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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Aurelio Cortés Collection of Reinaldo Arenas
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.25 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box B-000894
Spanish; Castilian


The Aurelio Cortés Collection of Reinaldo Arenas contains a small collection of letters and correspondence with Reinaldo Arenas and others, as well as typewritten drafts of Arenas' articles and essays, some of which are dedicated to Cortés, a personal friend. Also present are typewritten drafts of Cortés' own work on his friendship with Arenas.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains letters written to and from Reinaldo Arenas, Aurelio Cortés, and Claude Durand. Also included are typewritten drafts of Arenas' short articles and essays some of which are dedicated to Cortés, a personal friend. Also present are a typewritten drafts of Cortés' own work that relates to his friendship with Reinaldo Arenas.


Organized in the following series: Series 1: Correspondence, and Series 2: Works By Aurelio Cortés and Reinaldo Arenas.

Collection Creator Biography:

Cortés, Aurelio

Aurelio Cortés (1909-2007) was a Cuban dentist and personal friend of Reinaldo Arenas. Cortés was born in Havana, Cuba in 1909. He studied oral medicine at the University of Havana and had a long career as a practicing dentist. He studied a number of languages including English, Italian, and French at "La Alianza Francesa." He worked as a translator for the Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (ICAAP); and also translated the works of José Lezama Lima. For over forty years, Cortés volunteered at the José Martí National Library where he worked closely with Juan Pérez de la Riva. It is at the National Library where he met Reinaldo Arenas, whom Cortés supported in the early stages of his writing. Cortés also volunteered at the La Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC) later in life. He died at the age of 98 on March 13, 2007.

Collection History


Purchase, 2017 (AM 2017-127).

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

Archival Appraisal Information:

Nothing was removed from the 2017 processing.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in March 2017. Finding aid written by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in March 2017.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

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:

Aurelio Cortés Collection of Reinaldo Arenas; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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