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Cultural Heritage Policy Documents
A list of charters, with links to full text documents, tracing the development of cultural policy since 1904.
Conservation of Collections
A case study of preventive conservation in the context of a historic house museum, Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic) in Amsterdam.
Arches Project
A collaborative project to develop an open source web- and GIS-based information system to inventory and manage immovable cultural heritage
Stone Conservation: An Overview of Current Research
This is the second edition authored by Eric Doehne and C.A. Price.
El Pueblo: The Historic Heart of Los Angeles
This illustrated historical narrative recounts the birthplace of Los Angeles.
Palace Sculptures of Abomey
Palace Sculptures of Abomey: History Told on Walls. Available in five sections as downloadable PDFs.
The Conservation of Decorated Surfaces on Earthen ...
Proceedings from this 2004 colloquium organized by the GCI and National Park Service.
Managing Change: Sustainable Approaches to the ...
Examines issues of sustainability as they related to heritage conservation.
Heritage Values in Site Management
Four case studies examining the creations and management of heritage values.
The Los Angeles Watts Towers
Recounts story of Simon Rodia and his creation and its preservation and the history of Watts.
Conservation and Seismic Strengthening of Byzantine ...
Results of a four-year study of seismic retrofitting techniques for these ancient churches.
Planning and Engineering Guidelines for the Seismic ...
Guidelines are the result of 12 years of research undertaken by the Getty Seismic Adobe Project (GASP) on seismic stabilization of historic adobe structures.
Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative
This initiative seeks to identify and address conservation challenges to modern architecture through a research and implementation program.
China Principles
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to develop conservation guidelines for cultural heritage sites in China.
Helen Pashgian: Transcending the Material
Helen Pashgian uses industrial materials such as polyester, epoxy, and acrylic plastics to create sculptures and installations that explore light and perception.
Los Angeles Historic Resource Survey Project
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to research and implement a comprehensive citywide survey of historic resources in Los Angeles.
Terra (1998–2005)
Overview and details of a past GCI project that promotes earthen architectural heritage conservation through international cooperation.
Organization of World Heritage Cities World Symposia
Overview and details of a collaborative GCI project to organize World Symposia for the Organization of World Heritage Cities.
Historic Cities and Urban Settlements Initiative
Overview and details of a GCI project to enhance practices in conservation and management of historic cities and urban settlements.
Eames House Conservation Project
A collaborative project to develop a long-term conservation management and maintenance plan for the 1949 home of Ray and Charles Eames.
Collections in Hot & Humid Environments (1997–2002)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project addressing climate control issues in hot humid regions.
St. Vitus Mosaic in Prague (1992–2008)
Overview and details of a past GCI project that focuses on the conservation of the Last Judgment mosaic on St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.
Alternative Climate Controls for Historic Buildings (2003–2010 ...
Details of a GCI project on climate control strategies for improving collection environments in historical buildings in hot and humid regions.
Values of Heritage (1998–2005)
Overview of a past GCI project to provide tools and methods for assessing values and applying the results to sustainable conservation solutions.
Heritage Values, Stakeholders and Consensus Building
Overview of a Conservation Institute project to advance the ability of heritage professionals to constructively engage with stakeholders.
Management Planning (2009–2013)
Overview of a Getty Conservation Institute project to identify needs in heritage management and to develop ways to address gaps in the field.
Seismic Stabilization of Historic Structures (1990–1996)
Overview and details of a past GCI project that focused on researching methods to provide seismic stabilization for historic buildings.
Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road (1997)
Proceedings of an October 1993 international conference at the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang.
Royal Bas-Reliefs of Abomey (1991-1997)
Overview of a past Getty Conservation Institute project for the conservation of the Salle des Bijoux in the Royal Palaces of Abomey, Benin.
Historic Buildings, Collections and Sites (2002–2003)
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute course offered in partnership with University College London.
Stone Deterioration & Treatment (1986–1991)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute program of research into the deterioration and treatment of stone materials.
Quito (1991–1997)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project that helped to preserve the historic colonial city center of Quito, Ecuador.
RECORDIM: Guiding Principles & Illustrated Examples
Recording, Documentation, and Information Management for the Conservation of Heritage Places: Guiding Principles (one PDF file) & Illustrated Examples (seven PDF files).
Recording, Documentation, Info. Mgmt. Initiative (RecorDIM) ...
Overview and details of a GCI project to identify and bridge the gaps between providers of recording and documentation tools and their users.
