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César Graña Papers

Identifier: MSS-623-BC

Scope and Content

The César Graña papers contain his research materials relevant to the culture and history of Spain. The bulk of the collection is made up of xeroxed copies of articles, chapters, and poems. It also contains newspaper clippings, extensive notes, photographs, and maps. The collection is divided into seven series: I: History and Culture of Spain, II: Religion, III: Sevilla, IV: Andalucia, Gitanos (Gypsies), and Flamenco, V: Corridas de Torros, IV: Publications and Typescripts, and VII: Personal Information. Most of the collection is in Spanish.

The small photographic component has been transferred to photoarchives and the maps are housed in an oversized folder.

A published biography of César Graña and an audiotape of a conference on bullfighting that took place in Sevilla, Spain in approximately 1975 were added to the collection in September, 1998. Additional materials were added in June 2002. Most of these materials are contained in Box 4, however, a few pieces were interfiled within the existing collection.


  • 1530-1998 (bulk 1914-1985)


Language of Materials

Spanish English

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publiction or distribution.

Biographical Information

César Graña, was born in Lima, Peru in 1919. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Lima in 1940 in the field of Art History. After attending several universities in the United States, Graña graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Sociology in 1947 and a Ph.D in 1957, specializing in the Sociology of Knowledge, the Sociology of the Arts, and Sociological Theory.

Graña taught Sociology at the University of Chicago and at the University of California at Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Davis, and San Diego. He was involved in many programs including: Assistant Director of the Political Sociology Project, Social Science Research Center, University of Puerto Rico; Associate Director, University of California Education Abroad Program, Madrid Center; Participant in the International Congress on the Sociology of Intellectual Life, Center for Comparitive Sociology, Institute Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires; and Director of the Centro para Estudios Ibéricos y Latinoamericanos, University of California, San Diego where he taught from 1972-1986.

Although César Graña's intellectual and scholarly interests revolved around the sociology of culture and art generally, his passion was the culture of Spain and particularly that of Andalucía. He was enamored with the people of Spain and Andalucía, the bullfights, the gypsies, flamenco, and the religious cofradías (brotherhoods). Books written by Graña include,Bohemian Versus Bourgeois: The French Writer and French Society in the 19th Century (1964, reissued asModernity and Its Discontents,1967),Fact and Symbol: Essays in the Sociology of Art and Literature (1971),Meaning and Authenticity: Further Essays on the Sociology of Art (1989).

Graña was killed in a car accident in Andalucía Spain in 1986. He was married to Mari Graña at the time of his death, had four children, Micaela, Andía, Antonio, and Rafael and maintained a close relationship with his sister Carmen.


4 boxes (3 cu. ft.), plus oversize folder

Separated Material

Pictorial material transferred to César Graña Pictorial Collection
Finding Aid of the César Graña Papers , 1530-1998 (bulk 1914-1985)
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Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131