Guide to the John De Vincenzi Papers

SJSU Library Special Collections and Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
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San José, CA 95192-0028
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Fax: (408) 808-2063
Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu
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Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

John De Vincenzi Papers

Collection number: MSS-1998-03



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives
Processed by:
Laura Lind
Date Completed:
2006
Encoded by:
Laura Lind
© 2006 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

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

Access

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.

Arrangement

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


Collection Contents

Box 1

Series I: Gallery Advisory Committee Files 1963-1991 1965-1973

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is arranged by subject and date.
The contents in this series include meeting minutes, agendas, reports, and correspondence with the City Council; memoranda and clippings documenting the controversy between the committee and the Triton Museum; petitions for public support of the gallery; publicity items; architectural plans; and newspaper clippings featuring the committee's work.
The materials document the inception and history of the San José Museum of Art, and reflect John De Vincenzi's commitment to improving public access to visual art in San José.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by subject and date.
Folder 1

Pre-planning and fundraising process 1963-1972

Folder 2

Administrative records 1965-1972

Folder 3

Triton Museum controversy 1967-1968

Folder 4

Joint program with San José State College 1968-1972

Folder 5

Renovation process 1970-1973

Folder 6

Gallery collection inventory 1971

Folder 7

Publicity 1967-1991

Folder 8

Clippings 1965-1991