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Umberto Boccioni papers, 1898-1986

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Boccioni (Umberto) papers

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Series I. Correspondence, 1898-1917, 1932, 1958-1965, undated 1 box(es)
The series is composed of a collection of 227 letters, which for the most part were sent to Boccioni. Also letters between the Boccioni family members are to be found, together with letters received by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, primarily on the occasion of Boccioni's death, and letters sent by Gino Severini. The miscellaneous section at the end of the series includes various documents and single letters sent by other individuals.
Arrangement note
The material is arranged according to the list of letters provided by the dealer, which can be found in folder 1, with letters between the family members first, and then the rest of the correspondence, roughly organized alphabetically by name of the sender. The finding aid is organized by name of the main correspondents, with a miscellaneous section at the end with other documents and a few letters, which are not related to any of the correspondents previously noted.
Boccioni, Umberto, 1898-1916, undated
Letters received, 1904, 1910-1916, undated
box folder
1 35 Anonymous, undated
Signed "un mantovano che marcia e non vuol marcire" [an inhabitant of Mantua who is marching, and does not want to rot].
1 15 Acciaio, 1915 November 16
1 15 Albani, 1916 September 20
1 16 Alberti, Riccardo, 1912 October 23
1 15 Alfieri, Dino, undated
1 10 Altomare, Libero, 1914 March 9
1 16 Altrodini, Carlo, 1914 May 2
1 15 Antonini, 1914 March 23
1 16 Aurel, undated
1 16 B., Geo, undated
1 16 Balla, Giacomo, 1914
1 21 Barbieri, Silvio, 1914 March 16
1 17 Barrella, Giovanni, 1914 March 18
1 18 Basile, Carlo, 1914 March 28
1 18 Bazi, Giannetto, 1915 August 9
1 21 Bianchesi, Romolo, 1914 March 15
1 17 Bifulco, Alfiero, undated
1 21 Binozzi, 1914 November 29
1 17 Boccardi, Renzo, undated
1 3 Boccioni Callegari, Amelia, Callegari, Guido, and Forlani Boccioni, Cecilia, undated
1 18 Busetto, Andrea, 1913 May 20
1 17, 21 Buzzi, Paolo, 1914 April 7-1915 January 22
1 24 C[?], Charlotte von, 1913 July 20
1 24 Campigli, 1914 November 2
1 23 Caprotti, 1914 October 10
1 22 Carli, Mario, undated
1 22 Carra, Antonio, 1914 April 14
1 22 Castelbarco Pindemonte, conte di, undated
1 23 Cavallini, Attilio, 1915 March 13
1 8 Cecchi, Umberto, 1914 May 27-1915 November 7
1 23 Chiarandò, Carlo, 1916 March 2
1 29 Ciacelli, Arturo, 1910 August 3
1 23 Comazzi, Celeste, 1914 April 17
1 38 Corbellari, Ferruccio and Nicoli, [?], 1912 June 26
1 22 Cornaggia Medici Sella, Selina, 1914
1 22 Costantini, 1912 September 13
1 22 Crosad, Lina, 1914 April 25,
1 22 Curti, Antonio, undated
1 25 Del Guerra, Mario, 1914 March 8
1 25 Della Valle di Casanova, S., 1916 July 13
1 25 De Luigi, G., undated
1 24 De Robertis, Giuseppe, 1914 March 30
1 24 Di Grondraud, Cavallo, 1914 September 20
1 28 Fanna, 1912 July 7
1 29 Ferrazza, undated
1 28 Finetti, G., 1914 May
1 27 Fiorani, 1914 April 14
1 27 Fitozzo, undated
1 28 Foschini, Antonino, undated
1 29 Galante, Nicola, 1914 April 26, undated
1 29 Grubicy de Dragon, Vittore, 1910 July 27
1 30-31 Gruss-Galliéni, Marcelle, 1916 March 26-July 7
1 31 Gustavo, 1916 April 15
1 33 Hugon, P. D., 1912 march 5
1 32 Ingram, Bruce S., 1912 February 20
1 32 Janelli, undated
1 32 Jerace, Vincenzo L., 1912 December 1
1 50 Kino, Giuseppe, 1914 March 26
1 32 Leopardi Carotti, Rosita, 1915 Janaury 20
1 32 Lieber, Alfred von, 1914 April 27
1 32 Longo, Fortunato, 1916 Ausut 19
1 32 Loreta, Pietro, undated
1 34 Malerba, G. E., 1914 April 1
1 34 Malmerendi, Giovanni, 1915 Janaury 13
1 7 Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso, undated
1 35 Martini, Arturo, undated
1 35 Mazzei, G. A., 1914?
