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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Span 117

Victoria Ocampo papers

Papers of Victoria Ocampo (d.1979), the Argentine writer, translator, publisher, feminist, and founder of the review Sur.


  • 1908-1979

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Spanish, French, and English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to the bulk of this material.

Partially restricted: donor permission required to consult or quote from item (814a); consult curatorial staff.


11.3 linear feet (34 boxes)

The papers of Victoria Ocampo are primarily correspondence. The correspondents include many European and South American literary figures, as well as the staff of Sur, officials of UNESCO, and others. Correspondents include: Ernest Ansermet, José Luis Borges, Roger Caillois, Albert Camus, Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, Waldo David Frank, Graham Greene, Ricardo Güiraldes, Aldous Huxley, Hermann Graf von Keyserling, A.W. (Arnold Walter) Lawrence, André Malraux, Gabriela Mistral, José Ortega y Gasset, Denis de Rougemont, V. (Victoria) Sackville-West, Igor Stravinsky, Paul Valéry, Virginia Woolf, and others.

Biographical / Historical

Victoria Ocampo (1908-1979) was an Argentine writer, translator, publisher, feminist, and founder of the review Sur.


Arranged into the following four series:
  1. I. Letters to Victoria Ocampo
  2. II. Letters from Victoria Ocampo
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Compositions
The letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent, the compositions alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

90M-50. Purchased from the Fondacion Sur with funds provided by the Amy Lowell fund, 1991.

2013M-99. Gift of Catherine Camus, 2013 May (item 814a).

Existence and Location of Copies

The papers are available on microfilm at the Academia Argentina de Letras Buenos Aires, Argentina. Permission to quote from the microfilm copy at the Academia must be obtained from the Houghton Library. This microfilm was prepared before the final cataloging; there is some variation in the order of the files between the microfilm and the final cataloged arrangement.

Processing Information

Processed by: J.F. Coakley and Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Ocampo, Victoria, 1890-1979. Victoria Ocampo papers, 1908-1979: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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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