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Westphalen (Emilio Adolfo) papers regarding surrealism in Latin America
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    Title: Emilio Adolfo Westphalen papers regarding surrealism in Latin America
    Date (inclusive): 1938-1995
    Number: 2001.M.21
    Creator/Collector: Westphalen, Emilio Adolfo, 1911-2001
    Physical Description: 7.5 Linear Feet (18 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Peruvian writer and editor, active in the literary and artistic avant-garde in Peru and Mexico. Letters, manuscripts, drawings, clippings, and ephemera document the work of Westphalen and the surrealist Peruvian poet César Moro (1903-1956). Many files relate to Las Moradas (1947-1949) and Amaru (1967-1971), journals published by Westphalen.
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    Language: Collection material is in Spanish; Castilian

    Biographical / Historical Note

    Emilio Adolfo Westphalen was a Peruvian writer and editor who, with César Moro, was a central figure in the development of avant-garde art and literature in Peru and Mexico. He began the journal Las Moradas in 1947, publishing poets and writers, artists, and articles on politics, philosophy and anthropology. He published the work of Spanish writers in exile, as well as Americans, and Europeans.

    Administrative Information


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    Preferred Citation

    Emilio Adolfo Westphalen papers regarding surrealism in Latin America, 1938-1995, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 2001.M.21

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 2001.

    Processing History

    Processed by Alan Tomlinson.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers document aspects of the literary and artistic avant-garde in Latin America through letters, manuscripts, drawings, clippings, and ephemera. Much of the material relates to César Moro and to the two journals Westphalen published: Las Moradas (1947-1949) and Amaru (1967-1971), and his own writings.
    Note: several items are accompanied by handwritten notes which identify, describe, and comment on them. These notes were placed with the items to which they refer by the dealer through whom the archive was acquired.
    Books and periodicals received with the archive remain in the collection.

    Arrangement note

    Arranged in nine series: Series I. Correspondence, 1938-1971; Series II. Artworks, ca. 1938-ca. 1970; Series III. Photographs, ca. 1938-ca. 1970; Series IV. César Moro sketchbooks and notebooks, ca. 1940-ca. 1959; Series V. César Moro manuscripts and typescripts, ca. 1940-1959; Series VI. Emilio Adolfo Westphalen manuscripts, ca. 1960-1969; Series VII. Manuscripts by others, ca. 1947-ca. 1971; Series VIII. Clippings and ephemera, ca. 1960-1995; Series IX. Publications: periodicals 1926-1948

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Westphalen, Emilio Adolfo, 1911-2001
    Moro, César, 1903-1956

    Subjects - Topics

    Surrealism (Literature) -- Latin America
    Surrealism -- Latin America.
    Surrealism -- Influence -- Periodicals
    Politics in art -- Periodicals
    Authors, Spanish -- 20th century
    Authors, Peruvian -- 20th century
    Authors, Mexican -- 20th century

    Subjects - Titles

    Amaru Las Moradas

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographs, Original -- Latin America -- 20th century
    Watercolors -- 20th century
    Photographic prints -- Latin America -- 20th century
    Ephemera -- Latin America -- 20th century
    Drawings -- Latin America -- 20th century
    Collages -- Latin America -- 20th century


    Abril, Xavier, 1905-1990
    Arguedas, José María
    Capa, Cornell
    Coyné, André, 1927-
    Cueto Fernandini, Carlos
    Disselhoff, Hans Dietrich
    Eielson, Jorge Eduardo, 1924-2006
    Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965
    Escajadillo, Tomás G.
    Moro, César, 1903-1956
    Westphalen, Emilio Adolfo, 1911-2001
    Valle, Rosamel del, 1901-1965
    Stephan, Ruth, 1910-1974
    Tenaud, Ricardo
    Schwab, Fernando
    Sologuren, Javier
    Mangan, Sherry, 1904-
    Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972
    Macleod, Norman, 1906-1985
    Lazo, Agustín, 1896-1971
    Kubler, George, 1912-1996
    Huidobro, Vicente, 1893-1948
    Guzmán Reynoso, Abimael, 1934-
    Fuentes, Carlos
    Fitte, Claudine
    Salazar Bondy, Sebastián
    Péret, Benjamin, 1899-1959
    Palm, Erwin Walter, 1910-1988
    Paalen, Wolfgang, 1907-1959
    Onslow-Ford, Gordon
    Moreno Jimeno, Manuel
    McWilliams, Carey, 1905-1980