate Court and Walls. Macco Corporation, Parker Zehnder and Assoc. Engineers,” March 31, 1948
Lighting plans:
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-5 “J. Paul Getty – Detail of Proposed Cove Lighting. Wendel Western, Inc.,” April 29, 1948
1986.IA.19-5 “J. Paul Getty – Detail of Proposed Cove Lighting. Wendel Western, Inc.,” April 29, 1948 [With pencil annotations.]
1986.IA.19-5 “Details for fountain illumination. Wendell Western, Inc.,” May 1948
Art gallery renovation:
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-7 “Art Gallery Mr. Paul Getty – Room Louis XVI – 2nd Floor,” 1950
1986.IA.19-7 “Monsieur Getty Art Gallery," circa 1950
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-8 “Art Gallery Mr. Paul Getty 1st Floor,” October 20, 1950
1986.IA.19-8 “Art Gallery Mr. Paul Getty, First Floor – Return of String Board on Landing,” November 11, 1950
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-9 “Art Gallery Mr. Paul Getty. Los Angeles, Calif. Face Pan Coupe,” November 20, 1950
1986.IA.19-9 “Art Gallery Mr. Paul Getty. Los Angeles, Calif. Detail B Retour Du Limon Sur Le Palier. / Detail A. Coupe Sur Le Limon,” November 20, 1950
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-7 “Art Gallery J. Paul Getty, Los Angeles California, Face Grande Tapisserie,” November 21, 1950
1986.IA.19-7 “Art Gallery J. Paul Getty, Los Angeles California, Plan,” November 21, 1950
1986.IA.19-7 “Art Gallery Monsieur Getty. Tapestry View,” 1950
1986.IA.19-7 “Art Gallery Monsieur Getty. Piece Louis XVI no. 2 2nd floor,” 1950
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-9 “Monsieur Getty Art Gallery. 1st Floor,” circa 1950 [4 torn pieces.]
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-6 “Mr. Paul Getty, Santa Monica, First Floor Room, Elevation Facing Stairs. Jensen Inc.,” December 12, 1950
1986.IA.19-6 “Mr. Paul Getty, Santa Monica, First Floor Room, Entrance Elevation. Jensen Inc.,” December 12, 1950
1986.IA.19-6 “Mr. Paul Getty, Santa Monica, First Floor Room, Elevation Facing Entrance. Jensen Inc.,” December 12, 1950
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-9 “Art Gallery Mr. Paul Getty—Elevation C,” December 13, 1950 ["43" on verso.]
1986.IA.19-9 “Art Gallery Monsieur Paul Getty. Los Angeles, Calif. Room - Louis XVI - 2nd Floor,” December 27, 1950
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-8 “Monsieur Paul Getty, Louis XVI Room, First Floor,” December 27, 1950
1986.IA.19-8 “Monsieur Paul Getty 2nd Floor. Depart Escalier,” December 27, 1950
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-6 “Mr. Paul Getty, Santa Monica Art Gallery, 1st floor. Plans Showing the Modification of the Stripe around the flooring. Jensen Inc., New York,” February 28, 1951
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-9 “Art Gallery Mr. Paul Getty. Los Angeles, Calif. Room. Louis XVI. 2nd Floor,” March 1, 1951
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-6 “Mr. Paul Getty – Details of tapestries, stretchers. Jensen Inc.,” March 2, 1951
Flatfile
2004.IA.13-2 "Mr. Paul Getty, Santa Monica. 1st floor plan. Plan for Wendel Lighting," April 20, 1951
2004.IA.13-2 "Mr. Paul Getty, Santa Monica. 2nd floor room. Plan for Wendel Lighting," April 23, 1951
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-6 “Mr. Paul Getty, 3rd Floor Room, Jensen, Inc.,” April 24, 1951
1986.IA.19-6 “Mr. Paul Getty, 2nd Floor Room, Jensen, Inc.,” April 25, 1951
1986.IA.19-6 “Mr. J. Paul Getty, 1st floor Room. Jensen Inc.,” April 25, 1951
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-9 “Art Gallery Mr. Paul Getty. Los Angeles, Calif. Room. Louis XVI. 2nd Floor,” 1951 [Dated in pencil.]
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-10 “J. Paul Getty Residence, Malibu California: Ground Floor Plan,” March 5, 1975 [9 copies.]
