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MS Span 180

José María Castañé collection of autographed portraits of political leaders, circa 1906-2005 (MS Span 180): Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Span 180
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Castañé, José María
Title: José María Castañé collection of autographed portraits of political leaders
Date(s): circa 1906-2005
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 flat boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Polish, Portuguese, Romainian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Abstract: Autographed photograph portraits of 20th-century political leaders.

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 Political Leaders, circa 1906-2005 (MS Span 180). 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 political 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 20th-century world leaders. Notable individuals include the following: Konrad Adenauer; Yasir Arafat; David Ben-Gurion; Leonid Brezhnev; Fidel Castro; Chiang Kai-shek; Francisco Franco; Mahatma Gandhi; Mikhail Gorbachev; Charles de Gaulle; Adolf Hitler; Emperor Hirohito; Nikita Khrushchev; Mao Zedong; Benito Mussolini; Jawaharlal Nehru; Philippe Pétain; Yitzhak Rabin; Anwar Sadat; Joseph Stalin; Hideki Tōjō; Kaiser Wilhelm II; majority of UK prime ministers and US presidents. NB: Some photographs comprise group portraits with multiple signatures.

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Castañé, José María