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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Span 100

Pedro Salinas papers


Correspondence, literary manuscripts, and other materials of Spanish poet and critic Pedro Salinas.


  • Creation: 1912-1975
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1936-1951

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


35.5 linear feet (71 boxes)

Contains correspondence, manuscripts, notes, memorabilia, and printed material pertaining to Salinas' literary, academic, and personal life. Correspondence consists of letters to and from Salinas, his wife Margarita Bonmatí [Salinas], their children, and others. The manuscripts of his poetry, theatrical, and prose works (some with annotations and revisions by Juan Augusto Marichal) are included in the collection in addition to Salinas' translations, lectures, articles, essays, and notes on the theater and various subjects. Also manuscripts and typed copies of compositions by other authors, including poems by Jorge Guillén. Memorabilia consists of photographs, playbills, and miscellaneous printed material, family documents, fiche, tapes, and other personal items.

Biographical / Historical

Salinas (full name Pedro Salinas Serrano) was a Spanish poet and critic. He taught and lectured in Europe, U.S., and Latin America.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Pedro Salinas
  2. II. Letters from Pedro Salinas
  3. III. Letters to Margarita (Bonmatí) Salinas
  4. IV. Letters from Margarita (Bonmatí) Salinas
  5. V. Other correspondence
  6. VI. Poems
  7. VII. Plays
  8. ___A. Original manuscripts
  9. ___B. Translations
  10. ___C. Other papers concerning Salinas's plays
  11. VIII. Prose
  12. ___A. Fiction
  13. ___B. Non-fiction
  14. ______1. Books
  15. ______2. Articles and essays
  16. IX. Notes
  17. X. Compositions by other authors
  18. XI. Miscellaneous
  19. XII. Additional papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

74M-69. Gift of Mr. Jaime Pedro Salinas c/o Don Pedro, 6 Madrid (5) Spain; and and Mrs. Solita Salinas de Marichal, 29 Lancaster Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; received: 1975 May 28.

Salinas, Pedro, 1892-1951. Pedro Salinas papers, circa 1912-1975: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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