Guide to the Clotilde Arias Papers
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1164
Creators:
Arias, Roger
United States. Dept. of State
Arias, Clotilde, 1901-1959
Thompson, J. Walter (advertising agency).
Dates:
1919-1957
2009
Languages:
English
Some materials in Spanish.
Physical Description:
3 Cubic feet
8 boxes
Repository:
This collection documents the life and career of Peruvian musician, composer, and translator Clotilde Arias. Her work includes a Department of State-commissioned translation of "The Star-Spangled Banner" titled "El Pendón Estrellado", advertising jingles, original compositions, and translations of music originally written in English. She also was heavily involved in numerous Pan-American organizations including La Unión de Mujeres Americanas/United American Women.This collection contains correspondence, music manuscripts, photographs,newspaper clippings and printed materials, and four compact discs.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection documents the life and career of Clotilde Arias, who was chosen by the U.S. State Department to write a Spanish translation to "The Star Spangled Banner," during the years of the Good Neighbor Policy. In addition to materials related to her translation of the National Anthem, entitled "El Pendón Estrellado," the collection includes music manuscripts, lyrics, composition notebooks, parts for instruments, and correspondence with the State Department. This collection also contains papers related to Arias's work in advertising, her work as a translator, and her own business records. Personal papers include correspondence, immigration and naturalization documents, printed material, and photographs as well as items from a scrapbook. Also included are compact discs containing images from items in the collection.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is composed of six series.
Series 1: Personal Papers, 1923-1956
Series 2. Music Materials, 1921-1953
Series 3. "El Pendón Estrellado"/"The Star Spangled Banner," 1919-1954, 2009
Series 4. "Himno de las Américas"/"Hymn of the Americas," 1939-1945
Series 5. Miscellaneous Printed Materials, 1942-1956
Series 6. Photographs and Scrapbook, 1939-1957

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Clotilde Arias was a Peruvian-born musician, composer, and translator who lived in New York City following her migration from Iquitos, Peru, to the United States in the 1920s. Her full name was Maria Clotilde Arias and she briefly took her husband Jose Anduaga's last name during their marriage from 1929 to 1942 but was known most often as Clotilde Arias. With Jose Anduaga, Arias had one son, Roger Arias. While she is known for her Department of State-commissioned translation of "The Star-Spangled Banner" titled "El Pendón Estrellado," Arias worked diligently as a translator and musician in a variety of contexts as well as working with a variety of organizations that promoted Pan-Americanism. Prior to her life in the United States, Arias worked for the Iquitos newspaper
El Oriente
writing satirical pieces related to local issues. Arias died in 1959 in New York City.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Sarah Corona, intern, August 2019.
Author
Sarah Corona
Acquisition Information
Donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, by Clotilde Arias's son, Roger Arias in 2010.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Clotilde Arias Papers, 1919-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Immigration records Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music -- Manuscripts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Translations Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Translators Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Good neighbor policy Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National songs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Contracts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
advertising Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Compact discs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sheet music -- 1920-1960 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Parts (musical) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Songbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Composers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Star-spangled banner (Song) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women musicians -- 1930-1950 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women musicians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertising agencies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Commercial art Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women in the advertising industry Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women -- Peru Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women composers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music by women composers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women composers -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pan-Americanism Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Commercial art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jingles (Advertising songs) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jingles (Advertising songs) -- Writing and publishing Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Minorities in advertising Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music in advertising Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women translators Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Naturalization records Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives