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Finding aid of the Oreste F. Pucciani Papers
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Box 1 : 1-22 ; 2 : 1-14

Series 1.  Oreste Pucciani circa 1947-1990

Physical Description: 0.6 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains writings by Pucciani, including his curriculum vitae, a 1970 appreciation of the photographer George Hoyningen-Huene, a 1990 article on Jean Genet and Sartre, and a number of poems, probably translation of works by Stanley Kuniholm (see below, Series 3, Subseries 2), published in the French periodical La Nef in 1947 and 1949. The majority of the writings are erotic, undated, but most probably written between 1975 and 1980; two of the stories are in French, the remainder in English.
Box 1 : 1

Biographical Information circa 1987

Box 1 : 1

Curriculum Vitae circa 1987

Box 1 : 2-4

Academic Writings circa 1947-1990

Box 1 : 2

The 'Infernal Dialogue' of Jean Genet and Sartre 1990

Box 1 : 3

George Hoyningen-Huene, 1900-1968 1970

Box 1 : 4

Poems no date

Scope and Content Note

Probably translations of Stanley Kuniholm poems published in La Nef, nos. 29 and 57 (1947, 1949)
Box 1 : 5

Notes no date

Box 1 : 6-22 ; 2 : 1-14

Erotic Writings no date

Box 1 : 6

Bien no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 1 : 7

Daddy's Boy no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 1 : 8

Dear Jim no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 1 : 9

Dressing Room no date

Physical Description: Corrected typescript.
Box 1 : 10

A Drink of Water no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 1 : 11

Encounter no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 1 : 12

Feel It Up, Charlie! no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 1 : 13

Fraternity no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 1 : 14

High Fashion 1978

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 1 : 15

Honey Ass no date

Physical Description: Manuscript/typescript.
Box 1 : 16

Hospital 1977

Physical Description: Manuscript/typescript.
Box 1 : 17

Housemen no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 1 : 18

Initiatique no date

Physical Description: French; manuscript.
Box 1 : 19

Jeff & Yuki no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 1 : 20

Jock no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 1 : 21

Law and Order I no date

Physical Description: Edited typescript.
Box 1 : 22

Mike I, II, III no date

Physical Description: Edited typescript.
Box 2 : 1

Next Door no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 2 : 2

Night Shift (1) no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 2 : 3

Night Shift (2) no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 2 : 4

The Old, Old South no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 2 : 5

Old South no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 2 : 6

One Night Stand no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 2 : 7

Par Pitié! no date

Physical Description: French; manuscript.
Box 2 : 8

Paul--Lance no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 2 : 9

The Rig no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 2 : 10

Romance no date

Physical Description: Corrected typescript.
Box 2 : 11

Telefonata no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 2 : 12

Trucking no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 2 : 13

Untitled no date

Physical Description: 4 items, manuscript/typescript, found loose, possibly incomplete.
Box 2 : 14

Utopia no date

Physical Description: Manuscript.
Box 2 : 15-19 ; 3 : 1-7

Series 2.  Rudi Gernreich 1959-1986

Physical Description: 0.5 linear foot

Series Scope and Content Summary

Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985), Pucciani's long-time lover, was born in Vienna, and fled Austria at age 16, settling in Los Angeles. His first career was as a dancer; he later became a fabric designer, before moving into fashion design. He was known for pushing the boundaries of the "futuristic look" in clothing in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and is most notorious for inventing the first topless women's swimsuit. However, most of Gernreich's creations created a brief stir, and then quietly disappeared. Gernreich was also a gay activist and a founder of the Mattachine Society. The small group of papers in this series consists primarily of condolence letters sent to Pucciani after Gernreich's death in April 1985. The series also contains a small number of cards and letters addressed to Gernreich, papers relating to Pucciani's efforts to obtain a parking variance for Gernreich's design studio, a handwritten account by Gernreich of an injury to his hand, and a series of letters from Gernreich's mother, Elisabeth, to Pucciani during one of his sabbaticals in Europe.
Box 2 : 15

Acceptance speech by Oreste Pucciani for the "Special Tribute" award to Rudi Gernreich from the Council of Fashion Designers of America January 19, 1986

Box 2 : 16-19 ; 3 : 1

Condolence letters to Oreste Pucciani April-May 1985

Physical Description: 5 folders.
Box 3 : 2

Condolence letters to Oreste Pucciani 1986

Box 3 : 3-4

Correspondence (letters to) 1982-1985

Box 3 : 5

Design studio 1966

Box 3 : 6

Injury to hand February 7, 1982

Box 3 : 7

Gernreich, Elisabeth. Letters to Oreste Pucciani October 1959-June 1960

Box 3 : 8-11 ; 4 : 1-12 ; 5 : 1-15 ; 6 : 1-10 ; 7 : 1-11 ; 8 : 1-13

Series 3.  Friends circa 1890-1998

Physical Description: 2.25 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains papers relating to several of Pucciani's long-time friends, several of whom he supported financially in some degree.
Box 3 : 8-11 ; 4 : 1-4

Subseries 3.1.  Jacques Faure 1953-1986

Physical Description: 0.3 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Jacques Faure was born in Lyon, France, on May 22, 1926. His family later moved to Paris, where he appears to have met Pucciani in 1946, during the latter's year on the Sheldon Traveling Fellowship. The two began an affair, and Faure moved to California to be with Pucciani. When the affair ended in the early 1950s Pucciani remained a friend, both to Faure and to his mother. In 1959, Faure took the position of art director at French Vogue, published by Conde Nast, in Paris, marrying Patricia Enk a few days before returning to France. He and his wife remained in France 12 years; their daughter Zazu was born in 1965. Faure lost his position with Conde Nast and the family returned to California in 1970; Faure and Patricia were divorced shortly afterwards (Patricia later became a prominent Los Angeles art dealer). Faure spent the rest of his life working as a free-lance designer, living next door to Pucciani, who supported him during hard financial times. He died in hospital in Torrance, California, on August 1, 1986. The subseries includes letters to Pucciani from both Faure and his wife during their years in Paris, drawings by Faure separated from the letters in which they were originally sent, an account by Patricia Faure of the deterioration of their marriage, a 1984 book typescript by Faure, and papers relating to his last illness and estate, of which Pucciani served as executor.
Box 3 : 8

Letters to Oreste Pucciani 1953-1975 (bulk 1960-1968)

Box 3 : 9

Diana Newman lawsuit 1986

Box 3 : 10

Drawings circa 1960-1969

Box 3 : 11

Estate 1986-1987

Box 4 : 1

Last Illness 1986

Box 4 : 2

Miscellaneous no date

Box 4 : 3

The Red Star 1984

Box 4 : 4

Taxes 1972-1983

Box 4 : 5-12 ; 5 : 1-15 ; 6 : 1-2

Subseries 3.2.  Stanley Kuniholm circa 1890-1984

Physical Description: 0.75 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Stanley Kuniholm was born in Massachusetts on June 9, 1912, of Scandinavian and New England ancestry. He graduated from Gardner High School in 1929, and appears then to have become a factory worker. He began writing poetry seriously in 1932. He later attended Tufts College, where he was associate editor of the college literary magazine, The Tuftonian, in 1938, and editor-in-chief in 1940. He later taught high school in North Brookfield and later at Manter Hall School, in Cambridge. He fell in his apartment, and was not discovered for several days, in July 1982; he never fully recovered, and died in Boston in February 1984. Kuniholm and Pucciani met in the 1930s, and remained close friends until Kuniholm's death; from at least the early 1950s Pucciani also provided Kuniholm with financial assistance. The papers in this subseries consist primarily of Kuniholm's letters to Pucciani from December 1951 to January 1953, and copies of Kuniholm's poems, short stories and essays written between 1932 and 1954. Kuniholm's letters and essays give considerable insight into his creative processes.
Box 4 : 5-8

Correspondence 1950-1984

Box 4 : 5

Letters to Oreste Pucciani September 1950-January 1954

Scope and Content Note

All but two letters date from December 1951 to January 1953.
Box 4 : 6

Letters to Oreste Pucciani. Poems & essays September 1950-January 1954

Box 4 : 7

Letters to Oreste Pucciani 1960-1982

Box 4 : 8

Last illness 1983-1984

Box 4 : 9-12 ; 5 : 1-9

Poems 1936-1954

Box 4 : 9

Amanda 1939

Physical Description: Manuscript, composition book.
Box 4 : 10

The Failure no date

Physical Description: Typescript.
Box 4 : 11

The Great Cave 1953-1954

Physical Description: Typescript.
Box 4 : 12

The Living Mask no date

Physical Description: Typescript.
Box 5 : 1

The Murderer 1949

Physical Description: Typescript.
Box 5 : 2

Romantic Landscape 1950

Physical Description: Typescript.
Box 5 : 3

Uncollected Poems and Papers no date

Physical Description: Typescript.
Box 5 : 4

The Unfinished God no date

Physical Description: Typescript; 2 copies.
Box 5 : 5

The Warlock 1948

Physical Description: Typescript; with other poems and correspondence.
Box 5 : 6

Untitled Collection no date

Physical Description: Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

First poem: Hyla.
Box 5 : 7-8

Untitled Collection Sunday, October 4, 1953 - Monday, October 4, 1954

Physical Description: Typescript. 2 folders.

Scope and Content Note

One poem for each day of the year.
Box 5 : 9

Miscellaneous Poems no date

Physical Description: Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

Found loose.
Box 5 : 10-15

Essays & Short Stories no date

Box 5 : 10

The Classic Americans no date

Physical Description: Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

Found loose.
Box 5 : 11

The Divine Ship 1936

Physical Description: Typescript. 2 copies.
Box 5 : 12

Jenny the Hawk 1953

Physical Description: Typescript.
Box 5 : 13

Short Stories no date

Physical Description: Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

  1. The Funeral
  2. The Bachelor
  3. The Saint
  4. The Man of Decision
Box 5 : 14

Through a Glass no date

Physical Description: Typescript.
Box 5 : 15

Untitled Essay 1953

Physical Description: Typescript.
Box :

Publications 1938-1940

Box 6 : 1

Tuftonian 1938, 1940

Box 6 : 2

Photograph circa 1890

Box 6 : 3-10 ; 7 : 1-11 ; 8 : 1-3

Subseries 3.3.  Lionel Mailles 1975-1998

Physical Description: 0.86 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Lionel Mailles was born on November 19, 1951, and lives in 32170 Laas, France; he also maintains a website, telepathes.org, possibly using the name "Lionel Oreste". He and Pucciani had an intense affair in the mid-1970s, often writing to each another several times a day. Pucciani also provided extensive financial support for Mailles between from 1975 through 1977. The papers in this subseries, all written in French, consist of Mailles' letters to Pucciani from 1976 through 1979, with a few letters through the 1980s, and a single letter from 1998; and of Pucciani's letters and other writings addressed to Mailles from 1975 through 1977. The first three folders of Mailles' letters to Pucciani and all folders of Pucciani's letters to Mailles retain the titles given them by Pucciani. The majority of folders also retain Pucciani's original reverse chronological order.
Box 6 : 3-10 ; 7 : 1-5

Mailles to Pucciani 1976-1989, 1998

Box 6 : 3

1976 Depuis Laas April-June 1976

Scope and Content Note

Found loose at front of binder.
Box 6 : 4

1976 Depuis Laas August 1976-March 1977

Physical Description: Binder.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in reverse chronological order.
Box 6 : 5

1976 Depuis Laas March 1977

Scope and Content Note

Found loose in binder.
Box 6 : 6

September-November 1976

Box 6 : 7

February-May 1977

Box 6 : 8

June-December 1977

Box 6 : 9

January-March 1978

Box 6 : 10

May-July 1978

Box 7 : 1

August-September 1978

Box 7 : 2

October-December 1978

Box 7 : 3

1979

Box 7 : 4

Philippe Fabrique 1982

Box 7 : 5

1983-1989, 1998

Box 7 : 6-11 ; 8 : 1-3

Pucciani to Mailles 1975-1977

Box 7 : 6

Veilleur. Texte. 1 May 12-25, 1975

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in reverse order.
Box 7 : 7

Veilleur. Texte. 2 May 26-27, 1975

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in reverse order.
Box 7 : 8

Lionel June 1975-April 1976

Box 7 : 9

Poême pour Lionel June 1976

Box 7 : 10

Paris 22.vi.76 au 4 aôut 1976 June 22-August 4, 1976

Box 7 : 11

Journal pour Lionel August 10-25, 1976

Box 8 : 1

Deuxième journal pour Lionel September 1976-February 1977

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in reverse order.
Box 8 : 2

L[ionel] depuis Paris 1977 July-November 1977

Box 8 : 3

Chronologie pour le 3 aôut '77 August 3, 1977

Box 8 : 4-13

Subseries 3.4.  Other Correspondents 1970-1991

Physical Description: 0.3 linear foot

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries contains letters and other materials from other friends of Oreste Pucciani. The correspondents include graphic artist and designer Paul Batoon, born in Texas of Filipino parents, who studied at UCLA and became a protégé‚ of Rudi Gernreich; Viennese-born abstract expressionist painter and graphic artist Lilly Fenichel; E. Dale Saunders (1919-1995), professor of Japanese at the University of Pennsylvania, whose friendship with Pucciani dated from their undergraduate days at Western Reserve; and French artist Raymond Voinquel (1912-1994). The letters from Batoon to Pucciani are in French.
Box 8 : 4-7

Batoon, Paul 1997-1990

Box 8 : 4

Letters to Oreste Pucciani 1977-1979

Box 8 : 5

Letters to Oreste Pucciani 1980-1990

Box 8 : 6

Fashion pictorials 1984

Box 8 : 7

Photographs 1977-1980

Box 8 : 8

Bauer, George, Jr 1987-1988

Box 8 : 9

Fenichel, Lilly 1980-1985

Box 8 : 10

Rezu, Luc-Olivier 1977-1978

Box 8 : 11

Saunders, Dale 1970-1991

Box 8 : 12

Voinquel, Raymond 1989-1990

Box 8 : 13

Miscellaneous correspondence 1977-1990

Box 9 : 1-6

Series 4.  Subject Files circa 1971-1991

Physical Description: 5 folders.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains a small number of subject files formed from miscellaneous materials found loose among Pucciani's papers.
Box 9 : 1

ACLU Rudi Gernreich-Oreste Pucciani Endowment Fund 1988

Box 9 : 2

AIDS 1986-1988

Box 9 : 3

DeBrier, Sampson 1987

Box 9 : 4

Foucault, Michel 1977-1991

Box 9 : 5

Gay literature 1988

Box 9 : 6

Genet, Jean. Le Balcon post 1971

Box 9 : 7-9 ; 10 : 1-4

Series 5.  Publications 1937-circa 1971

Physical Description: 0.6 linear foot

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes several publications found among Pucciani's papers. These include four yearbooks from Pucciani's alma mater, Adelbert College, Western Reserve University; a copy of Whit and Hallie Burnett's Things With Claws (1961), containing a short story by Pucciani; uncorrected galley proofs of Gene Horowitz's Mr. Jack and the Greenstalks sent to Rudi Gernreich; and a typescript work on homosexuality and the church, title and author unknown, possibly written in conjunction with the work of the Metropolitan Community Church, with annotations possibly by Pucciani.
Box 9 : 7

Burnett, Whit & Hallie, ed. Things With Claws 1961

Scope and Content Note

Contains short story Butch by Pucciani.
Box 9 : 8

Homosexuality and the Church circa 1971

Scope and Content Note

No title page, author unknown. Typescript with manuscript notes, possibly by Pucciani.
Box 9 : 9

Horowitz, Gene. Mr. Jack and the Greenstalks 1969

Scope and Content Note

Uncorrected galley proof sent to Rudi Gernreich.
Box 10 : 1-4

Nihon (Adelbert, Western Reserve University yearbook) 1937-1939

Box 10 : 1

1937

Box 10 : 2

1938

Scope and Content Note

Junior class.
Box 10 : 3

1938

Scope and Content Note

Upperclassmen.
Box 10 : 4

1939

Box 11 : 1

Series 6.  Audio Visual November 7, 1993

Physical Description: 1 videocassette ; 8 mm.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains a single videocassette recording of a talk Pucciani gave on Rudi Gernreich at ONE, Inc., on November 7, 1993.
Box 11 : 1

Oreste Pucciani on Rudi Gernreich. ONE, Inc. 8mm videocassette November 7, 1993

Physical Description: 1 videocassette ; 8 mm.
Box 11 : 2-12

Series 7.  Miscellanea circa 1946-1990

Physical Description: 0.2 linear foot.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains miscellaneous memorabilia and ephemera found among Pucciani's papers. These include an address book from 1958; four passports for Pucciani; a Christmas stocking designed by Paul Batoon; a "Hello" card with a racy pickup line; a 1974 map of Paris and environs; and a notepad itemizing Pucciani's financial support for Lionel Mailles from 1975 through 1977. Pucciani's relationship with Catherine and Joseph Icide may derive ultimately from Patricia (Enk) Faure, whose father was also a drop forger.
Box 11 : 2

Address book 1958

Box 11 : 3

Batoon, Paul. Christmas stocking circa 1977-1990

Box 11 : 4

"Hello" card no date

Box 11 : 5

Icide, Catherine. Account book of Oreste Pucciani with financial accounts for July 1988-May 1990

Box 11 : 6

Icide, Joseph. Identification card from International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths, Drop Forgers & Helpers circa 1946

Box 11 : 7

Mailles, Lionel. Memo notepad of Oreste Pucciani with notes on his financial support for 1975-1977

Box 11 : 8

Paris. Michelin map of the environs of 1974

Physical Description: Scale 1 : 100 000.
Box 11 : 9-12

Passports for Oreste Pucciani 1951, 1970, 1975, 1988