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MS Span 152

Cortázar, Julio. Julio Cortázar Papers, 1966-1980: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Cataloging funded by the Francis P. Scully and Robert G. Scully Class of 1951 Fund.

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Span 152
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Cortázar, Julio.
Title: Julio Cortázar papers,
Date(s): 1966-1980.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Spanish and French.
Abstract: Letters and compositions of Argentine writer Julio Cortázar, sent to his friend and collaborator, artist Julio Silva.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

93M-161. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund from Julio Silva, through Catherine Lecuillier, Bookseller, 65 bis Boulevard Brune, 75014 Paris; received: 1994 April 9.


These papers were sent to and collected by, artist Julio Silva.

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Processed by: Jessica Suárez

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Julio Cortázar Papers, 1966-1980 (MS Span 152). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Printed books received with this accesssion were transferred to the Rare Book Department.

Biographical / Historical

Julio Cortázar was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1914 of Argentine parents, but he grew up in Buenos Aries, Argentina. He was a writer, poet, and translator who authored over 25 novels and short story collections. Some of his best known works include: Rayuela, 62 modelo para armar, and Historias de cronopios y de famas. In 1951 he moved to Paris due to his opposition to the Perón regime in Argentina. He lived in Paris until his death in 1984.
Julio Silva was an artist, book designer, and a close friend of Julio Cortázar. He collaborated with him on two "collage" books: La vuelta al día en ochenta mundos and Último round.


Relationship between Cortázar and Silva is documented in Cortázar's sketch, "Un julio habla de otro," text included in La vuelta al día en ochenta mundos ...


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Includes 37 letters from Cortázar to the artist Julio Silva, with whom he collaborated on several projects. Letters to Silva include comments on books, and some also include diagrams and drawings. Also with a carbon of a letter from Cortázar to Italo Calvino, and a letter from Silva to Arnaldo Orfila Reynal.
Also includes manuscripts of: 62, modelo para armar, Les discours du Pince-Gueule, and Último round, among other compositions.

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