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Antonio Benítez Rojo Papers, 1957-2002
1 half archives box, 2 flat oversize boxes, 5 archives boxes (4 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Chiefly printed materials such as news clippings, articles by and about Benítez-Rojo's literary work, book covers, flyers and posters of conferences given or attended by him, photographs, and videotapes of some of his lectures.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Antonio Benítez-Rojo Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from Antonio Benítez-Rojo Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Biographical Note

Cuban novelist, essayist and short-story writer Antonio Benítez-Rojo was born in Havana on March 14, 1931. He earned degrees in accounting and economics at the Universidad de La Habana, but left Cuba in the mid-1950s to study statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor and Commerce and research the Pan American Labor Union in Mexico. Attracted by the unfolding of the Revolution, however, Benítez-Rojo went back to his home country in 1959. In 1967, he ascended in the literary scene after winning the Casa de Las Americas award for his novel Tute de Reyes.

While in Cuba, Benítez-Rojo worked as head of the Statistics Bureau of the Labor Ministry, integrated the Ministry of Culture, and directed the Casa de Las Americas publishing house in the late 1970s. Although Cuba had become one of the most important intellectual spaces in Latin America, Benítez-Rojo had long decided to leave the country. Dissatisfied with what he saw as an extremely centralized government, he finally found a chance to leave when granted permission to attend a conference in Paris, from where he relocated to the United States.

Once in the U.S., Benítez-Rojo taught at several institutions before taking a position as professor of Spanish at Amherst College in 1983. In 1992, he became the Thomas B. Walton, Jr. Memorial Professor of Romance Languages, a faculty appointment that he held until his death in 2005. Among his most important literary works are El mar de las lentejas (The Sea of Lentils), 1979; La isla que se repite: el Caribe y la perspectiva posmoderna (The Repeated Island: The Caribbean and the Post-modern Perspective), 1998; A View From the Mangrove (1998), and Women in Battle Dress, 2001.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Chiefly printed materials such as news clippings, articles by and about Benítez-Rojo's literary work, book covers, flyers and posters of conferences given or attended by him, photographs, and videotapes of some of his lectures. Although there is some correspondence included, the papers consist chiefly of printed materials.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Antonio Benítez-Rojo Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from Antonio Benítez-Rojo Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Antonio Benítez-Rojo Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

This collection was donated to Amherst College by Professor Benítez-Rojo in 2002.

Processing Information

The collection was substantially processed in February 2009. In processing, the material was organized loosely by subject into six series covering the period 1957-2002. The original separation between English and Spanish language documents was respected.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English and Spanish.
Separated Material

Typewriter used by Antonio Benitez-Rojo. See Objects Collection.


Contents List
Series 1: PERSONAL AFFAIRS,

Consists of certificates, correspondence, book covers and Prof. Benítez-Rojo's curriculum vitae.

1957-1999


U.S. Department of Labor Certificate (completion of a course about labor statistics - Washington D.C.)
1957 Jul 6

Box 1: folder 1
International Cooperation Administration Certification of Achievement (completion of a course about censuses and statistics - Havana, Cuba)
1959 Oct 13

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence
1989-1999

Box 1: folder 3
Curriculum Vitae
1990s

Box 1: folder 4
Book covers
n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Series 2: PRINTED MATERIAL,

Includes scholarly articles by and about Prof. Benítez-Rojo's work, the English translation of the memoir "Woman in a Battle Dress - Henriette Faber on Board the Schooner Collector," edited by him, and reviews of Benítez-Rojo's books published in literary magazines. This series is divided into Spanish and English language subseries.

1966-2002


Subseries A: Spanish,
1966-2002


Articles about the work of Benítez-Rojo
1979-2002

Box 1: folder 6
Articles by Benítez-Rojo
1966-1990

Box 1: folder 7
El Cuento Hispanoamericano en el Siglo XX. Madrid: Editorial Castalia, 1997, tomo II. (book)
1997

Box 1: folder 8
Literary magazines
1985-1993

Box 1: folder 9
Subseries B: English,
1982-1999


Essays and reviews about the work of Benítez-Rojo
1989-2002

Box 1: folder 10
Book catalogs
1995-2001

Box 1a: folder 1
Flyers
1994-2001

Box 1a: folder 2
"Woman in a Battle Dress - Henriette Faber on Board the Schooner Collector"- by Antonio Benítez-Rojo. First translation of the book by James Maraniss (Spanish into English).
2002

Box 2: folder 1
Series 3: NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS,

Consists of newspaper and magazine clippings collected by Prof. Benítez-Rojo throughout his life, including a set of Amherst College publications which contains interviews by or articles about him. This series is also divided into Spanish and English language subseries.

