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César Moro papers, 1854-1997 (bulk 1925-1956)

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Moro (César) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The César Moro papers consist primarily of personal documents, manuscripts, and correspondence from 1925 to Moro's death in 1956. The dates of the collection encompass Moro's years in Paris from 1925 to 1933, his work in Lima in the 1930s, his ten years of political asylum in Mexico from 1938 to 1948, and his final eight years back in Lima.

Moro's papers provide insight into the Surrealist and avant-garde movements in Europe and Latin America over three decades. His correspondence with other Surrealist artists offers a glimpse into Moro's interpersonal relationships before, during and after World War II; of particular interest is his rocky relationship and eventual break with André Breton and Surrealism. Moro's published and unpublished manuscripts, personal library, and collected manuscripts and artwork by patients at the Hospital Larco Herrera illustrate his artistic and literary interests.

The correspondence, manuscripts, and printed matter are supplemented by several pieces of artwork, including two collages by Moro that were exhibited in Europe, and by personal photographs of Moro, his friends and family.

Arrangement note

Papers are organized in six series:
Series I. Official papers, 1943-1948;
Series II. Manuscripts and diaries, 1925-1959;
Series III. Artwork, undated;
Series IV. Correspondence, 1930-1955;
Series V. Photographs, 1925-1960;
Series VI. Printed matter, 1926-1987

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