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MS Span 177

Castañé, José María, collector. José María Castañé collection of autographed portraits of military leaders, circa 1917-1972 (MS Span 177): Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Span 177
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Castañé, José María
Title: José María Castañé collection of autographed portraits of military leaders
Date(s): circa 1917-1972
Quantity: 1 linear foot (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Chiefly in German and English. Also contains material in Russian, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Italian.
Abstract: Autographed photograph portraits of military leaders from 20th-century conflicts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2014M-120. Gift of José María Castañé and the Fundación José María Castañé, 2015.

Processing Information:

Processed by Michael Austin, 2017.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

José María Castañé Collection of Autographed Portraits of Military Leaders, Circa 1917-1972 (MS Span 177). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

José María Castañé is a Spanish businessman and patron of the arts. His collection of artifacts and documents relating to the major conflicts of the 20th century, of which the military portraits form one part, was compiled over some 25 years. A substantial portion of the Castañé Collection was donated to Harvard University's Houghton Library in 2015.


Arranged alphabetically by last name of subject.

Scope and Contents

Consists of autographed photograph portraits of high-ranking officers active in the First World War, Spanish Civil War, and Second World War. Notable individuals include the following: Omar Bradley; Karl Dönitz; Joseph Joffre; Jean de Lattre; Erich Ludendorff; Douglas MacArthur; George C. Marshall; José Millán Astray; Bernard Montgomery; Chester W. Nimitz; George S. Patton; John J. Pershing; Erwin Rommel; Konstantin Rokossovskii; Teiichi Suzuki; Otozō Yamada; Georgii Zhukov. NB: Some photographs comprise group portraits with multiple signatures.

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Castañé, José María