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Inventory of the Gianfranco Mantegna Papers
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  • Creator: Mantegna, Gianfranco
    Title: Gianfranco Mantegna Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1959-1975
    Extent: 3.7 linear feet
    Abstract: Gianfranco Mantegna (1939-2001) was an Italian-born photographer who was a member of the Living Theatre from 1965 to 1969. His Papers contain photographs of Living Theatre productions and correspondence, posters, programs, and promotional materials relating to the Living Theatre.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Collection number: D-191
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English.


    Gianfranco Mantegna (1939-2001) started his career as a photojournalist in Rome. From 1965 to 1969, he was a member of the Living Theater, after meeting the group in Italy. He wrote We, the Living Theatre (1970), a photographic essay. Mantegna settled in New York in the early 1970s. In 1990 he curated the U.S. participation in two Italian video festivals, "Taormina Arte Video" and "Riccione TTV."
    Source: Gianfranco Mantegna Obituary in Art in America. Westport, CT: F.F. Sherman, March 2001.

    Scope and Content

    Contains photographs, negatives, slides, and contact sheets of the Living Theatre productions as well as correspondence, posters, programs, and promotional materials relating to the Living Theatre.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The Papers are arranged into five series: 1. Manuscripts, 2. Correspondence, 3. Printed Materials, 4. Ephemera, and 5. Photographic Materials.

    Related Collections

    D-138 Spicer, James and Morris Ploscowe. Collection
    D-146 Gibson, Robin and Luis Viega. Collection
    D-187 Living Theatre Archives
    D-189 Bissinger, Karl. Papers

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Mantegna, Gianfranco--Archives
    Malina, Judith, 1926-
    Beck, Julian, 1925-1985
    Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
    Experimental theater
    Theater--United States
    Stage photography


    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired through a combination of purchases and donations from Gianfranco Mantegna in 1979, 1981, and 1982.

    Processing Information

    Sara Gunasekara processed these papers and created and encoded this finding aid.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gianfranco Mantegna Papers, D-191, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.