In 2015, the Oral History Center began a partnership with the J. Paul Getty Trust to document the history of the organization and its impact on the art world through the Getty Trust Oral History Project. This joint venture was part of the Getty’s broader mission to expand knowledge and appreciation for art. The focus of these oral history interviews were longtime staff members and trustees who made significant contributions to the field and had an impact on the direction of the Getty Trust, often at pivotal moments. These interviews also included important artists, including Chicanx and Latin American artists associated with the Getty Museum exhibition Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
In 2018, this partnership expanded in order to document the history of prominent African American artists as part of the Getty Research Institute’s (GRI) African American Art History Initiative. These oral histories complement the GRI’s ongoing work to collect, preserve, and interpret the art and legacies of these artists.