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Manuel Ramos Otero Papers, circa 1920s-2007, bulk 1967-1992

Summary Information

Abstract

Manuel Ramos Otero (1948-1990) is considered the first openly out homosexual writer from Puerto Rico. He resided in New York City for much of his adult life. In 1990, he returned to his hometown of Manatí, Puerto Rico, where he died of complications from HIV/AIDS. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks and notes, reviews, photographs, and newspaper clippings. These materials range in date from Otero's infancy to his death, 1948-1990. There is also a small section of the collection that contains material related to Otero posthumously, which dates from 1990 to 2007.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1725
Bib ID 10846190 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Ramos Otero, Manuel
Title Manuel Ramos Otero Papers, circa 1920s-2007, bulk 1967-1992
Physical Description 18 linear feet (16 record cartons; 1 document box; and 1 flat box)
Language(s) English , Spanish; Castilian .
Access

This collection is located on-site.

Student records and medical records in this collection are restricted for 75 years from their respective dates of creation.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 6 series. All series are arranged in chronological order, except the materials in Series I, which is arranged in alphabetical order by the title of the manuscript, and Series VI.4, which is arranged in alphabetical order by the author's last name.

Description

Summary

The collection contains the papers of Manuel Ramos Otero and reflects to his careers as an author, student, and professor. The collection primarily consists of Otero's published and unpublished writing. These materials range in date from 1967-1989, and include numerous manuscripts which document his writing and editing process. The collection also includes Otero's notebooks, essays, and articles annotated by Otero as a student. There is a series of personal correspondence between Otero and his family in Puerto Rico while Otero lived in the United States. Finally, there are also smaller series of photographs, correspondence, official documents, theatrical work, and posthumous publications and tributes.

  • Series I: Manuscripts and Publishing, circa 1960-2002, undated

    Series I: Manuscripts and Publishing consists primarily of material related to articles and books written by Manuel Ramos Otero, dating from the early 1970s through 1990. This series contains material from Otero's published and unpublished written works, and highlights the many stages of his writing process. The series contains books, notebooks, manuscripts, publications, translations and unpublished poetry and short stories by Otero. A majority of the manuscripts in this collection are Otero's short stories and are annotated by Otero. These manuscripts are organized alphabetically. Very few of them are dated. Many of the manuscripts were originally published in Cupey or El Mundo. Manuscripts for theatrical pieces are located in Series V.

    The series includes extensive materials related to three of Otero's published works: Página en blanco y staccato (1987); El libro de la muerte (1985); and Invitación a polvo (1991), each of which comprises its own subseries. The collection does not include Otero's notes on his only published novel, La novelabingo. However, the collection does contain manuscripts of all of Otero's published works, including La novelabingo.

    The series also includes manuscripts of poems and essays written by prominent Puerto Rican literary figures, which can be found in Subseries I.5: Manuscripts by various authors. Some of the authors include Ana Lydia Vargas, Juan Gelpí, Rosario Ferré, Magalí García Ramis, Nicholasa Mohr, and Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá. While some of these manuscripts were sent to Otero during his lifetime, others appear to have been inserted into the collection after his death. The subseries also includes several audio recordings and one videocassette of these authors reading their works.

    Finally, this series contains clippings and full issues of newspapers, literary journals, and other publications that reproduce or reference the works of Otero and his literary circle.

  • Series II: Correspondence and Personal Materials, circa 1969-1990, undated

    Series II: Correspondence and personal materials primarily consists of letters and postcards from Otero's family, friends, and colleagues. It also contains official documentation such as government-issued identification cards, medical and financial records, and religious certificates. A few of Otero's personal belongings are located in this series as well. The series spans Otero's lifetime, 1948-1990.

    The correspondence within this series dates from 1969-1990. Some of these letters include information about Otero's writing process and the difficulties of publishing his works. Much of the correspondence deals with the financial issues that Otero faced upon arriving to the United States, from 1969 through approximately 1978.

    There is an extensive amount of letters written by Otero to his mother, Carmen Ana Otero, which date from 1969 to 1984. They discuss Otero's work and his relationship with John Anthes. There are also letters and postcards from John Anthes to Otero's mother. These letters--including the letters from Anthes to Carmen Ana Otero--were originally folded tightly and stored in a red treasure chest-shaped box. They were removed for preservation and ease of access. Many of the letters from Otero's adulthood document the financial remittances Otero sent to his family in Puerto Rico throughout the 1980s.

    Subseries II.3 consists of Otero's personal collection of literary magazines, newspapers, and clippings. The subseries also contains two books annotated by Otero. These materials do not include any of Otero's works or articles about Otero.

  • Series III: Photographs, 1925-1990

    Series III: Photographs consists of loose photographs that range in dates from Otero's infancy to his death. There are some photographs of Otero's family members circa 1920, which are located at the beginning of the series. The series also includes photographs of Otero with his two long-term romantic partners, the graphic designer John Anthes and the Puerto Rican-American painter Angel Rodríguez-Díaz.

  • Series IV: Academic Work, 1964-1990, undated

    Series IV: Academic Work contains material related to Manuel Ramos Otero's coursework, teaching and scholarship, dating from 1964-1990.

    The coursework in this series consists primarily of syllabi, annotated essays and notes from Otero's time as a graduate student in the Spanish departments at New York University and the City University of New York. The series also contains a small amount of coursework from Otero's time studying sociology and political science as an undergraduate at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Río Piedras.

    The majority of Subseries IV.2: Teaching and Scholarship comprises photocopied essays that Otero utilized while teaching at Rutgers University, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Hunter College and York College. Within this subseries, there are also syllabi, exams that Otero administered, and lectures.

  • Series V: Theatre and Performances, 1975-1982, undated

    Series VI: Theatre and Performances contains manuscripts, flyers, and posters related to Manuel Ramos Otero's theatrical works from 1978-1990. The series consists primarily of material related to Otero's experimental performance, Fuegos fúnebres, which comprises subseries V.1. Fuegos fúnebres was adapted from the first section of Otero's book of poetry, El libro de la muerte. Manuscripts for Fuegos fúnebres can be found in Series I.1. The material regarding Fuegos fúnebres in this series consists primarily of photographs and posters which directly reference the performance.

    Subseries V.2: Poetry Readings and Other Performances, mostly contains articles and flyers relating to Aspasguanza, the New York-based theatrical workshop that Otero founded in September 1971. There are also various flyers and posters for poetry and book readings that Otero participated in. Many of these book readings are sponsored by the publishing group founded by Otero in 1975, El libro viaje. The subseries also includes various manuscripts and posters for less well-known performances which Otero either directed or wrote, such as La araña, Historia del barrio, and other untitled plays. Finally, there are a small number of audiovisual recordings of Otero and friends reading poetry.

  • Series VI: Posthumous, 1990-2007

    Series VI: Posthumous contains material created after Manuel Ramos Otero's death in Puerto Rico on October 7, 1990. This includes obituaries, invitations to funeral services, funeral programs, homages and dedications for Otero. These materials date from 1990-1993. The series also includes materials related to posthumous publications of Otero's works and those by others in his literary circle, in anthologies and literary journals.

    The Pergones Theatre company in the Bronx adapted Otero's short story, "El locura de la locura" into the play "El bolero fue mi ruina," which the company staged in 1999 and 2002. Subseries VI.2 has materials related to the royalties from this play, along with flyers, reviews, and articles about the play.

    Subseries VI.3 contains correspondence belonging to Otero's sister, Carmen "Cambury" Beatriz Ramos Otero. These letters and memos primarily have to do with royalty fees from Otero's books that were published posthumously.

    Subseries VI.4 contains works published by writers in Otero's circle after 1990. These appear to have been added to the collection by Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero or another of the writers who had access to Otero's papers after his death.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located on-site.

Student records and medical records in this collection are restricted for 75 years from their respective dates of creation.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Manuel Ramos Otero Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Rosario Ferré Papers at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University. Otero and Ferré collaborated creatively with one another throughout their writing careers, and each wrote biographical essays about the other for various anthologies about Puerto Rican authors.

Appraisal

Clippings from widely available English language newspapers such as the New York Times were discarded. Routine financial documents, such as Otero's tax returns, retirement paperwork, bank statements, and welfare packets were also discarded. Finally, excess copies of the same pamphlets have been discarded. This is particularly true for Series VI, in which many duplicate funeral invitations and tributes to Otero were discarded.

Custodial History

During the period from Otero's death to the purchase of his papers by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Otero's papers were acquired by his sister, Carmen "Cambury" Beatriz Ramos Otero. Cambury's phone and medical bills, books, newspaper clippings, receipts and drawings that had nothing to do with Manuel Ramos Otero directly were mixed with the collection during this time period. These materials were discarded during processing.

The collection also passed through Juan Gelpí and Vanessa Droz, who were Otero's close friends and creative collaborators. Gelpí annotated much of the collection and imposed an organizational scheme, which was later dismantled when the collection passed through different people. He also inserted various articles and transcripts that had no immediate connection to Ramos Otero.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.

Preliminary collection inventory created by Renee Pappous in September 2015. Restrictions were placed on medical and student records during collection re-boxing by Celeste Brewer in October 2016. Loose materials were placed in folders, and oversize materials were moved to flat boxes. Assessment performed September 14, 2018 by Celeste Brewer as part of Hidden Collections. Financial, medical, and student records identified by Renee Pappous were moved into a separate box.

This collection was processed by Lindsey Cienfuegos. Finding aid written by Lindsey Cienfuegos and Celeste Brewer in July-August 2019.

The Otero Papers arrived at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 2014. The collection was contaminated with mold, and was cleaned by Polygon in Fall 2014. Materials stored in transfiles were rehoused in record cartons in October 2016.

The arrangement scheme for the collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a clear original order. Existing folders were in poor condition, and many materials were loose. All folders were replaced during processing. Objects, published books and journals, and audiovisual materials were also physically separated from the papers in the collection and stored together for preservation reasons.

The collection's complicated provenance and lack of original order meant that it was not always possible to determine whether materials were originally owned and used by Manuel Ramos Otero, or added to the collection after his death by his family members or friends. Some items were retained in the collection despite their unclear provenance in order to document--or to avoid erasing--these individuals' secondary uses of the collection.

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Jesús Manuel "Chu" Ramos Otero was born in Manatí, Puerto Rico in 1948. In 1968, he moved to New York City to pursue his career as a writer. He is now considered one of the first openly out homosexual writers of the Puerto Rican diaspora.

Otero's writing is often considered controversial because of its unabashedly political, feminist and homoerotic subject matter. He wrote primarily semi-autobiographical pieces that dealt with themes of exile and rejection. The feeling of being exiled was twofold for Otero, who felt exiled from Puerto Rico for having left to the United States, and rejected in the United States because his writing did not deal with issues of race and class status that had become expected of Latino writers. The practice of writing for Otero thus became closely linked to his sex life because both writing and sexual acts were victimized by migration. As a result, much of Otero's writing deconstructs traditional gender categories in order to imagine a more liberated narrative form that might then translate to everyday life.

Otero studied Spanish literature at New York University, where he received a Master of Arts degree (MA) in 1979. He went on to teach Caribbean literature at Lehman College, York College, and LaGuardia Community College while pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish literature at the City University of New York (CUNY).

In September of 1971, Otero founded Aspasguanza, a theatrical workshop in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Four years later, in 1975, Otero founded the publishing group El libro viaje, which was devoted to getting as many Puerto Rican authors published as American. During this decade, Otero traveled and collaborated creatively with his live-in partner, John Anthes, who died circa 1979. After Anthes' death, Otero began a relationship with the Puerto Rican painter Angel Rodríguez-Díaz. While little is known of John Anthes, Otero dedicated two of his works, "Ritos cancelados" and "Ceremonia de bienes y raices," to him after his death. Much of Otero's semi-autobiographical writing highlights his relationship with Anthes. Throughout his life, Otero harnessed close friendships with other influential Puerto Rican authors, and often collaborated with them. These people include Rosario Ferré, Ana Lydia Vega, and Magalí García Ramis.

In 1990, Otero returned to Puerto Rico to live out his final days. He died on October 7th of that year of complications from HIV/AIDS. His posthumously-published work, Invitación a polvo, which Otero defined as "completely untranslatable," directly addresses topics around the AIDS crisis.

In 1998, the Guadalajara International Book Fair published Tálamos y tumbas prosa y verso de Manuel Ramos Otero, which includes numerous short stories and the book of poetry, El libro de la muerte. In 1999, and again in 2002, the Pergones Theatre company in the Bronx adapted Otero's short story, "El locura de la locura" to stage the play "El bolero fue mi ruina." It was then adapted to an off-Broadway show in 2002 and staged by the Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture.

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Series I: Manuscripts and Publishing, circa 1960-2002, undated

Series I: Manuscripts and Publishing consists primarily of material related to articles and books written by Manuel Ramos Otero, dating from the early 1970s through 1990. This series contains material from Otero's published and unpublished written works, and highlights the many stages of his writing process. The series contains books, notebooks, manuscripts, publications, translations and unpublished poetry and short stories by Otero. A majority of the manuscripts in this collection are Otero's short stories and are annotated by Otero. These manuscripts are organized alphabetically. Very few of them are dated. Many of the manuscripts were originally published in Cupey or El Mundo. Manuscripts for theatrical pieces are located in Series V.

The series includes extensive materials related to three of Otero's published works: Página en blanco y staccato (1987); El libro de la muerte (1985); and Invitación a polvo (1991), each of which comprises its own subseries. The collection does not include Otero's notes on his only published novel, La novelabingo. However, the collection does contain manuscripts of all of Otero's published works, including La novelabingo.

The series also includes manuscripts of poems and essays written by prominent Puerto Rican literary figures, which can be found in Subseries I.5: Manuscripts by various authors. Some of the authors include Ana Lydia Vargas, Juan Gelpí, Rosario Ferré, Magalí García Ramis, Nicholasa Mohr, and Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá. While some of these manuscripts were sent to Otero during his lifetime, others appear to have been inserted into the collection after his death. The subseries also includes several audio recordings and one videocassette of these authors reading their works.

Finally, this series contains clippings and full issues of newspapers, literary journals, and other publications that reproduce or reference the works of Otero and his literary circle.


Subseries I.1: Manuscripts, 1972-1990, undated



Box 1 Folder 1 "67 después de Christian", undated


Box 1 Folder 2 "Alrededor del mundo con la señorita Mambresi", undated


Box 1 Folder 3 "An Urban Landscape" anthology, undated


Box 1 Folder 4 "An Urban Landscape" anthology, 1988-1989

With correspondence and application for project funding.


Box 1 Folder 5 "Bola de fuegos", undated


Box 1 Folder 6 "Ceremonia de bienes y raíces", undated


Box 1 Folder 7 Concierto de metal para un recuerdo y otras orgías de soledad, undated


Box 1 Folder 8 Essay, "Después de la explosión", 1972


Box 1 Folder 9 "Dust in Love" , undated

With original publication.


Box 1 Folder 10 "El ángel de Nueva York", 1990



Box 17 "El cuento de la mujer del mar" Typed Ms., 28 January 1977

Manuel Otero's only short novel. This copy was sent to Professor Miguel Arisa as one of only a few sent to close friends before it was published.

