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More Information | A Finding Aid to the José de Rivera papers, 1930-1991

José de Rivera papers, 1930-1991

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A Finding Aid to the José de Rivera Papers,
1930-1991
, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Jean Fitzgerald
Scope and Content Note
The papers of sculptor José de Rivera date from 1930 to 1991 and measure 5.3 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials, letters, scattered personal business records, commission files, art work including four sketchbooks, printed material, and photographs. One of the commission files includes a motion picture film.
Biographical material consists of a biographical account, resumé, military service records, an interview transcript, certificates, addresses, and miscellaneous notes and writings.
Twenty-nine folders of letters are primarily from de Rivera's patron, attorney Howard Goldsmith, but also include single letters from Marcel Breuer, John Canaday, Emlen Etting, Dag Hammarskjold, and G. Vantongerloo.
Scattered personal business records include rental records, sculpture inventories, a contract, receipts, and miscellaneous records.
Commission files contain letters, contracts, receipts, clippings, blueprints, miscellaneous printed material, and photographs concerning several of de Rivera's commissions, including
Brussels Construction
for the Brussels Universal and International Exhibition, his sculpture for the 1964 New York World's Fair, and
Infinity
, commissioned for the Smithsonian. A file for
Construction #73
completed for the American Iron and Steel Institute also contains a reel of 16mm motion picture film.
Art work consists of four sketchbooks, drawings, and geometric collages including detached cut out shapes.
Printed material includes primarily clippings and exhibition announcements and catalogs. There is also a copy of the book
José de Rivera Constructions
by Dore Ashton and Joan M. Marter. Photographs are of de Rivera, miscellaneous art-related events, his studio, his art works, and of miscellaneous exhibition installations. Commission files also contain photographs.
Language
English
Provenance
The José de Rivera papers were donated by the artist and the Grace Borgenicht Gallery in 1982. Additional material was donated by José de Rivera's son, Joseph A. Ruiz II, in 1998.
Separated Material
In 1970, José de Rivera loaned some papers for microfilming on Reel N70-32. These materials are not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Jean Fitzgerald in March 2011.