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Diamela Eltit Papers
Manuscripts Division
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9 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-9
Spanish; Castilian


A collection of manuscript and typescript drafts of and notebooks related to Eltit's works, personal and work-related correspondence mostly from the mid-1980s to 1990s, and other miscellaneous personal and work-related papers.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscript and typescript drafts of and notebooks related to Eltit's works both published and unpublished, including Lumpérica (1983), Por la patria (1986), El cuarto mundo (1988), Vaca sagrada (1991), and others; personal and work-related correspondence, mostly from the mid-1980s to 1990s; and other miscellaneous papers. including newspaper clippings, prize nominations, personal papers and a fairly large number of photographs of Eltit, her family, and various other literary and political figures.


The order of materials at the time of their acquisition has been maintained.

Collection Creator Biography:

Eltit, Diamela, 1949-

Diamela Eltit is a Chilean author and performance artist. She was one of the few writers who remained in Chile during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, when she participated in the collective CADA, staging art actions against the dictatorship, and published her first novels, Lumpérica (1983) and Por la patria (1986). She is also an academic teaching literature and creative writing, and has held visiting professorships at the University of California at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Washington University at Saint Louis, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia and, since 2007, New York University, where she holds a teaching appointment as Distinguished Global Visiting Professor and at the Creative Writing Program in Spanish. She was cultural attaché during Patricio Aylwin's government at the Chilean Embassy in Mexico. Eltit is married to Chilean academic, writer and politician Jorge Arrate.

Collection History


Purchase, 2013 (AM 2014-41).

This collection was purchased (in part) with funds provided by the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS).


No materials were separated from the collection during 2013 processing.

Correspondence was re-opened in 2017.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '14 in 2013.

Description was updated by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in February 2017.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Select correspondence housed in Box 9 is closed until 2041.

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:

Diamela Eltit Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-9