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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 (scamss): 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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

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 (scamss): Boxes B-001248 to B-001304, P-000119