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Hays, H.R. (Hoffman Reynolds), 1904-1980
H. R. Hays Correspondence with Latin American Writers
Manuscripts Division
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1922-1981 (mostly 1940-1955)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1
English Spanish; Castilian


H. R. Hays was a writer, anthropologist, and educator. The collection contains his correspondence with ten Latin American writers and poets, primarily about literary and research issues. Also included are typescripts of an article about Jorge Carrera Andrade's poetry and Antenor Orrego's prologue to Trilce (1922).

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of a selection of correspondence of Hays with ten Latin American writers and poets. The correspondents, from Peru, Ecuador, Cuba, Mexico, Chile, and Colombia, include Jorge Andrade Carrera, Nicolas Guillen, Manuel Moreno Jimeno, Lino Novas Calvo, Jose Revueltas, Winett and Pablo de Rokha, Jaime Tello, and Antonio de Underraga. Some letters are addressed to Hays' wife, Julie Hays. Also present are a typescript of an article about the poetry of Jorge Carrera Andrade by Pedro Salinas, and a typescript copy of Antenor Orrego's prologue to Trilce (1922) by Cesar Vallejo. The letters exchange literary information on poetry, authors, publications, and translations as well as touching on social and political issues. Many of the letters concern Hays' research for his anthology 12 Spanish American Poets (1943) and Dudley Fitts' Anthology of Contemporary Latin-American Poetry (1942) for which Hays wrote the biographical and bibliographical notes. There is also one letter by Carrera Andrade to Dudley Fitts and a printed extract of an article by Hays, "La Poesia Actual de Los Estados Unidos."

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALsS = autograph letters signed, TLS = Typewritten Letter Signed, TMs = Typewritten Manuscript.


Arranged alphabetically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hays, H.R. (Hoffman Reynolds), 1904-1980

H. R. Hays received degrees from Cornell University ( B.A., 1925) and Columbia University (M.A., 1928) and had a long and varied career as a poet, novelist, critic, playwright, translator, social anthropologist, and educator.

Collection History


Purchased from Jon van der Donk in 1998.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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:

H. R. Hays Correspondence with Latin American Writers; 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:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1