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Finding Aid for the Gabriela Mistral collection, 1924-1948
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gabriela Mistral collection
    Date (inclusive): 1924-1948
    Collection number: 311
    Creator: Mistral, Gabriela 1889-1957
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Abstract: The collection consists of artwork, certificates, diplomas, newspaper issues and photographs relating to the Chilean writer and poet Gabriela Mistral (born Lucila Godoy y Alcayata) (1889-1957). Ranging in date from circa 1924 to 1948, the collection highlights the fame and recognition Gabriela Mistral achieved both in Chile next hit and worldwide. The contents reveal her many friendships with artistic and political contemporaries, as well as the many admirers of her work.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Elize Mazadiego in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Elizabeth Sheehan.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gabriela Mistral collection (Collection 311). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232762 

    Biography

    Gabriela Mistral was born Lucila Godoy y Alcayata on April 6, 1889 in Vicuña, previous hit Chile next hit –one of the main cities in the valle de Elqui. Her father, Juan Jeronimo Godoy, was a school teachers in latin, greek, philosophy, literature and theology and her mother, Petronila Alcayaga Godoy, was a seamstress.
    At the age of 14 Gabriela began working as a teacher in order to help support her mother and family since their father left when Gabriela was only 3 years old. Around this period she was beginning to write and explore other authors and poets. A year after she began teaching Gabriela had her first publication, "El Muerte del Poeta" in the newspaper El Coquimbo. Following her publication Mistral wrote and published several works under various pseudonyms, including Gabriela Mistral.
    In 1914 the Sociedad de Artistas y Escritores de previous hit Chile next hit awarded Gabriela for her collection of poems titled Sonetos de la Muerte. After receiving national recognition she stuck with the name Gabriela Mistral – a fusion from the names of Italian poet Gabriela D' Annunzio and French poet Fédéric Mistral. She continued to devote herself to education, especially women's education as a teacher and director of a girls' school in previous hit Chile next hit . She was later invited to Mexico by the Minister of Public Education, José Vasconcelos, to participate in programming Mexico's national education.
    Her writings achieved an international reputation after the publication of her first book Desolación in 1922. She toured the United States, Europe and Latin America establishing friendships with many contemporary writers. During her travels Gabriela published more of her poetry. She returned several times to previous hit Chile next hit , but lived primarily in France and Italy. There she was very active with the League for Intellectual Co-operation for the League of Nations. After, Mistral worked as a professor at several prestigious universities in the United States. Later, she became previous hit Chile's next hit ambassador and consul while staying in other parts of the world such as Brazil, Spain, Italy, Portugal and a short period in Los Angeles, California. In 1945 Gabriela Mistral received the Nobel Prize –she was the first Latin American to be awarded the prize for Literature. Due to failing health, Mistral stopped traveling and settled in New York where she passed away on December 10, 1957.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of artwork, certificates, diplomas, newspaper issues and photographs relating to the Chilean writer and poet Gabriela Mistral. Ranging in date from circa 1924 to 1948, the collection highlights the fame and recognition Gabriela Mistral achieved both in previous hit Chile next hit and worldwide. The contents reveal her many friendships with artistic and political contemporaries, as well as the many admirers of her work.
    Included in the collection are: numerous images and portraits of Gabriela Mistral, candid photographs that document Mistral's travels and meetings with noteworthy colleagues and friends; correspondence between Gabriela Mistral to her mother; letters, gifts and mementos to Gabriela Mistral; certificates and diplomas honoring Gabriela Mistral, a bulletin of the meeting of the Union Panamericana from 1947, a potential short story by Gabriela Mistral, and an album dedicated to Gabriela Mistral with photographic reproductions of Marina Nunez Prado's sculptural work.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Albums
    2. Art
    3. Papers
    4. Photographs

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Mistral, Gabriela, 1889-1957.
    Women authors, Chilean -- Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographs.