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Beláustegui Bustamante Family Papers

Identifier: MSH/LAT 0050

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of the Beláustegui -Bustamante Family, centered in San Isidro, Argentina, covering four generations from Melchor Beláustegui Rodríguez to his great-granddaughter Isabel Giménez Bustamante. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence between family members and friends. Notable correspondents include Isabel Giménez Bustamante; her siblings, Rodolfo (Jr), Enrique, María Adela, and María Carlota; and her parents, Rodolfo Giménez Bustamante (Sr.) and Juana Bustamante Beláustegui. Much of the twentieth-century correspondence is between Juana and her friends from charitable societies; Rodolfo (Jr.) and his business contacts in the world of architecture; and Isabel and her political and ecclesiastical contacts. Major topics represented in the collection include Argentine politics, especially twentieth-century; Peronism; feminism in Argentina; the Catholic Church in Argentina; Argentine society; and charitable societies. Materials include letters, clippings, cards, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, speeches, poetry, and political ephemera.


  • Creation: 1820-1976


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Isabel Giménez Bustamante (1905-1999) was the youngest of six children of Juana Bustamante Beláustegui and Rodolfo Giménez Bustamante (Sr.) She was educated in English at Cambridge before returning to Argentina to teach English and write English translations. She was a conservative Catholic and was very active in politics as a vocal anti-Peronist. She wrote many articles and essays about the turbulent political situation in Argentina, the role of women in Argentine society, and the presence of the Catholic Church in society. Giménez Bustamante belonged to charitable societies, wrote in Catholic newspapers, and had connections at the highest ecclesiastical and political levels.

Biographical / Historical

Rodolfo Giménez Bustamante (1892-1972) was the third of six children of Juana Bustamante Beláustegui and Rodolfo Giménez Bustamante. He was a well-noted architect in Buenos Aires.

Biographical / Historical

Juana Bustamante Beláustegui (1864-1948) married her cousin Rodolfo Giménez Bustamante in 1883 and had six children. Juana was active in charitable societies and was president of La Sociedad Socorros de San Isidro.


6.5 Cubic feet

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian






This collection is arranged chronologically.

Beláustegui Bustamante Family Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556