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María Luisa Puga Papers

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María Luisa Puga Papers


The María Luisa Puga Papers span a period of 32 years and include her personal diaries/notebooks, literary manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, newspapers clippings, and original drawings.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of 327 of Puga’s personal journals, which she referred to as her ‘cuadernos.’ Puga was a highly disciplined diarist and used these cuadernos for numerous purposes. The journals chronicle her daily life and activities, major news events, reading and writing practices, current projects, social circle, travel, relationships with friends and family, workshop organizing, and emotional outlook — among other things. They also served as a place where Puga developed her own literary work, and many of the cuadernos in the Written Works series simultaneously function as manuscript drafts for short stories, novels, and other writing practices she engaged in. In this way, Puga used one notebook for multiple purposes, often color coding passages according to various functions they served. In her later years Puga developed her own set of symbols to divide passages into distinct sections based on categories such as “Diario,” “Cuadernos” “Proyectos,” “Novela,” “Agenda,” “Talleres,” “Gastos,” and more.


María Luisa Puga (1944-2004)


1938-2015 (bulk 1972-2004)


Spanish, English


Puga, María Luisa, 1944-2004.
Partido Socialista Unificado de México.
Mexican novelists.
Women authors, Mexican.
Personal correspondence.


Paper-based notebooks of various shapes and sizes, published magazines, digital assets such as .jpg images.


María Luisa Puga Papers, 1938-2015 (bulk 1972-2004)


The family of María Luisa Puga retains copyright and publication control over all materials written and produced by Ms. Puga. For more information about Use Restrictions, please contact a Benson Special Collections staff member at


Mexico, England, Kenya, Italy, France, United States


Personal notebooks, manuscripts, correspondence and related documents produced by Mexican novelist, María Luisa Puga.

Items in the María Luisa Puga Papers Collection (20/26)

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