May 23, 2022

Gabriel García Márquez Archive Opens For Researchers at Harry Ransom Center (U. of Texas at Austin)

From the Ransom Center:

The archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014) open[ed] Oct. 21 for research at The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum.

Finding aids for the archive are available in English and Spanish.

Also available is a selection of digitized materials from the archive.


More than 75 boxes of documents constitute the archive of the Colombian-born author, journalist, screenwriter and key figure in Latin American history and politics. Researchers will have access to manuscript drafts of published and unpublished works, correspondence, 43 photograph albums, 22 scrapbooks, research material, notebooks, newspaper clippings, screenplays and ephemera.

García Márquez’s archive also contains digital materials such as files from computer hard drives that will be processed and made available in the future. Other materials in the archive, most notably photographs, received preservation and conservation treatments by Ransom Center conservators, allowing accessibility.


The Ransom Center has already begun to supplement the archive by acquiring additional materials that illuminate both the personal and professional activities of the author. A recent acquisition includes 48 letters written by García Márquez to Colombian writer Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza between 1961 and 1971. The letters reveal García Márquez’s thoughts about his work and his life, including difficulties and successes with writing.

Other collection additions include a carbon typescript of García Márquez’s “El colonel no tiene quien le escribe” (“No One Writes to the Colonel”), handwritten notes on personalized notecards, typed letters and a copy of “El general en su laberinto” (“The General in His Labyrinth”) with more than a dozen emendations in the author’s hand.

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