(2019.2020.M071)



Box 1 Folder 11-12 "El cuento de la mujer del mar", undated


Box 1 Folder 13 "El cuento de la mujer del mar" English translation: "The Story of the Woman in the Sea", undated


Box 1 Folder 14 "Enfermidades incuribles" first chapter: "La fea Otero", undated


Box 1 Folder 15 "Enfermedades incuribles", undated


Box 1 Folder 16 "En la orilla amarilla de la muerte", 1977


Box 1 Folder 17 "Funeral", undated


Box 1 Folder 18 "Happy Birthday", undated


Box 1 Folder 19 "Hollywood Memorabilia", undated


Box 1 Folder 20 Anthology with other authors, including "Hollywood Memorabilia", undated


Box 1 Folder 21 "Hollywood Memorabilia" in English, with translation by Gregory Kolovakos, undated


Box 1 Folder 22 Summary for novella called La esfinge y el infierno, undated


Box 1 Folder 23 "La casa clausurada", undated


Box 1 Folder 24 "La heredera", undated


Box 1 Folder 25 "La hora de ángel", undated


Box 1 Folder 26 Manuscript and original publication of "La Luna Ultrajada", 1982


Box 1 Folder 27 "Las mariposas de alambre" , 1976

Ultimately included in Cuentos de buena tinta.


Box 1 Folder 28 "Las nubes azules en los ojos de la abeja reina", undated


Box 1 Folder 29 "La piel de Paul", 1975

with original publication of the piece in En Rojo


Box 1 Folder 30 "La última plena que bailó Luberza", undated


Box 1 Folder 31 "Loca de la locura" with original publication; also published in English and translated by Amy Prince, 1980


Box 1 Folder 32 "Noches de asma", undated


Box 1 Folder 33 Novelabingo, 1975


Box 1 Folder 34 Novelabingo, undated


Box 1 Folder 35 First and second version of "Melancholia oceana," with a handwritten note by Juan Gelpí, undated



Box 2 Folder 1 Short story collection, Orgasmos prohibidos, undated


Box 2 Folder 2 "Peregrinación por un eclipse", undated


Box 2 Folder 3 "Regreso al mar de las sirenas...", undated


Box 2 Folder 4 Short story collection Ritos cancelados, undated


Box 2 Folder 5 "Romance de Clara Gardenia Otero", undated


Box 2 Folder 6 "Sacrificio en Venezia" with original publication from Sin Nombre, 1972


Box 2 Folder 7-8 Tales From an Urban Landscape, 1976


Box 2 Folder 9 "Tren que no pasa por la vía" with different title: "Miércoles de cenizas", undated


Box 2 Folder 10 "Vida ejemplar del esclavo y el señor" and photocopies of original publication, undated


Box 2 Folder 11 "Viernes santo", undated


Box 2 Folder 12 "Western Union" with original publication from Tlaloc, 1975


Box 2 Folder 13 Untitled poem, undated


Box 2 Folder 14 Various short stories, undated

"Christian 67," "El carnaval de la despedida melancólica," "El secreto," "El hombre que se fue..." and others.


Box 2 Folder 15 Various short stories, including "Cuento de la mujer del mar," "El tren que no pasa por la vía," and others, undated


Box 2 Folder 16 Various poems, including "Las frutas luminosas" and "Los 8 poemas sicilianos", 1976


Box 2 Folder 17 Various poems, undated


Box 2 Folder 18 Various short stories, undated


Box 2 Folder 19 Various writings, undated


Box 2 Folder 20 Manuscripts of Otero's famous works, such as Página en blanco y staccato, "La Otra isla de Puerto Rico" and others, undated


Box 2 Folder 21 Various handwritten drafts to short stories, poems and essays, undated


Box 2 Folder 22 Various notes for short stories and poems, undated


Box 2 Folder 23 Various poems, undated


Box 2 Folder 24 Book with pictures, drawings, and writings, with another unidentified person's writing, 1977

Includes quite a bit on "El Cuento de la mujer del mar"


Box 2 Folder 25 Writings given to Asela Rodríguez de Laguna by Otero, undated

Including one copy of El libro de la muerte.


Box 2 Folder 26 Notebook containing Otero's draft of biography of Rosario Ferré (with newspaper clippings), undated


Box 2 Folder 27 Various short stories with edits, undated


Box 2 Folder 28 Translation of Voyage of Discovery by Otero, 1986, 1990


Subseries I.2: Página en blanco y staccato, 1987, undated



Box 3 Folder 1 Unedited poems, with many notes from Juan Gelpí; some of the poems were published in Página en blanco y staccato, undated


Box 3 Folder 2 Poems published under different titles in Página en blanco y staccato, according to Vanessa Droz and Juan Gelpí; English translation of Pagina en blanco by Joe Chadwick, undated


Box 3 Folder 3 Página en blanco y staccato manuscript, undated


Box 3 Folder 4 Clippings about Página en blanco y staccato, 1987


Box 3 Folder 5 Press release for Pagina en blanco y staccato and original invoices for Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero, 1987



Box 15 Ramos Otero, Manuel. Página en blanco y staccato. Madrid: Editorial Playor, 1987

Inscribed by Otero to his sister, Amelia.


Subseries I.3: El libro de la muerte, 1982-1985, undated



Box 3 Folder 6 Manuscripts of El libro de la muerte, undated


Box 3 Folder 7 El libro de la muerte-change of title, undated


Box 3 Folder 8-10 El libro de la muerte, undated, 3 folders


Box 3 Folder 11 Manuscripts of poems published in El libro de la muerte, undated


Box 3 Folder 12 Manuscript of El libro de la muerte, with inscription from Otero to Asela Rodriguez de Laguna and Elpidio, and related letter, 1982-1983


Box 3 Folder 13 Clippings and pamphlets about El libro de la muerte, 1985


Box 3 Folder 14-15 "Fuegos fúnebres", undated


Box 3 Folder 16 "Fuegos fúnebres" with note from Juan Gelpí, undated



Box 15 Ramos Otero, Manuel. El libro de la muerte. San Juan: Waterfront Press, 1985

Inscribed to Otero's sister Amelia.


Subseries I.4: Invitación a polvo, 1991-1994, undated



Box 3 Folder 17-18 Invitación a polvo manuscript, undated



Box 12 Entrevista/lectura, por Zenaida Santiago; Programa Canto Libre WEVC Ponce, Poemas libro: Invitación a polvo, 15 July 1990, 4 audiocassettes

2 audiocassettes may be duplicates.



Box 15 Ramos Otero, Manuel. Invitación al polvo. Madrid: Editorial Plaza Mayor, 1991



Box 3 Folder 19 Correspondence with Otero's sister, Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero, about Invitación a polvo, 1991-1994


Box 3 Folder 20 Articles and clippings about Invitación a polvo, 1992-1993


Subseries I.5: Manuscripts and recordings by various authors, 1978-1994, undated


Box 3 Folder 21 "Tres amores," with inscription by Jose Antonio Avila Hardoin, 1968


Box 3 Folder 22 "Puerto Ricans in the US: The Adopted Citizen" by Nicholasa Mohr, with various articles about her, 1978


Box 3 Folder 23 Poetry from Micheal Redmond to Otero, 1983

Mailed to Otero.


Box 3 Folder 24 "Historia y ficcion; mito y utopia en el mundo caribeño" by Egardo Rodriguez Julia and "Para narrar el tiempo escondido: Historia y ficcion en la narrativa puertorriquena contempoanea" by Magalí García Ramis, 1987

Both included in an anthology.



Box 12 Audio recording of a poetry reading by Magalí García Ramis, Olga Nolla, Ana Lydia Vargas, and E. [Sanabria?], 1988 July, 5 audiocassettes



Box 3 Folder 25 Various poems not written by Otero, 1994


Box 3 Folder 26 Sleeping Beauty by Rosario Ferré, undated


Box 3 Folder 27 "Cloud Cover Caribbean" by Ana Lydia Vargas, undated


Box 3 Folder 28 Essay about Otero written by Juan Gelpí, undated


Box 3 Folder 29 Various writings about Otero, by Juan Gelpí, undated


Box 3 Folder 30 "Tres nocturnos de Nueva York de Clara Lair," with note to Otero, undated


Box 3 Folder 31 Poems dedicated to Otero, undated

With illegible note by Juan Gelpí.


