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Juan García Ponce Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1932-2004 (mostly 1965-2001)
41 boxes, 24 items, and 18.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-41


Contains the personal and working papers of Juan García Ponce, a Mexican novelist, dramatist, short story writer, and critic.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of the personal and working papers of Juan García Ponce. It features multiple drafts of his novels, including La casa en la playa, Figura de paja, and El gato; his plays, including Doce y una, trece and a number of unpublished works; screenplays, including Tajimara, plans and outlines for screenplays, and unproduced works; short stories, some previously uncollected; and essay collections, as well as many uncollected essays. Also included are video recordings of movies based on García Ponce's work, conferences pertaining to his work, and presentations of awards to the author. The audio recordings include a number of literary and artistic conferences and a reading of Tajimara by García Ponce himself.

García Ponce's correspondence with literary figures, artists, publishers, and critics, covering the period 1949-2003, includes letters to and by Inés Arredondo, Miguel Cervantes, Manuel Felguerez, Alberto Gironella, Juan José Gurrola, Pierre Klossowski, Denise Levertov, Juan Vicente Melo, Octavio Paz, Vicente Rojo, Juan Soriano, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Collection Creator Biography:

García Ponce, Juan

Juan García Ponce was a Mexican novelist, dramatist, short story writer, and critic. Born in Mérida, Yucatán, in 1932, García Ponce later moved to Mexico City, where he studied drama at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras and the Centro Mexicano de Escritores. After completing his studies in 1958, he worked as an editor and art and literary critic for a number of periodicals, including Vuelta and Universidad de México. García Ponce also directed the Revista Mexicana de Literatura.

García Ponce was best known for his novels, including Crónica de la Intervención and La casa en la playa, and his critical essays, collected in volumes such as El reino milenario and Imágenes y visiones. His plays, such as Doce y una, trece, were also celebrated, and several of his works were adapted as films, Tajimara (adapted as Los bienamados) being the most notable example. He received many prestigious awards during his lifetime, including the Medalla Eligio Ancona in 1996 and the Premio Juan Rulfo in 2001. After battling multiple sclerosis for many years, García Ponce died in Mexico City on December 27, 2003.

Collection History


Purchased from the author's wife, Mercedes de Oteyza de Felguerez, on October 1, 2004 .


Nothing was removed from the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Danielle Ford in February-April 2005. Finding aid written by Danielle Ford in May 2005.

Audiovisual materials from this collection were digitized in 2017.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The majority of the collection is open for research.

Letters addressed to Mercedes de Oteyza de Felguerez cannot be read during her lifetime. García Ponce's diaries (Box 1, Folder 1-2) were previously restricted until 2014.

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.

Publication of any words written by Juan García Ponce and his family (Mercedes de Oteyza de Felguerez, Mercedes Beatty, and Juan García de Oteyza) are protected by copyright and cannot be published without the written permission of Mercedes Beatty or Juan García de Oteyza.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audiovisual Materials (Reading Room Access Only): Digital access copies are accessible on a computer in RBSC's reading room.

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. Patrons may request digital copies of original analog media, but will be responsible for the cost of digital conversion, payable in advance. Turn-around time for such requests will depend on the size and scope of the project. Requests should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form.

Credit this material:

Juan García Ponce 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:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-41