Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 2A: Correspondence, 1942-1992

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of papers of Karsen used in her research on two Latin American poets. Karsen's papers relating to Jaime Torres Bodet (1902-1974), the Mexican minister of education, foreign ambassador, director general (1948-1952) of UNESCO, author and poet, include eighty letters sent by Torres Bodet spanning 1952 to 1974, and copies of her letters sent to him, correspondence of Karsen about Torres Bodet, copies of various poems, articles and speeches by Torres Bodet, bibliographies, and printed reviews, dissertations and articles on Torres Bodet. Karsen's papers relating to the Colombian poet and politican Guillermo Valencia (1873-1943) include copies (transcribed by Karsen) of Valencia's poetry (1897-1943) entitled "Poesias Sueltas," copies of many of his translations into Spanish of various works by Baudelaire, Gautier, Hugo, Rilke, Keats, and others, correspondence (1943-1992) of Karsen about Valencia, photographs, clippings, and reviews of Karsen's book (1951) on Valencia. Other correspondence present includes that of Colombian essayist Baldomero Sanín Cano (1942-1951), Mexican writers José María González de Mendoza and Rafael Solana, and professor and critic Carlos García Prada.

The collection also includes two phonograph records (33 1/3 rpm): Guillermo Valencia reading "Los Gatos" by Baudelaire (undated) and Torres Bodet reading selections of poetry and prose (1960) in a recording made for the "Voz Viva de Mexico" series produced by the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.


Arranged by correspondent.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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:

Subseries 2A: Correspondence; Sonja Karsen Papers, C0813, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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