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Fayad Jamis Collection, 1959-1987
1 half archive box (0.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Unpublished manuscripts, books, handwritten and decorated booklets, and photographs related chiefly to Fayad Jamis' career as a poet and book artist during the period 1959-1987. Includes a heavily annotated copy of Jamis' collected poems, La Pedrada, which was published in Havana in 1985. All of the materials are in Spanish.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Fayad Jamis Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from Fayad Jamis Collection 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

Fayad Jamis, Mexican-born Cuban poet, journalist, diplomat, painter, and book artist, was born in Zacatecas, the son of a Cuban father of Lebanese heritage and a Mexican mother, in 1930. He moved with his family to Cuba in 1936 and lived in various parts of the island until settling in Havana around the 1940s. Jamis first received artistic training at the traditional San Alexandro Academy, but went on a different path to become a well-known abstract painter. In 1953, he joined the Grupo de los Once, or Group of Eleven, which embodied the modernist aesthetic values of a new generation of Cuban painters.

In 1954, Fayad Jamis went to Paris and, two years later, attended the School of High Studies of La Sorbonne. He exhibited together with sculptor Agustín Cárdenas and had his first solo show in France sponsored by the surrealist writer André Breton. Jamis relocated to Cuba in 1959 where he taught painting at the National School of Art of Cubanacán, directed the Literature Section of the UNEAC (Unión de Escritores e Artistas de Cuba), published various books, and wrote articles for publications such as the Ediciones La Tertulia, Lunes de Revolución, La Gaceta de Cuba, Orígenes, Ciclón, and the Sunday supplement Hoy. Fayad Jamis also served as Cultural Counsel at the Cuban Embassy in Mexico for eleven years.

In 1962, Fayad Jamis was the recipient of the Casa de las Américas prize for his book Por Esta Libertad. His paintings can be seen today at the National Fine Arts Museum in Havana, and more of his artistic work integrates several private and institutional collections both in Cuba and abroad. Fayad Jamis often used the pseudonyms Fernando Moro, Onirio Estrada or the initials F.J.N. He died in 1988.

Bibliography:

  • Brújula (1949)
  • Los párpados y el polvo (1954)
  • Alumbran. Seco sábado (1954)
  • Vagabundo del alba (1959)
  • Cuatro poemas en China (1961)
  • Los puentes (1962)
  • Por esta libertad (1962)
  • La victoria de Playa Girón (1964)
  • Cuerpos (Antología, 1966)
  • Abrí la verja de hierro (1973)
  • La Pedrada. Selección poética (1951-1973)
  • Historia de un hombre (1995; posthumous)

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of materials related chiefly to Fayad Jamis' career as a poet and book artist. It includes unpublished manuscripts, books, handwritten and decorated booklets, as well as photographs that cover the period between 1959 and 1987. There is a heavily annotated copy of Jamis' collected poems, La Pedrada, which was published in Havana in 1985. All of the materials are in Spanish.

Organization of the collection

Files are arranged in chronological order.


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

There is no restriction on access to the Fayad Jamis Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from Fayad Jamis Collection 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 Fayad Jamis Collection [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Purchase, 2002.

Processing Information

Processed in 2002 by John Lancaster.


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
Spanish

Contents List
Woodcut signed by the author; 1 of 10
1959

Box 1: folder 1
Photograph of Fayad Jamis labeled: "Fayad Jamis/Colaborador"
1965 [Jul 10?]

Box 1: folder 2
"Gráfica Cubana" - flyer of the exhibition facilitated by Fayad Jamis and held at Mexico
1978 Sep 28

Box 1: folder 3
Unidentified prose, 2 pp.
1985 Jul 7

Box 1: folder 4
"La Pedrada. Selección poética (1951-1973)," collection of poems by Fayad Jamis. Havana, Cuba: Editorial Letras Cubanas, 2nd ed./Errata- annotated and illustrated copy, 196 pp.
1985

Box 1: folder 5
"Diario de la Madrugada" - manuscript by Fayad Jamis, 4 pp.
1986 Jul 3

Box 1: folder 6
Libro de Fayad II - "La casa planeta de Fayad Jamis. Io te extraño" - handwritten booklet, 10 pp.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Libro de Fayad III - handwritten booklet, 8 pp. Pressed leaf inside front cover.
1987 May 1

Box 1: folder 8
Libro de Fayad IV - "Raro, de sueños" - prose typed booklet; embossed cover; collage illustrations.
1987 Jun

Box 1: folder 9
"Un ano duró la maternidad" - typed poetry, 3 pp.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
"Retorno de Selim" - typed manuscript, 43 pp.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Invitation from El Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales to an exhibition by Rául Rodriguez.
[?] Sep 30

Box 1: folder 12
Photograph - "Comité Gestor de las Milicias de Trabajadores Intelectuales "Ruben Martinez V?"/ Grupo de los Once (artists' group)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
Red pamphlet cover (small item(s) removed)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 14

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Subjects
  • Artists -- Cuba.
  • Poets, Cuban.


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