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Fuentes, Rafael, 1901-1971
Rafael Fuentes Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1928-1966 (mostly 1936-1956)
4 boxes and 3.5 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-4


Consists of personal and working papers of Mexican diplomat Rafael Fuentes.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of personal and working papers of Rafael Fuentes. Included are his diplomatic correspondence and writings, as well as clippings and printed material. There is also some correspondence, mostly from the years 1941 and 1966, which document activities of the Fuentes family, including Carlos Fuentes.

Included are diplomatic reports and memoranda by Rafael Fuentes written in the mid-1930s and mid-1950s, covering political conflicts such as the Peru-Ecuador conflict of 1941 and the rising tensions in Panama over the Panama Canal which were addressed by the treaty signed between the U.S. and Panama in 1955. In addition, there are letters (1934-1937) by Mexican diplomat and writer Alfonso Reyes to Rafael Fuentes, and correspondence from the periods Fuentes served as ambassador of Mexico to Italy (1941) and as ambassador to Portugal (1966). Representative correspondents include Mexican career diplomats Manuel Tello, Jose Gallastegui, and Luis G. Zorrilla, as well as diplomats known for their contributions to Mexican literature such as Jaime Torres Bodet, Rodolfo Isigli, and Agustin Yanez. There are also two notebooks documenting the films Fuentes watched from 1934 until 1970.


Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Collection Creator Biography:

Fuentes, Rafael, 1901-1971

Rafael Fuentes was a Mexican diplomat, lawyer, and father of the writer Carlos Fuentes. Fuentes served as first secretary of the foreign service delegation from Mexico to the United States.

Collection History


Received as part of the final shipment on the original purchase agreement made with Carlos Fuentes for his and his father's papers, deated 19 June 1995.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Kelly Rafey '16 in 2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Rafael Fuentes Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-4