Finding aid for the Vicente Huidobro papers, 1886-1968

Annette Leddy

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
(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from El ciudadano del olvido (1941) and Ultimos poemas (1948); a corrected typewritten draft of Altazor (1931); unpublished plays; three visual poems; notes and drafts of manifestoes, essays and lectures; and notebooks, some of which concern Huidobro's 1925 political campaign in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

Container List


Series I. Correspondence and personal papers, 1886-1968

Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet 1 box

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, telegrams, documents.
box 1, folder 1

Letters between family members, 1886-1905

box 1, folder 2

Letters from Huidobro, 1905-1917

box 1, folder 3

Telegrams, 1916

box 1, folder 4

Correspondence, 1923-1968

box 1, folder 5

Correspondence, n.d.

box 1, folder 6

Personal documents and family history


Series II. Photographs, 18??-ca. 1945

Physical Description: 1 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

One folder of personal photographs.
box 1, folder 7

Huidobro with family members and friends

Physical Description: 28 photographs

Scope and Content Note

Includes one portrait of his grandparents.

Series III. Manuscripts, ca. 1913-ca. 1948

Physical Description: .5 lin. ft. ca. 1 box

Scope and Content Note

Poetry, notes and notebooks, documents, and articles.
box 1, folder 8

Four dramatic pieces

Scope and Content Note

"Croniquilla diesiochesa," 4 pp. A drama without title with characters Dona Pilar, Done José, etc., 10 pp., "El Loco de Antonia," 24 pp. fourth act of Gilles de Raiz, 7 pp.
box 1, folder 9

Altazor, 1931

box 1, folder 10

Poems from various collections, 1917-1940

box 1, folder 11

Poems from El ciudadano del olvido, 1941

box 1, folder 12

Poems from Ultimos Poemas, 1948

box 1, folder 13

Unidentified poems or poem fragments

box 1, folder 14-18


box 2, folder 1

4 notebooks containing poetry, prose (Alicia Mir), political material

box 2, folder 2

Documents regarding Huidobro's editing of magazines

box 2, folder 3

Interviews with Huidobro and articles about him


Series IV. Publications and printed matter, 1921-1938

Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet 1 box

Scope and Content Note

Works, printed matter, clippings.
box 3, folder 1

Tout a coup, 1925

box 3, folder 2

Manifestes, 1925

box 3, folder 3

Poster, gallery announcement: Homenaje a Vicente Huidobro , 1938

box 3, folder 3

Presentaciones, 1932

box 3, folder 4

Creación (No. 1) Apr 1921

box 3, folder 5

Creación (No. 2) Nov 1921

box 3, folder 6

Creación (No. 3) Feb 1924

box 3, folder 7

3 clippings (reprints)

box 3, folder 8

Poèmes, 1925

Poèmes (Digitized version available only to on-site readers and Getty staff): 1925


Series V. Collage poem, 1931

Physical Description: 1 item
box 4

Collage poem made of words cut from newspapers, 1931