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Agencia Latinoamericana records, 1948-1986 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Esperanza B. de Varona

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Predominant Dates:1948-1986

ID: ASM0005

Creator: Agencia Latinoamericana

Extent: 58.0 Boxes


The ALA contributors are arranged in alphabetical order by author, and the articles, correspondence and financial files within are arranged chronologically. There are three series in which these documents can be found, each series representing a range of dates: I. 1949-1980, II. 1975-1983, and III. 1984-1986. Series IV constitutes other documents from the ALA.

An item-level container list was created for Series I (1949-1980), listed as a .PDF below. These are organized alphabetically by the author's last name. Each author's files are then subdivided into topical, correspondence, historical, financial, and informational files. Further information is given in the container list. The end of the container list also contains an alphabetical author index. The articles in the historical, topical and informational files are arranged in chronological order by date received. The last container is only arranged in alphabetical order by author.

Series II, III, and IV are given folder-level description below.

Formats/Genres: Articles, Clippings, Contracts, Financial statements, Letters, Manuscripts, Mimeographs, Photocopies, Photographs, Transcripts, Typescripts

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of the ALA (Agencia Latinoamericana) are divided in 3 major categories: the articles written by the contributors to the ALA (collected during almost 40 years), their correspondence, and the newspaper clippings of those articles.

The writers are mainly from Latin American countries and Spain, but with a few American and British writers also included, such as Waldo Frank and Hugh Thomas. The articles provide information on literature, journalism, sociology, economics and political history of the major powers of the world of that period, and in many cases relating to the Latin American countries.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of contributions from Víctor Alba, Marco A. Almazán, Luis Araquistain, Paul Andrade, Germán Arciniegas, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Ramón Gómez de la Serna, Julian Marias, Cristina Martin, Alberto Luis Sanchez, Salvador de Madariaga, Ramón Sender and Arturo Uslar Pietri. There are also articles by other distinguished authors, such as Miguel Angel Asturias, Alberto Baeza Flores, Alejandro Casona, Pablo Neruda and Alfonso Reyes.

Included among the ALA papers are articles written by Joaquín Maurín, who used the pen names of W.K. Mayo and Félix R. Anderson. He also wrote under the pen names of John Andersen and Julio A. Roy, but these articles ore not included in this collection. When signing correspondence, he used his own name, Joaquín Maurín, as well as J.M. Juliá and Ray Campbell. Joaquín Maurín's son, Mario, wrote some articles under the same pen name as his father, John Andersen.

Biographical Note

The ALA (American Literary Agency) was established in New York by the Spanish politician and prominent journalist, Joaquín Maurín in 1948. It was founded for the purpose of distributing articles written by Latin American and Spanish writers to the different newspapers and magazines in Latin America and Spain.

Joaquín Maurín died in 1973 and was succeeded by his wife. In 1974, the Agency's name was changed to its Spanish name, Agencia Latinoamericana. In 1975, Arturo Villar succeeded Maurín's wife as director and editor of the Agency. In 1977, the Agencia Latinoamericana moved to Miami, and in 1982, the ALA began sending articles to U.S. newspapers published in Spanish under the name of the Latin American Feature Syndicate, as a new service.

In March 1984, Arturo Villar ceased to work as editor of the ALA and remained as president of the Agency in Miami, while the editorial offices were moved to London under the direction of Miguel Angel Diez.

The ALA papers are comprised of the historical files which contain articles written between 1948 and 1975, the topical files containing articles written from 1975 to 1980 and the informational files which include newspaper clippings, magazine articles and editorials. These papers were given to the Otto C. Richter Library on March 10, 1981 through negotiations between Dr. Joaquín Roy, Associate Professor for the Center of Advanced International Studies, Arturo Villar, President of ALA and Frank Rodgers, Director of Libraries.

Subject/Index Terms

Agencia Latinoamericana
Alba, Víctor
Almazán, Marco Aurelio
American Literacy Agency
Araquistain, Luis, 1886-1959.
Arciniegas, Germán, 1900-1999
Asturias, Miguel Angel.
Baeza Flores, Alberto, 1914-
Casona, Alejandro, 1903-1965
Gómez de la Serna, Ramón, 1888-1963
Journalism and literature - Spain
Journalists - Latin America
Latin American literature - History and criticism.
Madariaga, Salvador de, 1886-1978
Maurín, Joaquín, 1897-1973
Neruda, Pablo, 1904-1973.
Reyes, Alfonso, 1889-1959
Roy, Joaquín, 1943-
Sender Barayón, Ramón, 1934-
Uslar Pietri, Arturo, 1906-2001

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research, but is kept in an off campus storage facility. Please allow up to 72 hours for delivery of requested materials.

Use Restrictions: Agencia Latinoamericana Records Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Related Materials:

Joaquín Roy wrote the following book about the Agencia Latinoamericana, of which the University of Miami holds two copies:

Roy, Joaquín. ALA: Periodismo y Literatura. S.l.: s.n., 1986.

UM Archives PN4841.A36 R78 1986

For more information please see

Preferred Citation: Agencia Latinoamericana Records, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: Processed by: Mariolga Fernández, Teresita Lazo, Rosie Martín, and Alexandra Téllez under the supervision of Esperanza B. de Varona.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised, expanded, and updated by Rudo Kemper, 2009.

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