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Victor Sorell papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 702

Scope and Contents

Items in this collection offer a glimpse into Victor Sorell's professional engagement as an art historian and critic. Included are collected writings on Chicano art and a few of Sorell's writings including catalogs for exhibits he had curated, co-curated or otherwise helped to bring to fruition, including "Carlos Cortéz Koyokuikatl: Soapbox Artist & Poet" and an exhibit of John Pitman Weber's work. Other items of note include the "Guide to Chicago Murals" for which he served as editor, and publications for which he provided commentaries, such as "The Barrio Murals" and the Antonio Pérez exhibit catalog.

Dates

  • 1971 - 1995

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials mostly in English, with select pieces in Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Victor Alejandro Sorell, Distinguished Professor of Art at Chicago State University (CSU) (retired), was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He has been a faculty member at CSU since the 1970 and has taught at a number of institutions, including Michigan State University, UCLA, SAIC and the University of Chicago, his alma mater. Recognized for his long-time engagement with and promotion of Chicano art history, he curated many exhibits that aimed to bring Chicano artists to the mainstream. He also co-founded the community arts organization "El Movimiento Artístico Chicano" (MARCH) and served as editor for numerous magazines focused on promoting Latino arts/cultures.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Abstract

Contained in this collection are materials related to Victor Sorell's writing, editing, and curating activities related to Chicano art in the Midwestern United States. Covers the interwoven topics of public art and society, as well as mural art.

Arrangement

This small collection is divided into two series: Sorell's writings and collected printed material on Latinoart.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred from the Julian Samora Library at the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame in 2019.

Processing Information

Cathy Gibson and Lydia Tang imported the collection inventory in 2019. Chiayi Tsui and Tracy Grimm processed the collection in 2012 at the University of Notre Dame.The original collection identifier was MS.2006.1.

Title
Finding Aid for the Victor Sorell papers
Status
4 Published And Cataloged
Author
Lydia Tang
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Script of description
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

Contact:
MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA