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On the Record: Art in L.A. 1945-1980
Archival Grants

Support is available to nonprofit institutions for the basic arrangement and description of archival materials related to the history of postwar art in the Los Angeles area in order to make them more accessible to scholars.

On the Record: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 is a special initiative undertaken by the Getty Foundation and the Getty Research Institute to document and preserve the history of postwar art in Southern California. The initiative began with Foundation support for surveys of archival holdings at 22 local museums, universities, and libraries, as well as those of key dealers, critics, and other individuals. Subsequent surveys focused on Latino and African American art in Southern California. Building on the results of the surveys, the Foundation provided On the Record Archival Grants to enable local institutions to arrange and describe their archival collections related to the On the Record initiative and to make them accessible to scholars, staff, and the general public. As the next phase in the initiative, the Foundation is now offering On the Record Exhibition Research and Planning Grants to Southern California institutions to develop a city-wide series of exhibitions scheduled to open between September 2011 and June 2012.

For its part, the Getty Research Institute is conducting an extensive cycle of oral histories to document the experiences of key figures from the postwar art scene and presenting a series of public programs related to On the Record. The Research Institute's Special Collections have also been active in acquiring related collections, such as the archive of architectural photographer Julius Schulman, the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive, and the archive of the High Performance magazine. For more information on the Research Institute's collections and programs, visit

Nonprofit institutions that own significant archival collections (including both documentary and photographic archives) relevant to the history of postwar art in the Los Angeles area art are eligible to apply for support. The collections must be open for use by interested scholars.

Grants are awarded for both planning and implementation phases. Planning grants assist in the development of institutional archives or surveying collections. Implementation grants support the arrangement and description of archival collections, and are expected to result in the creation of an online finding aid. A typical use for such a grant would be to hire consulting archivist(s) to undertake the project.

Requests for support to preserve archival collections are not eligible; however, certain preservation costs may be considered as a part of a larger arrangement and description project.

Preliminary Procedures
The first step in applying for an On the Record Archival Grant is to submit a preliminary letter of inquiry to determine eligibility. The letter (maximum two pages) should include the following:

  1. a short description of the nature and significance of the archival collection;
  2. a brief description of the work for which funding is requested;
  3. a brief description of the way in which scholars currently access the archive;
  4. a brief description of the qualifications of the personnel who will be involved in the project;
  5. an estimate of the amount of financial support to be requested from the Getty Foundation; and
  6. a brief explanation of the nonprofit, charitable, or tax-exempt status of the organization that owns the archive.
Application Availability and Deadline
There are no deadlines for On the Record Archival Grants.

Preliminary letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. If a project described in a preliminary letter is eligible for consideration, the organization will be sent the necessary application instructions.

Please address inquiries to:

Attn: On the Record Archival Grants
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

Phone: (310) 440-7320
Fax (inquiries only): (310) 440-7703

On the Record, LAMCA

Examples of On the Record Archival Grants

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