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Emilio Sanchez papers, 1922-2012

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as seven series. Records are generally arranged by subject category, and then chronologically.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1969-1977, undated
(box 1; 4 folders)

This series contains immunization records for travel, a passport, the transcript of an interview with Sanchez in which he discusses his work in detail, as well as several résumés and biographical information about the artist, such as lists of his work in public institutions and lists of his exhibitions.
The series is arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically.
Description Container Select
Immunization Records, 1969-1977
1
1
Interview Transcript, undated
1
2
Passport, 1973
1
3
Résumés and Biographical Notes, 1967-1974, undated
1
4

Series 2: Letters and Business Records , 1956-1979
(box 1; 23 folders)

The material in this series primarily documents business transactions in the form of letters to Sanchez from various art institutions and individuals regarding consignment, loan for exhibition, and purchase of his work. Receipts for some of these transactions and lists of works exhibited in various shows can also be found here, in addition to scattered personal letters written to Sanchez. There are no letters written by Sanchez himself. Letters to Sanchez from 1965-1969 contains plats for the school house property in Wanamaker, Pennsylvania, that Sanchez purchased for studio space but ultimately sold because the area became too industrialized.
The series is arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically. Letters with attachments are filed by the date of the most recent letter in the group, with attached material in reverse chronological order behind it.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Lists, 1967-1974, undated
1
5
Letters to Sanchez, 1956-1964, 1970-1979
1
6-23
Receipts for Purchase and Consignment, 1959, 1970-1977, undated
1
24-26
Receipts, Miscellaneous, 1957, 1976-1978, undated
1
27

Series 3:: Photographs , 1922-1979, undated
(boxes 1-3; 51 folders)

This series contains primarily color snapshots, in addition to some black and white photgraphs, several negatives and slides, and a series of contact sheets. There are family and personal photographs; photographs taken on travels intended to be used as sources for artwork; and photographs of works of art by Sanchez. Family and personal photographs include two photographs of Sanchez with his family, including his father; photographs of Sanchez at the Fortuny Exposition in Madrid in 1964 and at a 1966 exhibition in New York City; snapshots of him on his travels; and photographs of his "father, Pepino, and girlfriend" standing by Paris posters of Sanchez's 1953 exhibition at Bernheim-Jeune in Paris.
Photographs are arranged by general subject category and then chronologically. Negatives can be found at the end of the series.
Description Container Select
Family and Personal Photographs, 1922-1960
1
28-29
Family and Personal Photographs, 1964-1978
2
1-4
Portraits of Sanchez, 1965, 1967
(contact sheets)
2
5
Sources for Artwork
Brazil, circa 1950s-1960s
2
6
Caribbean, circa 1950s-1970s
2
7
Cuba, circa 1950s
2
8
Mexico, circa 1960s
2
9-10
Miscellaneous and Unknown Locations, circa 1950s-1970s
2
11
Morocco, circa 1950s-1960s
2
12
New England, circa 1960s
2
13
New York, City, State, circa 1940s-1950s
2
14-15
New York, Long Island, E.F. Hutton House, circa 1960s
2
16
Pennsylvania, circa 1960s
2
17
Postcards, undated
2
18
Puerto Rico, circa 1850s-1960s
2
19-24
Rhode Island, circa 1960s
2
25
Texas, Galveston, circa 1960s
2
26
Texas, Houston, Blaffer Hudson House, 1975
2
27
U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix, circa 1950s-1960s
2
28-29
U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, circa 1950s-1960s
2
30-33
Photographs of Artwork, 1946-1956, undated
2
34-37
Photographs of Artwork, 1958-1979
3
1-6
Negatives
Family, Personal, and Sources for Artwork, circa 1950s-1970s
3
7
Morocco, 1972
3
8-10
Photographs of Artwork, [1944], 1955
3
11
Sanchez Working, undated
3
12

Series 4: Printed Material , 1950-1980, undated
(boxes 3-4; 17 folders)