Didactic Case Study of Jarash, Jordan
Case study of management of Jarash for use in academic programs, courses, and workshops. Available in 8 downloadable sections or as 1 file.
The Villa Savoye: A Manifesto for Modernity
Public lecture discussing the conservation management plan for this renowned house by Le Corbusier.
Conserving Twentieth-Century Built Heritage: A Bibliography
An extensive subject bibliography on the conservation of modern architectural materials.
Seismic Retrofitting Project: Assessment of Prototype ...
Damage and construction assessments developed for 4 earthen sites in Peru representative of building typologies in Latin America.
Earthen Architecture Initiative Seismic Retrofitting Project: A ...
A bibliography to aid conservation professionals understand built earthen heritage sites & how they respond to earthquakes.
GCI e-Bulletin, April 2010
A bimonthly bulletin providing timely information on the activities of the Getty Conservation Institute.
GCI e-Bulletin, December 2010
A bimonthly bulletin providing timely information on the activities of the Getty Conservation Institute.
GCI e-Bulletin, April 2009
A bimonthly bulletin providing timely information on the activities of the Getty Conservation Institute.
Assessment Report on Shuxiang Temple
Assessment Report on Shuxiang Temple, Chengde - available in 12 sections as downloadable PDFs.
Conference: Seismic Protection of Historic Buildings and ...
An international colloquium that reviewed seismic stabilization of historic buildings and monuments sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Conference: In Situ Archaeological Conservation (1986)
Summary of a forum to discuss the problems associated with conserving archaeological materials, with special regard for sites and those objects which remain in situ.
Conference: Conservation of Cultural Property in Asia and the ...
A summary of a symposium that focused on conservation issues in Asia and the Pacific sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Conference: Conservation of Cultural Property within the ...
Summary of a seminar about the importance of preserving historic city centers and ensembles of cultural property.
Lecture: The California Missions: History, Art, and ...
Details and video of a panel discussion about the history, art, and preservation of the California missions, held on October 20, 2009.
Lecture: Climate Change and Preserving Cultural Heritage in ...
Details and video of a panel discussion at the Getty Center featuring Frances Anderton, Ted Bardacke, Sheryl Carter, Patrice Frey, and Sarah Staniforth
Lecture: Sustainability and Heritage in a World of Change
Details and video of a January 2011 public lecture at the Getty Center on sustainability and cultural heritage.
Lecture: Heritage in the 21st Century City: Managing Growth ...
Details and video of a public lecture on Heritage in the 21st Century City: Managing Growth, Obsolescence, and Change at the Getty Center, June 8, 2011.
Lecture: Spanning History: Bridges of the Los Angeles River
Details and audio of a panel discussion held on April 10, 2008 at the Getty Center.
Lecture: Conservation of the Transfiguration mosaic in the ...
Details and video of a public lecture on the conservation and safeguarding of the Transfiguration mosaic held at the Getty Center, April 14, 2011.
Finishing Touches: Conserving Wall Paintings and Other ...
Details and video of a Getty Conservation Institute panel discussion on April 14, 2010.
Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site: A ...
A values-based case study of this historic site in Canada. 1 of 4 case studies undertaken by the GCIs Research on the Values of Heritage project.
Survey of Damage to Historic Adobe Buildings
Survey of damage to these historic structures following the 1994 Northridge, California, earthquake
Terra 2008
Proceedings from this 2008 conference on the study and conservation of earthen architectural heritage held in Bamako, Mali.
GCI Project Terra Bibliography
A bibliography of literature on earthen architecture. Part of the GCI Project Bibliography series.
Terra Literature Review: An Overview of Earthen Architecture ...
An overview of research in earthen architecture conservation.
Assessing the Values of Cultural Heritage: Research Report
Focuses on methods of identifying, articulating, and establishing cultural significance. 3rd in a series from Research on Values of Heritage project.
Incentives for the Preservation and Rehabilitation of Historic ...
Guidebook for homeowners in Los Angeles to identify financial, tax, and regulatory incentives of benefit to owners of older residential properties.
Values and Heritage Conservation: Research Report

Economics and Heritage Conservation: A Meeting Organized ...
Report of a 1998 meeting to discuss the potential for collaboration and conflict when economic and cultural values are brought together.
10th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage ...
Proceedings of the Organization of World Heritage Cities 10th World Congress in 2009.
Proceedings 9th World Congress of the Organization of World ...
Proceedings from the Organization of World Heritage Cities 9th World Congress.
