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

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0197
Creators:
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Lange, Yvonne, 1918-2003 (Director Emerita, Museum of International Folk Art)
Dates:
1975.
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.66 Cubic feet
2 boxes, 4 volumes
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
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
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.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by, NMAH Staff, undated
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Yvonne Lange,Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of New Mexico, gift,2/21/86

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Division of Community Life Dissertation Series: Lange, Yvonne, Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico (1975), AC NMAH
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
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.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
Transferred from the Division of Community Life, 3/24/86.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Religion -- Puerto Rico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Puerto Rico Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Idols and images Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Folk art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dissertations Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Christian saints Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Collecting and Collectors -- Puerto Rico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Religious objects -- Puerto Rico Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Santos (Art) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vidal, Teodoro Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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