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Xavier Gonzalez papers, 1908-1997

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 9 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1932-1992
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1

Biographical materials include an address book; awards for the National Academy of Design, the Brevoort-Eikemeyer Prize, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and others; annotated calendars; identification cards and citizenship certificate; records for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Board of Trustees; passports and resumes; student rosters from Gonzalez's classes at the Truro Art Center; and legal documents including power of attorneys, last will and testament, and an estate bequest to Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards.
Description Container Select
Address Book, circa 1970s
1
1
Award and Certificates , 1948-1987
1
2
Calendars , 1966-1976
1
3
Citizenship Certificate , 1931
1
4
Genealogy , circa 1960s
1
5
Identification Cards , 1935-1954
1
6
Legal, Estate Bequest to Xavier and Ethel Gonzalez , 1963
1
7
Legal, Last Will and Testament , 1990
1
8
Legal, Power of Attorney , 1979
1
9
Memberships, General , 1951-1992
1
10
Memberships, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Board of Trustees , 1990-1992
1
11
Passports , 1932-1985
1
12
Resumes , circa 1969
1
13
Teaching, Truro Art Center, Student Rosters , 1977-1981
1
14

Series 2: Correspondence , 1930s-1995
1 Linear foot
Boxes 1-2

Correspondence is with the National Arts Club regarding an award, with students from the Art Students League and Truro Art Center, with Ethel Edwards concerning Gonzalez's artwork after his death, and with the San Antonio Art League discussing the artwork of Gonzalez's uncle, Jose Arpa. Other correspondence is about professional events and activities, inquiries about purchasing artwork, and with family members.
General correspondence is arranged chronologically. Other correspondence is arranged alphabetically.
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General , 1930s-1960s
1
15-17
General , 1970s
1
18-19
General , 1980s
1
20-23
General , 1990s
1
24-25
A-C, 1970s-1980s
2
1
Arpa, Jose, Regarding , 1977-1985
2
2
Art Students League, From Students , circa 1988
2
3
Bright, George , 1984-1985
2
4
D-F, 1968-1990
2
5
Edwards, Ethel , 1992-1995
2
6
G-H, 1955-1989
2
7
J-K, 1972-1988
2
8
Jones, Gerard , 1978-1986
2
9
Knauth, Basil , 1961-1966
2
10
M-P, 1975-1990
2
11
National Arts Club, 1977-1978
2
12
Palmer, Darwin , 1985-1988
2
13
R-T, 1976-1988
2
14
Truro Art Center , 1989
2
15
W-Z, 1937-1993
2
16

Series 3: Writings , 1948-1993
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 2, 14

Found in this series are two unpublished, illustrated manuscripts titled "Book for Travellers" and "The Story of Arthur the Mouse" by Gonzalez. Also by Gonzalez are drafts and mockups for the book Notes About Painting (1955), unidentified drafts, and Wellfleet summer class lecture notes. Writings by others include memorials about Gonzalez, statements on art, poetry, and artist biographies by mostly unidentified authors.
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Book, Notes About Painting by Gonzalez , 1953-1955
2
17
Manuscripts, "Book for Travellers" by Gonzalez , 1968
2
18
Manuscripts, "The Story of Authur the Mouse" by Xavier and Ethel Gonzalez , circa 1970s
2
19-20
Writings and Class Lecture Notes by Gonzalez , 1948-1960s
Oversized Class Lecture Notes housed in Box 14.
2
21-23
Writings by Others About Gonzalez , circa 1950s-1970s
2
24
Writings by Others About Gonzalez, Memorials , 1993
2
25
Writings by Others, General , circa 1960s-1970s
2
26
Oversized Class Lecture Notes from Box 2, Folders 21-23, 1948
14

Series 4: Project Files , 1942-1987
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3, OV 22

Project files consist of preparatory sketches, research notes, correspondence, and plans for a 1976 U.S. Bicentennial monument, murals for City College and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, a mural in Lajitas, Texas, a series of paintings for the Department of the Interior, paintings and research on the Old Kingdom in Egypt commissioned by Life magazine, a portrait of Judge M. Joseph Blumenfeld, and maps and posters illustrated by Gonzalez during World War II for the U.S. Navy.
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Educational Aids for United States Navy, 1942
Oversized material housed in OV 22.
2
27
Monument for United States Bicentennial , 1976
2
28
Mural at City College, New York , 1962
2
29
Mural in Lajitas, Texas , 1980-1982
3
1
Mural in Port Authority Bus Terminal of New York and New Jersey , 1979
3
2
Paintings for Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation , 1960s-1987
3
3
Paintings for Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Correspondence with John DeWitt , 1970-1971
3
4
Paintings for Life Magazine, Old Kingdom in Egypt , 1955-1956
3
5
Portrait of Judge M. Joseph Blumenfeld , 1975
3
6
Oversized U.S. Navy material from Box 2, Folder 27, 1942
OV 22

