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José Varela Zequeira Papers

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José Varela Zequeira Papers, n.d., 1854-1994 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By Pedro A. Figueredo, July 2001

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Collection Overview

Title: José Varela Zequeira Papers, n.d., 1854-1994Add to your cart.

ID: CHC0204

Creator: Varela Zequeira, José (1854-1939)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Formats/Genres: Manuscripts

Languages: Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers consist of published and unpublished works by and about Varela Zequeira, noted Cuban physician and literary author of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection also includes some materials of his granddaughter Beatriz Varela’s, primarily pertaining to her research for the biography she authored about Varela Zequeira.

Biographical Note

José Varela Zequeira was born in Nuevitas in the Province of Puerto Principe, Cuba on 19 March 1854.  He was the first son of José Varela y Recamán, a Spanish sailor, and Faustina Zequeira y Agüero from Camagüey.  Varela Zequeira was soon joined by two younger brothers, Calixto (1858-?) and Eduardo (1860-?).  In the 1860s, the Varela family moved to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.  While Varela Zequeira was a university student, his father passed away, and the family returned to Cuba in the early 1870s.  In Puerto Principe, he met two men who were to become life-long friends: Esteban Berrero Echevarria and Enrique José Varona.  The three friends formed a literary circle, the “Galería de retratos.”

Varela Zequeira moved with his family to Havana, where he taught at Berrero’s school.  Berrero’s wife, Elena, introduced him to his future wife, María Rodríguez y Velasco, in 1876.  The two married on 17 June 1881, and together they had five children: Clara (1882-?), Consuelo (1885-1887), Sarah (1887-?), and José (1895-1915), and Roberto (1899-?).

During this time, Varela Zequeira continued his medical studies at the University of Havana, obtaining his degree in 1887 and completing his doctorate in 1900.  He was active in the Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País, serving as its secretary from 1891 to 1894.  As a member, he advocated for educational reform, especially in the sciences.  Beginning in 1890, he also became a vocal supporter of Cuban independence.  Notified by a friend that he was about to be arrested, Varela Zequeira left Cuba for the United States in 1897.

From New York, Varela Zequeira traveled with Borrero to Costa Rica, where he was joined by his wife and children.  The family returned to Cuba in 1898, and in November of that year, he was named vice –director of the Hospital “La Benéfica.”  He became its director the following year and served as such for the next 27 years.  He also served as faculty at the University of Havana in various positions.

While he was an active and respected doctor and professor, Varela Zequeira was also known as a writer and today is recognized as one of Cuba’s preeminent poets.  He was honored at a ceremony in 1938 commemorating the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the University of Havana.  Varela Zequeira passed away on 25 December 1939.

Beatriz Varela is the granddaughter of José Varela Zequeira.  She was born in Havana and is a graduate of the University of Havana and Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She was professor of linguistics at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and the University of New Orleans.  Beatriz Varela has written several books and articles, including a study of her grandfather’s life and works, José Varela Zequeira (1854-1939): su obra científico-literaria in 1997.

Subject/Index Terms

Cuban literature
Poetry
Varela Zequeira, Jose, 1854-1939

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please, contact chc@miami.edu for more information.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Beatriz Varela, 2000.

Preferred Citation: Jose Varela Zequeira Papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: Processed by Pedro A. Figueredo, July 2001.

Finding Aid Revision History: Online collection-level record created by Beata Bergen, July 2009, and updated by María R. Estorino, November 2011.


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[Series 1: Works by Varela Zequeira, n.d., 1878-1939],
[Series 2: Works by Others, n.d., 1924-1954],
[Series 3: Beatriz Varela Papers, n.d., 1955-1999 (bulk dates 1990-1999)],
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Series 1: Works by Varela Zequeira, n.d., 1878-1939Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Poetry: “Adios Para Siempre", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Poetry: “Anhelo Infinito", 1880Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Poetry: “A María", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Poetry: “A María", 1878Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Poetry: “La Lira Oculta", 1879Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Poetry: “¡Oh, esperanza!", 1880Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Published Works: Homenaje al Profesor José Varela Zequeira en el cincuentenario de su  graduación, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Published Works: La figura de Enrique José Varona: su influencia y su esceptisismo, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Published Works: Poetry, 1879, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Published Works: Articles and Essays: "Cubanidad", [193?]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Published Works: Articles and Essays: "Intercambio de profesores", 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Published Works: Articles and Essays: "Nuestra universidad", 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Published Works: Articles and Essays: "Psicología de la conducta", 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Published Works: Articles and Essays: "El Tema de la felicidad y el problema social", [193-?]Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Published Works: Articles and Essays: Photocopies, 1879-1939Add to your cart.
Series 2: Works by Others, n.d., 1924-1954Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Evocación de José Varela Zequeira, by E. Ponsdomenech, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Articles and Essays: Photocopies, n.d., 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Newspaper Clippings, 1954Add to your cart.
Series 3: Beatriz Varela Papers, n.d., 1955-1999 (bulk dates 1990-1999)Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Manuscripts, [199-?]Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Research Materials, n.d., 1955, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Research Materials: Hernández Miyares, Enrique, n.d., 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Erratas, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence, 1993-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Newspaper Clippings, n.d., 1994Add to your cart.

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