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Díaz Quiñones, Arcadio
Arcadio Díaz Quiñones Papers
Manuscripts Division
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circa 1944-2019 (mostly 1970-2012)
28 boxes and 2 items
Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-18; 20-27; P-000120
  • Firestone Library (scahsvm): 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

Scope and Contents

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 Some of the manuscripts of Díaz Quiñones are transcripts of unpublished interviews with writers.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.


Material within each section is arranged in accession order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Díaz Quiñones, Arcadio

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.


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

Conditions Governing Access

The majority of the collection is open for research. Materials in Series 4, Box 19 are restricted until 2030.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. 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. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-18; 20-27; P-000120
  • Firestone Library (scahsvm): Box 19