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COLLECTION Identifier: HUGFP 80.xx

Papers of Amado Alonso

Overview

Amado Alonso (1896-1952), Spanish-Argentinian philologist, linguist, and literary critic, was Professor of Romance Languages at Harvard University from 1947 until his death in 1952. His papers document Alonso's professional teaching career at the University of Buenos Aires and Harvard University and includes academic and personal correspondence with scholars in the fields of Romance Languages and Linguistics; miscellaneous manuscripts and notes concerning Alonso's work on Literary Criticism, Philology, and the History of Spanish and French languages; and course lists and notes from classes Alonso taught in Philology, Linguistics, and the History of the Spanish language.

Dates

  • 1927-1952 and undated

Creator

Language of Materials

English, Spanish

Researcher Access

The Papers of Amado Alonso are open for research with the following exception: Personnel and student records are closed for 80 years. Restrictions are noted at the folder level. Requires further review by the archivist; please see reference staff for details.

Extent

1.8 cubic feet (5 document boxes, 5 microfilm boxes)
The Papers of Amado Alonso document his professional teaching career at the University of Buenos Aires and Harvard University from the 1920s until his death in 1952. The collection includes academic and personal correspondence with scholars in the fields of Romance Languages and Linguistics, including author Jorge Luis Borges and poet Pablo Neruda, on whom Alonso wrote extensively, as well as various Harvard figures, such as astronomy professor Bart Bok and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Reginald H. Phelps. It also contains miscellaneous manuscripts and notes concerning Alonso's work on Literary Criticism, Philology, and the History of Spanish and French languages; and course lists and notes from classes Alonso taught in Philology, Linguistics, and the History of the Spanish language.

Biographical note on Amado Alonso

Amado Alonso (1896-1952), Spanish-Argentinian philologist, linguist, and literary critic, was Professor of Romance Languages at Harvard University from 1947 until his death in 1952. He studied phonetics and linguistics at the Center for Historical Studies in Madrid and continued his work in phonetics at the University of Hamburg. Following his education, he returned to Madrid as professor of Spanish at the Institución Libre de Enseñanza y de Filología from 1924 to 1927. Alonso then moved to Argentina to serve as the Director of the Institute of Philology at the University of Buenos Aires, a position he held from 1927 to 1946. After enduring a week-long imprisonment due to political turmoil in Argentina, Alonso took a teaching position as the Smith Chair of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, where he remained from 1947 until his untimely death in 1952. While at Harvard, he also founded the Nueva Revista de Filología, a journal published by the Colegio de México. Throughout his career, he published numerous works, including important literary studies on Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series:
  1. Correspondence, 1927-1952 (HUGFP 80.10)
  2. Correspondence: negative microfilm copy, 1927-1952 (HUGFP 80.10.1)
  3. Miscellaneous manuscripts and notes, undated (HUGFP 80.45)
  4. Course lists and notes, circa 1927-1952 (HUGFP 80.65)
  5. Miscellaneous manuscripts and notes; Course lists and notes: negative microfilm copy, 1927-1952 (HUGFP 80.70)

Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Amado Alonso, November 8, 1982; Accession 09594.

Inventory update

This document was last updated by Olivia Mandica-Hart in September 2021.

Processing Information

This finding aid was created by Olivia Mandica-Hart in November 2020. Information in this finding aid was assembled from legacy paper inventories and container management data.

Items originally processed as HUGFP 80.10 Box 4 have been re-processed as HUGFP 80.45 and HUGFP 80.65.
Link to catalog
Title
Alonso, Amado. Papers of Amado Alonso, 1927-1952 and undated : an inventory
Status
completed
Author
Harvard University Archives
Date
November 5, 2020
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
EAD ID
hua84020

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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