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Architecture & Design Collections Research Guide

An introduction to the Getty's substantial architecture and design archival holdings, secondary research materials, and online resources, including strategies for researching the built environment.

Notable Southern California Modernism Collections

The Julius Shulman Photography Archive is an excellent resource for researching the modern architecture movement in Southern California. Although he photographed subjects all over the world, Julius Shulman is perhaps best known for his documentation of the architecture of Los Angeles and Palm Springs, particularly the Case Study House program sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine. Many researchers use the Shulman collection in tandem with the papers and drawings of architects of the region in order to form a full picture of the creative process, from original sketches to completed structure.

Tip: All 8 x 10 prints and color transparencies in the Julius Shulman Photography Archive have been digitized. If you find information on a job number in the finding aid but don't find what you're looking for in the digitized images, it is likely only represented in the archive by a contact print or negative. These images can be viewed on site at the Getty or, if you require a digitized version, new photography must be requested via our reproductions and permissions form.