Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 2A: General, 1920-1975

6 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This subseries, arranged alphabetically, consists of Oliver's correspondence with friends and colleagues, including well-known Latin American, European, and American novelists, poets, artists, and cultural figures. The largest number of letters are by Luis Saslavsky (126), followed by Victoria Ocampo (80+), Waldo Frank (40), and Eduardo Mallea (23). There is also a large amount of correspondence with individuals active in the organization World Council of Peace, in particular, the Colombian sociologist Diego Montaña Cuéllar, Colombian Jorge Zalamea, and Argentinian Alfredo Varela. Also of interest are the letters by Chilean peace activist Olga Poblete, British peace advocate Monica Felton, and director of the U.S. Section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Mildred Scott Olmstead. Significant Latin American writers in the correspondence include Gabriela Mistral, Miguel Angel Asturias, Alfonso Reyes, J. C. Onetti, Gabriel García Márquez, and Mexicans Daniel Cosío Villegas and Jesús Silva Herzog. There is correspondence from numerous individuals of the Casa de las Américas in Havana, Cuba, and Roberto Fernández Retamar, in particular. Correspondence from other political and cultural figures in Argentina include Alfredo L. Palacios and Gregorio Bermann. There are numerous letters from the '20s and '30s of cultural interest-Conde Galeazzo Ciano (son-in-law of Benito Mussolini), German playwright Georg Kaiser, French theater directors Louis Jouvet and Lugné-Poe, architect Le Corbusier and philosopher Jacques Maritain. From the '40s and '50s, there are 11 letters by American dance executive Lincoln Kirstein and letters by American writers Howard Fast and Joseph Starobin. Undated, but probably from the '60s, are four letters by French author Simone de Beauvoir. The correspondence is also strong on Brazilian writers-there are 11 letters each (in Portuguese) by Jorge Amado and Vinícius de Moraes, spanning the years 1941-1975.

In this subseries, there is also correspondence which Oliver's family designated as María Rosa's "friends from childhood." Though filed separately by the individual's name, this group consists of Margarita Abella Caprile, Adelia de Acevedo, María Carmen M. de Achával, Manolo Bethbeder, Gilberto Brunelli, Coca Cano, C. Córdova Iturburu, Héctor Díaz Leguizamón, Luis de Elizalde, Kristina Estrada, Carla Filando, Susana Larguía, Robert Lignières, "Nenucha(?)", "María Luisa," Guillermo Martínez Guerrero, Marta Navarro Viola, Nicolás Olivari, "Renée," and Sara Tornquist de Shaw.

Also of interest in the General subseries is the correspondence of Tota Atucha [de Llavallol] (16 letters) who was a friend of both Victoria Ocampo and Oliver and lived in New York, N.Y. in the 1950s, and two poems written by Leónidas Barletta and Pablo Armando Fernández, filed with their correspondence. The poem by Barletta is about Oliver.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

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

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This 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.

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:

Subseries 2A: General; María Rosa Oliver Papers, C0829, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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