Contents and Arrangement

Series 4: Correspondence, 1940-1995

51 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series covers the years from 1944 to 1994 and is arranged alphabetically. Representative correspondents include Mexican, American, British, French and Spanish publishers, literary agents, faculty and administrators at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Mexico, Latin America, and Europe, and writers, translators, theater directors, and filmmakers. Correspondence with publishers Farrar, Straus & Giroux covers 1963-1993; Éditions Gallimard, 1961-1993; Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1961-1993; Editorial Joaquín Mortiz, 1965-1984; and Editorial Seix Barral, 1967-1985. There is also a large amount of correspondence with members of Fuentes' family, especially his mother, Bertha Macías de Fuentes, and father Rafael Fuentes Boettiger, and some correspondence of Carlos Fuentes with friends in the 1950s. Some of the folder titles follow Fuentes' own labels used in filing correspondence. There are many letters from readers and students, filed chronologically, in the folders labeled "Students and Readers."

The author's correspondence with government officials of Mexico and France, in particular, is filed in either of two places—and in a few instances in both—under the corporate body, e.g., Mexico. Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, or under the person, e.g., Flores Olea, Ambassador Victor. This rule of filing applies also to some literary figures, e.g., editor Ugné Karvelis, whose correspondence is located under Éditions Gallimard, and also under her name. In the finding aid, folders which have corporate body titles are often given an additional description of the main individual correspondent, or correspondents, in parentheses, e.g., Editorial Diana (José Luis Ramírez). If there is more than one folder for the correspondence of a corporate body, the range of dates for each folder is also included.


At the time of processing some correspondence was restricted and therefore, materials reflected via arrangement. These materials have seen been opened. This series is arranged into two subseries, with Subseries 4B containing the materials once restricted.

Collection History

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Claire A. Johnston in 1998. Finding aid written by Claire A. Johnston in 1998.

Finding aid updated with new materials by Armando Suárez, with the assistance of Alice Griffin and Alia M. Wood, in December 2019. Letters from Carlos Fuentes to Carolyn Pfeiffer processed and added to finding aid by Armando Suárez in October 2021.

The born-digital materials in this collection have been processed according to Princeton University Library's Born-Digital Processing Workflows. For more information on the workflow, please read our full Born-Digital Processing Information Note.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Series 4: Correspondence; Carlos Fuentes Papers, C0790, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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