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Rossi, Alejandro, 1932-2009
Alejandro Rossi Papers
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
1812-2010 (mostly 1955-2009)
39 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-39
Spanish; Castilian


The Alejandro Rossi Papers consist of personal notebooks, manuscripts, correspondence with writers, academics, editors and artists, and printed material of the writer.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Alejandro Rossi Papers contains a wide range materials, including notebooks, drafts of writings, correspondence with writers, editors, philosophers, and artists, and materials related to conferences and lectures in Mexico and abroad. There is a small grouping of materials that Rossi kept together in a folder entitled "important documents"; among the materials are three black-and-white photographs, a letter and document related to Rossi's ancestor, the Venezuelan general José Antonio Páez, and several items related to his involvement with the founding of Vuelta. For more material related to this literary journal, the researcher is encouraged to consult Rossi's correspondence files with authors such as Octavio Paz, José Bianco, Carlos Fuentes, and others.

Manuscripts of all Rossi's literary works, photographs, diaries, notebooks, and correspondence, including letters from Octavio Paz (26), Jose Bianco (14), Carlos Fuentes (5) , Guillermo Cabrera Infante (4), Mario Vargas Llosa (1), and many others.


Organized into the following series and subseries:

Collection Creator Biography:

Rossi, Alejandro, 1932-2009

Alejandro Rossi [1932-2009] was born in Florence, Italy, to an Italian father and a Venezuelan mother. His early life was peripatetic in nature; his family fled Italy during World War II for Venezuela, and then later moved to Buenos Aires, where Rossi spent his adolescence. He studied philosophy in Mexico, Germany, and England, before settling in Mexico City, where he became professor of philosophy at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1958. His book on analytical philosophy, Lenguage y significado (1968), confirmed his status as a philosopher, but when Octavio Paz asked Rossi to contribute articles to the literary magazine Plural, Rossi began to enter the world of letters.

The writer Juan Villoro has described Rossi as the consummate conversationalist, a quality that characterizes his prose writing. With his friends Octavio Paz, Salvador Elizondo, and Juan García Ponce, Rossi helped found the literary journal Vuelta in 1978. Member of Mexico's El Colegio Nacional since 1996, and winner of the Premio Xavier Villaurruita for his novel Éden, vida imaginada in 2007, Alejandro Rossi enjoyed a long career, and became a Mexican citizen in 1994. He died in Mexico City in 2009.

Collection History


Purchased from Olbeth Hansberg in March 2012 (AM 2012-80).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jill Baron in 2012 with the assistance of Lauren Hoffman '15. Finding aid written by Jill Baron in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

Alejandro Rossi Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-39