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Nelson Morpurgo collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 493

Scope and Contents

This finding aid encompasses accessions of single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts and other papers, by or pertaining to Nelson Morpurgo, acquired by the library from a variety of sources. Series I, Accession of May 2001 , contains typescripts of poems by Morpurgo and a photograph. Materials added to the collection since that time are located in Series II, Additions since July 2002 , listed in the order in which they were added.


  • [ca. 1918-1940]


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Nelson Morpurgo Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ongoing collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Source information is recorded on the folders. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence and other papers pertaining to Morpurgo's literary career, including manuscripts of Il fuoco delle piramidi (1923) and several poems.


Nelson Morpurgo was born in Cairo in 1899, studied law and jurisprudence in France and Italy, and began the practice of law in Cairo in 1933. After World War II he became legal advisor to the Italian Consulate in Egypt, and later was a founder of and advisor to the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.

Morpurgo is best known as a Futurist author and as a friend of Filippo Marinetti. His publications include Morfina (1921); Il fuoco del Piramidi (1923); and Per le mi donne (1932). After his retirement in Rimini, Morpurgo organized a conference on Futurism and participated in the celebration of the centenary of Marinetti's birth in 1976. He died in Rimini on October 11, 1978.

Processing Information

This finding aid is updated periodically to account for new materials that have been added to the collection. The date of the most recent update is noted on the title page. For information on material that may have been acquired for the collection since the last update, please consult the Public Service Desk.

Guide to the Nelson Morpurgo Collection
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
May 2002
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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