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Guide to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Registrar's Office, Registrar Correspondence, 1973-1975
IA20003  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative History
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Registrar correspondence
    Date (inclusive): 1973-1975
    Number: IA20003
    Creator/Collector: J. Paul Getty Museum. Registrar's Office
    Physical Description: 0.63 linear feet (2 boxes)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Institutional Records and Archives
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    archives@getty.edu
    Abstract: The records comprise internal and external correspondence from Pamela Wiget, Registrar of the J. Paul Getty Museum from 1973-1975. The external correspondence contains information on day-to-day administrative activities; the internal correspondence consists of both letters and memoranda addressed primarily to Stephen Garrett, Museum Director, and details day-to-day internal administrative activities.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administrative History

    The J. Paul Getty Museum was established as a charitable trust in 1953 by billionaire J. Paul Getty in order to house his growing art collections. Getty had been collecting art since the 1930s. The J. Paul Getty Museum originally opened in 1954, with relatively little publicity, in two rooms of Mr. Getty's Ranch House in the Pacific Palisades near Malibu, California. By August 1955 the museum in the Ranch House had six gallery areas. In 1956 Mr. Getty began planning a new antiquities gallery, which was completed and opened to the public in mid-December 1957. Each year the number of museum visitors increased, and though Mr. Getty curtailed his art acquisitions activities beginning in 1958, the museum continued to grow.
    In the fall of 1968, after considering various options for expanding the Ranch House, Getty decided to build a separate museum facility on the same property. This new museum was designed in the form of a first-century Roman country house, based primarily on the plans of the ancient Villa dei Papiri just outside of Herculaneum, Italy. The new museum facility opened to the public on January 16, 1974. Although Getty retained the title of Museum Director over the years, he never left his home in England to visit the new museum building, effectively making the Museum Curator or Deputy Director the on-site director. Getty monitored every expense and purchase made by the museum, and staff regularly traveled to Sutton Place, his home outside London, to consult with him on museum matters.
    The Registrar's Office is the place of record for documentation related to art objects in the museum's care. The registrar oversees the receipt, inspection, accession, documentation, and cataloging of objects acquired for collections and/or exhibitions and negotiates the insurance of that object. The registrar maintains object files that document when and how an object is acquired, transported, stored, exhibited, or deaccessioned and handles all related contracts. Pamela Wiget was Registrar of the J. Paul Getty Museum from 1973-1975; she left the Museum in April 1975.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    The records in accession 1986.IA.45 are closed to all except the department that created them, the General Counsel, the director of the originating program or division, or their designees until 2010.
    The following types of records are permanently closed: records containing personal information, records that compromise security or operations, legal communications, legal work product, and records related to donors. The J. Paul Getty Trust reserves the right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    [Cite the item and series (as appropriate)], Correspondence, 1973-1975, Registrar, J. Paul Getty Museum. Institutional Archives, Research Library, Getty Research Institute, Finding aid no. IA20003.

    Acquisition Information

    The material was originally part of accession no. 1986.IA.01 but was assigned no. 1986.IA.45 in January 2006 for purposes of providing better administrative control.

    Processing History

    Initial inventory created by intern post-2003; records were processed and finding aid was created by Sue Luftschein, April 21, 2005.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The records comprise internal and external correspondence from Pamela Wiget, Registrar of the J. Paul Getty Museum from 1973-1975 (although from January to April 1973 she signs correspondence with the title of ‘Secretary’). The external correspondence contains information on day-to-day administrative activities addressed to J. Paul Getty in England, inquiries regarding book and photograph purchases, museum acquisitions, outstanding invoices, and loans of artworks. The internal correspondence consists of both letters and memoranda addressed primarily to Stephen Garrett, Museum Director, and details day-to-day internal administrative activities, including staff salaries and benefits, supply purchases, business procedures, and facilities management. Also included are copies of memos concerning purchases of artworks to curators and other museum staff, with copies to Stephen Garrett.

    Arrangement

    The papers are organized in two series: Series I. External correspondence, January 1973-April 1975; Series II. Internal correspondence, July 1973-April 1975.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Getty, J. Paul (Jean Paul), 1892-1976

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    J. Paul Getty Museum

    Subjects - Topics

    Art museums--Employees
    Art museums--Management
    Museum registrars

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Correspondence
    Memorandums

    Contributors

    Garrett, Stephen, 1922-
    Wiget, Pamela