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Gabriela Mistral Collection

Identifier: SC04

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection contains correspondence, notebooks, drafts, and poems of the Chilean poet and Nobel Laureate, Gabriela Mistral. The collection primarily consists of items from Mistral's archive that have been digitizied onto microfilm. Additionally, the collection contains materials about Gabriela Mistral, her time as an instructor at Columbia University, and items relating to the transfer of her library to the Barnard Archives.


  • Creation: 1923 - 1995


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This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.


Gabriela Mistral, 1889 - 1957, was a Chilean poet and educator. She was a visiting professor at Barnard College from 1930 - 1931. She was the first Latin American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945, for her poetry.


2.42 Linear Feet (2 bankers boxes containing 84 microfilm reels, 1 document box)


This collection consists of correspondence, notebooks, drafts, and poems of the Chilean poet and nobel laureate, Gabriela Mistral.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged by format. Box 1 contains paper materials, and Boxes 2 and 3 contain 84 rolls of microfilm. A detailed inventory of the collection's contents is available on request.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Custodial History

In 1978, a portion of the Gabriela Mistral Library, approximately 900 books, was donated to the Barnard Archives by Dorothy Dana, Mistral’s life-long companion, translator of her work, and Barnard alumna. In 2009, after the passing of Dorothy Dana, it was determined by the Barnard Library Dean Carol Falcione and Doris Atkinson, the executor of Dorothy Dana’s estate, that the Gabriela Mistral Library would be best used if returned to Chile and reunited with another portion of Mistral’s library. In exchange, the National Library of Chile and the Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums (Dirección de Bibliotecas, Archivos y Museos or DIBAM) provided Barnard Archives and Special Collections with microfilm copies of the entirety of Mistral’s literary archive.

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated to the archive by Doris Dana.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Dinah Handel, July 2015.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Gabriela Mistral Collection
Dinah Handel
© 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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