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Ada Louise Huxtable Archive, Estate Go to Getty

Ada Louise Huxtable left her estate to the Getty, which acquired her archive in December 2012

Architecture writer Ada Louise Huxtable, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic who died Monday at the age of 91, bequeathed her estate and intellectual property rights to the Getty Research Institute, the Getty has announced.

Getty ImagesIn December, 2012, the Getty Research Institute acquired Huxtable's papers, as well as those of her husband, industrial designer L. Garth Huxtable, who died in 1989. The archive includes notes, correspondence, research files, manuscripts, drawings and photographs.

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The Huxtable Archives will become part of the Special Collections at the Getty Research Institute.

“By working with the Getty, Ada Louise Huxtable not only ensured that the wealth of research material she amassed throughout her distinguished career will be accessible to anyone interested in the history of modern architecture but through the gift of her estate she protected her work for posterity and strengthened the field by supporting the Getty’s collecting and research activities,” James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, said in a statement.

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The archive also contains correspondence with friends and colleagues, calendars, note cards documenting research for her books, research files, photographs, manuscripts and drafts of her articles and essays, videotapes on architectural subjects, and Ephemera collected for her research. Her desire was to advance the study of architecture.

Huxtable, who died Monday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, was architecture critic for the Wall Street Journal and served as architecture critic for the New York Times from 1963 to 1982. While at The Times, she received the first Pulitzer Prize awarded for criticism in 1970. 

”For five decades Ada Louise Huxtable was America’s preeminent architecture critic and a foremost voice for historic preservation,” said Thomas Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute. “Indeed the scope of her work is a survey of the history of post-war architecture and the birth of the contemporary preservation movement. Her archive is a tremendous addition to the Getty Research Institute’s wealth of architectural material.”