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Fuentes, Rafael, 1901-1971
Rafael Fuentes Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1928-1966 (mostly 1936-1956)
4 boxes
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-3 Firestone Library (mss): Box 4


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

Collection Description & Creator Information


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 photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Rafael Fuentes 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. ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-3 Firestone Library (mss): Box 4