1986.IA.19-10 “J. Paul Getty Residence, Malibu California: Second Floor Plan,” March 5, 1975 [11 copies.]
1986.IA.19-10 “J. Paul Getty Residence, Malibu California: Ground Floor Plan,” June 25, 1975 [4 copies.]
1986.IA.19-10 “J. Paul Getty Residence, Malibu California: Second Floor Plan,” June 25, 1975 [4 copies.]
Flatfile
1986.IA.19-11 “Floor Plan of Guest House,” April 25, 1975 [2 copies.]
1986.IA.19-11 “Floor Plans of Employees’ Cottages,” April 25, 1975 [3 copies.]
1986.IA.19-11 “Suggested additions for servants’ quarters – ground floor plan,” August 15, 1975
1986.IA.19-11 “Suggested additions for servants’ quarters – second floor plan,” August 15, 1975
1986.IA.19-11 “J. Paul Getty Residence, Malibu California: First Floor Plan.” March 5, 1975, revised, January 22, 1976
1986.IA.19-11 “J. Paul Getty Residence, Malibu California: Second Floor Plan.” March 5, 1975, revised, January 22, 1976
Flatfile
1986.IA.19: 12 [Column design, cross sections], undated
General note
["34" on verso.]
1986.IA.19: 12 [Column design, cross sections], undated
General note
["34" on verso.]
1986.IA.19: 12 “Paul Getty Ranch, Santa Monica,” undated [Pencil Drawing, with chalk.]
1986.IA.19: 12 [Sketch for wall design], undated ["47" on verso. In pencil.]
Flatfile
2004.IA.13-2 [Annotated 1st floor plan], undated
2004.IA.13-2 [Annotated second floor plan], undated
2004.IA.13-2 "J. Paul Getty Residence Ground floor plan," March 5, 1975 [Photocopy.]
2004.IA.13-2 [Rear (?) elevation], undated [2 copies.]
Series IV. Photographs and miscellaneous file, circa 1950s-1960s, 1980s, 199-2007, undated 1.0 linear feet (3 boxes and 1 binder)
Records consist of 6 black and white photographs and 45 color photographs, mid-1980s and undated, of the J. Paul Getty Ranch House. The photographs depict the house before, during, and after the renovations of gallery space to office, and conservation and laboratory space; these renovations were carried out after the opening of the Villa rendered the gallery spaces unnecessary.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by accession.
Box
1986.IA.27-1 [6 black and white photographs of the Ranch House before renovation], undated
General note
[The photographs depict Ranch House interiors, primarily office spaces.]
Box Folder
1986.IA.39-1 1 [10 5" x 8" inch photographs of the Ranch House during renovation, taken by Mitchell Hearns Bishop], circa 1980s
1986.IA.39-1 2 [35 8" x 10" inch photographs of the Ranch House during renovation, taken by Mitchell Hearns Bishop], circa 1980s [1 of 2]
1986.IA.39-1 3 [35 8" x 10" inch photographs of the Ranch House during renovation, taken by Mitchell Hearns Bishop], circa 1980s [2 of 2]
Box
2010.IA.04-01 Fredericksen: "Original Ranch House, Grounds, and Museum," circa 1960s 0.2 linear feet (1 binder)
These photographs have been attributed to Burton Fredricksen. Contains 116 color prints and 2 black-and-white prints of the original Ranch House, galleries, grounds, and animals as well as corresponding photographic slides. Prints are approximately 5 x 7 inches each.
Box
2010.IA.04-02 Photos of Ranch house maintained by Villa librarian, circa 1950s (1 folder)
Contains photographs of the Ranch House, grounds, and galleries maintained by Villa librarian Barbara Furbush. Contains 14 black-and-white prints, 3 color prints (approximately 8 x 10 each) and 1 hand-tinted print. Also contains a partial inventory of the photographs, an email related to the photographs, and 4 photographic negatives.
2010.IA.04-02 Ranch House subject file maintained by Villa librarian, 1960s-2007 (1 folder)
File contains photocopies of various sources of information on Mr. Getty and the Ranch House such as newspaper clippings, photographs, publications, and lists of archival resources found at non-Getty repositories. This material was collected and maintained by Barbara Furbush, Villa librarian.


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