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Luis Cancel papers, circa 1900-1998, bulk 1970-1996

Cancel, Luis R., 1952-

Arts administrator, Artist

Collection Information

Size: 10.1 linear feet

Summary: Primarily subject files relating to various positions and activites in which Cancel was active, among them the American Council for the Arts (ACA), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Also found are files on artists; exhibition catalogs from the Bronx Museum of the Arts; and miscellaneous files.

Biographical/Historical Note

The papers of arts administrator and artist Luis Cancel measure 10.1 linear feet and date from circa 1900 to 1998 with the bulk of the material dating from 1970 to 1996. The collection is comprised of biographical material, professional files, arts administration records documenting his directorship at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and as Commissioner for the Department of Cultural Affairs in New York, subject and artist's files, files for the exhibition Legacy / Legado, printed materials, photographs, and unidentified sound recordings.


The papers were donated by Luis Cancel in 2000.


The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.