Box 3 Folder 32 Poem, "El abanico de aspas," with an epigraph by Otero, also inscribed to Otero by author, undated



Box 12 VHS tape labeled "Rodríguez Juliá", undated



Box 3 Folder 33-34 Various manuscripts to be included in an anthology, undated

The Untelling; "The Examplary Life of the Slave and Master"; "Macaroons" by Olga Nolla; "The Gullible's Cookbook" by Carmen Lugo Filippi; "Milagros, Mercurio Street"; "Coconut Kisses" by Olga Nolla; and others. Also "Sanabria"; "The Glass Box" translated by Rosario Ferre with handwritten note by her to Otero; "Macaroons" by Olga Nolla.


Box 3 Folder 35 Untitled anthology, incorporating Novelabingo (about halfway through), undated



Box 4 Folder 1 Poem by an unidentified author, undated


Subseries I.6: Publications and clippings, circa 1960-2002, undated


Box 4 Folder 2 Folder belonging to Otero's mother, Carmen Ana Otero, of Otero's early publications, circa 1960


Box 4 Folder 3 Clippings about Concierto de metal para un recuerdo, 1967-1972


Box 4 Folder 4 Original publication of "Después de Christian" in literary magazine, Revista del Cafe, 1970 July


Box 4 Folder 5 Pamphlets of Otero's essay, "Después de la explosión", 1972



Box 16 Penélope o el otro del mundo. Edited by L.Z. Barreto. 1:2, 1972 November-1973 January

Includes an article about Otero.



Box 4 Folder 6 Articles about Otero and other Puerto Rican authors, 1973


Box 4 Folder 7 "Le piel de paul" publication in newspapers, 1975



Box 15 Ramos Otero, Manuel. La novelabingo. New York: El libro viaje, 1976

Published in an edition of 1000. Three copies are included in this collection: one is inscribed to Otero's sister Amelia, and another is inscribed to Asela Rodríguez de Laguna.



Box 4 Folder 8 Copies of "Tren que no pasa por la vía," published in Sin Nombre, 1976


Box 4 Folder 9 Interviews of Otero, 1976-1981, 1990

1976-1981 interviews published in En rojo.



Box 16 Vortice: Literatura, arte y crítica. 2:2-3 . Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Stanford University. Alarcón, Francisco X., José Ballón Aguirre, Bernard Baycroft, et al., eds., 1979 Spring



Box 4 Folder 10 Articles and clippings with reviews of "El cuento de la mujer del mar"; and clipping of open letter written by Otero that was published the same year, 1980-1982


Box 4 Folder 11 Publications about Otero, 1980-1983


Box 4 Folder 12 Otero's poetry, published in Reintegro, 1981



Box 12 Zoraida Santiago "Tiene que ser la luna" LP record, 1983

Commercially produced LP record. Includes a recording of a poem by Otero set to music.



Box 4 Folder 13 Introduction to Adal photography exhibit by Otero, 1983


Box 4 Folder 14 Clippings, 1983-1988, 1990, 1992

"La fea Otero"; "Nobelezca de sangre"; Various clippings about or written by authors Otero knew personally: Magalí Ramis, Ana Maria Delgado, etc.; review of Novelabingo.


Box 4 Folder 15 Articles about "Reunión de los espejos", 1984


Box 4 Folder 16-17 Clippings about Otero, 1985-1990


Box 4 Folder 18-19 Book reviews and biographical information about Otero, 1987, undated


Box 4 Folder 20 Letters to publisher about Otero's translation fee, 1988



Box 16 Cupey. Edited by Olga Nolla. 5: 1-2., 1988


Box 16 The Portable Lower East Side. Special issue, Latin Americans in NYC. Edited by Kurt Hollander. 5:1-2, 1988


Box 16 The Portable Lower East Side. Edited by Kurt Hollander. 6: 1, 1989



Box 4 Folder 21 Publishing contracts for "Cuentos de buena tinta" and "La novelabingo", 1990


Box 4 Folder 22 Interview of Otero conducted by Manuel Puig, published in El Nuevo Dia, 1990



Box 12 Audio recording labeled "Manuel Ramos Otero" , 1990, 1 audiocassettes


Box 12 Entrevista/Interview of Otero, 1990 July 14, 2 audiocassettes

Side B of second audiocassette labeled "Cortate las venas con Silvio."



Box 4 Folder 23 Clippings about Cuentos de buena tinta, 1992


Box 4 Folder 24 Dialogo, with direct reference to Otero on page 15, 2002


Box 4 Folder 25 Interview of Claudio Rodriguez, possibly conducted by Otero, undated



Box 16 SIDAhora. Edited by Nilda Pimentel. No. 8, undated

Includes work by Otero.



Box 4 Folder 26 Written work by Otero and photographs from art exhibit by Rodríguez-Díaz, undated


Box 4 Folder 27 Book covers, undated


Box 4 Folder 28 Postcards of Puerto Rico and poster for poetry reading, undated

Found with Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero's belongings.

Series II: Correspondence and Personal Materials, circa 1969-1990, undated

Series II: Correspondence and personal materials primarily consists of letters and postcards from Otero's family, friends, and colleagues. It also contains official documentation such as government-issued identification cards, medical and financial records, and religious certificates. A few of Otero's personal belongings are located in this series as well. The series spans Otero's lifetime, 1948-1990.

The correspondence within this series dates from 1969-1990. Some of these letters include information about Otero's writing process and the difficulties of publishing his works. Much of the correspondence deals with the financial issues that Otero faced upon arriving to the United States, from 1969 through approximately 1978.

There is an extensive amount of letters written by Otero to his mother, Carmen Ana Otero, which date from 1969 to 1984. They discuss Otero's work and his relationship with John Anthes. There are also letters and postcards from John Anthes to Otero's mother. These letters--including the letters from Anthes to Carmen Ana Otero--were originally folded tightly and stored in a red treasure chest-shaped box. They were removed for preservation and ease of access. Many of the letters from Otero's adulthood document the financial remittances Otero sent to his family in Puerto Rico throughout the 1980s.

Subseries II.3 consists of Otero's personal collection of literary magazines, newspapers, and clippings. The subseries also contains two books annotated by Otero. These materials do not include any of Otero's works or articles about Otero.


Subseries II.1: Correspondence, 1969-1990, undated


Box 4 Folder 29 Notebooks, undated

with phone numbers, notes for short stories, to-do lists, etc.


Box 4 Folder 30 Letters to Amelia Cortés and Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero, 1969-1983


Box 4 Folder 31-32 Otero's letters to his mother, Carmen Ana Otero, 1969



Box 5 Folder 1-7 Otero's letters to his mother, Carmen Ana Otero, 1970-1979, 1983-1984, 1986


Box 5 Folder 8 Letters from John Anthes to Otero's mother, Carmen Ana Otero, 1970-1973



Box 14 Red metal treasure chest-shaped box, undated

Previously used to store Otero's correspondence with his mother, Carmen Ana Otero. Those letters are now located in Box 4, Folders 31-32, and Box 5, Folders 1-8.



Box 5 Folder 9 Letters to Otero's father, Jesús Ramos, and sister, Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero, 1975-1977


Box 5 Folder 10 Otero's letters to his parents, 1975-1988


Box 5 Folder 11-12 Letters to Amelia Cortés and Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero, 1973, 1981-1990

Includes one letter from John Anthes to Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero.


Box 5 Folder 13 Postcards from friends and colleagues, 1978-1990



Box 4 Folder 14 Article on Otero by Asela Rodríguez de Laguna, with letters from Otero responding to de Laguna, 1979-1980



Box 5 Folder 15 Letters from Otero to colleagues about his works, 1983, 1985


Box 5 Folder 16 Letter from Otero to student, 1988


Box 5 Folder 17 Letters that Otero received in the last weeks of his life, 1990


Box 5 Folder 18 Note to Otero from "T. Pynchon", undated


Box 5 Folder 19 Letters and inscription from unidentified correspondents, undated


Subseries II.2: Official documentation and personal effects, 1948-1990


Box 5 Folder 20 Birth certificates and demographic registry report, 1948, 1984


Box 5 Folder 21 Baptism certificate and First Communion scrapbook, 1949, 1956


Box 5 Folder 22 Military paperwork, father's death certificate, etc., 1965-1977


Box 5 Folder 23 Passports and identification, 1966-1988


Box 5 Folder 24 Letters regarding Otero's financial support, 1977-1978



Box 4 Folder 25 Angel Rodríguez-Díaz materials, 1980, 1983, undated

Unidentified drawing, probably by Angel Rodriguez; notecard from Vanessa Droz explaining the contents of the box; a list of rules explaining Il Premio Noega, Angel Rodriguez Diaz's first drawing salon at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.



