Guide to the Richard Rodriguez Papers M2409

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Richard Rodriguez papers
Creator: Rodriguez, Richard, 1944-
Identifier/Call Number: M2409
Physical Description: 17 Linear Feet (34 boxes)
Physical Description: .008 gigabyte(s)
Date (inclusive): 1930s-2018
Date (bulk): 1980s-1990s
Abstract: Richard Rodriguez is an American writer known for his autobiographical books, essays and journalism. His papers contain material related to his writing, including notes, drafts, early essays, galleys, and reviews. The collection also includes interviews, speech transcripts, news clippings, correspondence, photographs, and personal ephemera.

Preferred Citation

Richard Rodriguez papers (M2409). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, California.

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual & digital materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 2018. Accession 2018-432.

Scope and Contents

Richard Rodriguez is an American writer known for his autobiographical books, essays and journalism. Rodriguez was born on July 31, 1944 into a Mexican immigrant family and grew up in Sacramento, California. He received a English from Stanford University in 1967, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1969, and also studied at at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Warburg Institute in London. Rodriguez's books include Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez (1982), a collection of autobiographical essays; Mexico's Children (1990); Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father (1992), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; Brown: The Last Discovery of America (2002); and Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography (2013). In addition he has been a writer and contributing editor to newspapers, journals and magazines, including Harpers and the Los Angeles Times, appeared frequently on PBS NewsHour, and has also been a teacher and educational consultant.
The Rodriguez papers largely consists of material related to his writing, including notes, drafts, early essays, galleys, and reviews. The collection also includes interviews, speech transcripts, news clippings, correspondence, photographs, and personal ephemera. Series 13 contains material related to San Francisco booksellers Tillman Place Bookshop. Rodriguez has written detailed remarks about his collection; hard copies are filed in the collection at the start of each series, and a digital version is also available (note that box and folder numbers have changed, however).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Journalism -- United States.
Mexican American literature
Authors, American -- 20th century


Series 1. Hunger of Memory (1982)

Box 1, folder 1-5

Reviews & interviews

Box 1, folder 6

"Going Home Again" essay, American Scholar Winter 1974

Box 1, folder 7


Box 2, folder 1

Review by Paul Zweig in New York Times 1982-02-28

Box 2, folder 2

Uncorrected Proof

Box 2, folder 3

Fragment incorporated into "Profession" chapter

Box 2, folder 4

"The Achievement of Desire" essay in College English v.40 n.3 1978-11

Box 2, folder 5

"Beyond the Minority Myth" essay from Change magazine [photocopy] 1978-09

Box 2, folder 6

"Aria" essay from American Scholar v.50 n.1 Winter 1980-1981

Box 2, folder 7

paperback cover mock-up

Box 2, folder 8

Funk & Wagnall's 1983 yearbook entry

Box 2, folder 9

Translations in Spanish

Box 2, folder 10

Publicity tour material

Box 2, folder 11

Drafts - annotated typescripts & photocopies

Box 3, folder 1-4

Drafts - annotated typescripts & photocopies

Box 3, Folder 5

Presentation copy by David Godine

Box 4, folder 1

Audio version (Tantor 5 CD set, sealed) 2018

Box 4, folder 2

Review by Martha Bayles, The Public Interest no.68 Summer 1982

Box 4, folder 3

Dissertation by Awaz Dehkani at the Université de Versailles 2002

Box 4, folder 4

Photograph by Matthew Black, suggested for paperback cover

Box 4, folder 5

"Aria" French translation, Extrait de Communications no.43 1986

Box 4, folder 6

Student interview [email print-out] 2018


Series 2. Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father (1993)

Box 4, folder 7-8


Box 4, folder 9

Interviews & articles

Box 5, folder 1

Serializations Reviews

Box 5, folder 2

Reference material

Box 5, folder 3


Scope and Contents

Black Oak Bookstore reprint of excerpts for reading ; mock-up of cover ; press release ; photo of launch event at NYPL
Box 5, folder 4

