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Finding Aid to the Hernando G. Villa Collection MS.565
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  • Arrangement
  • Access
  • Preferred citation
  • Processing history
  • Use

  • Title: Hernando G. Villa Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.565
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet (1 document box, 1 oversized portfolio box)
    Date: 1894-1972
    Abstract: Hernando Gonzalo Villa (born 1881, died 1952) was a prominent commercial artist and muralist whose work primarily depicted Native Americans, Mexican vaqueros, California missions, Spanish colonialists, and coastal views. This collection consists of the a sketch book, personal papers, ephemera, photographs, and publications related to Hernando Villa, his artwork, and his family. The material in this collection was created from 1894 to 1972.
    creator: Villa, Hernando Gonzalo, 1881-1952

    Biographical note

    Hernando Gonzalo Villa (born 1881, died 1952) was a prominent commercial artist and muralist whose work primarily depicted Native Americans, Mexican vaqueros, California missions, Spanish colonialists, and coastal views.
    Villa was born in Los Angeles to Esiquia and Miguel de Villa. His parents came to Los Angeles as children from Baja California in 1846 when the area was still part of Mexico. Villa was born in an adobe at what is now the corner of 6th and Spring streets in Los Angeles. He graduated from the Los Angeles School of Art and Design in 1905. Villa established himself as a commercial artist in his native Los Angeles, illustrating magazines including the Pasadena Daily News, The West Coast Magazine, and Town Talk, as well as a variety of artwork ranging from sheet music covers to newspaper advertisements, and a poster for the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago.
    Villa created the bookplate for Joseph Amasa Munk’s Library of Arizoniana at the request of Charles F. Lummis who notes this is in his personal journal on 1910 February 7. Villa also created advertising art for the Southern Pacific Railroad, the Los Angeles Limited, and the Santa Fe Railway. He enjoyed a forty year relationship with the Santa Fe for which he created some of his best known images including the Santa Fe Chief emblem.
    In addition to commercial print work, Villa also executed easel paintings throughout his career which he showed primarily in California. He worked in oil, watercolor, pastel, and charcoal. His most frequent subjects were Native Americans, Mexican vaqueros, California missions, Spanish colonialists, and coastal views. Villa was also a celebrated muralist who created murals for Tally’s New Broadway Theater in Los Angeles in 1916, the New Rialto Theater in Phoenix in 1921, and Citizen Bank in Los Angeles in 1926. Villa won a gold medal for a mural exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in 1915.
    Reference:
    Cook, A. M. Los Angeles Times, undated.

    Arrangement

    • Series 1: Artwork, circa 1903-1930
    • Series 2: Newspaper clippings, 1912-1945
    • Series 3: Personal papers and manuscripts, 1894-1972
    • Series 4: Photographs, circa 1900 - 1950

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. An item-level inventory is available from library staff.

    Preferred citation

    Hernando G. Villa Collection, 1894-1972, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.565; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Processing history

    Biographical note created by Maritxu de Alaiza, 2012 April 5. Processing and finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas, 2013. Publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Santa Fe Railroad.
    Schmid, Rudi, Ph.D., Dean, 1983
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
    Advertisements
    Artists -- United States
    Clippings
    Correspondence
    Drawings
    Indians in art
    Manuscripts
    Photographs
    Sales catalogs
    Scores
    Sheet music
    Sketchbooks
    Star of Taos and Juan
    West (U.S.) -- In art