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Subseries 1B: Nonfiction, 1640-1979

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The Nonfiction subseries contains Oliver's typescript and autograph manuscripts and notes of nonfiction articles, book and film reviews, speeches, conference papers, and sections of her published memoirs. This subseries is divided in two sections, General (1), and Articles, Speeches, and Notes (2). Each section is arranged alphabetically by subject, and, if there are multiple items on the same subject, the items are arranged chronologically within each subject. The manuscripts in the first section consist of her autobiographical writings, some of which can be identified as drafts of her memoirs, and the material in the second section consists of Oliver's nonfiction writings, arranged by subject. The nonfiction articles are in Spanish and English, and were written for a variety of publications in Latin America, Italy, and the United States. The subjects of Oliver's articles include North American novelists, Cuba in the 1960s, Pablo Neruda, the peace organization World Council of Peace, and reports on her visits to China, India, Ceylon, and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s.
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Series 1: Writings, 1938-1976

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Consists of one folder containing a typescript draft of an untitled short story, undated, 41 pp., by María Rosa Oliver. The Nonfiction subseries contains Oliver's typescript and autograph manuscripts and notes of nonfiction articles, book and film reviews, speeches, conference papers, and sections of her published memoirs. This subseries is divided in two sections, General (1), and Articles, Speeches, and Notes (2). Each section is arranged alphabetically by subject, and, if there are multiple items on the same subject, the items are arranged chronologically within each subject. The manuscripts in the first section consist of her autobiographical writings, some of which can be identified as drafts of her memoirs, and the material in the second section consists of Oliver's nonfiction writings, arranged by subject. The nonfiction articles are in Spanish and English, and were written for a variety of publications in Latin America, Italy, and the United States. The subjects of Oliver's articles include North American novelists, Cuba in the 1960s, Pablo Neruda, the peace organization World Council of Peace, and reports on her visits to China, India, Ceylon, and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s.
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Subseries 2A: General, 1920-1975

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This subseries, arranged alphabetically, consists of Oliver's correspondence with friends and colleagues, including well-known Latin American, European, and American novelists, poets, artists, and cultural figures. The largest number of letters are by Luis Saslavsky (126), followed by Victoria Ocampo (80+), Waldo Frank (40), and Eduardo Mallea (23). There is also a large amount of correspondence with individuals active in the organization World Council of Peace, in particular, the Colombian sociologist Diego Montaña Cuéllar, Colombian Jorge Zalamea, and Argentinian Alfredo Varela. Also of interest are the letters by Chilean peace activist Olga Poblete, British peace advocate Monica Felton, and director of the U.S. Section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Mildred Scott Olmstead. Significant Latin American writers in the correspondence include Gabriela Mistral, Miguel Angel Asturias, Alfonso Reyes, J. C. Onetti, Gabriel García Márquez, and Mexicans Daniel Cosío Villegas and Jesús Silva Herzog. There is correspondence from numerous individuals of the Casa de las Américas in Havana, Cuba, and Roberto Fernández Retamar, in particular. Correspondence from other political and cultural figures in Argentina include Alfredo L. Palacios and Gregorio Bermann. There are numerous letters from the '20s and '30s of cultural interest-Conde Galeazzo Ciano (son-in-law of Benito Mussolini), German playwright Georg Kaiser, French theater directors Louis Jouvet and Lugné-Poe, architect Le Corbusier and philosopher Jacques Maritain. From the '40s and '50s, there are 11 letters by American dance executive Lincoln Kirstein and letters by American writers Howard Fast and Joseph Starobin. Undated, but probably from the '60s, are four letters by French author Simone de Beauvoir. The correspondence is also strong on Brazilian writers-there are 11 letters each (in Portuguese) by Jorge Amado and Vinícius de Moraes, spanning the years 1941-1975.
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This subseries contains letters by individuals to people other than María Rosa Oliver, including two by Tota Atucha [de Llavallol], one to Rafael Alberti and María Teresa León, and the other to Victoria Ocampo. Other correspondence filed here is a letter by Gisèle Freund to Victoria Ocampo from Nazi-occupied France, dated December 7, 1940, and two letters by Oliver's friend (and co-author) Norberto A. Frontini to others. There are two letters written to María Teresa Bortagaray de Testa, one dated 1992(?) by Hebe Clementi who has published a biography of Oliver, and the other, dated 1993, by Editorial Sudamericana. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the sender.
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Series 2: Correspondence, 1909-1993

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This series is arranged in three subseries, the largest of which is the General subseries, consisting of María Rosa Oliver's incoming correspondence and some carbons or photocopies of Oliver's outgoing correspondence, spanning the years 1922-1977The Family Members subseries consists primarily of original letters by María Rosa Oliver to members of her family. The third subseries contains correspondence between individuals other than María Rosa Oliver.
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This is a small series which consists of documents of María Rosa Oliver, including her will, dated 1975, and several handwritten wills of her mother, María Rita Romero de Oliver. Also contains a few printed cards, invitations for dinners and parties honoring María Rosa Oliver, and one folder financial papers, receipts, and correspondence relating to María Rosa Oliver's government pension and sale of family real estate. The series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
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Series 5: Photographs, circa 1899-1970s

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Contains photographs of María Rosa Oliver spanning her infancy to the 1970s, by various photographers in Argentina, the U.S., and other countries, and photographs of other writers, actors, and friends who were friends of Oliver. In this series, the photographs of María Rosa Oliver and her family members are first, followed by the photographs of Oliver's friends and acquaintances. The photographs of Oliver and her family members are arranged in chronological order, though many photographs are undated, and, thus, the dates are guesses. The photographs of people other than Oliver and her family are arranged alphabetically by the person's surname.
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This series contains one scrapbook compiled by Oliver, of articles (1934-1947) by and about her, press clippings of Oliver's published fiction and nonfiction, spanning 1918 to the 1960s(?), and printed articles about Oliver (1920s?-1988). The printed material includes short stories by Oliver and reviews of Oliver's books, including Mundo, mi casa, La vida cotidiana, and the posthumously-published Mi fe es el hombre. There is also a photocopy of Geografía Argentina, a book (26 pp.) for children, with text by María Rosa Oliver, published in Buenos Aires, in 1939. The series is arranged with the author's scrapbook first, followed by the printed material by or about Oliver in chronological order. Finally, there is one folder of miscellaneous printed material saved by Oliver, filed at the end.