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Guide to the John De Vincenzi Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing History
  • Biographical History
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John De Vincenzi papers
    Dates: 1963-1991
    Bulk Dates: 1965-1973
    Collection number: MSS-1998-03
    Creator: De Vincenzi, John, 1963-1991
    Collection Size: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The John De Vincenzi Papers document De Vincenzi's activities as the chair of the Gallery Advisory Committee to the San José Fine Arts Commission. The committee advocated for, planned, and managed the development of the San José Civic Gallery--now known as the San José Museum of Art--in downtown San José, California. The bulk of the documents in the collection reflect the committee's activities and interactions with the public, the City Council, the Triton Museum, and the San José City Council Art Department, between 1965 and 1973. Some documents from 1963 and 1991 are also included.
    Physical location: Vault 1, Range 20B
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of John De Vincenzi, 1998.

    Preferred Citation

    John De Vincenzi Papers, MSS-1998-03, San José State University Library, Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing History

    Processed by Laura Lind, 2006. EAD encoded by Laura Lind, 2006. Reviewed by Danelle Moon, 2006.

    Biographical History

    John De Vincenzi was born in San José in 1921. He married Lonnie Santina in 1943 and they had two children. Vincenzi also served in World War II. He received a Bachelor's degree from San José State College in 1949, an MA degree from Stanford in 1950, and in 1950 he became an art instructor at San José State College. He was promoted to full Professor in 1969; a position he held until his retirement in 1991. During his career, he achieved high honors as an artist. He was the first artist in residence at Santa Clara's Triton Museum, and was knighted by the Republic of Italy. De Vincenzi became chair of the Gallery Advisory Committee to the San José Fine Arts Commission in November, 1965. Under De Vincenzi's leadership, the advisory committee carried out the planning process for the proposed conversion of a San José public library building into a city art gallery. The City Council approved the committee report in February of 1969 and the San José Civic Gallery opened on September 19, 1971. De Vincenzi remained active on the advisory committee until September of 1972. He was instrumental in the formation of the Civic Gallery Association, and also helped assemble the gallery's first permanent collection--a group of 40 works donated by local artists.

    Scope and Content

    The John De Vincenzi Papers were donated to the San José State University Special Collections and Archives in 1998. The collection consists of files documenting the activities of the Gallery Advisory Committee to the San José Fine Arts Commission, which John De Vincenzi chaired. The bulk of the papers in the collection were created between 1965 and 1973, though a 1963 memo and some 1991 clippings about the gallery's history are also included. The papers are arranged as a single series: Gallery Advisory Committee Files.


    The papers are arranged as a single series: Gallery Advisory Committee Files.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    De Vincenzi, John, 1921-2006
    San José Museum of Art
    Triton Museum of Art
    San José Civic Gallery
    Art -- California -- San José
    Art Commissions -- California -- San José
    Art museums -- California -- San José