1 34 Mengarini, Pietro, 1911 April 19
1 33 Micozzi [?], 1904 March 27
1 35 Mida [Armida?], undated
1 34 Minozzi, Filiberto, 1914 April 27
1 33 Mora, M., 1916 March 15
1 33 Morandi, G. and others, 1914 February 3
1 35 Muggiani, Eugenio, 1914 May 14
1 35 Musacchio, 1912 February 10
1 36 Nebbia, Ugo, 1914 March 7
Addressed to Boccioni and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.
1 36 Nicotra Puglisi, Mario, 1914 March 12
1 41 Nyst, Ray, 1912 June 8-July 4, undated
1 36 Panzini, Alfredo, 1914 May 7
1 39 Patrella, Esodo Luigi, 1912 September 7-1914 March 4
1 37 Pini, A., 1914 January 25?
1 38 Pini, Giorgio, 1914 January 25
1 14 Pirocchi, Adolfo, Rotini, Gino and Verrocchio, Domenico, 1914 March 3
1 38 Pizzirani, Guglielmo, 1916 June 10
1 38 Placci, Carlo, 1914 May 13
1 36 Plan, P.-P., 1914 March 19?
1 50 Prampolini, Enrico, 1914
1 39-40 Pratella, Francesco Balilla, 1912 September 1-1916 June 20
1 37 Prini, Orazio, undated
1 40 Quaglia, Filippo, 1914 April 2
1 41 Rakint, V., 1914 July 4
1 42-43 Remondino, Duilio, 1913 September 10-1914 February 2, undated
1 43 Rosai, Ottone, undated
1 43 Rossi, Alberto C., undated
1 10 Russolo, Luigi, 1912 April 9-September 22
1 43 Sacchi, Giulio Adamo, 1913 June 6-1914 March 19
1 45 Santi, Bruno, 1914 March 30
1 48 Scaletti, Antonio, 1914 April 8
1 45 Schalk, Ava, 1911
Includes two drawings.
1 46-47 Schmalzigaug, Jules, 1914 January 25-March 7, undated
Schmalzigaug, Jules,: 1914 January 25-March 7, undated

1 43 Severini, Gino, 1914 March 13
1 45 Sironi, Mario, undated
1 45 Sonon, Gianfranco, 1916 April 15
1 45 Soragna, Antonio, undated
1 47-48 Sprovieri, Antonio, 1913 September 3-November 26
1 49 [Tanti?], Armando, undated
1 49 Tatamo, Raff., 1916 August 17
1 49 Timpanaro, Seb., 1914
1 49 Tommei, Ugo, undated
1 49 Troendle, Hugo, 1914 March 23
1 49 Valentinelli, Ennio, 1915 November 16
1 50 Wagenwoort, M., 1914?
1 50 Walden, Herwarth, 1912 May 6-1914 February 2
1 50 Wichman, E., 1914 April 1
Letters sent, 1898-1906, 1914-1916, undated
box folder
1 9 Cecchi, Emilio, 1914 June 7-1915 November 2
Photocopies.
1 11, 13 Pratella, Francesco Balilla, 1915 September 12-1916 June 16
Photocopies.
Letters to family, 1898-1906, 1915, undated
box folder
1 4,6 General, 1906 April 17, undated
Includes letters to the family, without a specific addressee.
1 6 Boccioni Callegari, Amelia, 1898 December 26-1899 June 11
1 4,6 Callegari, Guido, 1915 Ocotber 22, undated
1 4,6 Forlani Boccioni, Cecilia, 1901 March 9, undated
Boccioni Callegari, Amelia, letters received, 1916, 1958-1959, undated
box folder
1 7 Maggi, Maria, undated
Letter sent following the death of Umberto Boccioni (1916 August 16).
1 19 Bisi, Marco, 1959 November 7-December 19
1 26 Paetani di Teano, Vittoria, 1916 September 1-November 16
1 36-37 Perocco, Guido, 1958 September 11-November 6
1 40 Pratella, Francesco Balilla, 1916 August 19
1 42 Ramo, Luciano, 1916?
The letter is most likely addressed to Amelia Boccioni Callegari, although it refers to "Armida."
1 10 Russolo, Luigi, 1916 August 29
1 45 Sambo, Maria, 1916 August 30
Forlani Boccioni, Cecilia, 1911-1917, undated
Includes correspondence between Cecilia Forlani Boccioni, Boccioni's mother; Amelia Boccioni Callegari, Boccioni's elder sister; and her husband Guido Callegari. Letters between family members and Umberto Boccioni are filed among his correspondence.