Award notifications

Box 5, folder 5

"Late Victorians" essay & related

Scope and Contents

Includes catalog of SFMOMA "Visionary San Francisco" show with piece inspired by essay, along with audiocassette of NPR program and New York Times review of exhibition.
Box 5, folder 6

"Proofs" essay

Scope and Contents

Also includes essay as published in To the Promised Land.
Box 5, folder 7

Antecedent essays - published & unpublished

Box 5, folder 8


Box 6, folder 1

Author's copy used for readings

Box 6, folder 2

Manuscript copy with editorial annotations

Box 6, folder 3

"In Athens Once," "Irish Catholic" essays

Box 6, folder 4

"Nothing Lasts a Hundred Years" essay, several versions

Box 6, folder 5

"India" essay, several versions including Harpers November 1991

Box 7, folder 1

"The Missions" early versions of chapter

Box 7, folder 2

Mark Adamo "Late Victorians"

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, sound recordings, etc. from composer who set lines from the essay to music.
Box 7, folder 3

"the Head of Joaquin Murrieta" in California Magazine 1985 ; "Across the Borders of History" in Harpers 1987

Box 7, folder 4

Serialization of "India" & "Irish Catholic"

Box 7, folder 5

"Late Victorians" fragment & photo

Box 7, folder 6

Father Tom Lucas correspondence


Series 3. Brown: The Last Discovery of America (2002)

Box 7, folder 7-9


Box 7, folder 10

Publisher galley

Box 8, folder 1

"Gone West" early version

Box 8, folder 2

Publicity material

Box 8, folder 3

"The Great Brown World" lecture (videocasette) 2003-04-07

Box 8, folder 4

Reviews, academic

Box 8, folder 5


Box 8, folder 6

Interviews & articles

Box 9, folder 1-2


Box 9, folder 3

Interviews - 4 audiocassettes

Box 9, folder 4

Photos of Leontyne Price as Cleopatra [photocopies]

Box 9, folder 5

Reference material for "The Prince & I," mostly related to Timm Williams aka Prince Lightfoot

Box 9, folder 6

Proposed book jacket designs

Box 9, folder 7

Author's copies with notes for readings

Box 9, folder 8

Fragments & ideas

Box 9, folder 9

"Nixon's Children" early version

Box 34

photo album for book release party

Box 22, folder 6

Color copies of portraits for Brown cover


Series 4. Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography (2013)

Box 10, folder 1

Final galley with editorial annotations

Box 10, folder 2

Editorial correspondence

Box 10, folder 3

Notes & clippings

Box 10, folder 4

"Ojala" early versions

Box 10, folder 5

Reviews & interviews

Box 10, folder 6

"Jerusalem & The Desert" early versions

Box 10, folder 7

Jerusalem trip notes, etc.

Box 11, folder 1

Material cut from Harpers Jerusalem article

Box 11, folder 2

"The True Cross" versions & notes

Box 11, folder 3

"Tour de France" version published in Kenyon Review

Box 11, folder 4

"Saint Cesar of Delano" versions

Box 11, folder 5

"Disappointment" version published in California (UC Berkeley Alumni magazine)

