It is a pleasure to announce that the Manuscripts Division of the Princeton University Library has recently added the papers of Diamela Eltit to its extensive collection of archives of Latin American writers and intellectuals.
Eltit, a highly regarded experimental writer who wrote her first two novels, Lumpérica (1983) and Por la patria (1986), during the years of the Pinochet dictatorship in her native Chile, also gained notoriety through her participation in the Colectivo de Acciones de Arte (CADA), a group of artists who staged art actions to challenge the dictatorship. Since then she published several others highly acclaimed literary works including El cuarto mundo (1988), El padre mío (1989), Vaca sagrada (1991), El infarto del alma (1994), Los vigilantes (1994), Los trabajadores de la muerte (1998), Mano de obra (2002), Puño y letra (2005), Jamás el fuego nunca (2007), Impuesto a la carne (2010), and Fuerzas especiales (2013). Eltit served as a cultural attaché during Patricio Aylwin’s government at the Chilean Embassy in Mexico City, and has also held positions as writer-in-residence at Brown University, Washington University in St. Louis, Columbia University, UC/Berkeley the University of Virginia, Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a Distinguished Global Professor of Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University.
Her papers consist of manuscripts, typescript drafts and notebooks related to both published and unpublished works. In addition, there is a sizeable amount of correspondence from writers, colleagues, family and friends (access to the correspondence is temporarily restricted), as well numerous photographs of Eltit with family, friends, and various literary and political figures.
A still in process finding aid is available here. Feel free to contact me or the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections for additional information.
¡Felicidades a los SALALMeros Peter Johnson y Fernando Acosta-Rodriguez de Princeton por este reconocimiento de sus labores!
”]The Princeton University Library’s Manuscripts Divisionhas recently added the papers of Alejandro Rossi (1932-2009) to its extensive collection of archives, manuscripts, and correspondence by Latin American writers and intellectuals.
Alejandro Rossi was born in Florence, Italy, to an Italian father and a Venezuelan mother. He studied philosophy in Mexico, Germany, and England, before settling in Mexico City, where he became professor of philosophy at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1958. His book on analytical philosophy, Lenguage y significado (1968), confirmed his status as a philosopher, but when Octavio Paz asked Rossi to contribute articles to the literary magazine Plural, Rossi began to enter the world of letters.
The writer Juan Villoro has described Rossi as the consummate conversationalist, a quality that characterizes his prose writing. With his friends Octavio Paz, Salvador Elizondo, and Juan García Ponce, Rossi helped found the influential literary journal Vuelta in 1978. A member of Mexico’s El Colegio Nacional since 1996, and winner of the Premio Xavier Villaurruita for his novel Éden, vida imaginada in 2007, Alejandro Rossi enjoyed a long distinguished career, and with great pride became a Mexican citizen in 1994. He died in Mexico City in 2009.
The archive contains a wide range materials, including notebooks, drafts of writings, correspondence with writers, editors, philosophers, and artists, and materials related to conferences and lectures in Mexico and abroad. A detailed finding aid, recently created by new SALALM member Jill Baron, is available at http://findingaids.princeton.
Feel free to contact me or the Manuscripts Division for additional information about this collection.
Princeton University Library
Bruce Bachand received a B.A. in Anthropology and minor in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 19 ago before setting out to become a Mesoamerican archaeologist. At UMass, he worked as a shelver, serials assistant, and overall book worm for three years in the library to defray college expenses. After graduating, he taught English in Japan for the JET Program and upon returning spent a year or so haunting the Tozzer Library while moonlighting as a clerk at the Harvard Coop bookstore. In subsequent years, he obtained anthropology degrees from Brigham Young University (MA) and the University of Arizona (PhD). He was a Fulbright Scholar in Chiapas, Mexico during the 2009-2010 academic year and is currently a Pre-Columbian reader at the Dumbarton Oaks Library in Washington, DC. Bruce’s scholarly activities have placed him in Mexico and Guatemala for periods totalling about five years. He’s looking for a stable career where his research skills and love of books will transfer, and would like to become a subject specialist librarian. Bruce is completing an MSLS at the University of Kentucky and will be an intern at the Library of Congress next spring. He’s also a new HAPI indexer, and look forward to collaborating with Orchid and the other SALALMistas.
