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Merton's Correspondence with:

Olga Elena Mattei de Arosemena; Mattei de Arosemena, Olga Elena; Olga Elena de Arosemena

Mattei, Olga Elena, 1933-  printer

Olga Elena Mattei with her husband and children from December of 1964.  (Copyright Thomas Merton Legacy Trust.)  
Olga Elena Mattei with her husband and children from December of 1964. (Copyright Thomas Merton Legacy Trust.) 

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Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965-1966, 1973
Volume: 8 item(s); 13 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Olga Elena Mattei is a poet living in Medellin, Colombia. She was born in Puerto Rico and often wrote concerning social justice. Merton was a fan of her work.

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1965/04/21 (#01) HLS to Merton Nuestro: hablo en nombre de toda nuestra pequeña familia que «detailed view»
2. 1965/04/21 (#02) other to Merton Para nuestro amado fraile, padre: (En Diciembre 1964, [handwritten note on back of black and white photograph of Mattei's husband and five children, taken in December of 1964] «detailed view»
3. 1965/05/17 HLS[x] from Merton Este pobre hermano acaba por «detailed view»
4. 1966/no/no? HNS[x] from Merton Yes. I did get your letter last Spring just after I got out of the hospital where I had a serious [no date, but after Merton's back operation in the Spring of 1966] «detailed view»
5. 1973/01/31 HLS to Center from Mattei, Olga I have received a second letter about the Fr. Thomas Merton papers. First of all, I want «detailed view»
6. 1973/07/03 TL[c] from Center to Mattei, Olga Thank you for sending us copies of your correspondence from Father Merton and for your kind «detailed view»
7. undated/no/no other[x] from Merton NOTES ON ART AND WORSHIP [-] If you are interested in translating this, I will send a corrected copy [sends only a photocopy of Merton's notes on the title page of his article "Notes on Art and Worship"] «detailed view»
8. undated/no/no other[x] from Merton Para Olga Elena Mattei - [photocopy of inscription by Merton from the title page of Emblems of a Season of Fury - also contains note by Ernesto Cardenal quoting Merton's 1965/05/10 letter to him praising Mattei's poetry and commenting upon the picture she sent him] «detailed view»

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