Box 11, folder 6

"Final Edition" published & unpublished versions, notes

Box 11, folder 7

"The Three Ecologies of the Holy Desert" notes

Box 11, folder 8

Book jacket & proposed images

Box 12, folder 1

Serializations, interviews & articles

Box 12, folder 2


Box 12, folder 3

Photo album - launch party

Box 14, Folder 1

Painting by David Ligare in honor of publication of Darling


Series 5. Journalism: Newspapers and Television

Box 12, folder 4-5

Op-eds, short pieces, reprints

Box 13, folder 1-3

Los Angeles Times Op-Eds

Box 13, folder 4

Book reviews

Box 13, folder 5

BBC "Frontiers" series - "Night and Day" episode material & videocassette

Box 14, folder 2

PBS Newshour transcripts

Box 14, folder 3

PBS Newshour "No Time At All" videocassette 2006-09-11

Box 14, folder 4

PBS Newshour essays

Box 14, folder 5

"Los Angeles Now" DVD (RR narration) 2004

Box 14, folder 6

Pacific News Service

Box 14, folder 7

Essays for The Tablet

Box 14, folder 8

"New Mexican American Middle Class" interviews for LA Times piece


Series 6. Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Much of the correspondence consists of printed-out email.
Box 15, folder 1

Helen Rodriguez (younger sister)

Box 15, folder 2

Jim Armistead

Box 15, folder 3-4

Readers & Viewers

Box 16, folder 1


Box 16, folder 2

Job Search

Box 16, folder 3

Victoria Rodriguez (mother) letter & clippings

Box 16, folder 4

Hunger of Memory readers

Box 16, folder 5

Days of Obligation readers

Box 16, folder 6

Darling readers

Box 16, folder 7

Brown readers

Box 16, folder 8

Josefina Rodriguez Morales (aunt) letters & poems

Box 16, folder 9

Nell Altizer

Box 16, folder 10

Pico Iyer

Box 17, folder 1

Mark Scott ; George Borchardt ; Bill Goodman ; Dave Godine

Box 17, folder 2

Brandt & Brandt ; David Lull ; Alberto Huerta, S. J.

Box 17, folder 3

Gerald Haslam ; Bill Hayes ; Joe Loya

Box 17, folder 4

Michael Saltz

Box 17, folder 5

Jose Angel Navejas

Box 17, folder 6

David Ligare ; Garret Keizer

Box 17, folder 7

Advice, Recommendations

Box 17, folder 8-9



Series 7. Various Essays and Introductions for Books

Box 18, folder 1

Camera On the Wall

Box 18, folder 2

First Twilight

Box 18, folder 3


Box 18, folder 4

Ritual ; What Did Jesus Ask?

Box 18, folder 5

Where the Poppies Grow

Box 18, folder 6

Juno HD Vision Remote System 180

Box 18, folder 7

Atheism is Wasted on the Nonbeliever (in Why Believe In God?)

Box 18, folder 8

Irish Catholic

Box 18, folder 9

Black, White, and Chaotic Color

Box 18, folder 10

The New Geography of North America

Box 18, folder 11

Combination Plate #3

Box 18, folder 12

Night and Day (from Frontiers) ; Introduction to Joe Loya Book

Box 18, folder 13

La Fiesta

Box 18, folder 14

The Invention of Adolescence (in Fast Forward)

Box 19, folder 1

Tintin en Californie ; Cape of Good Hope ; The Promised Land ; The River

Box 19, folder 2

Ralph Lauren's Teepee (in Crossing the Frontier)

Box 19, folder 3

Foreward to American Soul

Box 19, folder 4

Illegal in America

Box 19, folder 5

Mexicans in America ; Pade Mestizo (in First Things)

Box 19, folder 6

An Hispanic Fourth of July ; What Is An American Education ; Prose Analysis - Children pf a Marriage

Box 19, folder 7

The Eye of the Gull (from Martin Ramirez, The Last Works)


Series 8. Interviews With or Mentions or Appraisals in Books

Box 19, folder 8-9

Interviews - newspapers & magazines

Box 19, folder 10


Box 20, folder 1


Box 20, folder 2-4


Box 20, folder 5

WorldCat search on theses & dissertations on RR

Box 21, folder 1-2

Books with RR

Box 21

A/V Media

Scope and Contents

VHS videos:
"Markings" interview conducted in Ontario, 1994
"Now" with Bill Moyers, 2/14/2003
"Think Tank" Wisconsin Public Radio, 6/6/2002
Creighton University interview with Alberto Huerta, S.J.
La Plaza 2411, Conversations with Ilan Stavans 4/16/2002 C-Span, RR Original
Other Media:
Paula Gordon interview (audiocassette)
Commentary on THE CALL OF THE WILD for the National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" (sealed CD)
Saroyan (Valley Public Television (DVD-R)
unidentified audiocassette in Wisconsin Public Radio envelope
Box 29