Box 5 Folder 26 Carmen Ana Otero's eulogy, written by Otero, circa 1987


Box 5 Folder 27 Obituary for Carmen Ana Otero, written by Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero, 1987


Box 5 Folder 28 Personal notebook with doctor's phone numbers and appointments, circa 1990


Box 5 Folder 29 Otero's last will and testament, 1990


Box 5 Folder 30 Otero's childhood medical records, circa 1970

Restricted until 2045


Box 5 Folder 31 Doctor's letter for Otero's emergency room visit, 1977

Restricted until 2057


Box 5 Folder 32 Otero's prescriptions and physician's orders, 1990

Restricted until 2065


Box 5 Folder 33 Dental records and health memo asking for at-home care, 1990

Restricted until 2065



Box 14 Black leather bag containing Otero's wallet, undated


Box 14 Leather portfolio belonging to Otero, undated



Box 12 Unidentified film, undated, 1 film reels


Box 12 Unidentified audiotapes, undated, 5 open reel audiotapes


Box 12 Unidentified videocassette, undated, 1 videocassettes (VHS)


Subseries II.3: Printed material, 1960-1990, undated



Box 15 Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. New York: Rinehart Editions, 1948

Annotated by Otero.



Box 6 Folder 1 Clippings from Otero's adolescence, 1963-1967



Box 15 Poema del Cid. Metered version and prologue by Francisco López Estrada. Madrid: Editorial Castalia, 1974

Annotated by Otero.



Box 16 Guajana. Edited by Vicente Rodríguez Nietzsche, José Manuel Torres Santiago, and Andrés Castro Ríos, No. 1, 1974


Box 16 El cuento: revista de imaginación. Edited by Edmundo Valades. 11:69, 1975 April-June


Box 16 Palestra. Edited by Angel Luis Torres. No 2-3, 1975 April-December


Box 16 El cuento: revista de imaginación. Edited by Edmundo Valades. 11:71, 1976 January-March



Box 6 Folder 2 Clippings about Puerto Rican cinema, 1978


Box 6 Folder 3 News clippings and literary magazines, 1979-1987



Box 16 Droz, Vanessa. La cicatriz a medias. Río Piedras: Impresos Metropolitanos, 1982



Box 6 Folder 4 Reintegro newspapers, 1983



Box 16 Asomante. Edited by Palmira Cabrera de Ibarra. 31:1-2, 1983


Box 16 Vega, José Luis. Reunión de espejos. Harrisonburg: Editorial Cultural, 1983



Box 15 Otero Joy, Sarah C (Saci). Vivía la alondra en silencio. Santo Domingo: Editora Taller, C, 1984



Box 16 Ramírez Córdova, Antonio. Si la violeta cayese de tus manos. San Juan: Ediciones Mairena, 1984



Box 15 Sanabria Santaliz, Edgardo. El día que el hombre pisó la luna. Río Piedras: Editorial Antillana, 1984



Box 16 Asomante. Edited by Palmira Cabrera de Ibarra. 33:1-2, 1985



Box 15 Burgos, Fernando. La novela moderna hispanoamericana. Madrid: Discurso Rigenes, 1985



Box 6 Folder 5 Booklets of poetry and art exhibits, circa 1985


Box 6 Folder 6 La claridad newspapers, 1985-1987


Box 6 Folder 7 En Rojo newspapers, 1985-1987


Box 6 Folder 8-9 Various newspapers about literary figures from Puerto Rico, 1985-1990


Box 6 Folder 10 Photocopied book with underlines, Tiburón, 1986

Sent to Otero in 1986



Box 16 Asomante. Edited by Palmira Cabrera de Ibarra. 34:1, 1986


Box 16 de Burgos, Julia. Yo misma fui mi ruta. Río Piedras: Ediciones Huracán, 1986



Box 6 Folder 11 Literary magazine, Between C & D, 1986-1987 Fall-Winter

Found with Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero's belongings.



Box 15 En una sola torre. Santo Domingo: Talleres de Editora Corripio, C., 1987


Box 15 Coll, Edna. Instantes en el tiempo: Mis memorias. Hato Rey: Esmaco Printers Corp., 1988



Box 6 Folder 12 Annotated photocopy of Susan Sontag, "AIDS and Its Metaphors", 1988


Box 6 Folder 13 Dialogo newspapers, 1988-1990



Box 16 Balcón. Edited by Antonio Zaya. No. 3, 1989



Box 6 Folder 14 Newsletter from the PEN Club, Puerto Rico, 1989



Box 16 Centro de estudios puertorriqueños. Edited by Blanca Vázquez. 2:6, 1989 Summer



Box 15 Bamboo Ridge: The Hawaii Writers' Quarterly. Edited by Eric Chock and Darrell H.Y. Lum. 41, 1989 Winter



Box 16 Cupey. Edited by Olga Nolla. 7: 1-2, 1990


Box 16 Mairena. Edited by Manuel de la Puebla. No. 30, 1990



Box 6 Folder 15 Press release for Manny Suarez's nonfiction book, "Requiem on Cerro Maravilla", undated

Found with Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero's belongings.


Box 6 Folder 16 Prayer booklets, prayer cards, undated

Series III: Photographs, 1925-1990

Series III: Photographs consists of loose photographs that range in dates from Otero's infancy to his death. There are some photographs of Otero's family members circa 1920, which are located at the beginning of the series. The series also includes photographs of Otero with his two long-term romantic partners, the graphic designer John Anthes and the Puerto Rican-American painter Angel Rodríguez-Díaz.


Box 6 Folder 17-18 Photographs of Otero's family, 1925-circa 1980s


Box 6 Folder 19 Photographs of Otero as a child, 1948-1960


Box 6 Folder 20 Photographs of Manuel Ramos Otero and Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero at first communion, 1956


Box 6 Folder 21-22 Various photographs from adulthood, 1968-1990


Box 6 Folder 23 Photographs of Otero and John Anthes, circa 1970s



Box 7 Folder 1 Photographs of Otero in New York City, 1971-1979


Box 7 Folder 2 Slides and photographs of Otero on vacation with Angelo Cerro, 1978



Box 13 Folder 1 Oversized photographs of Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero and Carmen Ana Otero, circa 1980


Box 13 Folder 2 Oversized photographs of Otero, circa 1984



Box 7 Folder 3 Various photographs, mostly of celebrities, undated

Series IV: Academic Work, 1964-1990, undated

Series IV: Academic Work contains material related to Manuel Ramos Otero's coursework, teaching and scholarship, dating from 1964-1990.

The coursework in this series consists primarily of syllabi, annotated essays and notes from Otero's time as a graduate student in the Spanish departments at New York University and the City University of New York. The series also contains a small amount of coursework from Otero's time studying sociology and political science as an undergraduate at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Río Piedras.

The majority of Subseries IV.2: Teaching and Scholarship comprises photocopied essays that Otero utilized while teaching at Rutgers University, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Hunter College and York College. Within this subseries, there are also syllabi, exams that Otero administered, and lectures.


