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The Getty Research Institute's vaults hold rare and unique collections in selected areas of art history and visual culture. Predominately works on paper, these collections include rare books, prints, and photographs. Archives, manuscripts, sketchbooks, and albums provide perspectives on artistic production, illuminating intellectual exchanges that fostered creative collaborations. More recent acquisitions focus on art and architecture in Southern California, revealing Los Angeles's significant role in the postwar era.

Notable Works and Collections

Notable Works and Collections

Learn about some of the Getty Research Institute's most significant holdings.

New Acquisitions and Donations

New Acquisitions and Donations

See a listing of selected recent acquisitions.

Major Collecting Areas

Major Collecting Areas

Learn about some of our strongest collecting areas, including collections on alchemy, festivals, modernism, emblem books, optical devices, sketchbooks, artists' books, and video art.

Institutional Archives

Institutional Archives

Learn about the archives of the J. Paul Getty Trust, which are housed at the Research Institute.