The Benson Latin American Collection

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Papers, 1970-

Descriptive Summary

Creator Hinojosa, Rolando
Title Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Papers
Dates: 1970-
Abstract Literary manuscripts of Mexican American novelist and poet Rolando Hinojosa-Smith.
OCLC Record No. 22945935
Extent 2 ft. 2 in.
Language English and Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Novelist, poet, and educator Rolando R. Hinojosa-Smith was born January 21, 1929, in Mercedes, Texas. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1969. Known for a series of novels set in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Hinojosa-Smith won Quinto Sol Award for Literature in 1972 for Estampas del Valle y otras obras, and the Premio Casa de las Americas in 1976 for his Klail City y sus alrededores. He is professor of creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin.

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of literary manuscripts of Hinojosa-Smith, along with some correspondence and ephemera. The collection is organized into three series: 1. Literary productions, 2. Ephemera and newsclippings, and 3. Correspondence. Literary productions contain handwritten notes and manuscripts, typescripts, and galley proofs of novels, poems, short stories and essays. Correspondence includes incoming correspondence relating to Hinojosa-Smith's works from editors and colleagues, and several drafts of the author's responses to questions from critic Francisco Lomeli about his writing. Ephemera includes posters, leaflets, newspapers, copies of clippings, and invitations. The bulk of the collection consists of manuscripts of published works including Estampas del Valle (1972), Generaciones y semblanzas, also published as Klail City y sus alrededores (1976), Korean love songs (1978), Rites and witnesses (1980), and Mi querido Rafa (1981). Some essays and lectures on Chicano literature, and some unpublished poems and short stories are also included.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

The Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Hinojosa, Rolando
American literature--Mexican American authors--History and criticism
Mexican American literature (Spanish)--History and criticism

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory


Literary Productions

1 Novels
Claros Varones de Belken (typescripts and holograph manuscripts)
1 Introductory writing
2 P. Galindo I-III
3 P. Galindo IV-VI
4 P. Galindo VII-VIII
5 P. Galindo
6 Echevarria con el pie en el estribo/J.M.
7 Selección/R.B.
8 Photocopied manuscript (156 pages)
9 E.E.
10 Miscellaneous drafts
2 Claros Varones de Belken (typescripts and holograph manuscripts)
1 Introduction to Claros Varones
2 Part of the manuscript
3 Firmes en Flora, later used as part of Claros Varones
4 10 pages of manuscript (first part of Claros Varones)
5 First pencil of the first part, first typing and rewrite, plus second typing and rewrite
6 RB-Rafa Buenrostro III
7 Spanish Majors
8 Original manuscript to "La tercer vida de Rafa Buenrostro"
Generaciones y semblanzas (typescripts and holograph manuscripts)
9 Part 1, p. 1-76
10 Part 2, p. 77-164
11 Notas de Klail City y sus alrededores, II, photocopy (Part of Generaciones y semblanzas)
12 Klail City II "Jehu's Bible Selling..."
3 Mi querido Rafa
Book: Mi querido Rafa, Houston, 1981
Steno pad: handwritten; includes the Jehú and Rafa letters
1 Manuscript to novel; note "Finished summer '79; submitted to N. Kanellos, summer of '80"
2 Xerox typescript of manuscript, part. 1 pgs. 1-98
3 Xerox typescript of manuscript, part. 2 pgs. 99-168
Rites and Witnesses (typescripts and holograph manuscripts)
4 Notes to novel pencil holograph
5 "Ceremonias y testigos"
6 "Bank Meeting"
7 1st intercalated story
8 A selection from
9 "NP, J and PT" and "NP, JK, EBC"
10 2nd intercalated story/"NP"/3rd intercalated story
11 "Ceremony II"
12 "Above and Beyond"
box folder
4 1 "SJ"/"Banking. Noddy, Jehú, and Ben Timmens"/"Above and Beyond III"
2 "New Blood"/"OE Patterson"/7th intercalated story
3 "Earl Bennet"/8th intercalated story/"Choche Markham"/"Johnnie Pike"
4 9th intercalated story/"Koz Kocurek"/10th intercalated story
5 "Goodman, John F. Sgt. Major 12th Calvary"/"Thelma Watling"/11th intercalated story
6 "Ruth Verser"/"Ed Dickman"/12th intercalated story/"On Watch"/"Above and Beyond"
7 "From the Spanish (Abel Manzano)"/"Telephone"
Estampas del valle y otras obras (Sketches of the Valley and Other Works)
8 Photocopied galley proofs (English and Spanish)
9 English manuscript (xerox typescript) translated by Gustavo Valadez w/notations by Octavio Romano.
10 English translation (xerox typescript with notations)
11 Por esas cosas que pasan, original typescript manuscript, old manuscript typed in Kingsville
12 Por esas cosas que pasan, original typescript manuscript
13 Una vida de Rafa Buenrostro, original typescript manuscript with notations
14 Una vida de Rafa Buenrostro, English translation by Gustavo Valadez
15 Vida de Rafa Buenrostro and Vidas y milagros (galleys)
16 Mexican American Devil's Dictionary (original manuscript)
17 Mexican American Devil's Dictionary by P. Galindo (original typescript with notations by R. Hinojosa-Smith)
18 Mexican American Devil's Dictionary ("Galleys")
Short Fiction
19 "La herencia de don Víctor Pelaéz" (unpublished), typescript
20 "In the Land of the Mesquite II" (unpublished children's stories), holograph manuscript
5 Poetry
Korean Love Songs (typescripts and holograph manuscripts)
1 Galley proof and author's corrections
2 Notes
3 Introduction
4 "The Old Army Game"/"Rookies Under Stress"/"Friendly Fire"
5 "The Evening Shift"/"A Sheaf of Percussion Fire"/"The Eighth Army at the Chonchong"
6 "Rear Guard I", "II", and "III"
7 "Rest Due and Take-Possession for All Time"/"The January-May 1951 Slaughter"
8 "The 219thnis Firing Blind"/"Night Burial Details"
9 "Boston John McCrudy Drinks"/"Incoming"/"Above All, the Waste"
10 "New Battery Position"/"Brodkey's Replacement"/"One Solution"
11 "Liquor Rations"/"Jacob Mosqueda Wrestles"/"Visiting Hours"/"Fit for Duty"
12 "Old Friends"/"Kobe Station"/"Nagoya Station"/"Brief Encounter"
13 "At Sonny's and Tsuruko's"/"At the Aoyama"/"Hiro Watanabe"
14 "South to Nara , The Last Day"/"Up Before the Board"
15 "A Matter of Supplies"/"This Is Where We Came In"/"Vale"
16 Korean Love Songs, last typing and final rewrite
Other Poetry(typescripts and holograph manuscripts)
17 "Retaguardia en noviembre"
18 "Retaguardia en noviembre"
19 "Crossing the Line"
"Campos surcos y praderas"(unpublished)
"Sobre la muerte de un amigo joven"(unpublished)
20 Crossing the Line, essay on composition
21 Poetry and Lectures
22 Poetry (unpublished), "Entierro personal"


Ephemera and Newsclippings

box folder
6 1 From lectures, festivals, conferences 1970-76
2 From lectures, festivals, conferences 1977-78
3 From lectures, festivals, conferences 1979-80
4 From lectures, festivals, conferences 1981- no date
7 Newsclippings on Roundtable discussions on Chicano Literature, July 8 & 9, 1980



box folder
6 5 Incoming correspondence
6 Letter with questions from Francisco Lomelí. Responses to questions: 3 drafts & final copy (original)