Francisco Zuniga collection, 1945-1980

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Francisco Zuniga collection, 1945-1980

MS 254

Collection Summary

Creator: Zuniga, Francisco, 1912-1998
Collection Name:Francisco Zuniga collection,
Inclusive Dates: 1945-1980
Physical Description:1.7 linear feet
Abstract:Photographs and background material that Sheldon Reich used in his book Francisco Zuniga, Sculptor, published in 1980.
Collection Number:MS 254
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Francisco Zuniga was born in Costa Rica in 1912. As a youth he studied drawing at the School of Fine Arts of San Jose. He had intended to study in Europe but was unable to, due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Instead he went to Mexico where he was influenced by the prehispanic sculptures in the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City. In 1938 Zuniga joined the faculty of "La Esmeralda," the prestigious Mexican school of painting and sculpture of the National Institute of Fine Arts. As a sculptor and a painter, Zuniga's works consist almost exclusively of the human female figure. Over his lifetime Zuniga had over 50 individual showings and his works are owned by galleries and museums worldwide. Francisco Zuniga died August 9, 1998 in Mexico City.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs and background material that Sheldon Reich used in his book Francisco Zuniga, Sculptor, published in 1980. Although most of the photographs depict figurative sculpture, some also show the preliminary crayon, pencil, and ink sketches. Other material includes eight of Zuniga's exhibition catalogs, and audio cassettes of Reich's interviews with him in 1976. Transcripts of the tapes are present, as are early drafts of the book, letters from Zuniga, essays by Zuniga and others about art, newspaper clippings about his work, and photocopies of journal articles.

Some materials in Spanish.


This collection is organized into three series:





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Reich, Sheldon

Figure sculpture, Mexican -- Pictorial works
Sculptors -- Interviews
Sculptors -- Mexico

Genre Form(s)
Audio Tapes
Exhibition Catalogs

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Francisco Zuniga collection(MS 254).Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Materials relating to the book Francisco Zuniga, Sculptor
11 Typescript of Francisco Zuniga, Sculptor
12 Second typescript of Francisco Zuniga, Sculptor
13 Photocopies of photographs used in Francisco Zuniga, Sculptor
14 Transcript of interviews used in Francisco Zuniga, Sculptor
15 Transcript of interviews used in Francisco Zuniga, Sculptor
16 List of Zuniga photographs used in Francisco Zuniga, Sculptor
17 Photocopy of a draft of the text of Francisco Zuniga, Sculptor
18 Correspondence relating to Francisco Zuniga, Sculptor
Series II: Exhibition Catalogs
21 Exhibition catalogs of Francisco Zuniga's work
22 Exhibition catalogs of Francisco Zuniga's work
Series III: Photographs and Audio Tapes
23-7 Photographs of Zuniga's work
31-5 Photographs of Zuniga's work
3 Interview tapes (7)
3 Box of color negatives
41-10 Photographs of Zuniga's work
Portfolio Oversize photographs (3)