LA as Subject

Collectively preserving, archiving and sharing the rich history and culture of Los Angeles

Getty Research Institute, Research Library

The Getty Research Institute, Research Library
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-168

Contact: Sarah Sherman and Aimee Lind, Reference Librarians
Phone: 310 440-7390
Fax: 310 440-7780

Institution Type: Archive, Arts Institution/Center, Cultural Institution, Library, Non-profit Organization, Research Center/Institution, Study Center

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Archives and Collections

Located on the Getty Center campus in Brentwood, the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute focuses on the history of art, architecture, and archaeology from prehistory to the contemporary period. Presently, the collections are strongest in the history of western European art and culture in Europe and North America; however, in recent years, they have expanded to include other areas, such as Latin America, Eastern Europe, and selected regions of Asia. The library's foundation lies in its special collections of original documents and objects. Recent acquisitions and initiatives have documented developments during the postwar years in Southern California. The special collections include contemporary artists' photographers' by Los Angeles artists; archives and manuscripts of Southern California artists, writers, and curators such as Sam Francis, Robert Irwin, and Henry Hopkins; archives of art publications such as High Performance magazine; prints, drawings, and multiples, including a complete set of those produced by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; rare photographs and photographersÂ’ archives, such as Charles Brittin's; architectural drawings and comprehensive archives such as John Parkinson's drawings for Union Station, the Walt Disney Concert Hall documentation, the Pierre Koenig and John Lautner archives, and the Julius Shulman Photography Archive highlighting Los Angeles architecture. Documenting the advanced art that put Los Angeles and Southern California on the map of the international art world, Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive, now part of the Research Library's collections, contains close to 5000 tapes and supporting files.

Type of Materials: Architectural Drawings, Artist files, Artworks, Audio Recordings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Databases, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Institutional Publications, Institutional Records, Large Format Papers, Manuscripts, Maps, Memorabilia, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Official Records, Oral Histories, Photographic Equipment, Photographs, Postcards, Printed Works, Prints/Posters, Rare Books, Serials, Slides, Yearbooks

Time Periods: 1900-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980

Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, African Descent, Armenian Descent, Asian Descent, European Descent, Jewish Descent, Mexican Descent/Chicano/Latino, Middle Eastern Descent, Native American Descent/Indigenous, Multiethnic, Lower to Middle Income, Middle to Upper Income, Highest Income


Catalog System: Primo, Rosetta, Alma
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Repository/Depository: Yes
Loan To Others: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Makes Purchases: Yes
Formalized Purchases: Yes
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Class Visits, Conferences/Conventions, Exhibitions, Internet, Library Events, Meetings, Newsletter, OCLC/RLIN, Online Catalog, Public Lectures & Programs, Publications, Student Orientations