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Vicente Huidobro papers, 1886-1968

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Title: Vicente Huidobro papers
Dates: 1886-1968
Number: 960018
Creator/Collector: Huidobro, Vicente
Extent: 3.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
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
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Author: Annette Leddy

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.

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from El ciudadano del olvido (1941) and Ultimos poemas (1948); a corrected typewritten draft of Altazor (1931); unpublished plays; three visual poems; notes and drafts of manifestoes, essays and lectures; and notebooks, some of which concern Huidobro's 1925 political campaign in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



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Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Huidobro, Vicente

Subjects - Topics

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

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

Related Material

Digital Version

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

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1996.

Container List

Series I. Correspondence and personal papers, 1886-1968 0.5 Linear Feet 1 box
Correspondence, telegrams, documents.
box folder
1 1 Letters between family members, 1886-1905
1 2 Letters from Huidobro, 1905-1917
1 3 Telegrams, 1916
1 4 Correspondence, 1923-1968
1 5 Correspondence, n.d.
1 6 Personal documents and family history
Series II. Photographs, 18??-ca. 1945 1 folder(s)
One folder of personal photographs.
box folder
1 7 Huidobro with family members and friends 28 photographs
Includes one portrait of his grandparents.
Series III. Manuscripts, ca. 1913-ca. 1948 .5 lin. ft. ca. 1 box
Poetry, notes and notebooks, documents, and articles.
box folder
1 8 Four dramatic pieces
"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.
1 9 Altazor, 1931
1 10 Poems from various collections, 1917-1940
1 11 Poems from El ciudadano del olvido, 1941
1 12 Poems from Ultimos Poemas, 1948
1 13 Unidentified poems or poem fragments
1 14-18 Notes
box folder
2 1 4 notebooks containing poetry, prose (Alicia Mir), political material
2 2 Documents regarding Huidobro's editing of magazines
2 3 Interviews with Huidobro and articles about him
Series IV. Publications and printed matter, 1921-1938 0.5 Linear Feet 1 box
Works, printed matter, clippings.
box folder
3 1 Tout a coup, 1925
3 2 Manifestes, 1925
3 3 Poster, gallery announcement: Homenaje a Vicente Huidobro, 1938
3 3 Presentaciones, 1932
3 4 Creación (No. 1) Apr 1921
3 5 Creación (No. 2) Nov 1921
3 6 Creación (No. 3) Feb 1924
3 7 3 clippings (reprints)
3 8 Poèmes, 1925
Poèmes (Digitized version available only to on-site readers and Getty staff): 1925

Series V. Collage poem, 1931 1 item
4 Collage poem made of words cut from newspapers, 1931