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Josephine Procopio Albarelli collection of Gilberto Owen and Elías Nandino

Call Number: GEN MSS 1132

Scope and Contents

The Josephine Procopio Albarelli Collection of Gilberto Owen and Elías Nandino contains correspondence, mostly letters to Albarelli from Owen, 1948-1951, and from Nandino, 1951-1989; autograph manuscript and typescript poems and other writings by Owen and Nandino, copies of their writings made by Albarelli, and proofs for her editions of Owen's Poesía y prosa and Obras, 1950s-1980s; sound recordings, including readings of poetry by Nandino and Alí Chumacero (Voz viva de México; Serie literatura mexicana, 1960s); photographs and negatives of Owen, Nandino, Albarelli, and others, undated; two oil paintings by Nandino, undated; drawings by Hector Xavier for illustrations of books by Nandino, 1950s; and related clippings, posters, and other printed material. Some materials are accompanied by identifying notes written by Albarelli. Research strengths include Mexican literature, 1950s-1990s, especially poetry of Owen and Nandino and their association with Los Contemporáneos; and Albarelli's editing of writings by Owen.


  • 1948-2000


Language of Materials

Chiefly in Spanish; some materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

4 (Record album storage) (sound recordings): Restricted fragile material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Josephine Procopio Albarelli Collection of Gilberto Owen and Elías Nandino is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Josephine Procopio Albarelli, 2001-2004.


Organized into two series: I. Papers Relating to Gilberto Owen, 1948-1997. II. Papers Relating to Elías Nandino, 1950-2000.


1.54 Linear Feet ((5 boxes) + 1 record album storage, 1 roll, 2 art)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Elías Nandino (1900-1993)

Elías Nandino (1900-1993), Mexican poet. Nandino was associated with Los Contemporáneos, a modernist literary movement in Mexico, 1920s-1930s.

Gilberto Owen (1904-1952)

Gilberto Owen (1904-1952), Mexican poet, journalist, and diplomat. Owen was associated with Los Contemporáneos, a modernist literary movement in Mexico, 1920s-1930s. He worked as a journalist for El Tiempo, Bogota, Colombia, during the 1930s, served as a diplomat in the United States, Peru, and Ecuador, 1928-1942, and was Mexican vice consul in Philadelphia during the 1940s.

Josephine Procopio Albarelli

Josephine Procopio Albarelli; also used the name Josefina Procopio; editor of Gilberto Owen's Poesía y prosa (México: Imprenta Universitaria, 1953) and Obras (México: Fondo de cultura económica, 1979).

Processing Information

Former call numbers: Uncat Mss 209, Uncat Mss 268, and Uncat Mss 652. In 2014, the collection received a baseline level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. The collection was reclassed under a new call number, and containers were renumbered. Most folder titles were based on information provided by the donor, while some were assigned by Library staff. Folder titles were not verified against contents.

Guide to the Josephine Procopio Albarelli Collection of Gilberto Owen and Elías Nandino
In Progress
by Karen Spicher
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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