The categories below cover broad topics represented in the J. Paul Getty Trust Institutional Archives. The highlighted collections listed are not exhaustive of the holdings.


Administrative Records
Created by the Getty's administrative offices and operating programs, these records provide historical context of the four Getty programs and associated projects and activities.


Public Programming and Publications
Records include information about exhibitions; audio and videotapes of symposia, conferences, and lectures; and Getty publications including books, published reports, and printed ephemera announcing programs and activities.


Buildings and Grounds
These records contain program planning, research, design and construction drawings, models, and photo documentation for the building of the Getty Center in Brentwood, the Getty Villa in Malibu, and J. Paul Getty's original Ranch House museum.


Press and Media Coverage
Included are books; articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers; as well as reviews and other press coverage about the Getty and its activities. While these materials are not collected comprehensively, they provide researchers with a means for evaluating the impact of the institution's public programming and its local, national, and international influence.


Collected papers
While collections related to J. Paul Getty as well as the Getty-related personal papers of trustees and key staff members are represented, the Institutional Archives department does not make a concerted effort to collect J. Paul Getty's personal papers or the business records of his various companies. Rather, the focus is on core collections related to his biography and on his approach to collecting art.


Oral histories
These recordings and transcripts of interviews with artists, art historians, and curators were part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative and California Video exhibition. Oral histories also include those conducted with Getty staff and officials documenting the historical context of Getty programs. A broad selection of digitized oral histories is available on the Research Institute website.