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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Vicente Huidobro papers
    Date (inclusive): 1886-1968
    Number: 960018
    Creator/Collector: Huidobro, Vicente
    Physical Description: 3.5 Linear Feet (4 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: Papers of the Chilean poet, novelist, playwright and polemicist, Vicente Huidobro, comprised of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, printed matter, and photographs.
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    Language: Collection material is in Spanish; Castilian

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Vicente Huidobro, the Chilean poet, novelist, playwright and polemicist, lived much of his life in Europe, where he took part in various avant-garde movements of the 1910s, including Cubism, Dada, and Ultraism. He founded at least seven little magazines. In 1925, he ran for president of Chile. In the 1930s he joined the Communist party and fought in the Spanish Civil War; he also fought in World War II.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Vicente Huidobro papers, 1886-1968, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 960018.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1996.

    Digital Version

    Huidobro's "Poèmes" was digitized in 2013 and is available online  to on-site Readers and Getty staff.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers include correspondence with family members, friends and lovers; handwritten and typewritten drafts of poems, primarily from El ciudadano del olvido (1941) and Ultimos poemas (1948); a corrected typewritten draft of Altazor (1931); unpublished plays; three visual poems; notes and drafts of manifestoes, essays and lectures; and notebooks, some of which concern Huidobro's 1925 political campaign in Chile. There are twenty-eight photographs of Huidobro, family, and friends. One box consists of books and pamphlets by Huidobro along with literary magazines he founded, such as Creación. There is also a collage poem constructed with words cut from newspapers. Twenty-eight books and three serials received with the collection were transferred to the library.
    Material is in Spanish or French.

    Arrangement note

    Organized in 4 series: Series I. Correspondence and personal papers, 1886-1968; Series II. Photographs, 188?-1945; Series III. Manuscripts, ca. 1913-ca. 1948; Series IV. Publications and printed matter, 1921-1938; Series V. Artwork, 1931.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Huidobro, Vicente

    Subjects - Topics

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

    Subjects - Places

    Chile -- Politics and government -- 1920-1970

    Subjects - Titles

    Creación (Madrid, Spain) Création (Paris, France : 1921)

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographs, Original


    Huidobro, Vicente