The Benson Latin American Collection

José S. Alvarez Literary Papers, 1893-1903

Descriptive Summary

Creator Alvarez, José S. (Jose Sixto), 1858-1903
Title José S. Alvarez Literary Papers
Dates: 1893-1903
Abstract 4 bound scrapbooks of letters and clippings relating to works by "Fray Mocho," José S. Alvarez.
Accession No. 2000-05
OCLC Record No. 43627982
Extent 1 manuscript box (5 linear inches)
Language Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

José S. Alvarez, who wrote under several pseudonyms including "Fray Mocho" and "Fabio Carrizo," was born Aug. 26, 1858, in Galeguaychu, Argentina and died in Aug. 23, 1903, in Buenos Aires. He migrated to Buenos Aires in 1879 and worked for several newspapers including El Nacional, La Pampa, La Patria Argentina, El Diario, La Prensa, La Opinion, La Tribuna, etc. In 1889 he founded the magazine "Caras y Caretas" in which he published many of his short stories, later collected under the title Cuentos de Fray Mocho. His stories reflect the manners, customs and dialects of Argentina in a realistic manner and are often the result of keen direct observation.

Scope and Contents Note

Collection consists of 4 bound scrapbooks of letters and clippings intended to accompany the following works of José S. Alvarez:

  • En el mar austral. Buenos Aires : Ivaldi y Cecchi, 1898
  • Esmeraldas. Buenos Aires : Rafael E. Alvarez, (1884?)
  • Misterios de Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires : Biblioteca del Pueblo, 1897
  • Un viaje al pais de los matreros. Buenos Aires : Ivaldi y Cecchi, 1897
In addition, the collection contains a folder of posthumous newspaper clippings about Alvarez and a folder of 4 photographs. Correspondents include: Roberto J. Payro, Miguel Cane, Roque Saenz Pena, and Carlos Guido y Spano.


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Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

The José S. Alvarez Literary Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries' catalog:
Alvarez, Jose S. (Jose Sixto), 1858-1903--Correspondence
Payro, Roberto Jorge, 1867-1928--Correspondence
Saenz Pena, Roque, 1851-1914--Correspondence
Guido y Spano, Carlos, 1827-1918--Correspondence
Cane, Miguel, 1851-1905--Correspondence
Other Authors
Mocho, Fray, 1858-1903 / En el mar austral. 1898.
Mocho, Fray, 1858-1903 / Esmeraldas. 1884?
Carrizo, Fabio, 1858-1903 / Misterios de Buenos Aires. 1897.
Mocho, Fray, 1858-1903 / Viaje al pais de los matreros 1897.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: José S. Alvarez Literary Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory


Folder List

box folder
1 1 En el Mar Austral
2 Esmeraldas y Varios
3 Misterios de Buenos Aires: Memorias de un Vigilante
4 Un Viaje al País de los Matreros
5 Clippings, 1980-1983
6 Photographs, 1904, N.d.
Entierro de José S. Alvarez
Mascarilla de José S. Alvarez
"A bordo del Cap Roca", 22 agosto 1904
Unidentified mother and children