Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Writings, 1916-1949

3 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series includes the manuscripts of poems, short stories, and essays and critical articles on literature and art. Among the manuscripts are Avidez y poemas de 1919, El trompo de siete colores, "Muerte de cielo azul," and the TLsS of Ortiz de Montellano and four other poets (Jorge Cuesta, José Gorostiza, Jaime Torres Bodet, and Xavier Villaurrutia) who wrote to Ortiz de Montellano in response to his circular letters. These letters, dated 1933 and 1939, were later published in Una botella al mar. Conversación epistolar a propósito del libro Sueños (1946). Other manuscripts include the short stories Ortiz de Montellano compiled for a second edition of Antología de cuentos mexicanos and the prose piece, "Lo amorfo y la forma: Notas para la estética de la poesía, el paisaje, el arte del toreo, lo cursi, el cinematógrafo, los sueños" (1943). Sections of "Lo amorfo y la forma" were published in Contemporáneos, e.g., "Definiciones para la estética de...", Contemporáneos I, no. X (Mar. 1929):199-205. This series also includes manuscripts of other articles and essays Ortiz de Montellano wrote and published in Contemporáneos, and his research materials related to a study of Amado Nervo, Figura, Amor y Muerte de Amado Nervo (1943).


This series is arranged into five subseries: Poetry, Short Stories, Essays and Criticism, Research Materials Related to Book on Amado Nervo, and Miscellaneous.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Claire A. Johnston and Karla J. Vecchia in 1995. Finding aid written by Claire A. Johnston and Karla J. Vecchia in 1995.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. 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:

Series 1: Writings; Bernardo Ortiz de Montellano Papers, C0664, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Several articles and many other prose pieces are included in María de Lourdes Franco Bagnouls, ed., Obras en Prosa (México: UNAM, 1988). Ortiz de Montellano's poetry and the letters comprising Una botella al mar are included in María de Lourdes Franco Bagnouls, ed., Sueños. Una botella al mar (México: UNAM, 1983).

Nervo, Amado (1870-1919)
Torres Bodet, Jaime (1902-1974)