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By Project MUSE

(June 7, 2020) Getty Publications, the award-winning publisher affiliated with J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute and Getty Conservation Institute, has joined Project MUSE with the goal of providing academic libraries with broader and easier access to a selection of its highly regarded art and art history publications.  A selection of Getty’s e-books will become available in MUSE’s main collection starting in January 2021, marking the first time works from Getty Publications have been available through an online collection. Getty’s open access publications are also becoming available on the MUSE platform and accessible through MUSE’s new Getty Publications landing page. Several OA titles are available now and others will be added through the remainder of 2020.

“Collaborating with Project MUSE is an important next step in the dissemination of Getty work and scholarship. The last few months have made abundantly clear the importance of making content available digitally, and we are excited to be partnering with a fellow non-profit to make our online publications widely available in university libraries for the first time,” said Kara Kirk, publisher at Getty Publications. 

Getty books that will join MUSE’s main collection in 2021 include Photography’s Orientalism, the first in-depth cultural study of works by European and non-European photographers active in the Middle East and India, and Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts, a standard reference in the field of manuscript studies for over twenty years.  

Among the first of Getty’s open access titles now available on MUSE is Keep It Moving, an account of twentieth-century kinetic art and its major developments in the 1950s and 1960s. Other OA titles include Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily in the J. Paul Getty Museum and Values in Heritage Management: Emerging Approaches and Research Directions. The beautifully illustrated Roman Mosaics in the J. Paul Getty Museum, which documents all the mosaics in the Museum’s collection with new color photography and detailed accounts of their discovery and excavation, will join the OA collection on MUSE before the end of the year.

“We are thrilled to have Getty Publications join MUSE at a time when visual content, particularly related to art and art history, is clearly a collection priority for our library partners,” noted Project MUSE director Wendy Queen. “We are also pleased that Getty is immediately making some exceptionally beautiful and interesting works available as part of MUSE’s growing collection of open access content.”

Getty Publications produces award-winning titles that result from or complement the work of J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, and Getty Research Institute. This wide variety of books covers the fields of art, photography, archaeology, architecture, conservation, and the humanities for both the general public and specialists. Publications include illustrated works on artists and art history, exhibition catalogues, works on cultural history, research on the conservation of materials and archaeological sites, scholarly monographs, critical editions of translated works, comprehensive studies of the Getty's collections, and educational books on art to interest children of all ages.

Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community.  Since 1995, the MUSE Journal Collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. Books on Project MUSE offers access to more than 66,000 books from over 100 presses, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content for browsing and discovery.