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- Gelman, Juan
- Juan Gelman Papers
- Manuscripts Division
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- 72 boxes and 3575 digital files
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Boxes B-000713; B-000714; B-000715; B-000752; B-000716; B-000717; B-000718; B-000719; B-000720; B-000721; B-000722; B-000723; B-000724; B-000765; B-000725; B-000726; B-000727; B-000766; B-000728; B-000729; B-000730; B-000731; B-000732; B-000733; B-000734; B-000735; B-000736; B-000737; B-000738; B-000767; B-000739; B-000740; B-000768; B-000741; B-000769; B-000770; B-000771; B-000742; B-000743; B-000744; B-000745; B-000746; B-000747; B-000748; B-000749; B-000750; B-000751; B-000753; B-000754; B-000755; B-000756; B-000757; B-000758; B-000759; B-000760; P-000052; P-000053; B-000761; B-000762; B-000763; B-000764; L-000010; B-001569; B-001570; B-001571; B-001572; B-001573; B-001574; B-001575; B-001576; B-001577; B-001578
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Juan Gelman (1930-2014) was an Argentine poet, translator, journalist, and human rights activist. His papers contain handwritten, typewritten, and printouts of his writings, correspondence, notes, research files, awards and certificates, and personal photographs. A significant portion of the papers feature analog and born-digital investigative files relating to human rights investigations and campaigns Gelman conducted with his spouse, Mara La Madrid, on the forced kidnapping and death of his son and pregnant daughter-in-law, Marcelo Gelman and María Claudia García Irureta Goyena. Also included are files on his search to find his missing granddaughter, Macarena Gelman. Additional materials consist of original drafts and documents related to Juan Gelman's writing; letters; publishing contracts; documents about Juan Gelman's work as a translator; materials related to the campaign to lift the ban on Juan Gelman's entry into Argentina and his return to Buenos Aires; newspaper and magazine clippings related to the ban on Juan Gelman's entry into Argentina, as well as celebrating his return; materials related to Marcelo and Paulina, including photographs of Gelman and the family; works by other writers; and audio cassettes.
Collection Description & Creator Information
Contains handwritten, typewritten, and printout drafts and notes of Juan Gelman's writings, audiovisual materials, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed materials, awards, and analog and born-digital research and investigation files related to politics and human rights abuses in Argentina and Uruguay.
Additional materials consist of original drafts and documents related to Juan Gelman's writing; letters received by Juan Gelman from colleagues, friends, and family; publishing contracts; letters, contracts, and other documents about Juan Gelman's work as a translator; poems, notes, articles, and other texts, many of these related to the campaign to lift the ban on Juan Gelman's entry into Argentina and his return to Buenos Aires; newspaper and magazine clippings related to the ban on Juan Gelman's entry into Argentina, as well as celebrating his return; personal papers of Juan Gelman and others related to Marcelo and Paulina, including photographs of Gelman and the family; poems and other works by other writers; and audio cassettes, including the music Juan Gelman listened to while writing and cassettes with interviews with Juan Gasparini, writer, former Montonero and former ESMA prisoner.
Organized into the following series: Series 1: Writings, Series 2: Correspondence, Series 3: Other Employment, Series 4: Family / Investigation, Series 5: Photographs, Series 6: About Gelman, Series 7: Artwork and Performing Arts, Series 8: Others Work, Series 9: Audio Recordings, Series 10: Born-Digital Files, Series 11: Additional Materials.
Purchase, 2015 (AM 2016-07).
Puchased from Flavia Ugalde, via Herta Berenguer L. Publicaciones Chilenas, in 2020 (AM 2021-8).
This collection was purchased (in part) with funds provided by the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS).
- Archival Appraisal Information:
Non-unique, printed materials such as book and journal publications were removed from the collection during the 2016 processing.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez with the assistance of Isabella Litke and Ann-Elise Siden in May 2016. Processing of the born-digital material was done by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, Ann-Elise Siden, and Jarrett Drake in June 2016. Finding aid written by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in June 2016.
Additional materials were processed by Armando Suárez in 2021.
Audiovisual materials from this collection were digitized in 2017.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The majority of the collection is open for research.
Two original boxes are closed to the public until Juan Gelman's birth centennial on May 3, 2030: Correspondencia familiar; Investigación: correos electrónicos desde 1998 a 2000. This material is intellectually organized in Series 2: Correspondence, and Series 4: Family / Investigation, but physically stored in restricted boxes.
The papers contain 164 3.5" floppy disks pertaining to Gelman's human rights investigations that have been digitally preserved and are pending public access.
- Conditions for Reproduction and 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.
- Credit this material:
Juan Gelman Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Authors, Argentine
Dirty War, Argentina, 1976-1983
Latin American literature -- 20th century.
Latin American poetry.
- Genre Terms:
- Audiocassettes -- 20th century.
- Gelman, Juan
Madrid, Mara la 1942-