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Finding aid for the Enrique Gómez-Correa papers, 1920-1995
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Enrique Gómez-Correa papers
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1995
    Number: 970015
    Creator/Collector: Gómez-Correa, Enrique, 1915-
    Physical Description: 4.0 linear feet (7 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Archive contains materials by and about poet, essayist and editor, Enrique Gómez-Correa, chiefly covering his activities during the 1940s, as well as his prominence in the South American surrealist movement. It contains correspondence, manuscripts, personal photographs, books, articles, clippings, artwork, and other material.
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    Language: Collection material is in Spanish and French; a small amount is in English.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Gómez-Correa was a poet, essayist and editor who earned a living as a lawyer and diplomat. A central figure in the South American surrealist movement, he founded the Mandrágora group in Chile in 1937, and soon thereafter, a journal by the same name. He lived in Paris for three years in the 1940s, where he became acquainted with René Magritte and André Breton. He wrote more than twenty books, including poetry, essays and drama.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Enrique Gómez-Correa Papers, 1920-1995, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 970015.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1997.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers, the bulk of which date from the 1940s, include correspondence with editors, fellow writers and scholars, generally regarding Gómez-Correa's work, though there are letters from Jorge Cáceres describing the surrealist scene in Paris in 1948 and one from César Moro describing the South American literary scene in 1942. There are handwritten and typewritten manuscripts of Gómez-Correa's books of essays and poetry. Spanning his entire career, these writings offer full elaboration of his notion of surrealism as permanent revolution. The collection also includes a few personal photographs; small books, excerpts from books, photocopied articles about surrealism and/or Gómez-Correa, and newspaper obituaries. Among the artwork are a photograph by Man Ray, two photomontages and one engraving by Braulio Arenas, a collage by Jorge Cáceres, an engraving by Hans Arp and a collaborative drawing by four fellow surrealists. Two-hundred and forty books, 62 serials, and 8 catalogs were transferred to the library.
    Material is generally in either Spanish or French; a small amount is in English.

    Arrangement note

    The papers are organized in 6 series: Series I. Correspondence, 1941-1994 Series II. Manuscripts, ca. 1934-1992 Series III. Personal Series IV. Photographs Series V. Printed Matter, small books and ephemera, 1927-1995 Series VI. Artwork, 1920-ca. 1974

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Arenas, Braulio
    Arp, Jean, 1887-1966
    Bachelard, Gaston, 1884-1962
    Breton, André, 1896-1966
    Cáceres, Jorge, 1923-1949
    Gómez-Correa, Enrique, 1915-
    Magritte, René, 1898-1967
    Moro, César, d. 1956
    Sade, marquis de, 1740-1814

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Mandrágora (Group)

    Subjects - Topics

    Avant-garde (Aesthetics)--Europe--History--20th century
    Chilean poetry
    Experimental poetry
    Latin American poetry
    Surrealism (Literature)

    Genres and Forms of Material