Guide to the Alfredo A. Roggiano Papers, 1938-1991 UA.90.F44

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Alfredo A. Roggiano Papers
Creator
Roggiano, Alfredo A.
Collection Number
UA.90.F44
Date
1938-1991
Extent
5.0 linear feet (4 boxes)
Location
Thomas Boulevard, 2nd floor, UA Stacks 10/3/6
Abstract
Alfredo A. Roggiano was professor of Hispanic languages and literatures at the University of Pittsburgh from 1963 until 1984. In addition to his tenure as professor, Roggiano was also a renowned Argentine poet and Director of the Revista Iberoamericana, a leading scholarly journal of Latin American literature. Through his influence, the International Institute of Iberoamerican Literature has been housed at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Roggiano's collection includes professional correspondences, various newspaper articles detailing his accomplishments, manuscripts, books, published articles, and various conferences and lectures. Many of the conferences contain records and activities of the International Institute of Iberoamerican Literature.

Preferred Citation

Alfredo A. Roggiano Papers, UA.90.F44, University Archives, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Alfredo A. Roggiano was an Argentine poet and distinguished professor emeritus of Hispanic languages and literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. He was born in Chivilcoy, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1919. Roggiano died on October 27, 1991 at his home in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was seventy-two years old. Roggiano’s academic and professional career spanned close to five decades. He completed his doctorate in literatures in 1945 at the University of Buenos Aires and continued postdoctoral work in the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones in Madrid, Spain. He taught at the University of Tucuman, Argentina prior to emigrating to the United States. At the University of Tucuman he served as a professor of poetics and stylistics and director of the Hispanic section of the Department of Languages and Literatures. In 1955 in protest of the Peron regime, Roggiano left his native country for the states. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh faculty, he also taught at a number of universities including the University of New Mexico, the University of California at Berkeley, and Iowa State University. Since 1955 Roggiano had also been Director of the Revista Iberoamericana, a leading scholarly journal of Latin American literature founded in Mexico City in 1938. Roggiano accepted the directorship of the journal at the Congress of the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana celebrated at the University of California, Berkeley in 1955. That same year he was appointed Executive Director of the International Institute of Iberoamerican Literature at the age of 36. For his work with the journal, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1988. In 1963, Roggiano joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty. It was at this time that he also founded the Latin American literature program in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, retiring from that department in 1984. Over the course of his career, Roggiano authored numerous books and over seventy articles on Latin American literature. Through Roggiano’s influence, the International Institute of Iberoamerican Literature has been housed at the University of Pittsburgh. Among its publications is the  Revista Iberoamericana as well as a number of book series related to Iberoamerican literature including  Biblioteca de América,  Actas,  Serie Críticas,  Serie Nuevo Siglo,  Serie Tres Ríos, and  Serie ACP. Prior to his death, Roggiano donated $150,000 to the University of Pittsburgh to establish an endowed lecture fund in his name in the Hispanic department. The Alfredo A. Roggiano Fund supported an annual lecture series, symposia, colloquia and resulting publications on various topics. In addition, the Alfredo A. Roggiano Prize was established and awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student in the Hispanic department. His death was preceded by the publication of  Prision o Transparencia, a volume containing almost all the poetry he had written over his lifetime. The slim volume has been described as a metaphysical expression to transcend the author’s soul and give of himself and his experiences a form of liberation from the prison of the self.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Alfredo A. Roggiano collection contains five series described and arranged chronologically by date. The series reflect Roggiano's many professional achievements as a professor, writer, poet, and avid lecturer. The five series include Conferences, Lectures, and Symposiums, Professional Appointments and Activities, Published and Unpublished Works, Correspondences, and Research Materials and Miscellaneous.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, August 2010

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Revision Description

 Revised by Marianne Kasica. December 15, 2010

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Michael Cherry on July 11, 2010; the finding aid was revised by Marianne Kasica December 15, 2010.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

Photographs were removed to the Roggiano Personal File; Pitt Stadium dedication medal and ribbon removed to Museum Cabinet.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Pittsburgh. Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. -- Faculty
  • University of Pittsburgh. -- Faculty

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Lectures

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Roggiano, Alfredo A.

