Donald Yates collection on Jorge Luis Borges
Identifier: MSS 678
Scope and Contents
The Donald Yates collection on Jorge Luis Borges consists of correspondence, publicity, clippings, photographs, and other ephemera relating to Borges' life and work. Of note are announcements, invitations, and poetry relating to Borges' visits to Michigan State University for his honorary doctorate in 1972 and other occasions. Other topics reflected in this collection are annotated manuscripts and correspondence with other Argentinian mystery authors, documentation on the detective genre in South America and Europe, and correspondence, drafts, and notes relating to Yates' transcriptions of their work.
- 1881 - 2012
- Majority of material found within 1950 - 1990
- Yates, Donald A. (Compiler, Person)
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 Professor Emeritus of Latin American Literature at Michigan State University, where he taught for more than twenty-five years. As documented in this collection, while a student at the University of Michigan, Yates took a Spanish class which had a Borges text as required reading. Piqued by his interest in the detective genre and his love of Spanish-language literature, Yates embarked on a career of translating Latin American texts into English. He is the author of some two dozen texts and complications including his own fiction, poetry, book reviews and articles, in addition to translations. He was the General Editor of the Macmillan Modern Spanish American Literature Series and President of the International Institute of Latin American Literature, hosting the Institute's 16th Congress at Michigan State University.
19 Linear Feet (19 boxes)
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was purchased from Joanne Yates in 2018.
Lydia Tang and Taylor Peterson processed this collection in 2019.
- Authors, Argentine -- 20th century -- Archives
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Detective and mystery stories, Argentine -- History -- Sources
- Detective and mystery stories, Argentine -- Male authors -- Sources
- Detective and mystery stories, Latin American -- History -- Sources
- Personal correspondence
- Yates, Donald A. -- Archives
- Finding Aid for the Donald Yates collection on Jorge Luis Borges
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- Finding aid written by Taylor Peterson and Lydia Tang, with edits by Leslie Van Veen McRoberts, 2021.
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