||The papers of Colombian-born Nobel Prize–winning author, journalist, screenwriter,
and key figure in Latin American history and politics, Gabriel García
Márquez, consist of manuscript drafts of published and unpublished works,
research material, photograph albums, scrapbooks, correspondence, clippings,
notebooks, screenplays, printed material, ephemera, and electronic files. They
organized into four series: I. Literary Activities, 1948-2009, undated; II.
Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1930s-2011, undated; III. Correspondence, 1961-2013,
undated; and IV. Personal and Career Related, 1952-2014, undated.
||Series I. Literary Activities consists of materials associated with García
Márquez’s writings. It is arranged into three subseries: A. Long Works,
1948-2008, undated; B. Short Works, 1952-2009, undated; and C. Film and Theater,
1963-1997, undated. Works in these subseries are arranged in alphabetical order
the original Spanish title. The English title is also listed for works that were
translated into English. Within each title, the material generally follows the
chronological order of literary production, from research notes, if any, to
publication drafts. The Short Works subseries is further separated into three
subgroups: Articles and Essays, Short Fiction, and Forewords and Introductions
arranged alphabetically by title except for the Forewords and Introductions, which
are arranged by the last name of the author of the work.
||Series II. Photographs and Scrapbooks is arranged into three subseries: A. Photograph
Albums, 1930s-2011; B. Scrapbooks, 1950-2005; and C. Digital Images, 2001-2008.
includes 43 photograph albums, 22 scrapbooks, and 1,482 digital images that document
García Márquez’s personal and professional life and writing career from
the 1930s to 2011. Retaining the original title labels created by García
Márquez, the photograph albums have either general titles such as "Amigos" or "Gabo"
and are sometimes numbered, or in some cases bear more descriptive titles such
"Gabo in Los Pinos" or "Gabo visit to Caracas." The scrapbooks are similarly
titled according to their contents. The albums and scrapbooks are arranged in
alphabetical order by the title in Spanish, though most of the titles have been
translated into English in this finding aid.
||Series III. Correspondence contains personal and professional letters and is
subdivided into two subseries: A. Incoming Correspondence, 1966-2013, undated;
B. Outgoing Correspondence, 1961-2008, undated. Groupings within these subseries
reflect the original organization in which the correspondence arrived at the Ransom
Center. The Letters, Invitations and Requests group makes up the bulk of the
incoming correspondence and is arranged chronologically. Within this grouping,
most voluminous set is the letters received in 1982, the year García
Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize. Other incoming correspondence includes
letters from his literary agency Agencia Literaria Carmen Balcells, "letters from very important people,"
"special letters," faxes, telegrams congratulating
him on his Nobel Prize, letters from his cousin Margot Policarpa Valdeblánquez,
and other general correspondence. All groups are arranged chronologically except
"letters from very important people,"
"special letters," and the Nobel Prize
congratulatory telegrams, which are arranged alphabetically. The outgoing
correspondence subseries is considerably smaller in volume than the incoming
correspondence and is arranged alphabetically.
||Series IV. Personal and Career Related contains García Márquez’s address
book, clippings and publications containing articles about and interviews by and
with García Márquez, awards, biographical information, material related to
Cambio magazine, typescripts of articles written
by Fidel Castro, contracts, currency, family papers, financial documents, material
related to foundations with which García Márquez was involved, legal
documents, photocopied correspondence from Jorge Masetti to his wife, documents
correspondence from the Museo Nacional de Colombia, material related to García
Márquez’s Nobel Prize, notebooks, screenplays from his scriptwriting workshops,
speeches, statements and letters, subject files, travel related material, visitors
books, documents related to his visit to the White House, and works by other authors
including essays about García Márquez or his works. The materials range
from 1952 to 2014 and are in alphabetical order by folder title or topic.