Subject(s)

  • College teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Faculty papers
  • Poets, Argentine -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Alfredo A. Roggiano Papers, UA.90.F44, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series Conferences, Lectures, and Symposiums, 1961-1990 

Scope and Content Notes

Series I consists of conferences, lectures, and symposiums that Roggiano participated in throughout his career. Included among them are conferences at various universities nationally and abroad. Roggiano kept very detailed accounts of each lecture. The folders contain correspondences leading up to the conferences as well as programs, brochures, articles, and memorabilia related to each conference.

  BoxFolder
Creative Arts Week, University of Iowa May 1961 11

Also: "Homage to Baudelaire"

  Folder
Midwest Modern Language Association 1963 2
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XII Congreso, Mexico 1965 3
  Folder
Centenario del Nacimiento de Ruben Dario, Ciudad Dario, Nicaragua 1967 4
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XII Congreso, Caracas 1967 5
  Folder
Congreso International de Quebec October 1968 6
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XIV Congreso, Toronto 1969 7
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberomericana, XVII Congreso, Madrid May 20-26, 1975 8

Photographs were removed and placed in the UA Personal file.

  Folder
Various round tables and lectures 1976-1980 9
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XIX Congreso, Pittsburgh 1979 10
  Folder
Ideologia, Historia, Novela, Conferencia en Yale University March 30, 1979 11
  Folder
University of Massachusetts, Symposium: The Essay in the Hispanic World May 4-5, 1979 12
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XX Congreso, Budapest 1980 13
  Folder
Various lectures: Yale Law School, Cornell University, University of Vermont 1981 14
  Folder
Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures February 26-28, 1981 15
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XXII Congreso, Paris, France June 13-17, 1983 16
  Folder
Lecture, George Mason University November 1-3, 1984 17
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XXIII Congreso June 25, 1984 18
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XXIII Congreso, Madrid 1984 19
  Folder
Conferences in West Germany May 1984 20
  Folder
XI Annual Hispanic Literatures Conference, Indiana, Pennsylvania October 11-12, 1985 21
  Folder
Tulane University Conference November 14-16, 1985 22
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, Stanford University, California July 8-12, 1985 23
  Folder
Conference on Latin American Literature, VIII Annual, Montclair State College March 15, 1985 24
  Folder
International Colloquium on Augusto Roa Bastos, Oklahoma State University April 4-6, 1985 25
  Folder
IV Simposio Internacional Sobre Literaturas Indigenas Latino Americanas, Mexico January 4-12, 1986 26
  Folder
Ernesto Sebato Symposium January 22-24, 1986 27
  Folder
VII Feria Internacional del Libro, Mexico March 8-16, 1986 28
  Folder
Columbia University Lecture April 3, 1986 29
  Folder
International Multidisciplinary Conference on the Dominican Republic, Seton Hall University April 10-12, 1986 30
  Folder
Conference at St. John's University April 30, 1986 31
  Folder
Conference at the University of Minnesota March 1986 32
  Folder
Asociacion Internacional de Hispanistas, IX Congreso, Berlin August 18-23, 1986 33
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XXV Congreso, Universidad de Bonn August 11-16, 1986 34
  Folder
Lecture, Emir Rodriquez Monegal Memorial May 1, 1986 35
  Folder
Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Tulane University February 26-28, 1987 36
  Folder
Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba April 17-May 1, 1987 37

Photographs removed and placed in the UA Personal Files under Roggiano.

