Julia Alvarez Papers


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Julia Alvarez Papers

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Creation dates

1963-2014 (bulk 1983-2011)

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General notes

The papers document all major writings by author and poet Julia Alvarez and include notes, typescripts, periodicals, photographs, background research, publicity materials, and electronic files. Editorial, business, and personal correspondence are also present.

Content notes

Handwritten and typescript drafts, page proofs, galleys, correspondence, research
materials and notes, legal and editorial records, photographs, audio and video
recordings, floppy disks, awards, books, notebooks, journals, magazines, newspaper
clippings, periodicals, posters, maps, and electronic files document the life, work, and
family of Julia Alvarez from 1963 to 2013. The eight series are arranged by size and/or
importance: I. Long Works, 1966-2012; II. Short Works, 1963-2012; III. Career and Personal, 1966-2014; IV. Public Appearances, 1998-2008; V. Correspondence,
1974-2013; VI. Publicity, 1981-2012; VII. Notebooks, 1975-1990; VIII. Periodicals,
1971-2013. With the exception of the arrangement of long works and short works, for
which the order has largely been imposed, each series maintains the original order and
reflects Alvarez's meticulous record-keeping activities. Although a number of languages
are present (most notably Spanish) the bulk of the materials are written in English. 



224 document boxes, 7 oversize boxes (osb) (106 linear feet), 3 oversize folders (osf), 252 bound volumes (bv), 20 computer disks.


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Accompanying material

Alvarez’ papers hold correspondence with a large number of people including Caribbean authors Achy Obejas, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Edwidge Danticat, Esmeralda Santiago, Cristina García, Judith Ortíz Cofer, Loida Maritza Pérez and Rhina P. Espaillat.

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