Subseries IV.1: Coursework, 1964-1990, undated


Box 7 Folder 4 Coursework from Otero's youth, circa 1950s-1960s


Box 7 Folder 5 University of Puerto Rico coursework and diplomas, 1964-1970



Box 14 Pin with prize ribbon, 1965

Inside a bag labeled "Primer Premio Círculo Cultural Hispanico, UPR 1965. Cuento: 'Lecho para angeles'"



Box 7 Folder 6 New York University graduate student information and schedules, 1977, 1979


Box 7 Folder 7-13 Final essays from courses, 1970-1989, undated


Box 7 Folder 14 Notebook with notes for "Revolución en la Literatura" course, 1973


Box 7 Folder 15-16 Annotated photocopies of Ricardo Piglia's work, 1973, 1980


Box 7 Folder 17 Notes and poems from Portuguese class, 1976


Box 7 Folder 18 Syllabus for "Poeta en Nueva York", 1977


Box 7 Folder 19 Reading list for class taught by Dionisio Canas, 1984


Box 7 Folder 20 Syllabus and notes for class, "Trends in Hispanic Literary Theory", 1985


Box 7 Folder 21 Syllabus from Borges class, 1985


Box 7 Folder 22 Transcripts from City University of New York graduate school and university ID cards, 1985-1987, undated


Box 7 Folder 23 Syllabus and notes from class on Methods of Research, 1986



Box 8 Folder 1 Notes on "La celestina" and J. C. Andrade, 1986


Box 8 Folder 2 Notes for class on "Poesia Baroca" and another unidentified course, 1986


Box 8 Folder 3 Notes for class on Luis Cernuda, 1986


Box 8 Folder 4 Notes for graduate seminar on Spanish American poetry taught by Enrique Pezzoni, 1987


Box 8 Folder 5 Syllabus and readings for course, "Spanish American Literature of the Colony: Manierismo, barroco, y neoclasicismo en la poesía colonial", 1987


Box 8 Folder 6-7 Syllabus and notes for class, "El postmodernismo", 1987


Box 8 Folder 8 Notes and final essay exam for class "El ensayo contemporaneo", 1987


Box 8 Folder 9 Syllabi and photocopies of readings from graduate courses, 1987


Box 8 Folder 10 Annotated photocopies of various articles about Jamie Gil de Biedma, circa 1988


Box 8 Folder 11 CUNY PhD Program in Spanish course descriptions and readings, 1988


Box 8 Folder 12 "El verbo buscando la persona: el monólogo dramático de Jaime Gil de Biedma", 1988

written for course on "Postmodernidad"


Box 8 Folder 13 "Aproximaciones a la "Respuesta de la poetisa a la muy ilustre Sor Filotea de la Cruz", 1988

written for class "Barroco colonial"


Box 8 Folder 14 "El viaje a través del espejo en dos poemas de Julia de Burgos," essay by Otero, 1989

written for seminar on Latin American poetry, "Seminario sobre posía latinoamericana"


Box 8 Folder 15 Oral exam proposal, 1990


Box 8 Folder 16 "Towards a Caribbean Consciousness: Notes on Contemporary Literatures from the Hispanic Caribbean" essay, undated


Box 8 Folder 17 Coursework on Julio Cortázar, and "Film and the Supernatural" class syllabus, undated


Box 8 Folder 18 Coursework on poetry and philosophy, undated


Box 8 Folder 19 Annotated photocopies of works by contemporary Latin American writers, undated

Folder with clipping about Julia de Burgos; and annotated photocopies of Rubén Darío's "Obras completas", Jose Martí's "En los Estados Unidos," and other essays.


Box 8 Folder 20 Annotated photocopies of various essays by other authors, undated


Box 8 Folder 21 Annotated photocopies of essays and poetry by other authors, undated


Box 8 Folder 22 Annotated photocopies of essays for class on Structural Analysis, undated


Box 8 Folder 23 Annotated photocopies of "El conflicto Barroco" by Pilar Gomez Bedate and "The Beautiful Soul of Don Damian" by Juan Bosch, undated


Box 8 Folder 24 Annotated photocopy of Antonio García Berrio's essay, "Critica formal y función critica", undated


Box 8 Folder 25 Annotated photocopy of Marcelino de Cisnero's "El significado del pensamiento filosofico", undated


Box 8 Folder 26 Unannotated photocopy of Ramón Ferreira's book of poems, "Los malos olores de este mundo", undated


Box 8 Folder 27 Unannotated photocopy about Michelangelo, undated


Box 8 Folder 28 Annotated photocopy of René Marqués' essay, "En la popa hay un cuerpo reclinado", undated


Box 8 Folder 29 Annotated photocopy of Piglia, Cernuda, and Bolívar, undated


Box 8 Folder 30 Annotated photocopy of Plato's Symposium, undated

"Simposio (Banquete) o de la erótica" and unannotated photocopy of Plato's Republic


Box 8 Folder 31 Unannoted photocopies of poetry by Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Ruben Dario, and others, undated


Box 8 Folder 32 Annotated photocopy of Hayden White's "Metahistory", undated



Box 9 Folder 1 Notes and essays for class on Don Quijote, undated


Box 9 Folder 2 Notes for class, "Historia de la lengua", undated


Box 9 Folder 3 Notes for Latin class, undated


Box 9 Folder 4 Notes and annotated bibliography for class on Literary Theory, undated


Box 9 Folder 5 Notes for Literatura Hispanica, undated

With CUNY PhD Program in Spanish Faculty-Student Handbook.


Box 9 Folder 6 Notebook with notes on various novels, undated


Box 9 Folder 7 Study notecards for exams, undated


Box 9 Folder 8 Annotated photocopies of articles for course on literary theory, undated


Box 9 Folder 9 Unannotated photocopy of "Escalio" by C. Soto Vélez, undated


Box 9 Folder 10 Spiral notebook with notes for a Portuguese class; various poems in Portuguese, undated


Box 9 Folder 11 Annotated photocopy of "All that is Solid Melts Into Air," a book by Marshall Berman, undated


Subseries IV.2: Teaching and scholarship, 1982-1990, undated


Box 9 Folder 12-13 Literary magazines and booklets, 1963-1987


Box 9 Folder 14 Student essays with grades, 1982

Restricted until 2054


Box 9 Folder 15 Clipping of article with photograph of Otero giving a reading, 1982


Box 9 Folder 16 Packet on Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY, 1982-1983


Box 9 Folder 17 Newsletters from John Jay College and Lehman College, with pieces about Otero, 1982, 1987


Box 9 Folder 18 Letter from Otero to Asela Rodriguez, 1983

Regarding the Images and Identities Conference: telling her not to publish his work, and that the conference was a disaster.


Box 9 Folder 19 Exam for "Literature of the Caribbean," taught at La Guardia Community College, 1985


Box 9 Folder 20 Memo advertising Otero's classes, 1985


Box 9 Folder 21 Student literary journal, "Voces de América", 1985


Box 9 Folder 22 Syllabi for "Literatura Puertorriquena II" and " Urban Study: The Puerto Rican Community", 1986-1989

Found with Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero's belongings.


Box 9 Folder 23 Flyers for readings conducted while a writer in residence, 1986-1990

Reading that Otero did/moderated at Columbia University; newspaper article about Otero as a writer in residence; and a list of things Otero had to do while he was a writer in residence at Columbia, CUNY, Rutgers, Fordham, and Texas Union.


Box 9 Folder 24 Letters from department chairs welcoming Otero to Lehman College faculty, 1987


Box 9 Folder 25 Letters regarding a task force for changing Lehman College curriculum, 1987


Box 9 Folder 26 Lehman College Department of Puerto Rican Studies, 1987-1989


Box 9 Folder 27 "Notas al Calce" Hispanic literature talk show proposal, 1988


Box 9 Folder 28 Flyers for a talk by Juan Gelpí at Lehman College, 1988


Box 9 Folder 29 Information and application for CUNY's research award, 1988-1990

Otero won in 1990.


Box 9 Folder 30 Lehman College Puerto Rican faculty initiative, 1988-1990


Box 9 Folder 31 Staff listing for Lehman College, 1989


Box 9 Folder 32 Notes and syllabus for Otero's class, "Literatura Puertorriqueña", 1989



Box 10 Folder 1 Program for the Hispanic Literatures Conference, held at the Holiday Inn of Indiana, 1989

Otero did not participate in the conference, but it appears that he attended it.


