Finding Aid for the Oreste F. Pucciani Papers LSC.0585

Finding aid prepared by Courtney Dean, 2020.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 2020 December 14.
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Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Oreste F. Pucciani papers
Creator: Pucciani F., Oreste, 1916-1999
Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0585
Physical Description: 39.0 Linear Feet (78 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1890-1996
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Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9961873403606533 

Administrative/Biographical History

Oreste Francesco Pucciani was born in Cleveland in 1916, the son of an Italian immigrant. He received his BA from Case Western Reserve in 1939 and his PhD from Harvard in 1943. In 1948 he joined the UCLA faculty, where he taught until his retirement in 1979. Pucciani was best known as an interpreter of the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. Among his many works on Sartre's existentialism, the most notable is the long entry on Sartre, in Gallimard's Histoire de la Philosophie in the Encyclopédie de la Pléïade, France's most prestigious publication series. At UCLA Pucciani pioneered the teaching of courses on Sartre before the philosopher's works were translated into English. He was also a theorist and developer of methods of language acquisition, and in the late 1950s, Pucciani pioneered the "direct method" of language teaching in the UCLA French Department's language program. In 1967 he embodied the results of the department's experience with the direct method in a highly successful and influential textbook, Langue et Langage, coauthored with Jacqueline Hamel. In 1965 the French government recognized Pucciani's dedication to French philosophy, language, and culture with the award of the Knight's Cross of the Legion of Honor. For many years he was the partner of Rudi Gernreich, the noted fashion designer, until his death in 1986.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, academic files, clipping files and personal ephemera.


This collection has been arranged in the following series:
  • Series 1: Personal/professional
  • Series 2: Research
  • Series 3: Research material
  • Series 4: Teaching
  • Series 5: Teaching/lectures
  • Series 6: Teaching/research
  • Series 7: Teaching/lectures off campus
  • Series 8: Textbook
  • Series 9: Writings
  • Sereies 10: Writings/research