6th International Conference on Earthen Architecture
6th International Conference on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture: Adobe 90 Preprints, Available in four separate sections as downloadable PDF files.
Proceedings of the GSAP 2006 Colloquium
Proceedings of the Getty Seismic Adobe Project 2006 Colloquium. Available in in 23 downloadable sections or as one PDF file.
Urushi: Proceedings of the Urushi Study Group
Results of research on values and benefits of cultural heritage conservation undertaken by the GCI through its Agora Initiative.
Changing the Heritage Inventory Paradiem: The Arches Open ...
Feature on Arches, an open source geospatial web application of cultural heritage inventory and management. From Volume 28.2, Fall 2013
Key Resources
List of policy documents, online resources, books, journals, and proceedings related to heritage inventories. From Vol.28.2, Fall 2013.
Newsletter 8.3 Fall 1993
Newsletter feature article on efforts by the Getty Conservation Institute to restore the colonial center of Quito, Ecuador.
Lecture: Approaches to Conserving Modern Architecture in the ...
Lecture and video of a panel discussion on conservation principles in the rehabilitation of modern architecture.
Inventories and Heritage Management: The Australian ...
Examines heritage inventories in Australia. From Volume 28.2, Fall 2013
Taking Stock (Discussion)
A discussion among experts in the field on heritage inventories and decision making. From Vol. 28.2, Fall 2013.
Newsletter 14.2 Summer 1999
Newsletter article describing a project to conserve the main retablo, Church of Santo Domingo, Yanhuitlán, Oaxaca.
Newsletter 14.1 Spring 1999
Newsletter article examining a Getty Conservation Institute research project to retrofit historic adobe structures.
Newsletter 8.3 Fall 1993
Newsletter article on a colloquium held in Quito, Ecuador, on seismic stabilization for historic buildings, May-June 1993.
Resources - Newsletter 9.3 Fall 1994 (Getty Conservation)
Newsletter article about seismic stabilization of historic structures in the Balkans by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Eames House Conservation (News Item)
GCI and Eames Foundation are developing a conservation & maintenance plan for house. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012.
Newsletter 12.2 Summer 1997
Newsletter interview with Abilio Dias Fernandes, mayor of Evora, Portugal, calling for a culture of civic participation.
Modern Architecture Initiative (News Item)
GCI launches a new initiative to advance conservation of 20th-century heritage. From Vol. 27.1, Spring 2012.
Newsletter 6.1 Fall 1991
Newsletter article examining issues associated with the preservation of historic cities.
Newsletter 8.3 Fall 1993
Newsletter article on a conference in Cairo, Egypt, convened to expedite assistance in the aftermath of the 1992 earthquake.
Newsletter 8.3 Fall 1993
Newsletter conversation with Jamil Mahuad Witt, mayor of Quito, Ecuador.
Facing Disaster: The Importance of Heritage Inventories in ...
Article discussing importance of heritage inventories in emergency preparation and response. From Volume 28.2, Fall 2013
Westminster Abbey: For Ever New
Dr. John R. Hall, Dean of Westminster, explores the history of this magnificent Abbey. Sept. 23, 2013
Newsletter 8.1 Winter 1993
Newsletter article about the 16th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, Santa Fe, New Mexico, December 1992.
Newsletter 12.1 Spring 1997
Newsletter feature article examining conservation and cultural heritage issues associated with historic urban centers.
Newsletter 17.2 Summer 2002
Newsletter feature article on the preservation of sites of hurtful memory.
Newsletter 17.2 Summer 2002
Newsletter article on the preservation of the Atomic Bomb Dome at Hiroshima, Japan as a symbol of world peace.
Newsletter 17.2 Summer 2002
Newsletter discussion about the preservation of places with difficult pasts.
The Ideal Climate, Risk Management, the ASHRAE Chapter ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Experts' Bibliography
Selected research in climate management from participants in the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies.
Investigations of Climate Control Alternatives for Cultural ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
From Conservation Heating to Slow
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Providing Safe and Practical Environments for Cultural ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Microbial Contamination in Museums & Archives—Health ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Climate Control Systems Design: Twenty-Five Years Later & ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.
Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management ...
Edited transcript from this 2007 GCI-sponsored experts’ meeting in Tenerife, Spain.
Climate-induced Damage of Wood: Numerical Modeling and ...
Discussion paper presented at the 2007 Experts' Roundtable on Sustainable Climate Management Strategies sponsored by the GCI.