This series contains exhibition announcments, press releases, catalogs, publications, and news clippings containing information about Sanchez, and relating to one-man exhibitions of his artwork and group exhibitions in which he participated.
Description Container Select
Announcements, Catalogs, and Reviews, 1950-1974, undated
3
13-19
Announcements, Catalogs, and Reviews, 1975-1980
4
1-4
Clippings, 1950s-1970s, undated
4
5-10

Series 5: Calendars , 1967-1976
(boxes 4-5; 7 folders)

This series contains eight day-book calendars with notations about appointments. There are no calendars for 1970 and 1971.
Description Container Select
Calendars, 1967-1968
4
11-12
Calendars, 1969-1976
5
1-5

Series 6: Sketches , circa 1940-1979, undated
(boxes 5-6, sols 7-11, OV's 12-22, RD 23-24; 2.9 linear ft.)

This series contains hundreds of original sketches by Sanchez, both loose and in sketchbooks. The sketches are primarily in pencil, but some are in ink and some are colored and include layouts for posters, and several proofs for lithographs. In addition to basic sketches capturing Sanchez's impressions drawn in a variety of locations throughout the world, the development of Sanchez's work on certain subjects is documented more fully in large groups of sketches, such as those of Boston City Hall and of his illustrations for the book Arte del Peru Colonial.
The majority of the sketches are of buildings and of architectural and interior features of buildings, particularly windows and doorways. Additional subjects include landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, flowers and plants, sunsets, and figure drawings. Many of the sketches have notations by Sanchez indicating the location in which they were made or the project they were associated with, and some are dated. Notations may also indicate the medium of artwork, or the name of the individual work, that a sketch was used for.
The series is organized into three subseries:
  • 6.1: Sketchbooks, 1948-1976, undated
  • 6.2: Loose Sketches, circa 1940-1979, undated
  • 6.3: Oversized Loose Sketches, 1945-1979, undated
6.1: Sketchbooks, 1948-1976, undated
Description Container
Becqui Island, Bus Terminal in New York, Sunsets in New York, 1975, undated
(3 books)
5
6
Brazil, 1958
5
7
England, 1948
(2 books)
5
8
Europe, 1948
(4 books)
5
9
Morocco, 1972
(2 books)
5
10
Morocco, 1972
6
1
New York, Studio, 1953
6
2
Puerto Rico, 1963-1964
(6 books)
6
3
Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, 1965-1967
(2 books)
6
4
Puerto Rico, San Juan, 1976, undated
(2 books)
6
5
Sunsets in New York, 1975
(2 books)
6
6
Sunsets in New York and Virgin Gorda, Ships, undated
6
7
Vermont, undated
6
8
Unidentified Sketchbooks, undated
(4 books)
6
9
6.2: Loose Sketches, circa 1940-1979, undated
Description Container
Barbados, 1955
7
1
Boats, Ships, 1974, undated
7
2
Bogota, 1969, 1971, undated
7
3
Capri, 1948
7
4
Cartagena, 1970-1971, undated
7
5
Connecticut, circa 1940
7
6
Cuba, 1946-1959, undated
7
7
Cuba, Near Havana, 1948-1959
7
8
Cuba, Teatro Marti, Havana, 1950
7
9
Delaware, 1946, undated
7
10
England, 1948
7
11
Flowers and Plants, 1956-1962, undated
7
12
France, undated
7
13
Grenada, 1953
7
14
Haiti, undated
7
15
Human Figure, 1949, undated
8
1-2
Illustrations for Arte del Peru Colonial, circa 1951
8
3-8
La Rochelle, undated
8
9
Maine, undated
8
10
Massacusetts, undated
8
11
Morocco, 1972, 1978, undated
8
12
New Hampshire, undated
8
13
New Orleans, 1965, 1970, undated
8
14
New York, Brooklyn, 1974-1975
8
15
New York City, State, 1945-1950, 1978, undated
9
1-3
[New York], Fisher's Island, 1963, 1979, undated
9
4
New York, Glen Falls, John Rugge House, undated
9
5
New York, Long Island, undated
9
6
New York, Studio, 1960
9
7-8
New York, Sunsets, 1975
9
9
New York, World Trade Center, 1974-1976
9
10
Pennsylvania, 1950, 1974, undated
9
11
