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Pacheco, José Emilio
José Emilio Pacheco Papers
Manuscripts Division
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circa 1940s-2010s
58 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Boxes B-001248 to B-001304, P-000119


Consists of the papers (circa 1940s-2010s) of Mexican poet, essayist, novelist and short story writer, José Emilio Pacheco. Materials include notebooks, diaries and journals, writings, correspondence, printed materials, and other items.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The papers consist of José Emilio Pacheco's handwritten notebooks, in which Pacheco appears to have recorded draft iterations of his writings, miscellaneous notes, and other information related to his creative process; diaries and journals containing handwritten dated entries; writings, such as drafts, excerpts, addenda, and final versions, including poetry, short stories, scripts, screenplays, essays, articles, and translations; a few writings by others; correspondence from various colleagues, publishers, family, and friends, including Octavio Paz, Juan Vicente Melo, Carlos Fuentes, José Miguel Oviedo, Sergio Galindo, Bruno Arcudi, Félix Grande, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Homero Aridjis, Carlos Monsivaís, Rosario Castellanos, José Bianco, and Vicente Rojo; printed materials, including periodicals, newspaper clippings, articles, publications, and broadsides; and other materials, including photographs, biographical documents, certificates, and materials related to awards given to Pacheco.


As no original order was discernible, materials were arranged in file groups by type of materials. Additionally, a large number of the writings were undated, untitled, unattributed, and in many cases, drafts and fragments mixed together, which were impossible to separate and identify given the disorganized state of the material upon receipt.

Collection Creator Biography:

Pacheco, José Emilio

José Emilio Pacheco was a poet, essayist, novelist and short story writer. He was born in Mexico City on June 30, 1939. Pacheco attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he studied law and literature and worked for literary publications but did not earn a degree. He later taught at various universities in Mexico, United States, Canada, and England, including the University of Maryland at College Park, and the University of Essex, England. Pacheco also worked as director and editor of various journals and cultural supplements. He was given various awards during his lifetime, including the Premio Reina Sofía de Poesía Iberoamericana, and the Premio Miguel de Cervantes, both in 2009. He died in Mexico City on January 26, 2014.

Collection History


Purchased from Cristina Pacheco in 2018 (AM 2019-64).


No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Armando Suárez in April 2019. Finding aid written by Armando Suárez in April 2019

Materials in this collection, particularly materials from: Box B-001275, Folder 1, were treated for mold during April 2019 processing.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The majority of the collection is open for research. Materials in the "Diaries and Journals" series (boxes B-001261 to B-001268) are restricted for a period of five years, until April 2024, as requested by Cristina Pacheco.

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.

Credit this material:

José Emilio Pacheco Papers; 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 (mss): Boxes B-001248 to B-001304, P-000119