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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Span 188

José María Castañé collection of manuscripts from the Spanish Civil War and early Francoist Spain

Documents generated during the Spanish Civil War and Spain's early Francoist era.


  • circa 1923-1982

Language of Materials

Materials are in Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


.6 linear feet (2 boxes)

Consists of letters, orders, reports, and other communiqués generated by Francisco Franco, Nationalist leaders, and various military and political entities during the Spanish Civil War and shortly thereafter. Includes publications.

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 these manuscripts form a 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 creator or document title, thereunder chronologically, thereunder in ascending order of Castañé document number.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2104M-120. Gift of José María Castañé and the Fundación José María Castañé, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Michael Austin, 2018.
Link to catalog
José María Castañé, collector. José María Castañé collection of manuscripts from the Spanish Civil War and early Francoist Spain, circa 1923-1982 (MS Span 188): Guide
Michael Austin
2018 May 18
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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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