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Ibargüengoitia, Jorge, 1928-1983
Jorge Ibargüengoitia Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1923-2008 (mostly 1954-1984)
30 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-30


Consists of the writings, correspondence, photographs, and personal papers of the Mexican novelist, journalist, and playwright Jorge Ibargüengoitia as well as writings about him by others and adaptations and translations of his work.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection contains notes and drafts of many of Ibargüengoitia's plays and novels, including El atentado, Clotilde en su casa, Maten al león, Las muertas, Los pasos de López, and Los relámpagos de agosto as well as drafts of an unfinished novel, Isabel cantaba. Drafts of Ibargüengoitia's short stories and film scenarios, translations of his works, biweekly columns for Excélsior, and essays for Vuelta also appear in the collection. Correspondence consists of letters from family and friends such as Enrique Krauze and Octavio Paz as well as business correspondence with literary agents and publishers. The collection also includes photographs, personal papers, writings about Ibargüengoitia, and printed material.

Collection Creator Biography:

Ibargüengoitia, Jorge, 1928-1983

Jorge Ibargüengoitia was born in Guanajuato, Mexico on January 22, 1928. As a child, he moved to Mexico City, where he spent most of his life. After training as an engineer and administering his family's hacienda, Ibargüengoitia studied drama at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México under Rodolfo Usigli, then Mexico's leading playwright. From 1953-1960, Ibargüengoitia wrote ten plays and achieved modest success with some, including Susana y los jóvenes and Clotilde en su casa. In 1962, he wrote El atentado, a farce about the assassination of a Mexican president by a militant Catholic in 1928. Discouraged from producing the play in Mexico, Ibargüengoitia premiered El atentado in Cuba and won the Casa de las Américas prize. In 1963, Ibargüengoitia turned from drama to novels and short stories. In novels such as Los relámpagos de agosto (1963), Las muertas (1977), and Los pasos de López (1982), he satirized Mexican society, particularly the uncritical veneration of the Mexican Revolution and the corruption and hypocrisy of the powerful. Ibargüengoitia brought his mordant wit to his nonfiction writing, which included columns in Excélsior (1968-1976), later gathered in book-length collections, and essays for Vuelta. Ibargüengoitia and his wife, the painter Joy Laville (full name, Helene Joy Laville), moved from Mexico to Paris in 1980. He lived there until his death in the Madrid Avianca Air accident on November 27, 1983.

Collection History


Purchased from Jorge Ibargüengoitia's widow, Helene Joy Laville in 2009 (AM2009-117).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alyssa Meyers in 2010. Finding aid written by Alyssa Meyers in 2010.

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.

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:

Jorge Ibargüengoitia Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-30