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MS Span 181

Castañé, José María, collector. José María Castañé collection of photographs by Agustí Centelles, circa 1936-1939 (MS Span 181): Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Span 181
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Castañé, José María
Title: José María Castañé collection of photographs by Agustí Centelles
Date(s): circa 1936-1939
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 flat box)
Language of materials: Spanish; Catalan
Abstract: Photographs documenting the Spanish civil war by Agustí Centelles.

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 Photographs by Agustí Centelles, Circa 1936-1939 (MS Span 181). Harvard University, Houghton Library.

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 photographs by Centelles 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 title.

Scope and Contents

Consists of scenes from the Spanish civil war (1936-1939) documented by Catalan photojournalist Agustí Castelles. Includes images of the following: Vladimir Antonov-Ovseyenko; Lluís Companys; Buenaventura Durruti; Josep Taradellas; aftermath of the bombing of Lérida; street fighting in Barcelona; parades and demonstrations; miscellaneous Republican forces.


Photograph titles translated from Castañé's originals in Spanish and his Spanish translations of Catalan.

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Additional Index Terms

Castañé, José María