Books including, about or inscribed to RR


Series 9. Personal / Photographs / Miscellany

Box 22, folder 1

Clay Street floorplan ; Michael Goldberg drawing of RR bedroom 1986 ; DNA test ; Gleeson Library Keepsake

Box 22, folder 2

White House Invitation (Clinton) & Photo (Bush)

Box 22, folder 3

Graduate School Comprehensive Exam grade 1972

Box 22, folder 4

Bishop Armstrong High School "Crest" Yearbook 1962

Box 22, folder 5

Photographs - personal

Box 22, folder 7

Photographs - RR

Box 22, folder 8

Photographs, etc. - Family

Box 22, folder 9-10

Artwork owned by RR (images, correspondence, etc.)

Box 23

Books owned by RR [unfoldered]

Box 30


Box 33

Cover proofs for Vista magazine

Box 33

Childhood scrapbook 1946-1962


Series 10. Awards

Box 31


Box 32



Series 11. Magazines with RR articles

Box 24, folder 1


Scope and Contents

"Crossing the Borders" page 113, NEW WEST, September 1981. "Last Chants," page 11, CALIFORNIA LIVING MAGAZINE, February 5, 1984. "The Mexicans Among Us," page 171, READER'S DIGEST, March, 1986. "S.I.N. IS IN," page 78, CALIFORNIA MAGAZINE, April, 1986. "Evangelicos," page 26, IMAGE Magazine, October, 1986. "San Francisco vs. Los Angeles," page 16, IMAGE Magazine, April, 1987. "Reflections on the Flatland," page 63, CALIFORNIA MAGAZINE May 1987. "Threads of Mercy," page 22, IMAGE Magazine, September, 1987. "What Is An American Education?" page 44, DESIGN FOR ARTS IN EDUCATION, November, 1987. "Essay," page 84, (with original manuscript), TIME Magazine, July, 1988. "Oh, Ireland," page 136, WILSON QUARTERLY, January, 1989. "Essay: A World of Difference," Supplement to the New York TIMES, page 15, April, 1989.
Box 24, folder 2


Scope and Contents

"La Raza Cosmica," page 47, NEW PERSPECTIVES QUARTERLY, Winter, 1991. "L.A. Watching the Riots," page 18, TV GUIDE, May 23, 1992. "The Chinese In All of Us," page 14, FORUM: MAGAZINE OF THE FLORIDA HUMANITIES COUNCIL, Spring, 1992. "Gangstas," page 46, MOTHER JONES, January, 1994. "Prophets without Papers," page 23, HARPERS Magazine, April, 1995. "Illegal Immigrants," page 61, NEW PERSEPCTIVES QUARTERLY, Winter, 1995. "Identity Crisis," page 31, US/MEXICO QUARTERLY, November 1996. "A Community of Dreams," page 9, THE JOURNAL FOR THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION, Winter, 1996. "Growing Up Old," page 60. U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT April 1997.
Box 24, folder 3


Scope and Contents

"The New Geography of North America," page 19, WOODROW WILSON/LETRES LIBRES, Mexico Institute, 2005. "Brown is the New Black," page 8, TABLET, January 2009. "Our Daily Bread," page 89, SAVEUR Magazine, October, 2010. "St. Cesar of Delano," page 16, WILSON QUARTERLY, Winter, 2010. "Because" (transcription of a talk given at Boston College), page 26, Boston College Magazine, Spring 2013. "Sign of the Times," (originally titled "Glittering Angel"), page 55, T Magazine, October 2014. (Including editorial correspondence with Emily Stokes and an earlier version of the piece.)
Box 25, folder 1

