Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Sarmiento mss., ca. 1862–1949, consist of letters and ephemera from Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and his family. Sarmiento, the seventh President of Argentina (1868–1874), was a noted Argentinean activist, intellectual and writer. One of 15 children, Sarmiento was born on February 15, 1811, to José Clemente Quiroga Sarmiento y Funes and Doña Paula Zoila de Albarracíne Irrázabal. Although he grew up in a life of near destitution, one uncle, José Eufrasio Quiroga Sarmiento, became the Bishop of Cuyo while another, Domingo de Oro was very active politically in the early years of the Argentinean Republic. Sarmiento's great literary accomplishment was the Facundo, a critique of the dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas. Throughout his life, Sarmiento remained an advocate of education and modernization. He died at the age of 77 in Asunción, Paraguay on September 11, 1888.

Acquired: 2008

Collection size: 9 items

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