The Benson Latin American Collection

Alicia Gaspar de Alba Papers

Preliminary Inventory



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gaspar de Alba, Alicia, 1958-
Title: Alicia Gaspar de Alba Papers
Dates: 1976-2015
Abstract: Papers of El Paso, Texas native Alicia Gaspar de Alba, a writer and university professor at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Accession No.: 2017-60
Extent: 40 linear feet
Language: English
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Alicia Gaspar de Alba is a native of El Paso, Texas and attended Loretto Academy Elementary School, Eastwood High School, and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). In 1985, she moved to Iowa City to begin her doctorate in American Studies but eventually took a break from academia. In 1990 she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to finish her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and since 1992, she has been living in Los Angeles, California. In 1994, she secured a tenure-track position teaching Chicana/o Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Gaspar de Alba has published twelve books—novels, collections of poetry and short fiction, academic books, and edited or co-edited anthologies. Publications include the historical novels, Sor Juana's Second Dream (University of New Mexico Press, 1999) and Calligraphy of the Witch (St. Martin's Press, 2007 and Arte Publico Press, 2012), the award-winning mystery on the U.S.-Mexico femicides, Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders (Arte Publico Press, 2005), a monograph on the CARA Exhibition, Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master's House (University of Texas Press, 1998), and a book-length collection of her academic essays, [Un]Framing the "Bad Woman": Sor Juana, Malinche, Coyolxauhqui and Other Rebels With a Cause (University of Texas Press, 2014), winner of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Book Award in 2015. Other awards include the Massachusetts Artists Foundation Poetry Award, Premio Aztlán, the Rockefeller Fellowship for Latino Study at the Smithsonian, the Latino Hall of Fame Award for Best Historical Novel, the Lambda Literary Foundation Award for Best Lesbian Mystery, and the Latino Book Award. Her work has been translated to Spanish, German, Italian, and French, and her novel on Sor Juana has been adapted into a play, an opera, and a film.

Dr. Gaspar de Alba continues to write and will donate additional material as projects are completed.


Scope and Contents Note

This is a preliminary inventory only, and additions are ongoing. The collection is currently unprocessed, but is available to researchers in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

For privacy and at the request of the donor, letters and journals in boxes 34-36 and 38-40 must be restricted until 25 years after the donor's death. Other material unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gaspar de Alba, Alicia, 1958- --Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
University of California, Los Angeles.
Subjects
College teachers.
Mexican-American Border Region.
Mexican Americans--Study and teaching.
Places
El Paso (Tex.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Alicia Gaspar de Alba Papers, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Donation.

Processing Information

Collection is unprocessed.

Additions

Further materials are expected for this collection.


Box and Folder Inventory

Preliminary Box Inventory

Box
1 Grad/Undergrad UTEP - Notebooks, papers, 1976-1981
Box
2 Boston, 1986-1990
Box
3 Teaching Files/ UMASS, Boston, UTEP - Handouts, assignments
Box
4 Graduate Work UNM/ Ph D Exams and proposal - Notebooks, comps, disseration proposal, 1990-1994
Box
5 Gaspar's Published Articles and Writing Business - Early drafts
Box
6 Gaspar's Subscriptions - Women's periodicals
Box
7 Museum and Art Research (CARA) - CARA 1/6, 1992-1997
Box
8 CARA Book Research - Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master's House (CARA) 2/6, 1992-1997
Box
9 CARA Files/ Research/ transcribed interviews - CARA 3/6, 1992-1997
Box
10 Draft s of Chicano Art Book and UT Press Correspondence - CARA 4/6, 1994-1998
Box
11 CARA Rough Draft - CARA 5/6, 1995-1996
Box
12 CARA Book Manuscript and Galleys - CARA 6/6, 1997-1998
Box
13 Sor Juana Rough Draft and Spanish Translation - Sor Juana' s Second Dream (SJSD) 1/5, 1987, 2000
Box
14 Early Sor Juana' s Second Dream Novel and Tenth Muse (1997) Version 1 to 3 - SJSD 2/5, 1997
Box
15 Sor Juana' s Second Dream (1998) Version 4 to 5, plus galleys - SJSD 3/5, 1998
Box
16 Sor Juana's Second Dream - SJSD 4/5, 1999
Box
17 Sor Juana's Second Dream Novel, Play Adaptation, reviews/articles - SJSD 5/5, 2000
Box
18 Gaspar's Academic Life at UCLA, 1994
Box
19 Conference and Gigs - Ephemera, papers 1/2, 1992-2004
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20 Conference and Gigs - Ephemera, papers 2/2, 2010-2014
Box
21 Gaspar's Published Articles
Box
22 Academic/Professional Grant Applications during UCLA years - Grants, 1996-2007
Box
23 Mystery of Survival and Early Fiction - Book of short stories, 1987-1993
Box
24 Chicana Aesthetics Study/Place and Identity - Rockefeller Latino Art Fellowship at Smithsonian, 1999
Box
25 Poetry: Including Llorona and Early Drafts, 1990-2003
Box
26 Velvet Barrios - Anthology, 2002-2003
Box
27 Early Maquiladora Research, 2000
Box
28 Desert Blood and Femicide Research - Femicide mystery 1/2, 2001
Box
29 Desert Blood Manuscripts - Femicide mystery 2/2, 2002
Box
30 Thornback: Early Versions of Calligraphy of the Witch (CoW) - Historical novel 1/2, 1987-2000
Box
31 Calligraphy of the Witch St. Martin's Press (all edited versions) - Historical novel 2/2, 2007
Box
32 Making a Killing/Our Lady of Controversy - Edited anthologies; Complete manuscripts, 2009-2010
Box
33 [Un]framing the "Bad Woman" - Academic book, 2012-2014
Box
34-36¹ Restricted: Personal Letters
¹For privacy and at the request of the donor, letters and journals in boxes 34-36 and 38-40 must be restricted until 25 years after the donor's death.
Box
37 Making a Killing/Femicide Research
Box
38 Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1976-2015
Box
39-40¹ Restricted: Journals
¹For privacy and at the request of the donor, letters and journals in boxes 34-36 and 38-40 must be restricted until 25 years after the donor's death.