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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Span 181

José María Castañé collection of photographs by Agustí Centelles

Photographs documenting the Spanish civil war by Agustí Centelles.


  • circa 1936-1939

Language of Materials

Spanish; Catalan

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


1 linear feet (1 flat box)

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.

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.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

General note

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

Processing Information

Processed by Michael Austin, 2017.
Link to catalog
Castañé, José María, collector. José María Castañé collection of photographs by Agustí Centelles, circa 1936-1939 (MS Span 181): Guide.
Michael Austin
2017 April 11
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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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