Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-2009

11 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The correspondence files reveal the depth and breadth of Rossi's involvement in a variety of intellectual circles in Mexico and abroad. While the format may have changed over the years from typed or handwritten letters to faxes and emails, the regularity and discipline with which Rossi corresponds with his friends and associates does not at all diminish. If anything, it even flourishes in later years.

In general, letters are filed together by correspondent, which includes letters to Rossi and copies of his replies. If the volume of letters between Rossi and a correspondent is significant, then the letters are separated into separate folders, just as Rossi retained his own materials. With email, the volume of email print-outs is sometimes so large that all of the materials, emails to and from Rossi, are kept together, in chronological order.

Among the correspondence includes letters from Octavio Paz (22), José Bianco (16), Carlos Fuentes (7), Guillermo Cabrera Infante (5) and Mario Vargas Llosa (1).


Filed alphabetically by correspondent.

Collection History


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:

Series 2: Correspondence; Alejandro Rossi Papers, C1422, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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