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Guide to Maria Irene Fornés Papers MSS.413

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 17, 2017
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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Circa 2006 the papers were gathered and moved from Irene Fornés' apartment to the offices of Eduardo Machado at New York University; they were then transferred to the offices of PAJ--A Journal of Performance and Art in approximately 2008. In October 2014, the papers were donated by Bonnie Marranca, editor of  PAJ, on behalf of the journal.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Maria Irene Fornés Papers; MSS 413; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Related Materials

Judson Memorial Church Archive (MSS 094)

Separated Materials

No materials have been separated from this collection.

Processing Information

All materials in this collection have been re-foldered and re-boxed into archival containers. Wherever discernible, the collection's arrangement as received was maintained and augmented. Wherever possible, original folder titles have been retained by the archivist.

Floppy disks were forensically imaged and analyzed.


Duplicate clippings and documents from the same folders as originals have been discarded. A video recording of D.W. Griffiths' Broken Blossoms was removed from the files for  Enter the Night in Series 1 and deaccessioned. Published books found within research files in Series I were also removed for deaccession.


The following materials were drawn upon for the Biographical Note in this finding aid.

Als, Hilton. “The Plays Of Maria Irene Fornés At INTAR.” The New Yorker (March 22 2010). Retrieved from on June 23, 2015.

Black, Rosie. “Enter the Night: Lush Poetry.”The Stranger, Seattle, Washington (April 26-May 2, 1993).

Cummings, Scott T. Maria Irene Fornés. London and New York: Routledge, 2013.

Downey, Roger. “Theater of the Superb.” Seattle Weekly, Seattle, Washington (April 28, 1993).

Harrington, Stephanie. “Irene Fornés, Playwright: Alice and the Red Queen.” Village Voice, New York, New York (April 21, 1966), pp.33-34.

Kelly, Kevin. “A Dramatic and Visual Knockout from Trinity Rep.” The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts (January 13, 1990).

Kozinn, Allan. "Theater World Friends Bring Ailing Playwright Closer to Home." The New York Times. Retrieved from on July 1, 2015.

Obejas, Achy. “María Irene Fornés returns to NYC but custody struggle continues.” Achy Objejas. WBEZ91.5 (Chicago Public Radio), 2 February 2013. Web. June 23, 2015.

Wetzsteon, Ross. “A Different Light: The First Annual Dionysia Festival.” Village Voice, New York, New York (August 11, 1992).