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Sarduy, Severo
Severo Sarduy Family Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1 box
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1
Spanish; Castilian


Correspondence consists of letters from Severo Sarduy to various members of the Sarduy Aguilar family, spanning from 1959 until 1993.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Correspondence consists of 670 letters sent by Cuban writer Severo Sarduy to various members of the Sarduy Aguilar family, including to his mother, father, and sister, over a thirty-four year period from 1959 until his death in 1993.


Original order was maintained. Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Sarduy, Severo

Severo Sarduy is one of the best-known Cuban authors of the 20th century. Born in 1937, in the Cuban city of Camagüey, Sarduy lived in Paris from 1960 until his death in 1993. There, he connected with a group of French intellectuals including François Wahl and Roland Barthes. His work encompasses essays, poetry, novels, radio plays, criticism, and painting.

Collection History


Purchase, 2014 (AM 2014-92).


No materials were separated during 2014 processing.

Processing Information

Inventory added by Allyse Terrell '14. Collection was removed from three-ring binders and housed in archival folders while maintaining its arrangement.

Finding aid updated by Armando Suárez in May 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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:

Severo Sarduy Family Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1

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Related Materials

The Manuscripts Division also holds the François Wahl Collection on Severo Sarduy (C1470).

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.

Subject Terms:
Authors, Cuban -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Latin American literature -- 20th century.
Poets, Cuban -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 20th century