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Raúl Larra Collection,

Identifier: MSS-682-BC

Scope and Content

Contained in this small collection is correspondence between Darby Strong, then doctoral candidate at University of New Mexico, and Argentine author Raúl Larra. The majority of the correspondence is in Spanish, although some has been translated into English by Strong. The letters usually revolve around questions that Strong had about the literature of Larra or his personal history and influences. Often times, the conversation and questions deal with Latin American politics and the use of Marx by Latin American intellectuals.

In addition to the letters, there are also significant numbers of press clippings and essays about Larra, as well as essays, short stories and copies of two novels written by Larra. These materials are almost exclusively in Spanish, although, like the letters, Strong has translated some of Larra's writing into English for use in his English-language dissertation.


  • 1938-1973


Language of Materials

Spanish, and English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Strong was born in rural Minnesota and attended Stanford University, University of Minnesota, and completed his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies at UNM in 1973. While at UNM, Strong became interested in Larra's writings, and through a UNM visiting professor from Argentina, Guillermo Ara, Strong was able to contact Larra. This connection became invaluable as Strong would eventually write his doctoral thesis on Larra, entitled "Raúl Larra: Profile of a Socially Committed Author." Through correspondence, Larra and Strong became friends, and Strong was able to ascertain information for his dissertation. Larra also sent Strong copies of books, that at the time, were hard get in the United States.

Raúl Larra, born in 1913, was the son of Italian immigrants and was the first generation born in Argentina. His birth name was Raúl Laragione, but he used the pseudonym, Larra, given to him by his elementary school classmates. He was ideologically Marxist. He wrote and published biographies, essays, and novels until the mid/late 1990's, when he began to suffer from alzheimer's disease. Larra died on February 22, 2001.


1 box ( .25 cu. ft. )


This collection contains material about Argentine author, Raúl Larra, generated and collected by Darby Strong while researching and writing his dissertation, "Raúl Larra: Profile of a socially committed author."

Separated Material

1 black and white photograph of Larra has been transferred to Raúl Larra Photograph Collection.

8 books sent to Darby Strong by Raúl Larra have been catalogued for the UNM General Library book collection
Finding Aid of the Raúl Larra Collection, 1938-1973
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131