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Division of Community Life Dissertation Series: Lange, Yvonne: "Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico,"

Creator:
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Lange, Yvonne, 1918-2003 (Director Emerita, Museum of International Folk Art)  Search this
Names:
Vidal, Teodoro  Search this
Extent:
0.66 Cubic feet (2 boxes, 4 volumes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Dissertations
Religious objects
Place:
Puerto Rico
Date:
1975.
Scope and Contents note:
One copy in four volumes (872 pp.) of the typescript of Lange's dissertation "Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico (1975)" by Yvonne Lange. The dissertation, written for the Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania, attempts to analyse the phenomenon of the "santos" by describing its major features and to explain its existence through the historical, socio-economic, and religious factors that influenced it. This work is illustrated with photographic prints, most of which were taken by the author, mounted on text pages. Some of the santos described and illustrated are from Smithsonian collections, including the Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Biographical/Historical note:
"Santos" is a term used in Latin America to describe the locally made wooden sculptured representations of the Roman Catholic celestial hierarchy. In the nineteenth century this form of folk art developed in the central highlands of Puerto Rico. These cheerful images were deeply revered by the peasant farmers as the embodiment of an invisible and powerful presence which brought sympathetic feeling and fellowship to the community.
Provenance:
Yvonne Lange,Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of New Mexico, gift,2/21/86
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Religion -- Puerto Rico  Search this
Idols and images  Search this
Folk art  Search this
Christian saints  Search this
Art -- Collecting and Collectors -- Puerto Rico  Search this
Santos (Art)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Dissertations
Religious objects -- Puerto Rico
Citation:
Division of Community Life Dissertation Series: Lange, Yvonne, Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico (1975), AC NMAH
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0197
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0197

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Collector:
Vidal, Teodoro  Search this
Extent:
4 Cubic feet (15 boxes, 10 oversized folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Prints
Photographs
Religious objects
Prayers
Maps
Posters
Place:
Puerto Rico -- Antiquities
Date:
1592-1992
Scope and Contents:
Maps, prints, posters, religious articles, publications and photographs, relating to the history and culture of Puerto Rico. Mr. Vidal's family and personal papers are also included.
Arrangement:
Collection is divided into nine series.

Series 1: personal Papers

Series 2: Vidal Family Background Materials

Series 3: Maps

Series 4: Prints and General Posters

Series 5: Religious Materials

Series 6: Publications

Series 7: General Photographs

Series 8: Poems, Ten Line Poems

Series 9: Miscellaneous
Biographical / Historical:
Collector of art, artifacts and documents on the history, culture and people of Puerto Rico. Vidal donated his artifact collection to the National Museum of American History in 1997.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Folk art  Search this
Puerto Rico -- History  Search this
Art -- Collecting and Collectors -- Puerto Rico  Search this
Art, Puerto Rican  Search this
Santos (Art)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Prints -- Puerto Rico
Photographs -- Puerto Rico
Religious objects -- Puerto Rico
Prayers
Maps
Posters -- Puerto Rico
Citation:
Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1592-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0712
See more items in:
Teodoro Vidal Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0712
Additional Online Media:

Remembering collector Teodoro Vidal, who preserved Puerto Rican history and culture in the national collection

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Conversations and talks
Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:52:12 +0000
Topic:
American History  Search this
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_ff84b522561cbca16d1995c964550daa

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