The Rodolfo Usigli Archive

The Rodolfo Usigli Archive was acquired by Miami University in 1995 and is housed in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections Library. Since its acquisition the Archive materials have been rehoused in acid-free containers. A preliminary survey of the collection has been completed and plans are underway for the preparation of an online catalog record and finding aid for researchers.

The Archive is the definitive research collection relating to Usigli's life and career. Stored in more than 70 boxes with multiple fles, with close to a quarter of a million items, it includes correspondence, both manuscript and typed drafts of original plays and translations of works by other artists, personal, theatrical, and diplomatic photographs, essays, books, playbills, posters, theses written about Usigli, awards, newspaper and magazine articles, memorabilia, and ephemera. The correspondence includes letters to and from George Bernard Shaw, José Clemente Orozco, Octavio Paz and many others. The archive also includes rare materials such as Usigli's unpublished poems, plays and short stories; and the correspondence between Usigli and Diego Rivera regarding their joint efforts to publicize André Breton's lectures during the 1938 Surrealist Week in Mexico City. The archive not only has copies of Breton's lectures, which Usigli translated for the occasion, it also has a rare print of Rivera's poster "Communicating Vessels (Homage to André Breton)" and a broadsheet with the famous "Manifesto for an Independent Revolutionary Art!," both produced as a result of the visit by Breton.

The Corona Trilogy Finding Aid
El gesticulador / The Impostor Finding Aid
Rodolfo Usigli and Octavio Paz Correspondence Finding Aid
RodolfoUsigli: Theater of the New World

The Walter Havighurst Special Collections Library

The Usigli Archive is just one of the many collections housed at the Walter Havighurst Spcial Collections Library, which houses rare, unique, and valuable books, manuscripts and other research materials. Collections include the 1841 Collection, extant books from the University.s library in 1841; the Samuel F. Covington Collection of 19th century America, focusing on the Old Northwest Territory and the Ohio River Valley; the Edgar W. and Faith King Collection of Juvenile Literature. There are a number of literary and subject collections including Matthew Prior, the William Dean Howells Collection, and the Andre L. de Saint-Rat Collection of Russian History, Literature and Art. Manuscript collections include: the Rodolfo Usigli Archive, the Samuel W. Richey Collection of the Southern Confederacy, the Robert C. Schenck Papers, the James T. Farrell Collection, the William Holmes McGuffey Papers, and the Eldon C. Hill Collection on Hamlin Garland. Special Collections also houses the Spiro Peterson Center for Defoe Studies and the Native American Women Playwrights Archive (NAWPA). Acquisitions in Special Collections are made possible through gifts and donations.

© Special Collections, Miami University Libraries
Last Updated: October 18, 2005     View Flash Intro