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Donald Yates collection of Rodolfo Walsh correspondence, writings, and other materials

Identifier: MSS 595 large

Scope and Contents

The Donald Yates collection of Rodolfo Walsh correspondence, writings, and other materials contain published and typed writings by Walsh, photographs, and other materials primarily sent to Yates by Walsh. The topics of correspondence range from discussing mystery writing to Walsh's first-hand experience with Revolucion Libertadora's coup of 1955 which overthrew Juan Peron's government and the growing violence around him.


  • Creation: 1953 - 1995


Language of Materials

The predominant language within the collection is Spanish, with some items in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Donald A. Yates (1930-2017) was a graduate student at the University of Michigan researching for his dissertation topic on Argentinian detective stories when he discovered a 10-story anthology edited and published by Rodolfo J. Walsh (1927-1977). Yates wrote to Walsh, who had established himself as a mystery writer for circulating magazines and journalist, and befriended him.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Donald Yates in 2017.

Related Materials

Out of Yates' life-long passion for mystery and detective literature, he also donated MSS 319 H.C. Branson papers and manuscripts by Jorge Luis Borges.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2017.

Sources consulted in preparing the finding aid include "Seventy-two years and counting" essay by Donald Yates.

"A MODE OF TRUTH: A CONVERSATION ON BIOGRAPHY BETWEEN ILAN STAVANS AND DONALD YATES";c=mqr;c=mqrarchive;idno=act2080.0048.411;g=mqrg;rgn=main;view=text;xc=1

"Donald Yates remembers Borges"

Finding Aid for the Donald Yates collection on Rodolfo Walsh
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
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East Lansing MI 48823 USA