Archives of American Art

A Finding Aid to the Michael Ponce de Leon Papers, 1952-1979, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.poncmich
Creators:
Ponce de Leon, Michael, b. 1922
Dates:
1952-1979
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.3 Linear feet
(partially microfilmed on 2 reels)
Repository:
The papers of Michael Ponce de Leon measure 0.3 linear feet and date from 1952 to 1979. The papers document his career as an artist through two letters, one being a congratulatory letter from David Goddard upon receiving a Guggenheim award, 1967; photos and slides of Ponce de Leon's work, a slide of him in a workshop, and photos showing his metal collage intaglio printing technique; exhibition catalogs and announcements, reprints, clippings, miscellaneous notes, three cartoon drawings, and an intaglio, "There's a Time."

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
REELS N69-127 & N70-14: Correspondence relating to Ponce de Leon's service as a cartoonist with the U.S. Air Force during World War II, his trip, 1967-1968, to India, Pakistan and Southeast Asia sponsored by the U.S. State Department to encourage better relations through art, his teaching appointments and exhibits; journal notes and writings concerning his trips to India, Cambodia and Thailand, his own work, teaching, Norwegian graphics and the art process; sketches and cartoons; sketchbooks containing figure studies, still lifes and sketches of Indian life; clippings, exhibition catalogs and printed material; and photographs of Ponce de Leon and his works of art. Correspondents include Elmer Davis for the O.W.I., critic John Canaday, art historian Jacinto Quirarte, and others.
Scope and Contents
The papers of Michael Ponce de Leon measure 0.3 linear feet and date from 1952 to 1979. The papers document his career as an artist through two letters, one being a congratulatory letter from David Goddard upon receiving a Guggenheim award, 1967; photos and slides of Ponce de Leon's work, a slide of him in a workshop, and photos showing his metal collage intaglio printing technique; exhibition catalogs and announcements, reprints, clippings, miscellaneous notes, three cartoon drawings, and an intaglio, "There's a Time."

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into one series.
  • Series 1: Michael Ponce de Leon papers 1952-1979 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OV 2)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Michael Ponce de Leon (1922-2006) was a an artist, printmaker, and cartoonist based in New York, N.Y. Ponce de Leon was born in Miami, but he grew up and attended school in Mexico City. He served in the United States military during World War II, and he settled in New York after the war where he studied at the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Design, and the School of the Brooklyn Museum. Between 1953 and 1980 Ponce de Leon taught at various colleges and universities including the Art Students League, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Hunter College, New York University, Pratt Institute, the Pratt Graphic Art Center, and Vassar College. Ponce de Leon died in Mexico in 2006.

Administration
Author
Ricky Gomez
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection are available 35mm microfilm reels N69-127 & N70-14 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Existence and Location of Originals
Reels N69-127 & N70-14: Originals returned to Michael Ponce de Leon after microfilming.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material on reels N69-127 & N70-14 lent for microfilming 1969 and unmicrofilmed material donated 1977-1979 by Michael Ponce de Leon.
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Ricky Gomez in 2022.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Preferred Citation
Michael Ponce de Leon papers, 1952-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Insitution.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Prints -- Technique -- 20th century Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
War in art Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Latino and Latin American artists Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cartoonists -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Canaday, John, 1907-1985 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Davis, Elmer Holmes, 1890-1958 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quirarte, Jacinto, 1931-2012 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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