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SERIES Identifier: MS Span 52

II. Literary materials


  • circa 1574-1922
  • Majority of material found in circa 1715-1850

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Spanish, a few in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


25 linear feet (61 boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 31 volumes)


Organized alphabetically by name of author. Within each sub-series the materials are arranged first with works by the author, then followed with works about the author, materials documenting the author's life and works.

Physical Location

b, pf, oversize pf

General note

The "Literary materials" series contains items by and about mostly 19th century Cuban (and some Spanish) authors. A large number of these are poetry and drama, although novel and story fragments, translations, and other prose pieces are also present. This section includes both materials by each author and materials that document the author's life and works. Much of this material is autograph manuscript, but some are manuscript copies, often by Escoto or in unidentified hands. Also included are translations, lectures, transcriptions, and biographical miscellany. Of note are numerous compositions by and materials about the poets José María Heredia, José Jacinto Milanés, Federico Milanés and Plácido. Portraits of many of these writers are also included in the formats of lithographs, engravings, and printed items.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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