Letters received, 1915-1916, undated
box folder
1 15 Aleramo, Sibilla, undated
Letter sent following the death of Umberto Boccioni (1916 August 16).
1 5 Callegari, Guido, 1915 August 3
1 7 Bonzagni, Arnoldo, undated
Letter sent following the death of Umberto Boccioni (1916 August 16).
1 34 Minozzi, Filiberto, 1916 August
1 26 Paetani di Teano, Vittoria, undated
Letters sent, 1911-1917
box folder
1 2-3 Boccioni Callegari, Amelia and Callegari, Guido, 1911 July 2-1917 April 16
The letter from 1915 April 18 includes a note written by Umberto Boccioni.
Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso, letters received, 1914-1916, undated
Most of the correspondence to Marinetti follows the sudden death of Boccioni on August 16, 1916.
box folder
1 15 Acciaio, 1916 August 22
1 16 Antoniazzi, D., 1916 August 26
1 17 B., Geo, 1916 August 19
1 21 Brochon, Lida, 1916 August 20
1 27 Cagnaccio, 1916 August 20
1 24 Casella, Lina, 1916 September 5
1 24 Cucchetti, Gino, 1916 August 26
1 24 Dottori, Gerardo, 1916 August 20
1 27 Fano, 1916 August 20
1 29 Ferrazza, 1914 March 9
1 33 Malipiero, G. Francesco, 1916 August 22
1 33 Mancina, Giuseppina, 1916 August 20
1 34 Manzini, A., undated
1 35 Mezzanotte, Giuseppina and Raimonda, 1916 September 4
1 35 Minozzi, Filiberto, 1916 August
1 37 Pica, Vittorio, 1914 March 7, 1916 August 20
The card dated 1914 March 7 is addressed to Boccioni and Marinetti.
1 40 Pratella, Francesco Balilla, 1916 August 19
1 36 Prini, Orazio, 1916 Aogosto 19
1 49 Vastociclone, [Settimo?], 1916 August 19
1 49 Vertera, Piero, 1916 August 19
1 50 Zuccarini, Giovanni, 1916 August 20
1 14 Message to Filippo Tommaso Marinetti signed Carrà, Russolo, Datta, Cavacchioli, Buzzi, Cinti, undated
Severini, Gino, letters sent, 1916, 1961-1965
box folder
1 43 Forlani Boccioni, Cecilia, 1916 August 31
1 44 Veronesi, Luigi, 1961 November 26, 1965 April 12
Photocopies.
Miscellaneous, 1913-1917, 1932, 1960, undated
box folder
1 7 Bonzagni Poggi, Elsa, 1960 September 29
Identified, most likely erroneously, as a letter to Cecilia Forlani Boccioni in the list provided by the dealer.
1 18 Busetto, Andrea, 1916 August 19
Letter to the editorial staff of Italia futurista.
1 38 Callegari, G. V., 1932 November 9
Letter from the "Podestà" of the city of Milano to Callegari, about an exhibition on the 50th anniversary of Boccioni's birth.
1 25 Della Valle di Casanova, 1917 February 7
Letter to an unidentified lawyer.
1 25 Dorian, A., 1913 July 15, undated
Includes a letter to the Futurist group, and a manifesto dated February 13 and entitled La guerre des deux rives: Appel aux jeunes.
1 12 Drawing by Umberto Boccioni with annotations, undated
1 20 "Elenco pubblicazioni per Umberto Boccioni di proprietà dello scultore Marco Bisi, Milano," undated
1 28 Falgette, Elsa, 1914 April 27
Letter to an unidentified woman.
1 27 Ferrante, Giorgio, 1916 September 17
Includes a letter to Guido Callegari, and a draft for an artitle entitled "Per il trigesimo di Umberto Boccioni."
1 1 List of correspondence provided by the dealer, undated
1 38 Puccini, Mario, 1915 April 24
Addressed to the "Movimento futurista."
1 41 Ravizza, Alessandrina, 1914 May 3
Letter to an unidentified woman.
1 43 Ruffini, 1917 March 27
Letter to Luigi Gasparotto, member of the Parliament, about the purchase of a painting by Boccioni by the Ministry of Education.
Series II. Manuscripts, notes and clippings, 1910-1916, undated 2 box(es)
Manuscripts of essays (some "manifestos"), notes, drafts, proofs, clippings, lists, and leaflets and articles (Italian and French periodicals), primarily on art aspects such as futurism, sculpture, and cubism.
