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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Span 177

José María Castañé collection of autographed portraits of military leaders

Autographed photograph portraits of military leaders from 20th-century conflicts.


  • circa 1917-1972

Language of Materials

Chiefly in German and English. Also contains material in Russian, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


1 linear foot (4 boxes)

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.

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.

Physical Location


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.
Link to catalog


Castañé, José María, collector. José María Castañé collection of autographed portraits of military leaders, circa 1917-1972 (MS Span 177): Guide.
Michael Austin
2017 January 6
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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