Jorge Carrera Andrade Collection
Manuscript Collection 202

Collection Description

Papers, 1923-1970.
10.8 cubic ft.
Organization: Series and alphabetical.
Ecuadorian poet, author, teacher, and diplomat.
Correspondence (1928-1968), manuscripts of writings (1968-1970), and scrapbooks (1923-1967).

Scope and Content
Series Descriptions

Box and Container Listings
Correspondence, A - F
Correspondence, G - L
Correspondence, M - S
Correspondence, T - Z and Unidentified
Notebooks and Manuscripts


Poet, essayist, and diplomat Jorge Carrera Andrade was born in Quito, Ecuador, on September 18, 1902. He was the son of Abelardo Carrera Andrade and Carmen Vaca Andrade. Carrera Andrade was educated at Juan Montalvo Normal Institute, Mejía National Institute, and Faculty of Law of the University of Quito, Ecuador; Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Barcelona, Spain; Faculty of Philosophy, Aix-en-Provence, France. He earned a bachelor's degree and licentiate in social sciences.

As both a diplomat in Ecuador's foreign service and an intermittent expatriate living in exile, Jorge Carrera Andrade travelled extensively throughout the world, recording his observations in numerous essays. An eminent poet as well, Carrera Andrade composed brief, imagistic poems noted for a sympathetic understanding of the human condition. He also translated the works of other writers into Spanish and adapted Japanese haiku into Spanish in a form called micrograma. (Please visit our biographical chronology page for additional information). Jorge Carrera Andrade died on November 7, 1978.

Source - Gale Literary Databases: Contemporary Authors.


This collection was purchased from Jorge Carrera Andrade in 1969 at the suggestion of Dr. Enrique Ojeda. Sr. Carrera Andrade taught at the Stony Brook University in the Department of Romance Languages in 1970­ and 1972.

Scope and Content

The Jorge Carrera Andrade is comprised of 10.8 cubic ft. of materials, primarily in Spanish, which have been organized into three series: Correspondence (1928-1968), Manuscripts (1968-1970), and Scrapbooks (1923-1967).

Series Descriptions

I. Correspondence: Jorge Carrera Andrade bound his personal and business letters, postcards, and telegrams from friends, poets, admirers, editors, translators and publishers in nine volumes. These volumes have been disbound and the letters have been sorted alphabetically, then chronologically.

II. Manuscripts: Includes autobiographical materials, typescripts, and corrected holographs.

III. Scrapbooks: Includes newspaper and literary journal reviews, news notes, publishers' and press notices, advertisements, and dust jackets documenting Jorge Carrera Andrade's literary, diplomatic, and political careers. Many of the clippings are unidentified and undated, and are primarily in Spanish, with some others in French, English, German, Italian, and Czech. 17 bound volumes (ca . 1923-1967).