Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-2013

4 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Correspondence includes postcards from the 1960s and 1970s, primarily written to Severo Sarduy and François Wahl by various friends and collaborators around the world, along with some additional later letters, including from Elie Wiesel and Alain Badiou, to François Wahl regarding his book Le Perçu, which was controversially rejected by Éditions du Seuil for its 800-page length. Postcards are mostly personal in nature and include several postcards from Roland Barthes, Jacques Lacan, Octavio Paz, Alain Badiou, Manuel Puig, Edgardo Cozarinsky, Reinaldo Arenas, Tzvetan Todorov, Michel Butor, Jorge Camacho, Néstor Almendros, and other significant writers, artists, and philosophers in Latin America and Europe. Other correspondence includes condolence letters sent to Wahl after the death of Sarduy, as well as some press clippings about Wahl's own writings and a few photographs. Researchers should note that several additional folders of Wahl's correspondence regarding the work of Sarduy, which were originally interfiled among Sarduy's writings, can be found in Series 1.


This series is arranged into two file groups, one for Severo Sarduy's correspondence and one for François Wahl's correspondence.

Collection History


Nothing was removed during 2015 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in April 2015, with assistance from Fiona Bell '18. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in April 2015. Additional materials were added by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in November 2016 and September 2017.

Audiovisual materials from this collection were digitized in 2017.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Audiovisual Materials (Reading Room Access Only): Digital access copies are accessible on a computer in RBSC's reading room. For preservation reasons, physical access to original tapes is restricted.

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:

Series 2: Correspondence; François Wahl Collection on Severo Sarduy, C1470, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

The Manuscripts Division also holds the Severo Sarduy Family Correspondence (C1475).

Additionally, the Graphic Arts Collection holds a group of Severo Sarduy's paintings and other artifacts from his studio in the Severo Sarduy Collection (GC190), available through the Visuals Database for Graphic Arts.

Sarduy, Severo
Wahl, François, 1925-2014