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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

Scope and Content of Collection

The press clippings reflect the publicity and coverage the J. Paul Getty Museum, J. Paul Getty Trust, and its programs received in various news and media outlets, 1954-2019 and undated (bulk 1983-2019). The collection includes original, photocopied, digital (.pdf files), and microfilmed and microfiched press clippings from news outlets primarily in the United States, but also from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and other countries. The press clippings dating from 1954 to 1984 were most likely collected from various news sources by early museum staff and later by museum director Stephen Garrett. The press clippings dating 1984-2019 were collected primarily by the Department of Public Affairs (1983-1999), the Trust Communications department (2000-present), and to a lesser extent the Getty Conservation Institute.

Press clipping subjects include J. Paul Getty's family and his associates, Getty's bequest to the museum, acquisitions, events, exhibitions, governance, the Getty programs, Getty staff and trustees, and the Getty Center and Villa, including the opening of the Brentwood Center in 1997. All Getty programs, including those no longer in operation, are represented in the collection.

The clippings provide a sense of the media coverage the Getty has received over the years, but it is not presumed that the set of materials is comprehensive for any given subject or year predating 2015. The collection is expected to expand annually, but as press clipping collection practices change, it is difficult to predict where future materials will be represented in this collection.

In 2014 Trust Communications began to distribute press clippings in a daily email digest format. The daily email digest is comprised of full article text and article excerpts. Some articles have a .pdf scan of the printed publication attached, while others contain a link to the external online publication. The external links were functional at the time the material was captured, however access to these publications cannot be guaranteed in the future. Some articles contain links to the Getty website; these were functional at the time of capture. Since the material was received in email format and then transformed into .pdf files, each digest contains email administrative metadata such as name of recipient, name of sender, date, and subject.


These records are organized into four series:

Series I. Chronological files, 1954-1984, 1990-2019;

Series II. Subject files, 1955-2009, 2013-2014;

Series III. Microfilm and microfiche press clippings, 1972-1990;

Series IV. Magazines, 1967, 1975, 1978, 1984-2008, undated.

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