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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
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.
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
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

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