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Ocampo, Victoria, 1890-1979.
Fraga and Peña Collection of the Ocampo Family
Manuscripts Division
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1890s-1979 (mostly 1930-1979)
3 boxes
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Author Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979) was founder (1931) and editor of the magazine SUR, an important literary magazine published in Buenos Aires. The collection consists primarily of Ocampo family correspondence, particularly that of the sisters Victoria and Angelica Ocampo.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of Ocampo family correspondence, particularly that of the sisters Victoria and Angelica Ocampo, collected by Maria Rebeca Pena and Rebeca Fraga of Argentina. Victoria Ocampo's correspondence, in Spanish and French, spans the period 1926-1978 and includes many of her impressions of writers and artists which she wrote about, such as Aldous Huxley, Graham Greene, Sergei Eisenstein and Jean Cocteau. Her correspondence is particularly strong for the many periods of time when she resided in Paris, France, and for the year 1975, when she lived in New York City and met and visited with many intellectuals. In addition, there are a few manuscripts by Victoria Ocampo, including an autobiographical memoir which the author translated from French to Spanish and sent to the Argentine writer Jose "Pepe" Bianco.

The majority of the correspondence in the collection is that of Angelica Ocampo, sister of Victoria and Silvina who, while not a writer herself, was supportive of the efforts of her two sisters to write and publish. Her correspondence includes one folder of letters by Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993), as well as letters from other friends and relatives.

There is one folder of miscellaneous correspondence to Victoria Ocampo from various authors who include the writers Andre Malraux, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Anita Loos. There are also a few reviews of the English edition of Victoria Ocampo's biography of T. E. Lawrence, 338171 T. E. (1963); letters (1930s-1970s) by Daniel Bolten, a Dutch art specialist, to Angelica Ocampo; correspondence (1900-1903) between Manuel S. Ocampo (father of Angelica, Silvina, and Victoria) and Francesco Bovio, Federico Ravina and others; and a few photographs. The Papers of Others series is small in size, but includes autograph drafts of an essay "Patagonie" ("Patagonia") by the French writer Roger Caillois.

Collection Creator Biography:

Ocampo, Victoria, 1890-1979.

Author Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979) was founder (1931) and editor of the magazine SUR, an important literary magazine published in Buenos Aires.

Collection History


Inherited by Maria Rebeca Pena from Angelica Ocampo. Sold to Princeton in 1995.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

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Collection is open for research use.

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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:

Fraga and Peña Collection of the Ocampo Family; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3