Jill Baron is an archivist for Latin American literary manuscript collections at Princeton University. In this position, which she has held since September 2011, she has processed the personal and working papers of writers such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Lorenzo García Vega, Saúl Yurkievich, Alejandro Rossi, and the nineteenth-century letters of Gabriel Iturri (friend and character study for Marcel Proust). She has a B.A. in French and Comparative Literature from Bryn Mawr College, and spent many years working as a chef, including a long sojourn in kitchens in Andalucía, before moving to New York to pursue an MFA in fiction and poetry at The New School. She received her MLIS from Rutgers University in December 2011, where she gained invaluable mentoring from Melissa Gasparotto and other Rutgers librarians. At Princeton she takes great pleasure in working with manuscript materials, participating in the vibrant Latin American studies community, and working for Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, fellow SALALMista.
Daria Carson-Dussán joined the WU Libraries staff this year as the new Romance Languages & Literatures / Latin American Studies Librarian. Daria graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in English Literature and a fine arts certificate in art history from UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. In 2005, she received her M.L.S. from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University. She began her professional career as a reference librarian at Indiana State University and worked at Franklin College as a reference/instruction librarian.
Lisa Gardinier is the new Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian at the University of Iowa. She recently finished a M.A. in Latin American studies at the University of Arizona, including an internship at the CEPAL headquarters library in Santiago, Chile. She completed her M.L.S. at Indiana University, including an internship with Luis González. Her first post-M.L.S. job was as the technical services & information literacy librarian at Cochise College in Douglas, AZ. Most of her experiences and academic interests in Latin America are in Chile and the Southern Cone or the U.S.-Mexico border. She is looking forward to participating in SALALM and being a part of a great professional community.
Sara Levinson joined the Resources Description and Management section at UNC Chapel Hill as an original cataloger in 2009, working mostly on Spanish and Portuguese language materials both in the main collection and, more recently, in the Rare Books Collection. Sara graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology. She received her M.L.S. from the Palmer School in 2000 and began her professional career at the New York Historical Society cataloging some of their massive backlog. She later cataloged at Touro College while working part-time cataloging serials in the special collections in the Tamiment Library at NYU.
Berlin Loa is a graduate of the Knowledge River Program at the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science. Her professional background is in non-profit management, fundraising and program development. Her undergraduate degree is in English Literature with a thematic minor in anthropology, folklore and Africana studies. Berlin is currently participating in an internship as a Museum/Archives Technician and looks forward to developing a career in collections that represent Latino, Native American or Africana cultures.
José Ignacio Padilla received his B.A. in Latin American Literature at the Universidad de San Marcos in Lima. He then moved to Princeton, where he completed a Ph.D. in the Spanish Department. His research has always focused on Latin American Poetry and Visual Arts. Three years ago he moved to Spain and started working at Iberoamericana Vervuert where he collaborates in editorial projects, but mostly works as the manager of the bookstore.
Deb Raftus is the Romance Languages & Literatures Librarian and Assistant Instruction Coordinator at the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle. She serves as liaison to the divisions of French & Italian Studies, Spanish & Portuguese Studies, and the Center for European Studies. Her interests include the role of libraries in digital humanities scholarship, 21st century reference services, mentoring, and learning communities.
Tad Suzuki has been an academic librarian at University of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) for the last 17 years and was only recently appointed to Hispanic & Italian Studies. His academic backgrounds are anthropology/linguistics, theology, and biblical studies. A practicing artist specialized in highly realistic acrylic canvas, his other subject area for the library is Fine Arts. Tad has been teaching himself Spanish off and on for the last several years, and just recently spent two weeks in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala for language training. While there, he also spent a weekend with a Q’anjob’al Mayan family in Santa Eulalia in the north-western region of Huehuetenango.
