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J. Paul Getty Trust press clippings, 1954-2019, undated (bulk 1983-2019)

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J. Paul Getty Trust Press Clippings

Administrative History

The J. Paul Getty Trust's origins date to 1953, when J. Paul Getty established the J. Paul Getty Museum as a California charitable trust to house his growing art collections. Originally a small, private institution located in Mr. Getty's ranch house in Malibu, the museum moved to the newly constructed Villa on grounds adjacent to the ranch house in 1974. When most of Mr. Getty's personal estate passed to the Trust in 1982, the Trustees decided that, given the size of the endowment, it should make a greater contribution to the visual arts and humanities than the museum could alone. Out of this resolve grew an expanded commitment to the arts in the general areas of scholarship, conservation, and education. This took the shape of new programs including the Center for the History of Arts and Humanities (GCHAH), Art History Information Program (AHIP), Conservation Institute (GCI), Grant Program, and Center for Education in the Arts (GCEA). Smaller programs include the Museum Management Institute (MMI), a joint venture with the Art Museum Association of America, and the Program for Art on Film, a joint venture with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1983 the Trust's corporate name was changed from the J. Paul Getty Museum to the J. Paul Getty Trust to reflect its broader scope, with the museum becoming an operating program of the Trust. On December 16, 1997, the Getty Center, a new unified facility housing all Getty programs, was opened in Brentwood, CA.

As the Trust matured, several of the programs underwent administrative and functional reorganizations resulting in name changes or dissolutions. AHIP's name was changed to the Getty Information Institute (GII) in 1996 as part of a new identity program instituted by the Trust just prior to occupancy of their new unified facility. The GII was dissolved in 1999, and many of its functions were absorbed by the Getty Research Institute (GRI). To avoid confusion with the soon-to-open Getty Center in Brentwood, GCHAH was renamed the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities in 1996. Three years later the program's name was shortened to the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The Getty Center for Education in the Arts (GCEA) changed its name to the Getty Education Institute for the Arts (GEI) in 1996, and was disbanded in 1998. In 1996, Program for Art on Film was transferred to the Pratt Institute and the Trust ended its affiliation with the program. The Getty Leadership Institute (GLI) was created in 1996 to administer museum executive education programs, including the Museum Management Institute (MMI). Administration of GLI programs was transferred to the Claremont Graduate University in 2010. The Grant Program changed its name to the Foundation in January 2005.

Prior to 1983, press clippings were predominantly collected by Stephen Garrett, the architectural consultant for the design and construction of the Getty Villa, and museum director. Press clippings were also collected by other individuals within the J. Paul Getty Museum. In 1983 the Department of Public Affairs was created to manage communciations functions, including the centralized collection and dissemiantion of press clippings, on behalf of the J. Paul Getty Trust and its newly-created programs. The department name was changed from the Department of Public Affairs to the Communications Department in 2000.

In 2014 clippings began to be collected digitally, and compiled, published, and disseminated daily to selected Getty staff via email. Press clip books for selected initiatives and exhibitions continued to to be published in hardcopy format.

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