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Díaz Quiñones, Arcadio
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Arcadio Díaz Quiñones Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1944-2019 (mostly 1970-2012)
28 boxes and 2 items
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-18; 20-27; P-000120 Firestone Library (hsvm): Box 19
English Spanish; Castilian


The Arcadio Díaz Quiñones Papers consists chiefly of manuscripts and correspondence of the Puerto Rican professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University, Arcadio Díaz Quiñones (1940-), as well as a selection of manuscripts by others. The collection focuses on Puerto Rican and Cuban literature, but also provides insight into the literature and politics of other parts of Latin America.

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection consists chiefly of manuscripts and correspondence of Arcadio Díaz Quiñones. Some of the manuscripts of Díaz Quiñones are transcripts of unpublished interviews with writers. Included are the autograph and typescript manuscripts of his interviews with Luis Rafael Sánchez (partially published in the journal Sin Nombre [San Juan, P.R.], 1981), and Cintio Vitier (published as Cintio Vitier, la memoria integradora [San Juan, P.R.: Editorial Sin Nombre, 1987]). The bulk of the collection is made up of correspondence, predominantly between Díaz Quiñones and Puerto Rican and Cuban writers, but there are also letters from writers, artists, and scholars from other Latin American countries, Spain, and the United States, as well as from former students. Correspondents in the collection include Ricardo Piglia, Ángel Rama, Joseph Sommers, Rosario Ferré, Edwin Figueroa, José Luis González, Lorenzo Homar, René Marqués, Antonio Martorell, Ángel G. Quintero Rivera, Nilita Vientós Gastón, Ambrosio Fornet, Fina García Marruz, and Cintio Vitier. Notable as well is the correspondence with the Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Puertorriqueña (CEREP) and the Asociación Puertorriqueña de Profesores Universitarios (APPU). Also present is a small amount of printed materials, including event fliers and programs, and a copy of a map annotated by Argentine author Juan José Saer.

Furthermore, the collection contains a selection of works by others that were sent to Díaz Quiñones. These manuscripts include the writings of the Puerto Ricans Vanessa Droz, Rosario Ferré, Lorenzo Homar, José Luis González, René Marqués, and Luis Rafael Sánchez, and Cubans Víctor Fowler and Fina García Marruz.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed, TLS = typed letter signed, ACS = autograph card signed, AMsS = autograph manuscript signed, and TMsS = typed manuscript signed.


Organized into the following series:

Material within each section is arranged in accession order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Arcadio Díaz Quiñones is Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University.

For more detailed information, see:

See also, "Arcadio Díaz Quiñones: Archivo, Memoria, Historia" at

Collection History


Gift of Arcadio Diaz-Quiñones.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Claire A. Johnston, Karla J. Vecchia and Danielle Ford in 1998.

Finding aid written by Claire A. Johnston, Karla J. Vecchia and Danielle Ford in 1998.

Finding aid updated by Armando Suárez in May 2019.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Material in Series 4, Box 19 is restricted until 2030.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

At the request of Arcadio Díaz Quiñones, the correspondence and other documents by Reinaldo Funes, Ricardo Piglia, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Karl D. Uitti, and Hugo Vázquez is not available for any type of photoduplication.

Credit this material:

Arcadio Díaz Quiñones Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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