Xavier Gonzalez papers, 1908-1997

Gonzalez, Xavier, b. 1898 d. 1993
Painter, Sculptor
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 14.1 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of Xavier Gonzalez, a New York and Massachusetts painter, sculptor, educator, and owner of the Wellfleet Art Gallery, measure 14.1 linear feet and date from 1908 to 1997. The collection consists of biographical materials, correspondence, writings, commission project files, business records, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, and artwork.

Biographical/Historical Note: Xavier Gonzalez (1898-1993) was a painter, sculptor, and educator who was active in New York, New York and Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Born in Almeria, Spain. Became a United States citizen. Taught at Tulane University, the Brooklyn Museum, Art Students League, New York, New York and the Summer School of Art, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Has done mural commissions in Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana.

A small amount of the Xavier Gonzalez papers were donated by Gonzalez in 1971. Additional papers were donated by the George Arents Research Library at Syracuse University in 1984 and 1992, and by the estate of Ethel Edwards Gonzalez in 1999.

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.

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  • A portion of material donated by Gonzalez is available on legacy microfilm reels N70-16 and 858. Materials donated in 1984 by the George Arents Research Library at Syracuse University are also available on legacy microfilm reel 3814. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the papers as described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm due to reprocessing.
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Material lent for microfilming by Xavier Gonzalez from 1968 to 1969 which was not included in the 1999 donation is available on microfilm reels N68-113, N69-42, N69-43, and N70-53. Some of this material may have been included in later gifts, but a comparison of the film and papers was not completed.
Also found at the Archives of American Art are the papers of Xavier Gonzalez's wife, Ethel Edwards.