Clippings & submissions

Scope and Contents

AARP (paid essay) for advertising supplement on aging. "Jogging the Mind," page 3, U.C. Alumni MAGAZINE, 1975. "English Spoken Here," ADVERTISING AGE, Feb. 1993. "The Flatterer," page 81, BUZZ MAGAZINE, 1993. "Inside the Mexican-American Middle Class," L.A. TIMES MAGAZINE, Nov. 1988. "Mexicans in America," CATO UNBOUND online magazine, August 14, 2006. "The Writing Life," Washington POST BOOK REVIEW, March 24, 2002. "The Gringo Pays and Mexico Gets Into Bed," The OBSERVER, Feb. 5, 1995. "Padre Mestizo" (submitted to FIRST THINGS), October 16, 2017 "Mexico, Mexico," submitted to the NYTimes Magazine. Rejected. 7/19/88

Series 12. Speeches

Box 25, folder 2

Notes For Speeches #1

Box 25, folder 3

Notes For Speeches #2

Box 25, folder 4

Notes For Speeches #3

Box 25, folder 5

Notes For Speeches #4

Box 26, folder 1

Notes For Speeches #5

Box 26, folder 2

Notes For Speeches #6


Series 13. Tillman Place Bookshop

Scope and Contents

Rodriguez's partner Jim Armistead worked at San Francisco bookstore Tillman Place Bookshop and inherited the store upon the death of owner Charlotte Newbegin in 1989. Charlotte opened Tillman Place in 1956 following the death of her husband John J. Newbegin, Jr., who had run his father's Newbegin's Book Shop. The store closed in 1999.
This series contains ephemera and photographs from the store (and also the Newbegin), as well as personal material from the Newbegins.
Box 26, folder 3

Christmas Lists

Box 26, folder 4

William Erik Voss correspondence & designs

Box 26, folder 5

Clippings mostly re: closing

Box 26, folder 6

Correspondence, etc.

Scope and Contents

Includes postcards and notes from Edward Dickey, Ernest Gann, M.F.K. Fisher, James Marshall, John McCormick, as well as essays by Jan Morris, a French restaurant menu, and several bookplates signed by Julia Child.
Box 26, folder 7


Box 26, folder 8-9

Stationery & ad designs

Box 26, folder 10

Tillman Place/Newbegin Book Store ephemera

Scope and Contents

Includes stamp, small decal, photocopy of bookstore map circa 1930s, bookmark, employee resignation letter 1953, Newbegin's Book Shop advertisement & Catalog of Important Books Pertaining to California & The West, list of maps in stock 1951, list of Bancroft's Works volumes ("please don't lose this list"), correspondence re: Society of California Pioneers Quarterlies (addressed to J.J. Newbegin 1945), etc.
Box 27, folder 1

Tillman Place photographs

Box 27, folder 2

Felix (store daschund) photos & clippings

Box 27, folder 3

Clippings & advertisements

Box 27, folder 4

Miscellaneous printed items & clippings

Box 27, folder 5

Caroline Guild "Rainbow in Tahiti" (signed copy with enclosed note) & photograph

Related Materials

There is also a photograph & clipping of Guild with the Newbegins in folder 8, "Photographs - Newbegins"
Box 27, folder 6

Stella Patri photographs, etc.

Box 27, folder 7

Photographs - travel

Box 27, folder 8

Photographs - Newbegins

Box 27, folder 9

John Newbegin

Box 27, folder 10

Charlotte Newbegin

Box 28

Address books - bookstore & Charlotte Newbegin

Box 28

"Short book" (inventory binder)

Box 28

Sample book from publishers' representative

Box 28

Charlotte Newbegin diaries 1968, 1969, 1970, 1979-1983

Box 33

Large photographs by Rick Rocamora and others

Box 33

Framed artwork by Leo Von Heygendorff