The Jose Yglesias collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, journals, legal and financial material, and other items.
Manuscripts for books by Yglesias in the collection include A Wake In Ybor City (Holt, 1963); The Goodbye Land (Pantheon, 1967), including a letter regarding publication The New Yorker (March, 1967); In the Fist of the Revolution (Random House, 1968); The Truth About Them (World Publishing Co., 1971); Double Double (Viking, 1974); The Times Conspire (unpublished); The Kill Price (Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1976); The Franco Years (Bobbs-Merrill, 1976), including index cards used for reference and research; The Old Gents (Arte Publico Press, 1996); and The Fall of Havana (novel, unpublished).
Manuscripts for plays by Yglesias in the collection include The Dictatorship of the Proletariat (drafts dated 1982 and 1983), rewritten as Chattahoochee ; You Don’t Remember (1983 revision); Sisters (1982); Theodore Entertains ; My Polish Son (1986); The Lobby ; Happy Days are Here Again ; Two Sisters by the River ; and Moon Missing, a musical by Yglesias and Edward Sorel.
Other manuscripts by Yglesias in the collection include short stories and articles, some of which were published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications; as well as book reviews by Yglesias regarding books about Latin and South America.
Manuscripts by others in the collection includes a draft of Joyride, by Rafael Yglesias (probably unpublished); the plays Going Steady and The Price of Diamonds, both by Warren Miller and Raphael Milian; and a collection of poetry by Arturo Alfonso.
Correspondence in the collection includes several personal and professional letters. Notable correspondents include Alan Arkin, Howard Fast, Philip Levine, Frank Rich, and Hilda and Arthur White.
Printed material in the collection consists of articles from various magazines and newspapers regarding Yglesias and his work, as well as the published versions of Yglesias’ writings.
Journals in the collection include three journals (1975-1976), kept by Yglesias while researching The Franco Years ; also see the index cards noted above under that title. Also present are a diary from 1975, a diary in notebook form, some daily journals, notes regarding Warren Miller, and five diaries from the early 1990s.
Financial material in the collection includes items regarding Yglesias’ personal life and career. Included are medical bills and statements, banking statements, tax records, insurance records, investments, and utilities. Also present is information regarding a mortgage deed, a lease, a promissory note, and Yglesias’ divorce settlement.
Legal material in the collection includes contracts with the Maria Carvainis Agency, and copyright certificates for The Goodbye Land, An Ordinary Life, In the Fist of the Revolution, and A Wake in Ybor City . Also included is Yglesias’ death certificate and two passports.
Other items in the collection include photographs of Yglesias, a reel-to-reel audio recording titled “Life in a Cuban Village Today” (1967); a Coptic cloth received on a trip to Egypt; and a Cuban flag.