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

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dates 1892-1976
city Malibu
stateCA
other citiesMinneapolis, MO; London, United Kingdom;
gender M
historical notes Jean Paul Getty was a collector and patron who inherited George F. Getty, Inc. oil business (reorganized in 1956 as the Getty Oil Company).

Getty collected European paintings, furniture, Greek and Roman sculptures, 18th-century tapestries, silver, and fine Persian carpets, including the 16th-century Ardabil carpet from Tabriz. He housed his collection at Sutton Place and at his ranch house at Malibu, California, one wing of which he opened as the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1954.

Getty left California for good in 1951, leaving a Malibu estate, purchased in 1946, for the display of his art collection.

Getty was married five times: to Jeannette Dumont (1923), Allene Ashby (1925), Adolphine Helmle (1928), Ann Rork (1932), and Louisa Lynch (1939); each marriage ended in divorce.
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1930-1940
1940-1950
1950-1960
1960-1970
1970-1980
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The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Duveen Brothers Records, 1876-1981, bulk 1909-1964 see details...
The Getty Research Institute
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J. Paul Getty collected papers, 1892-1992. see details...
The Getty Research Institute
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Ethel Le Vane Correspondence with Bernard Berenson, 1952-1960. see details...
The Getty Research Institute
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French & Company records, 1911-1998 (bulk 1950-1969) see details...
The Getty Research Institute
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Bernard Berenson letters received from J. Paul Getty, 1952 Oct. 2-1956 April 14. see details...
The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Collected papers for biography of J. Paul Getty, 1957-1973, undated (bulk 1957-1973) see details...
The Getty Research Institute
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Newspaper clippings and miscellaneous papers about J. Paul Getty, 1934-1943. see details...
The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Art and Real Estate Holding Companies records, 1939-1982, undated, bulk 1960-1982. see details...
Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Papers of Armand Hammer, circa 1508-1989. see details...
The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Miscellaneous papers relating to J. Paul Getty, ca. 1914-1983. see details...
Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library, 6th Fl. East,
Reminiscences of Jean Paul Getty : oral history, 1974. see details...
The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Administration records, 1950-1986, undated see details...
The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Assorted building plans, 1941-1967, undated. see details...
The Getty Research Institute
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Photographs of San Francisco 1888, 1890, 1905-1906 see details...
The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Norman Neuerburg papers regarding Getty Villa design and construction, 1966-1987, bulk 1970-1975. see details...
The Getty Research Institute
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Collected photographs and postcards of Los Angeles, ca. 1857-1940. see details...
The Getty Research Institute
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Ranch House records, 1921, 1945-1954, 1975-1976, 1980s, 1999-2007, undated. see details...
The Getty Research Institute
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Records, 1953-2000 see details...
The Getty Research Institute
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Villa construction records, 1960, 1964, 1968-1986, undated, (bulk 1971-1974) see details...
The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Yousuff Karsh portrait photographs of J. Paul Getty and Otto Wittmann, 1964 see details...
Biblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti
The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
The Fototeca Berenson (Villa I Tatti Photo Archives) see details...