Pennsylvania, Schoolhouse Country Home Near Wanamaker, 1959
9
12
Puerto Rico, 1963-1971, undated
9
13-14
Rhode Island, Tiverton Flower Sketches, 1965
10
1
Rio De Janeiro, 1957
10
2
St. Barthélemy (St. Barts), undated
10
3
St. Maarten, undated
10
4
San Andres, 1971, undated
10
5-6
San Luis, 1971
10
7
South Carolina, Charleston, 1946, undated
10
8
Spain, 1976
10
9
Sunsets, 1976
10
10
Tapestry Designs, 1944, undated
10
11
Texas, 1967, undated
10
12
Texas, Ranch Near Austin, 1959
10
13
U.S. Virgin Islands, undated
10
14
Vermont, undated
11
1
Washington, D.C., undated
11
2
Unidentified Architecture, 1940s-1979, undated
11
3-10
Unidentified Doorways, undated
11
11
Unidentified Interiors, undated
11
12
Unidentified Landscapes and Seascapes, 1955-1976, undated
11
13-14
Unidentified, Miscellaneous, undated
11
15
6.3: Oversized Loose Sketches, 1945-1979, undated
Some of the categories found in this subseries repeat, and overlap with, those found in 6.4 but the sketches are larger and are therefore stored in oversized folders. The final entry in the subseries is out of sequence but has been separated because it represents several sketches of architecture that were too large to store in oversized folders.
Description Container
Boston City Hall Project, Working Sketches, 1969
OV 12-14
Christmas Card Ideas, undated
OV 15
Circus, 1969-1970, undated
OV 15
Cuba, 1950, undated
OV 15
"El Zaguan,", 1968-1971, undated
OV 16
Fabric Design, undated
OV 16
Horizons, undated
OV 16
Illustrations for Arte del Perú Colonial, circa 1951
OV 16
New England, 1945
OV 17
New Orleans, 1968
OV 17
New York City, 1945-1950
OV 17
New York, Long Island, E. F. Hutton House, undated
OV 17
Phipps House, 1965
OV 17
Poster Designs, 1965, 1968, 1978, undated
(includes original working sketch and finished poster for 1978 Sanchez exhibition at Williams College Museum of Art; also #20 of 50 posters for 1968 Sanchez exhibition at Associated American Artists, signed)
OV 18
Puerto Rico, 1964-1965, undated
OV 18
Puerto Rico Landscape Project, circa 1964
OV 18
St. Maarten, 1970
OV 18
Tapestry Designs, 1974
OV 18
Texas, Galveston, 1967, undated
OV 18
Trinidad, 1961
OV 18
Unidentified Architecture, 1950-1977, undated
OV 19-21
Unidentified Doorways, 1965-1979, undated
OV 22
Unidentified, Miscellaneous, 1972, 1979, undated
OV 22
Architecture, Various, circa 1960s-1970s, undated
23
24

Series 7: Unprocessed Addition to the Emilio Sanchez Papers , 1949-2012
10.1 Linear feet
boxes 25-34, OV 35

The unprocessed addition is 10.1 linear feet and contains biographical materials, correspondence, writings, photographs, works of art, subject files, printed materials, and scrapbooks. Biographical materials include address books, birth certificates, naturalization documents, and family-related documents. Correspondence is personal and professional and is with family, friends and museums. Writings are personal and include a log book and a typed transcription (possibly incomplete). Photographs are of Sanchez, his family, works of art, and source subjects for works of art, as well as CD-Roms of works of art. Some photographs assembled by Hugh Harrison, long-time friend of the Sanchez. Works of art include 10 sketchbooks and loose sketches. Also included are a drawing and 4 prints by Estrella Fonts, Sanchez's mother. Subject files include a print register, appraisals, mailing lists, and consignments. Printed material includes exhibition announcements and clippings. Also included are 3 scrapbooks, 2000-2012, that chronicle the history of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation's activities, including press releases, photographs, and exhibition-related material and hard drives of the foundation's databases in Filemaker format.
Description Container Select
Unprocessed papers, 1949-2012
25-34
Unprocessed Oversize Material, 1949-2012
OV 35

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