1967-2002


Subseries A: Spanish,
1967-2002


1967-1968

Box 3: folder 1
1970-1979

Box 3: folder 2
1980-1988

Box 3: folder 3
1990

Box 3: folder 4
1991

Box 3: folder 5
1992-1997

Box 3: folder 6
1998-1999

Box 3: folder 7
2000-2002

Box 3: folder 8
n.d.

Box 3: folder 9
Subseries B: English,
1982-2001


1982-1986

Box 4: folder 1
Amherst College publications
1985-2001

Box 4: folder 2
1990-1991

Box 4: folder 3
1992-1998

Box 4: folder 4
Series 4: CONFERENCE PROGRAMS AND SMALL POSTERS,

This series documents Prof. Benítez-Rojo's intellectual career through posters, booklets and programs of conferences either given by or attended by him.

1981-2001


Conference programs and small posters
1981-1999

Box 4: folder 5
Conference programs and small posters
2000-2001

Box 4: folder 6
Series 5: VIDEOTAPES,

Consists of nine tape recordings (VHS) of a series of lectures about Caribbean culture given by Prof. Benítez-Rojo in 1996, as well as a recording of the opening night of the Cuban/American Cultural Institute Awards ceremony in 2001.

1996-2001


Cuban/American Awards and Opening Ceremony
2001 Apr 7

Box 5: folder 2
Lecture series about Caribbean history and culture given by Prof. Benítez-Rojo (VHS)
Tape 1 (A.M.)- 1996 Jun 10
Tape 2 (A.M.)- 1996 Jun 10
Tape 1 (1:30 to 4:30) - 1996 Jun 10
Tape 2 (1:30 to 4:30) - 1996 Jun 11
Tape 2 (A.M.)1996 Jun 11
Only tape (1:30 to 4:30) - 1996 Jun 11
Tape 1 (8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.) - 1996 Jun 12
Tape 2 - 1996 Jun 12
1996 Jun 10-12

Box 5: folder 2
Series 6: POSTERS,

Includes oversize posters related to book launchings, lectures and art exhibitions either given by or attended by Prof. Benítez-Rojo.

1979-2001


Poster of the screening of the film "Los Sobrevivientes" at Amherst College. Screenplay by Benítez-Rojo.
1979 May 8

Box OS6: folder 1
Poster of the launching of the book "Polifonía Salvage: ensayos de cultura y política en la postmodernidad," coordinated by Benítez-Rojo. Biblioteca Carnegie, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1995 Nov 30

Box OS6: folder 2
Poster of the talk "Is there a Caribbean aesthetics?" by Benítez-Rojo. University of Buffalo, N.Y.
1998 Mar 6

Box OS6: folder 3
Poster of the Foreign Policy Forum entitled: "Life under Communism. Personal experiences shared," Amherst College.
2001 Apr 30

Box OS6: folder 4
Jacket of the book "The houses of old Cuba," by Llilian Llanes; photography by Jean-Luc de Laguarigue.
n.d.

Box OS6: folder 5
Board of medals from his childhood collected by Benítez-Rojo's mother.
n.d.

Box OS6: folder 6
Poster of the symposium: "1898: War, Literature, and the question of Pan-Americanism." Woodrow Wilson School,Princeton University. Reading by Prof. Benítez-Rojo.
1998 May27-29

Box OS7: folder 1
Poster of the exhibition "The scholar and the collector: Fernando Ortiz, los Instrumentos de la Música Afrocubana and the Howard Family Collection of Percussion Instruments." City of Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum.
1999 May 29-Sep 26

Box OS7: folder 2

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