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Sonja Karsen Papers

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Karsen, Sonja

Karsen has been a professor of Spanish and modern languages at Skidmore College since 1957. She is the author of Guillermo Valencia: Colombian Poet, 1873-1943, (1951), Selected Poems of Jaime Torres Bodet, (1964), and a biography, Jaime Torres Bodet (1971).

The collection consists of papers of Karsen used in her research on two Latin American poets. Karsen's papers relating to Jaime Torres Bodet (1902-1974), the Mexican minister of education, foreign ambassador, director general (1948-1952) of UNESCO, author and poet, include eighty letters sent by Torres Bodet spanning 1952 to 1974, and copies of her letters sent to him, correspondence of Karsen about Torres Bodet, copies of various poems, articles and speeches by Torres Bodet, bibliographies, and printed reviews, dissertations and articles on Torres Bodet. Karsen's papers relating to the Colombian poet and politican Guillermo Valencia (1873-1943) include copies (transcribed by Karsen) of Valencia's poetry (1897-1943) entitled "Poesias Sueltas," copies of many of his translations into Spanish of various works by Baudelaire, Gautier, Hugo, Rilke, Keats, and others, correspondence (1943-1992) of Karsen about Valencia, photographs, clippings, and reviews of Karsen's book (1951) on Valencia. Other correspondence present includes that of Colombian essayist Baldomero Sanín Cano (1942-1951), Mexican writers José María González de Mendoza and Rafael Solana, and professor and critic Carlos García Prada.

The collection also includes two phonograph records (33 1/3 rpm): Guillermo Valencia reading "Los Gatos" by Baudelaire (undated) and Torres Bodet reading selections of poetry and prose (1960) in a recording made for the "Voz Viva de Mexico" series produced by the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Gift of the author.

This collection was processed in 2003. Finding aid written in 2003.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2003
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence, works, photographs, and printed matter of Jaime Torres Bodet.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into four subseries: Correspondence, Works, Photographs, and Printed Matter.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of correspondence with Karsen.

Arrangement

Arranged by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Torres Bodet, Jaime - correspondence with Karsen including printed matter & misc. material, 1952-1973. 11 folders.
Physical Description

11 folders

Torres Bodet, Jaime - correspondence with Karsen, 1959-1974. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

García Prada, Carlos - correspondence with Karsen, 1962-1966. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

González de Mendoza, José María - correspondence with Karsen, 1959-1967. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Solana, Rafael - correspondence with Karsen, 1974. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Torres Bodet, Josefina - correspondence with Karsen, 1974-1978. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Twayne Publishers & misc. correspondence with Karsen, 1970-1973. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of articles, poems, speeches, and bibliographies of Jaime Torres Bodet.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Torres Bodet, Jaime - articles, poems, speeches, etc, copies by Karsen, 1923-1958. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Torres Bodet, Jaime - printed extracts of articles, 1952-1967. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Torres Bodet, Jaime - bibliographies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of three photographs and three slides of Jaime Torres Bodet.

Arrangement

Arranged by subject of photograph.

Physical Description

1 box

Torres Bodet, Jaime - 3 photographs & 3 slides, 1951-1952. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of obituaries and other printed matter related to Jaime Torres Bodet.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Torres Bodet, Jaime - obituaries, 1974. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Torres Bodet, Jaime - memorials, tributes, commemorative stamps, 1974-1995. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Torres Bodet, Jaime - printed articles, extracts, copies of dissertations, reviews & articles about Torres Bodet, 1925-1980s. 6 folders.
Physical Description

6 folders

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence, photographs, works, printed matter, and recordings of Guillermo Valencia.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into five subseries: Correspondence, Photographs, Works, Printed Matter, and Recording.

Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence of Guillermo Valencia, primarily with Karsen.

Arrangement

Arranged by correspondent.

Physical Description

1 box

Sanín Cano, Baldomero - correspondence with Karsen about Valencia, 1943-1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Misc. corresp. of Karsen about Valencia, 1942-1992. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of photographs of Guillermo Valencia, a bust, and his home.

Arrangement

Arranged by subject of photograph.

Physical Description

1 box

photographs of Valencia, family & associates, 1932-1990. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

photographs of the bust of Valencia and of portraits of various family members, 1940s-1950s. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

photographs of Valencia's home at Popayan, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of manuscripts of works by Guillermo Valencia.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Valencia, Guillermo - photostats of misc. poetry, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Valencia, Guillermo - "Poesías Sueltas" - (notebook 1), AMs & TMs copies, 1896-1932. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Valencia, Guillermo - "Poesías Sueltas" - (notebook 2), AMs & TMs copies, 1933-1943. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Valencia, Guillermo - TMs & AMs copies of his translations into Spanish of various works by Gautier, Mallarmé, Heine, Hugo, Keats, etc, 1896-1943. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of reviews of works on Guillermo Valencia and articles about him.

Arrangement

Arranged by subject of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Karsen, Sonja - reviews of her works on Valencia, 1952. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Valencia, Guillermo - misc. articles about Valencia, 1921-1990. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of a recording of Guillermo Valencia reading "Los Gatos" by Baudelaire, one phonograph record.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Valencia, Guillermos - reading "Los Gatos" by Baudelaire, one phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, undated, (playable?), undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of a phonograph recording of Jaime Torres Bodet, an index card file, and "Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Sonja Petra Karsen."

Arrangement

Arranged by author.

Physical Description

1 box

Torres Bodet, Jaime - phonograph recording in "Voz Viva de México" series produced by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 33 1/3 rpm, 1960. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Consists of readings of poetry and prose, with printed booklet containing text of readings and introduction by Mexican poet José Luis Martínez.

Physical Description

1 box

Torres Bodet, Jaime - index card file, bibliographic material kept by Karsen, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Ezcurdia, Manuel de - microfilm copy of La Aparicion Del Grupo "Contemporáneos" En La Poesía Y En La Crítica Mexicanas, 1920-1931 (theses, Univ. of Calif.), 1964. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Karsen, Sonja - "Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Sonja Petra Karsen", 1995. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

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