Princeton’s Manuscripts Division has recently added the papers of Lorenzo García Vega to its extensive collection of archives, manuscripts and correspondence by Latin American writers and intellectuals. A detailed description and finding aid is already available.
Prominent within the Lorenzo García Vega Papers are twenty-nine notebooks in which García Vega recorded daily diary entries, ideas, drafts of poems, stories and correspondence, fragments of poems and stories, recollections of dreams, quotations, and responses to literature and art. The correspondence in the collection includes letters received by García Vega, dating from 1969 until 1996, though undated letters from Héctor Libertella regarding the manuscript of Devastación del Hotel San Luis (2007) may date into the 2000s. Most notable are multiple letters from Guido Llinás, Octavio Paz, and Manuel Díaz Martínez.
For a complete list of archives and correspondence by Latin American writers and intellectuals at the Princeton University Library, and links to finding aids, please go to http://firestone.princeton.
Thanks to the assistance of the Executive Committee for the Program in Latin American Studies, the Graphic Arts Collection of the Princeton University Library recently acquired thirty-four paintings and drawings by the novelist, critic, poet, and visual artist Severo Sarduy (1937-1993). Artifacts from his studio accompany the paintings, along with several works by his friends Roland Barthes, Jorge Camacho, and José Luis Cuevas.
View some highlights posted by Graphic Arts Curator Julie Mellby at http://blogs.princeton.edu/graphicarts/2011/11/severo_sarduy.html.
I recently finished putting together this guide and thought that it would be of interest to some of you:
It lists by country and subject area all of the collections of Latin American ephemera that the Princeton University Library has developed since the late 1960s (approximately 350) and links to item level finding aids or catalog records that for the most part describe in considerable detail the contents of the collections.
Please visit http://pudl.princeton.edu/collections/pudl0025 to search Princeton’s extensive and growing collection of Latin American posters. The posters included in this digital project were created by a wide variety of social activists, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, political parties, and other types of organizations across Latin America, in order to publicize their views, positions, agendas, policies, events, and services. Even though posters produced in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Venezuela are the most abundant among the more than two thousand currently available on the site, almost every country in the region is represented. In terms of topics, some of the best represented are human rights, elections, gender issues, indigenous issues, labor, ecology and environmental issues, development, public health, and education. The Latin American Posters Collection is a component of the larger collection of Latin American ephemera that Princeton University Library has developed since the 1970s. Feel free to contact me with any comments or questions about the collection.
I am glad to announce that all of the finding aids to our most recent collections of Latin American ephemera are now up (they correspond to Supplement VI of the Princeton University Library’s Microfilm Collection). You will find below a list with the title of every collection linked to its corresponding finding aid. Each finding aid includes a general description and an itemized inventory of the contents of the collection. Please note that all of our finding aids can be cross searched using the search interface at http://diglib.princeton.edu/ead/advancedSearch.
You will also note that we included runs of a handful of stand-alone serial titles. Finding aids are not available for those.
In case that it’s of interest, I am attaching a narrative description of the overall collection that I prepared a while ago. All of the collections are available through interlibrary loan or for purchase. Feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.
- Brazilian Catholic Church pamphlets, III, 1935-1994 [This last one is an older collection which had not been previously distributed. A finding aid isn’t available, but Worldcat record is highly detailed.]
- Jornal dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, 1997-2008
- El Punto Final, 1998-2008
- El Siglo, 1997-2008
Colombia and Venezuela
- El Caimán Barbudo, 1988-2007
- La Tribuna de La Habana, 1988-1989
Mexico and Central America
The posters included in this digital project were created by a wide variety of social activists, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, political parties, and other types of organizations across Latin America, in order to publicize their views, positions, agendas, policies, events, and services. Even though posters produced in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Venezuela are the most abundant among the more than two thousand currently available in the site, almost every country in the region is represented. In terms of topics, some of the best represented are human rights, elections, gender issues, indigenous issues, labor, ecology and environmental issues, development, public health, and education.
The Latin American Posters Collection is a component of the larger collection of Latin American ephemera that Princeton University Library has developed since the 1970s.