The Harry Ransom Center has acquired novelist, essayist and poet Julia Alvarez’s archive.
Alvarez and her family fled the Dominican Republic in 1960 after it was discovered that her father was involved in a plan to overthrow the dictator.
Her works highlight her bicultural upbringing and draw from her experiences as an immigrant.
Alvarez’s archive includes manuscripts, journals and correspondences with fellow writers. She sent many drafts to friends and colleagues, several of whom left notes to Alvarez in the margins.
The archive will be available for viewing once it is processed and cataloged.
“It’s heartening to know that I have found a home in readers’ imaginations, and now very literally, at the Harry Ransom Center,” Alvarez said to the Ransom Center.