  Folder
South Eastern Conference on Latin American Studies (SECOLAS), Merida, Yucatan April 1-5, 1987 38
  Folder
Congreso Internacional de Intelectuales y Artistas, Valencia June 15-20, 1987 39
  Folder
Lecture, Spanish Cultural Club of Pittsburgh May 16, 1987 40
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XXVI Congreso, New York June 8-12, 1987 41
  Folder
IV Ibero-American Literary Colloquium, Rice University April 7-9, 1988 42
  Folder
Exposicion Feria Internacional de Buenos Aires April 1988 43
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XXVII Congreso, Mexico August 22-26, 1988 44
  Folder
IV Congreso de la Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba January 24-February 3, 1988 45
  Folder
Latin American Indian Literatures Association (LAILA), VI International Symposium June 13-17, 1988 46
  Folder
American Comparative Literature Association, Brandeis University March 8-11, 1989 47
  Folder
Symposio Internacional Hispanica Posnaniensia May 28-June 2, 1989 48
  Folder
Guatemala Symposium August 6-12, 1989 49
  Folder
IV International Conference of Letras de Oro and Ideas March 29-30, 1990 50
  Folder
Jornadas Internacionales Carlos Pellicer, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico February 12-16, 1990 51
  Folder
Lecture, Pedro Henriquez Urena en Mexico February 8, 1990 52
  Folder
Second Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), Leuven, Belgium September 3-8, 1990 53
  Folder
Arizona State University, Distinguished Lecture Series November 13-21, 1989 54
  Folder
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, XXVIII Congreso, Brown University June 18-21, 1990 55

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Series Professional Appointments and Activities 

Scope and Content Notes

Series II constitutes different facets of Roggiano's teaching career including his early appointments at the University of Tucuman, Iowa State University, the University of New Mexico, and the University of California. The folders are arranged according to place and different projects such as Roggiano's participation in teacher training groups, grant writing, departmental studies, dissertation committees, and social theatre seminars. The individual materials of each folder vary and contain bulk correspondences, among other items. Included among this series are also several files marked "otras actividades" (other activities) and "Roggiano activities." The date ranges and materials were left in the order and condition that Roggiano kept them.

  BoxFolder
Universidad Nacional de Tucuman 1947-1954 256
  Folder
Universidad de Chile 1951-1954 57
  Folder
The University of New Mexico and the University of California, Berkeley 1955-56 58
  Folder
State University of Iowa 1955-56 59
  Folder
State University of Iowa 1955-57 60
  Folder
Otras actividades 1958-62 61
  Folder
State University of Iowa 1958-59 62
  Folder
State University of Iowa 1961-62 63
  Folder
Otras actividades 1961-62 64
  Folder
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Visiting Professor 1963 65
  Folder
University of Pittsburgh, Program for Teaching Training Specialists 1964 66
  Folder
Otras actividades 1964-66 67
  Folder
University of New Mexico summer session 1965 68
  Folder
Newspaper clippings 1967 69
  Folder
Social Theatre activities, University of Pittsburgh 1967 70
  Folder
Trip to Los Angeles 1966-1967 71
  Folder
Roggiano activities 1975-76 72
  Folder
Roggiano activities 1977-78 73
  Folder
Distinguished Service Professor Award, University of Pittsburgh 1982-83 74
  Folder
Roggiano activities 1982-1983 75
  Folder
Otras actividades 1978-83 76
  Folder
Otras actividades 1984-85 77
  Folder
Hispanic Department, University of Pittsburgh, History and Self-Study May 1985 78
  Folder
Revista Mundi 1986 79
  Folder
Rutgers University dissertation committee April 1987 80
  Folder
Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh; list of members 1987 81
  Folder
Grant for the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh 1987-88 82
  Folder
Argentina 1989 83
  Folder
Nicaragua 1989 84
  Folder
Donation to the National Library of Nicaragua 1989 85
  Folder
University of Cincinnati Libraries (reception for donors) 1990 86
  Folder
Roggiano y la Revista Iberoamericana 1984-91 87
  Folder
Roggiano curriculum vitae 88

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Series Published and Unpublished Works 

Scope and Content Notes

Series III comprises Roggiano's poems and publications. The formats include photocopied material, articles, scholarly journals, and bound works. The publications contained within each folder vary as do the materials.