Box 10 Folder 2 Conference talks, 1989, undated


Box 10 Folder 3 Syllabi and essays from course taught at Lehman College, "Literature of the Caribbean", 1990

Annotated photocopies of readings, along with an exam and associated materials that was administered to the class. Readings include Garcia Marquez's "The Solitude of Latin," in both English and Spanish; "Timehri" by Edward Brathwaite; "Our America" by Jose Marti, "Three Men by the River" by Rene Marquez, "The Caribbean as a Socio-Cultural Area," by Sidney Mintz (unannotated), and "Journeys" by Edward Brathwaite.


Box 10 Folder 4 Annotated photocopies for a course taught at Lehman College, 1990

Readings primarily about female authors from Puerto Rico.


Box 10 Folder 5 Candidate curriculum vitae, referral, and feedback from interview for Lehman College presidential search, 1990

Restricted until 2062

Otero was a faculty representative on the presidential search committee.


Box 10 Folder 6 Handwritten notepad of Otero's notes for presidential search at Lehman College, 1990

Restricted until 2062


Box 10 Folder 7 Lehman College student protest flyers, 1990


Box 10 Folder 8 Manuscripts of poetry and other writing from Otero's students, undated

From La Guardia Community College


Box 10 Folder 9 Exams for Otero's class, "Pintura y teatro", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 Puerto Rican Studies Institute mailing list, undated


Box 10 Folder 11 Otero's curriculum vitae and resumes, undated


Box 10 Folder 12 Underlined essay photocopy: "Birth of a Nation: Puerto Rico in the Nineteenth Century" by Adalberto López, undated


Box 10 Folder 13 Unannotated photocopies about women writers from Puerto Rico and critical criminology, undated

with a note from Olga [Nolla?].


Box 10 Folder 14 Essays and poetry by other academics, undated

With notes from Gelpí that translate to, "This work was between Manuel's papers but it's not by Manuel" and "material from other people in the academic world."

Series V: Theatre and Performances, 1975-1982, undated

Series VI: Theatre and Performances contains manuscripts, flyers, and posters related to Manuel Ramos Otero's theatrical works from 1978-1990. The series consists primarily of material related to Otero's experimental performance, Fuegos fúnebres, which comprises subseries V.1. Fuegos fúnebres was adapted from the first section of Otero's book of poetry, El libro de la muerte. Manuscripts for Fuegos fúnebres can be found in Series I.1. The material regarding Fuegos fúnebres in this series consists primarily of photographs and posters which directly reference the performance.

Subseries V.2: Poetry Readings and Other Performances, mostly contains articles and flyers relating to Aspasguanza, the New York-based theatrical workshop that Otero founded in September 1971. There are also various flyers and posters for poetry and book readings that Otero participated in. Many of these book readings are sponsored by the publishing group founded by Otero in 1975, El libro viaje. The subseries also includes various manuscripts and posters for less well-known performances which Otero either directed or wrote, such as La araña, Historia del barrio, and other untitled plays. Finally, there are a small number of audiovisual recordings of Otero and friends reading poetry.


Subseries V.1: Fuegos fúnebres


Box 10 Folder 15 Published poem from "Fuegos funerales" in El Mundo newspaper and handwritten notes for performance, 1978, undated


Box 10 Folder 16 Flyers for performance, 1980


Box 10 Folder 17 Photocopies of performance, undated


Box 10 Folder 18 Photographs from performance, undated


Subseries V.2: Other theatrical performances and poetry readings


Box 10 Folder 19 Mixed Aspasguanza-related material, circa 1975

With a note from Gelpí listing the collection's contents.


Box 10 Folder 20 Postcards from El libro viaje, 1976


Box 10 Folder 21 Manuscript of theatrical production called "La araña", with drawings by Otero, 1977


Box 10 Folder 22 Typed draft of "La araña", 1977


Box 10 Folder 23 Puerto Rican Center for the Arts flyers, 1979


Box 10 Folder 24 Manuscript of "Yoruba", 1979


Box 10 Folder 25 Various flyers for poetry readings and panels, 1979-1982, undated



Box 12 Otero and friends reading poetry, undated, 1 audiocassettes

With a note from Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero: "Pasar el cassette a la cara #2 después de escuchar Poema número 29 y ponerlo desde el principio de #2." ("Turn the cassette to side # 2 after listening to 'Poem number 29 and play it from the beginning of # 2.")



Box 10 Folder 26 Typed manuscript of "Historia del barrio", undated


Box 10 Folder 27 Manuscript of "La muerte de la muñeca," with illegible notes by Gelpí, undated


Box 10 Folder 28 Manuscript of untitled play Otero performed with Vanessa Droz, undated


Box 10 Folder 29 Script of "The House of the Setting Suns", undated

Theatrical piece directed by Otero.


Box 10 Folder 30-31 Untitled typed manuscripts of plays, undated


Box 10 Folder 32 Various plays written and/or directed by Otero, undated

"Porque me dijeron que las mariposas," "We're Gonna Sue You Johnny," a booklet on Teatro Cleopatra en Puerto Rico, and "Anfora de oro y melocotones de fuegos."


Box 10 Folder 33 2 posters from Angel Rodriguez Diaz's exhibit, inscribed to Cambury and Amelia, 1990



Box 12 Las mañas, Hyde Park, undated, 1 audiocassettes

Series VI: Posthumous, 1990-2007

Series VI: Posthumous contains material created after Manuel Ramos Otero's death in Puerto Rico on October 7, 1990. This includes obituaries, invitations to funeral services, funeral programs, homages and dedications for Otero. These materials date from 1990-1993. The series also includes materials related to posthumous publications of Otero's works and those by others in his literary circle, in anthologies and literary journals.

The Pergones Theatre company in the Bronx adapted Otero's short story, "El locura de la locura" into the play "El bolero fue mi ruina," which the company staged in 1999 and 2002. Subseries VI.2 has materials related to the royalties from this play, along with flyers, reviews, and articles about the play.

Subseries VI.3 contains correspondence belonging to Otero's sister, Carmen "Cambury" Beatriz Ramos Otero. These letters and memos primarily have to do with royalty fees from Otero's books that were published posthumously.

Subseries VI.4 contains works published by writers in Otero's circle after 1990. These appear to have been added to the collection by Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero or another of the writers who had access to Otero's papers after his death.


Subseries VI.1: Funerals, Tributes, Homages, Obituaries and Dedications



Box 10 Folder 34 Funeral program and poem, 1990


Box 10 Folder 35 Invitations to Otero's funeral, 1990


Box 10 Folder 36 List of close relatives to Otero, circa 1990

Presumably the people invited to his funeral; excerpt of poem.


Box 10 Folder 37 Eulogy for Otero, author unknown, circa 1990


Box 10 Folder 38-41 Obituaries and tributes, 1990


Box 10 Folder 42 Homages/homenajes published by Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Rio Piedras, 1990



Box 11 Folder 1 En Rojo special issue about Otero, with clippings about Otero, 1990-1991


Box 11 Folder 2 Literary magazine, Revista Universidad de América, 1991

Homage to Otero on page 102


Box 11 Folder 3 Homages/homenajes sponsored by El Museo de Arte e Historica de San Juan, 1991


Box 11 Folder 4-6 Clippings and various articles paying tribute to Otero, 1991-1998


Box 11 Folder 7 Clippings and various articles discussing Otero, 1991-1999


Box 11 Folder 8 Invitation to a tribute for Puerto Rican authors, in which Otero was included, 1992


Box 11 Folder 9 Homages/homenajes, 1993


Box 11 Folder 10 Articles about work by Magali Garcia Ramis, particularly "La ciudad que me habita," which is dedicated to Otero, 1993


Box 11 Folder 11 "Gaiety Burlesque: Homosexual Desire in Puerto Rican Literature," essay by Rubén Ríos Avila, 1993

Manuscript mostly about Otero's El Libro de la muerte.



Box 16 La torre. Edited by Arturo Echaverría. 7: 27-28, 1993 July-December

Includes an essay about Otero.



Box 11 Folder 12 Proposal for a thesis about Otero written by Juan Carlos Quiñones, 1993-1998



Box 16 Revista de estudios hispánicos. Edited by Juan Gelpí. No. 21, 1994

Includes an essay about Otero.