Series II.A. Manuscripts, 1910-1916, undated 0.75 Linear Feet
Approximately two-thirds of the unbound final proof of Boccioni's book, Pittura e Scultura Futuriste, as well as two handwritten drafts of each of the following six essays in Part I of that book: "Perché siamo futuristi," "L'artista di fronte al passato e all'avvenire," "Perché non siamo impressionisti," "Che cosa ci divide dal cubismo," "Fondamento plastico," "Stato d'animo." The remaining fifteen manuscripts by Boccioni are handwritten drafts of pieces that were collected primarily in the manifesto section of the book, often in somewhat different form, including "Pittura Futurista," "Introduzione al Catalogo per la Prima Esposizione," "Sul Divisionismo," and "I Futuristi plagiati in Francia." There are also six poems, written as parole in libertà, and manuscript drafts by Gino Severini, Eva Amendola, and Sibilla Aleramo.
box folder
2 1 BOCCIONI, ET AL, 1914
ms., unbound final proof of book, Pittura, with handwritten corrections, missing seventy-eight pages, including the first, fifth, and sixth chapters and half of the seventh.
2 2 BOCCIONI, ET AL, 1913-1914
ms., 2 handwritten drafts of six essays from Pittura Scultura Futuriste: "Perché siamo futuristi," "L'artista di fronte al passato e all'avvenire," "Perché non siamo impressionisti," "Che cosa ci divide dal cubismo," "Fondamento plastico," "Stato d'animo."
2 3 BOCCIONI
ms., 73 handwritten pp., Pittura Futurista, with brief preface.
2 4 BOCCIONI, 1913
ms., 8 handwritten pp., "Architettura Futurista," manifesto preceded by handwritten title page.
2 5 BOCCIONI
ms., 19 handwritten pp. on paper of two sizes, "Manifesto Futurista dei Pittori Meridionali," with title page, 1916; ms., 4 small pp., notes; ms., 1 p., about Domenico Morelli.
2 6 BOCCIONI, 1912
ms., 17 handwritten pp., "Introduzione al Catalogo per la Prima Esposizione," with handwritten title page.
box folder
3 1 BOCCIONI, 1912
ms., 53 handwritten pp., (in handwriting of Decio Cinti?) "Introduzione al Catalogo per la Prima Esposizione," french translation of ms. in Box 2, Folder 6, according to title page dated 1912.
3 2 BOCCIONI, 1913
ms., 4 handwritten pp., "Prefazione al Catalogo della Prima Esposizione di Scultura;" ms., 14 handwritten pp., second draft of above ms., signed, 1913. Handwritten title page precedes both versions.
3 3 BOCCIONI, 1912
ms., 106 handwritten pp., "Origines du Futurisme Pictural," (1912 Paris lecture in Decio Cinti's handwriting?).
3 4 BOCCIONI, undated (1910?)
ms., 110 handwritten pp., "Sul Divisionismo," with title page.
3 5 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 6 handwritten pp., "Per l'ignoranza italiana," with handwritten title page on back of last page, signed. (Published in Lacerba, 1913?)
3 6 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 8 handwritten pp., "Il dinamismo fa proseliti in Francia," with handwritten title page, signed. (A variation published in Lacerba, 1913?).
3 7 BOCCIONI, April 1913
ms., 18 handwritten pp., "I Futuristi plagiati in Francia," with handwritten title page, signed, April 1913. (A variation published in Lacerba, 1913.)
3 8 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 7 handwritten pp., "Ricerche sull'Arte di Luigi Russolo," with handwritten title page on back of last page.
3 9 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 13 handwritten pp., "La pittura futurista," with handwritten title page.
3 10 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 5 handwritten pp., "Articolo su Funi," with handwritten title page.
3 11 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 8 handwritten pp., "In Onore del Balla," on Ristorante Cova letterhead with handwritten title page.
3 12 BOCCIONI, 1913, undated
ms., 10 handwritten pp., "Scarpatta da società + orina, Parole in Libertà" signed, n.d. (1913?); ms., 2 handwritten p., "C'è nell'aria la paura...," n.d. (1913?); ms., 1 handwritten p., "Entrare-uscire," n.d. (1913?)
3 13 BOCCIONI, 1913, undated
ms., 1 handwritten p., "Lettere a rovescio," n.d. (1913?); ms., 4 handwritten p., earlier draft of above ms. on Ristorante Cova letterhead; ms., 2 handwritten pp., "Antracite al sole," n.d. (1913?); ms., 2 handwritten pp. (5 & 6), "Non so se...," n.d. (1913?)