  Folder
Poems and Publications 1947-1989 89
  Folder
Main trends in Latin American literature 1960 90
  Folder
Publications 1938-1946 91
  Folder
Roggiano publications 92
  Folder
Poesia Argentina 93
  Folder
Writings 94
  Folder
Poems 95
  Folder
Poems 96
  BoxFolder
Various writing, articles, manuscripts, 397-101a
  Folder
Prision O Transparencia 1990 102
  Folder
Biography and list of publications 103

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Series Correspondences 

Scope and Content Notes

Series IV consists of correspondences to various people, groups, and organizations.

  Folder
Alfonso Rangel Guerra correspondences 1963-1965 104
  Folder
James O'Neill correspondence 1965 105
  Folder
Renato Rosaldo correspondence 1965 106
  Folder
Gordon R. Silber, State University of New York at Buffalo 1967 107
  Folder
University of Colorado 1967 108
  Folder
Dave Halliday 1968 109
  Folder
Frank Tannenbaum correspondence 1968 111
  Folder
Center for Latin American Studies 1976 112
  Folder
Wesley W. Posvar and Keith McDuffie sabbatical correspondence 1976 and 1982 113
  Folder
Emilio Carilla correspondences 1979, 1989-1990 114
  Folder
Carmelo Mesa-Lago and Javier Herrero 1980 115
  Folder
Tinker Field Research Grant Program 1983 116
  Folder
Emory University correspondences 1983 117
  Folder
Arlen Specter and William J. Coyne 1983 118
  Folder
Ellis Island Foundation 1985 119
  Folder
Montserrat Ordonez 1985-1986 120
  Folder
Teodosio Fernandez correspondences 1987 121
  Folder
Stanford University 1988 122
  Folder
Latin American Writer's correspondences 1985-1989 123
  Folder
Mundi correspondences 1989-1990 124
  Folder
Universitat Regensburg 1990 125
  Folder
University of California, Carol Wall 1991 126
  Folder
Carlos Alvarez-Ude correspondence 1991 127
  Folder
Wesley W. Posvar honors convocation correspondence 1991 128
  Folder
Various correspondences 129-131

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Series Research Materials and Miscellaneous 

Scope and Content Notes

The last series identified as Research Materials and Miscellaneous contains folders about different individuals. These people had an impact on Roggiano's work and he kept individual folders related to them. The folders contain publications, correspondences, and a variety of other material about each individual. The dates and range of materials vary and have not been included. The folders have been arranged as Roggiano kept them. Individuals can be identified by the name on the file folders. In addition, there are several folders of miscellaneous articles and correspondence about Roggiano and the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature.

  Folder
Ernesto D. Marrone 132
  Folder
Manuel Lopez Lorenzo 133
  Folder
Graciela Maturo 134
  Folder
Carlos Guido y Spano 135-136
  Folder
Leopoldo Diaz 137
  Folder
Jose Juan Tablada 138
  BoxFolder
Federico de Onis 4139
  Folder
Arturo Torres Rioseco 140
  Folder
Enrique Anderson Imbert and others 141
  Folder
Laureano Alban 142
  Folder
Jose Marti 143
  Folder
Ortega y Gasset 144
  Folder
Jaime Alazraki 145
  Folder
Alfonso Reyes 146
  Folder
Alejandra Pizarnik and others 147
  Folder
Baldomero Sanin Cano and Eduardo Carranza 148
  Folder
Jean Franco 149
  Folder
Pedro Henriquez Urena 150
  Folder
Modernismo en Argentina 151
  Folder
Modernismo en Argentina 152
  Folder
Modernismo Roggiano 153
  Folder
Correspondence about Revista Iberoamericana and other articles. 154-157

Includes materials on Latin American Indian Literature,

Photographs were removed to the UA Personal File for Roggiano.

  Folder
"Twelve Golden Days" Christmas poem/greeting card 159
  Folder
Letters from students and others, articles, etc 159
  Folder
Articles about Roggiano and the Department, thank you letters, etc 160
  Folder
Miscellaneous articles and clippings about Roggiano and the Hispanice Department 161
  Folder
Original Inventory 162
  Box
Various articles in journals 5

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