Manuscripts, Mexican -- 19th century. Manuscripts, Mexican -- 20th century. Manuscripts, American -- 20th century. Correspondence. Plays (performed works)
Mostly in Spanish, with some English materials.
A native of Mexico, Roberto Morgadanes was educated in New Orleans, Louisiana, and studied for a doctorate in Romance languages at the University of Pennsylvania from 1940 to 1942, under the supervision of his advisors, Joseph E. Gillet and Otis H. Green. He studied Mexican drama in the 16th century and traveled to Mexico to locate unpublished examples of Mexican dramatic works. It is unclear if Morgadanes ever completed his dissertation on this topic.
This collection consists of two series. The first one documents the formation of the collection of dramas and is composed of correspondence related to Roberto Morgadanes and his studies. The second one comprises religious dramas themselves and includes mostly handwritten Mexican plays of the late 19th century or early 20th century, often illustrated with religious pictures. However, two of the plays are older--17th- and 18th-century--and stem from Inquisition records, and one of them was written in Manila.
Gift of Roberto Morgadanes to Professor Gillet, 12 November 1942.