3 14 SEVERINI, 1911
ms., 60 handwritten pp., "Appunti mandato da Parigi da Gino Severini," about painting, with handwritten title page.
3 15 SEVERINI
ms., 49 handwritten pp.
3 16 AMENDOLA, EVA, 1914
30 handwritten pp., "Trattate sintentico sulle tre gradazioni dell'amore sessuale," 1913, signed "Magamal" (pseud.), prefatory inscription to Boccioni dated 1914.
3 17 ALERAMO, SIBILLA, undated
ms., 15 handwritten pp., "Il futurismo italiano,"
3 18 BOCCIONI ET AL, 1910
ms., 3 printed pp. leaflet, "Manifesto tecnico."
Series II.B. Notes and clippings, 1911, undated 0.25 Linear Feet
Notes and handwritten drafts of a more preliminary nature than those in Series II.A. Some of these bear the same title as pieces finally collected in Boccioni's book, such as "Che cosa ci divide dal cubismo," and "Fondamento plastico della pittura futurista." Articles Boccioni collected about art or literature from French and Italian periodicals and a list of texts and authors he prepared, apparently for a family member, offer evidence of his reading interests.
box folder
3 19 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 18 handwritten pp., notes on Previati.
3 20 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 17 handwritten pp., about the Italian.
3 21 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 2 handwritten pp., "Manifesto dei pittori futuristi,"; ms., 2 handwritten pp., "Il pittore futurista,"; 26 pp. of assorted notes.
3 22 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 80 handwritten pp., "Note per il libro."
3 23 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 21 small handwritten pp., many odd-sized or crossed out, "Fondamento plastico della pittura futurista, Note," with handwritten title page; another handwritten title page, "Opere in America, S. Franciso," followed by 1 p. list of numbers.
3 24 BOCCIONI, 1911, undated
ms., 15 small handwritten pp., "Note per la conferenza tenuta a Roma," with handwritten title page, 1911; 1 small newspaper clipping with paragraph circled.
3 25 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 6 handwritten pp., "Stati d'animo, Note,"; ms., 6 handwritten pp., "Scultura," with handwritten title page "Manifesto Scultura," enclosing both of above mss.
3 26 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 15 small handwritten pp., "Scultura," with handwritten title page, many crossed out pages.
3 27 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 5 handwritten pp., "Scultura," with handwritten title page; newspaper clipping, 1 p., review of "La Scultura Futurista."
3 28 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 14 small handwritten pp., "Che cosa ci divide dal cubismo, Note," with doodle of face on first page; ms., 3 handwritten pp., on cubism.
3 29 BOCCIONI, undated
ms., 10 small handwritten pp., "Libri da consultare, Bergson," brief exposition of ideas and lists of authors and texts.
3 30 Miscellaneous articles concerning issues in art and literature from French and Italian periodicals
Series III. Personal, 1907-1915 1 box(es)
Five diaries, one an address book and another a war diary, as well as 17 personal photographs and 18 photographs of Boccioni's painting or sculpture, some of which feature the artist with his work. Two diaries have been digitized.
box folder
4 3 Diario, 1907
24 handwritten pp., signed.
4 4 Diario, 1907
34 handwritten pp., with drawings.
4 5 Diario, 1908
49 handwritten pp., with pasted in clippings and reviews of his work.
4 1 Diario di Indirizzi, 1912
Diario di Indirizzi (digitized version),: 1912

Handwritten, bound.
4 2 Diario di Guerra, 1915
Diario di guerra (digitized version),: 1915

22 handwritten pp.
4 6 5 personal photographs, undated
4 7 5 personal photographs, undated
4 8 7 personal photographs, undated
4 9 6 art photographs, undated
4 10 5 art photographs, undated
4 11 7 art photographs, undated
Series IV. Printed ephemera, 1912-1986 1 box(es) ca. 1 lin. ft.
One bound compendium of photocopied reviews and articles entitled, "Rassegna Stampa della mostra 'Boccioni a Venezia,'" (1985-1986) and 50 file folders with clippings (1912-1986) about Boccioni's life, his work, and his death.
box
5* Reviews, articles, and clippings, 1912-1986
1 bound volume, "Rassegna Stampa della mostra 'Boccioni a Venezia,'" a compendium of photocopied articles reviewing the 1985-1986 exhibition; 50 file folders contain newspaper clippings (1912-1986) about Boccioni's life, his work, and his death.


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