Box 11 Folder 13 Clipping about Juan Gelpí's book, Literatura y paternalismo en Puerto Rico (which is partly dedicated to Otero), and others, 1994

With a clipping of a chapter from the anthology Latin American Writers on Gay and Lesbian Themes, which includes a short biography of Otero.


Box 11 Folder 14 Clippings that quote Otero, and a poem dedicated to to him that was published in Grito cultural, 1997-1999


Box 11 Folder 15 Clippings and various articles paying tribute to Otero, from Guadalajara Book Festival, 1998



Box 16 Mairena. Edited by Manuel de la Puebla. No. 45-46, 1998

Includes an essay about Otero.



Box 11 Folder 16 Newspaper clippings highlighting Otero's work, 1999


Box 11 Folder 17 Program for Universidad de Puerto Rico en Carolina literature week dedicated to Otero, 2008


Box 11 Folder 18 Poster with poem dedicated to Otero, undated



Box 12 "Manuel Ramos Otero Entre Nosotros: Textos y testimonios", undated, 1 videocassettes (VHS)


Subseries VI.2: Posthumous Publications and Performances, 1991-2002, undated



Box 11 Folder 19 Photocopies of various anthologies with biographies of Otero or poetry by Otero, 1991-1993

These include Sida Ahora, The Portable Lower East Side, and High Risk; also a letter from Jorge



Box 16 Cupey. Edited by Olga Nolla. 8:1-2, 1991

Includes work by Otero.



Box 11 Folder 20 Programs for and clippings about adapted plays, poetry readings and translations of Otero's works, 1992-1997


Box 11 Folder 21 Articles and clippings about works published after Otero's death, 1993


Box 11 Folder 22 Booklet of writers from Manatí, Puerto Rico; includes Otero's work, 1993

Property of Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero.


Box 11 Folder 23 Clipping and articles related to "El bolero fue mi ruina", 1997



Box 15 Ramos Otero, Manuel. Tálamos y tumbas: prosa y verso de Manuel Ramos Otero. Guadalajara: Universidad de Guadalajara, 1998



Box 11 Folder 24 Literary journal from Teatro Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1999

Information on "El bolero fue mi ruina" on page 15


Box 11 Folder 25 Flyers and articles sent to Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero related to "El bolero fue mi ruina", 1999

Staged by the Pergones Theatre in the Bronx in 1999


Box 11 Folder 26 Flyers and articles related to "El bolero fue mi ruina", 1999

Staged at repertorio Español


Box 11 Folder 27 Flyers and articles related to "El bolero fue mi ruina", 2002

Staged by the Pergones Theatre in the Bronx in 2002


Box 11 Folder 28 Flyers from Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, for Cuentos de buena tinta, undated


Subseries VI.3: Carmen "Cambury" Beatriz Ramos Otero correspondence, 1990-2002


Box 11 Folder 29 Letters to Cambury about Otero, 1990-1997


Box 11 Folder 30 Letters from Angel Rodriguez-Diaz, 1991-1992


Box 11 Folder 31 Correspondence regarding publications and adaptations of Otero's work, and tributes to Otero, 1991-1998


Box 11 Folder 32 Letter allowing a television program to reproduce recordings once owned by Carmen Beatriz Ramos Otero, 2002


Subseries VI.4: Publications by Otero's literary circle, 1990-2004


Box 11 Folder 33 "Novedades/New Titles" catalog from Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1991

Includes works by several writers in Otero's literary circle, though none by Otero himself.



Box 15 Acevedo, Rafael. Instumentario. San Juan: Isla Negra Editores, 1996


Box 15 Arrillaga, Maria. Mañana Valentina. Santiago: Cuarto Propio/ Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña , 1995


Box 15 Burgos, Fernando and Esteban Echeverría. El matadero, ensayos estéticos y prosa varia. Hanover: Ediciones del norte , 1992


Box 15 Nómada. Edited by Fernando Abruña Charneco, Juan Duchesne, Juan G. Gelpí, et al. Nos. 2, 3, and 4, 1995 October, 1997 June, 1999 May, 3 Volumes


Box 15 Las tribulaciones de Juliá. Edited by Juan Duchesne Winter. San Juan: Insisto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 1992


Box 15 New Voices in Latin American Literature/ nuevas voces en la literatura latinoamericana. Edited by Miguel Falquez-Certain. Jackson Heights: OLLANTAY Center for the Arts, 1993


Box 15 antos Febres, Mayra. Anamu y manigua. Río Piedras: Editorial la Iguana Dorada, 1991


Box 15 Filippi, Carmen Lugo. Narromaniando con Mirta o No me platiques más. San Juan: Isla Negra Editores  , 1999



Box 16 García Ramis, Magali. La ciudad que me habita. Río Piedras: Ediciones huracán, 1993


Box 16 Gelpí, Juan. Literatura y paternalismo en Puerto Rico. San Juan: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1993



Box 15 González, José Raúl. Barrunto. San Juan: Isla Negra editores, 2000



Box 16 Hernández, Daniel del Valle. Fragmentos del otro lado del paraíso. Aguadilla: Editorial La Pica, 1992



Box 15 Itinerario para emboscar: Laberintos. Aguadilla: Editorial la Pica, 1991

Includes a "pretext to Manuel" (a published conversation the author begins with Otero).


Box 15 Low Rent: A Decade of Prose and Photographs from The Portable Lower East Side. New York: Grove Press, 1994



Box 16 Marqués, René. Purificación en la calle del Cristo and Los soles truncos. Río Piedras: Editorial Cultural, 1993



Box 15 Puerto Rican Jam: Essays on Culture and Politics. Edited by Frances Negrón-Muntaner and Ramón Grosfoguel. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997



Box 16 Cupey. Edited by Olga Nolla. 10:1-2, 1993


Box 16 Cupey. Edited by Olga Nolla. 11:1-2, 1994



Box 15 Noya, Elsa. Leer la patria: Estudios y reflexiones sobre escrituras puertorriqueñas. Córdoba: Alción Editora, 2004


Box 15 Antología de autores manatieños. Edited by Milagros Agosto Otero and Pedro Juan Ávila. Manatí: Talleres de imprenta San Rafael , 1993



Box 16 Palés Matos, Luis. Tuntún de pasa y grifería. San Juan: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1993



Box 15 L@s nuev@s caníbales: Antología de la más reciente poesía del caribe hispano. Edited by Alex Pausides, Pedro Antonio Valdez and Carlos R. Gomez Beras. Santo Domingo: Isla negra editores, 2003



Box 16 Mairena. Edited by Manuel de la Puebla. No. 41, 1996



Box 15 Arpas en vuelo: Veinte poetas puertorriqueños del siglo XX. Edited by Manuel de la Puebla. San Juan: Ediciones Mairena , 1999


Box 15 Poesída. Edited by Carlos A. Rodríguez. Jackson Heights: OLLANTAY Center for the Arts, 1995



Box 16 La nación con rostro: Antología de escritores. Edited by Jorge Rodríguez. San Juan: Gráfica Metropolitana, 1992



Box 15 Rodríguez Orellana, Víctor. Tigonetos migomances estécimeas y demás… Cuadernos Este-Oeste, 2000


Box 15 Santaliz, Coqui. El nacimiento de Laranih. San Juan: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 1991


Box 15 Torres, Luis Llorens. Ante el paisaje. San Juan: Palmira Cabrera de Ibarra, 1990


Box 15 Vázquez Medina, Angel L. Nacimiento Crecimiento y Maduración de un Pueblo (Manatí de 1611 a 1899). Río Piedras: Ediciones Diskrea, 1993



Box 16 Vega, Ana Lydia. Falsas crónicas del sur. Río Piedras: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1991


Box 16 Vega, Ana Lydia. Esperando a Lolo. San Juan: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1994



Box 15 Vega, José Luis. Techo a dos aguas. Río Piedras: Editorial Plaza Mayor, 1998