Series 5: Business Records , 1949-1997
0.5 Linear feet
Box 3, OV 22

This series includes sales, inventory, and consignment records for Gonzalez and Ethel Edward's artwork at the Kornbluth Gallery, Left Bank Gallery, Neal Auction Company, Shore Studios Gallery, and The Spanish Institute. Files for the Wellfleet Art Gallery, a gallery and art school established and operated by Gonzalez, include floor plans, mortgage papers, and inventory and sales records for Gonzalez, Edwards, and other artists represented by the gallery.
Description Container Select
Wellfleet Art Gallery, Inventory , 1970
3
7
Wellfleet Art Gallery, Kornbluth Gallery Inventory , 1968-1970
3
8
Wellfleet Art Gallery, Mortgage and Floor Plans, 1949-1957
Oversized Floor Plans from Box 3, Folder 23
3
9
Wellfleet Art Gallery, Sales , 1966-1975
3
10-17
Wellfleet Art Gallery, Sales , 1976-1979
3
18
Left Bank Gallery, Consignment , 1997
3
19
Left Bank Gallery, Inventory , 1987-1993
3
20
Neal Auction Company, Consignment , 1997
3
21
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Loan Agreement , 1993
3
22
Shore Studios Gallery, Sales , 1951-1961
3
23
The Spanish Institute, Inc., Exhibition Inventory , 1979
3
24
Various Galleries, Sales , 1962-1991
3
25-28
Oversized Wellfleet Floor Plans from Box 3, Folder 9, 1957
OV 22

Series 6: Printed Materials , 1928-1990s
1.5 Linear feet
Boxes 4-5, OV 22

In this series are artwork reproductions, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, invitations, magazines, and press releases. The books include He Who Saw Everything, The Epic of Gilgamesh, illustrated by Gonzalez; A History of Texas Artists and Sculptors, inscribed by Frances Battaile Fisk; and The Modern Renaissance in American Art, Provincetown Painters 1890s-1970s and Ralph M. Pearson Courses by Mail which reference Gonzalez's artwork.
Description Container Select
Artwork Reproductions and Posters , 1960-1990
Oversized Poster housed in OV 22.
4
1
Book, He Who Saw Everything, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Illustrations by Gonzalez, Retold by Anita Feagles , 1966
4
2
Book, A History of Texas Artists and Sculptors by Frances Battaile Fisk , 1928
4
3
Booklets , 1950s-1980s
4
4
Business Cards , 1970s-1980s
4
5
Clippings , 1950s-1990s
4
6-10
Event Programs , 1960s-1990s
4
11
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs , 1950s-1990s
4
12-18
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs , 1950s-1990s
5
1-6
Invitations , 1974-1993
5
7
Magazines , 1933-1969
5
8-10
Newsletters , 1970s-1980s
5
11
Postcards , circa 1980s
5
12
Press Releases , 1964-1990
5
13
Oversized Poster from Box 4, Folder 1, 1974
OV 22

Series 7: Scrapbooks , circa 1911-1980s
5.4 Linear feet
Boxes 5-9, 14-20, OV 21

Found within this series are 72 scrapbooks, many of which also include numerous sketches, in addition to printed materials, unidentified project plans, photographs, writings about art, correspondence, and inventory and sales records. One of the scrapbooks also contains a notebook labeled "Notes of Paris, Visits with Picasso, 1936-1938". The notebook was originally inside a paper pocket constructed on a page of the scrapbook by Gonzalez. The notebook contains sketches and drafts for an article about Pablo Picasso.
The books are arranged in rough chronological order; however, some date spans overlap.
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Books 1-5, circa 1911-1940s
Oversized material from Book 1 housed in Box 14.
5
14-18
Books 6-18, 1940s-1960s
6
1-12
Books 19-38, 1950s-1980s
7
1-20
Books 39-50, circa 1970-circa 1982
8
1-12
Books 51-56, 1982-1986
9
1-7
Books 57-60, 1930s-1940s
15
Books 61-62, 1930s-1950s
16
Books 63-65, 1940s
17
Books 66-68, 1940s-1960s
18
Books 69-70, 1940s
19
Book 71, 1920s-1960s
Includes notebook titled "Notes of Paris, Visits with Picasso"
20
Book 72, circa 1980s
OV 21
Oversized Sketch from Book 1 from Box 5, Folder 16, circa 1911-1940s
14

Series 8: Photographs , 1908-1990s
3.5 Linear feet
Boxes 9-12, 14

Personal photographs include family photographs, many portraits and snapshots of Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards with friends and colleagues at social events, exhibitions, and while traveling. Also found are photographs of Gonzalez with composer Aaron Copeland, ceramicist Kenneth E. Smith, Cincinnati Art Museum director Philip R. Adams, and a portrait of Art Students League executive director Stewart Klonis. Gonzalez's paintings, jewelry designs, and sculptures; student murals; and scattered photographs of Gonzalez's students are in photographs of works of art. The series may include photographs of works by other artists.
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Personal, 1908-1990s
Oversized material housed in Box 14.
9
8-16
Personal, Gonzalez with Aaron Copeland , circa 1985
9
17
Personal, Gonzalez with Kenneth E. Smith and Philip R. Adams , circa 1932
9
18
Personal, Portrait of Stewart Klonis , circa 1980
9
19
Works of Art, circa 1950-1990s
Oversized material housed in Box 14.
9
20-23
Works of Art, circa 1950-1990s
10
1-19
Works of Art, circa 1950-1990s
11
1-21
Works of Art, Student Murals , circa 1981
12
1-2
Oversized material from Box 9, Folders 8-16, 18-21, 1908-1990s
14

Series 9: Artwork , circa 1950s-1980s
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 12-14

Miscellaneous artwork includes Illustrated notes to Ethel Edwards, folded and cutout paper projects, and sketches. A watercolor greeting card by an unknown artist is also found here.
Description Container Select
Illustrated Notes to Ethel Edwards , circa 1960-1980s
12
3-7
Illustrated Notes to Ethel Edwards , circa 1960-1980s
13
1
Paper Art , circa 1980s
13
2
Sketches, Painted , circa 1980s
Oversized material housed in Box 14.
13
3
Sketches, Pencil and Ink , circa 1950s
13
4
Watercolor, by Unknown Artist , Undated
13
5
Oversized Sketch from Box 13, Folder 3, circa 1980s
14

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