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Finding Aid to the Francisco Mujica Diez de Bonilla Papers, 1956-1979
BANC MSS 84/89 m  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Scope and Content
  • Biographical Note

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Francisco Mujica Diez de Bonilla Papers,
    Date: 1956-1979
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 84/89 m
    Collector: Mujica Diez de Bonilla, Francisco, 1899-1979
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Correspondence with institutions in the United States and abroad to solicit interest in housing Mujica's Collection of original hand drawn reproductions of the art and architecture of pre-Columbian Mexico and New Spain. Also personal letters concerning his stay in the United States; memoranda, inventions and evaluations of his collection, and the will which outlines the final placement of his collection.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item] Francisco Mujica Diez de Bonilla Papers, BANC MSS 84/89 m, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    Title: Correspondence
    with institutions in the United States and abroad to solicit interest in housing Professor Mujica's collection of original hand-drawn reproductions of the art and architecture of pre-Colombian Mexico and New Spain. Also personal letters concerning his stay in the United States. Miscellaneous personal papers include memoranda, inventories and evaluations of his collection, and the will which outlines the final placement of his collection.
    Title: Outgoing letters
    of Francisco Mujica Diez de Bonilla, 1974-1979 are arranged chronologically. Carbons and photocopies, they relate for the most part to attempts to place his collection.
    Title: Incoming letters
    are arranged alphabetically by writer or organization, then chronologically within each folder. When possible, they are listed under institutional affiliation, since Mujica was primarily interested in that aspect of his correspondents. Single items have been placed in an A-Z miscellany at the beginning of the series.
    Gift of his estate, 1981?

    Biographical Note

    Born in Mexico, January 29, 1899, the son of a career diplomat, Professor Mujica in his early years attended schools in Spain, France, Belgium, Argentina, and Chile, pursuing his studies in higher education at the Universities of Chile, Mexico, and Paris. As President of the Architecture Students' Center at the University of Chile, he was the School of Architecture's delegate to the first Pan American Congress of Architects.
    The lifework of Architect Mujica is unique—a true graphic inventory of Mexico's artistic treasure— and consists of five major sections: pre-Hispanic art, Colonial art, Modern art, landscapes, and finally prototypes, costumes, and customs. The collection has been praised by world-famous anthropologists and archaeologists including Rivat, Morley, Imbelloni, Kidder, and Capitan. Aldon Mason, Curator ofthe Philadelphia Museum of Art, stated, 'No description could do justice to the enormous and extraordinary collection of drawings and photographs of Mexican art, archaeology and architecture'... .
    by Dr. Capitan, Curator, Paris Museum