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Series 2
Personal papers, 1968-2017
Boxes 15 - 22, 33 - 34, and 40 - 41

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of the personal papers of Richard Blanco from 1968-2017 and includes awards, correspondence, undergraduate and graduate materials from Florida International University, and photographs. The bulk of the series is correspondence from fans and students congratulating Blanco for his 2013 inaugural poem "One Today." Correspondence includes letters from Blanco's family in Cuba; other authors such as Sandra Cisneros, Nikki Moustaki, and Darden Pyron; and "V.I.P." letters from Norman Lear, Max Blumberg, Sonya Sotomayor, and members of the White House staff, including President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The series also includes essays, poems, and transcripts from Blanco's graduate studies in fine arts at Florida International University. There are limited materials pertaining to Blanco's undergraduate degree in engineering. Photographs in this series contain headshots and photographs of speaking engagements.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder Content
41 - 57th Presidential Inauguration bookmark, circa 2013
41 - 57th Presidential Inauguration coaster, circa 2013
41 - 57th Presidential Inauguration shot glass, circa 2013
AV1 Art Street #601, WLRN, undated [original: DVD]
40 - Artwork, fan art, "To Love a Country: A Triptych of Poems," undated [1 of 2]
40 - Artwork, fan art, "To Love a Country: A Triptych of Poems," undated [2 of 2]
40 - Artwork, fan art, unidentified scroll, undated [1 of 2]
40 - Artwork, fan art, unidentified scroll, undated [2 of 2]
15 4 Artwork, sketches of Blanco, 2013 [Artist: Bailly]
15 5 Artwork, sketches, other, undated
15 6 Artwork, other, undated
41 - Awards, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, undated
41 - Awards, Equality Florida, Voice for Equality, 2013
AV1 - Awards, Equality Florida, photographs, undated [original: DVD]
41 - Awards, Legacy Venture, undated
15 7 Awards, other, 1993-2015
33 3 Certificate of Recognition and proclamations, 2013-2014

Includes proclamtions of "Blanco Day" and President Barack Obama's proclamation of LGBTQ Month.

15 8 Christopher Columbus High School, report cards, 1985
41 - City of Miami Beach, key to the city, undated [1 of 2]
41 - City of Miami Beach, key to the city, undated [2 of 2]
41 - City of Portland, Maine, key to the city, undated
15 9 Conference nametags, 2012-2017
15 10 Correspondence, Carlos Betancourt, 1995-1999 [1 of 2]
15 11 Correspondence, Carlos Betancourt, 1995-1999 [2 of 2]
16 1 Correspondence, Christy Rivera, 1992-1994
16 2 Correspondence, Darden Pyron, 1992-2011 [1 of 2]
16 3 Correspondence, Darden Pyron, 1992-2011 [2 of 2]
16 4 Correspondence, family, 1956-2000
16 5 Correspondence, fan mail, 2013 January [1 of 3]
16 6 Correspondence, fan mail, 2013 January [2 of 3]
16 7 Correspondence, fan mail, 2013 January [3 of 3]
17 1 Correspondence, fan mail, 2013 February [1 of 2]
17 2 Correspondence, fan mail, 2013 February [2 of 2]
17 3 Correspondence, fan mail, 2013 March
17 4 Correspondence, fan mail, 2013 April [1 of 2]
17 5 Correspondence, fan mail, 2013 April [2 of 2]
17 6 Correspondence, fan mail, 2013 May-August
17 7 Correspondence, fan mail, 2013 September-November
18 1 Correspondence, fan mail, 2014-2016
18 2 Correspondence, fan mail, return addresses, 2013-2016
18 3 Correspondence, fan mail, undated
18 4 Correspondence, letters from students and teachers, Northampton High School, Massachusetts, 2013
18 5 Correspondence, letters from students, Cambridge Elementary School, Concord, California, 2013
18 6 Correspondence, letters from students, Iolani School, Hawaii, 2017 January
18 7 Correspondence, letters from students, other, undated
18 8 Correspondence, letters from students, Penfield High School, Millbrook, New York, 2017
19 1 Correspondence, Mark Neveu, 2002 [1 of 2]
19 2 Correspondence, Mark Neveu, 2002 [2 of 2]
19 3 Correspondence, Nikki Moustaki, 1991-1997
19 4 Correspondence, other, 1985-1999
19 5 Correspondence, other, 2000-2013
19 6 Correspondence, other, 2014-2017
20 1 Correspondence, other, undated
20 2 Correspondence, other authors, 1997-2016 [1 of 2]
20 3 Correspondence, other authors, 1997-2016 [2 of 2]
20 4 Correspondence, V.I.P., 2013-2016
41 - Desk plate, undated
41 - Embroidered handkerchief, undated
20 5 Florida International University, ACT and GRE score reports, 1985, 1993
20 6 Florida International University, Campbell McGrath workshop, 1994-1995
20 7 Florida International University, design theories and landscape architecture courses, 2005
20 8 Florida International University, diplomas, 1989-1997
20 9 Florida International University, essays, "Tea Room-Binary Verse Form," 1995
20 10 Florida International University, essays, undated
21 1 Florida International University, exams, undated
21 2 Florida International University, financial aid, 1995-1997
21 3 Florida International University, graduate school of architecture portfolio, undated
21 4 Florida International University, journal, Leek-Afro-American Literature, undated
21 5 Florida International University, Masters thesis defense, "City of a Hundred Fires," circa 1997
21 6 Florida International University, poems, 1989-1992
21 7 Florida International University, poems, undated [1 of 2]
21 8 Florida International University, poems, undated [2 of 2]
21 9 Florida International University, research, undated
34 - Florida International University, science pin, undated
34 - Florida International University, scholarship pin, circa 1994
21 10 Florida International University, transcripts and student identification card, 1986-1996
21 11 Florida International University, workshopped poems, 1997-1999
AV1 - Generation ñ episode eight, 1998 [original: VHS] [featuring: Little Havora Blues Poets, Lissetle Gonzolez, Carlos Betoncourt]
AV1 - June Day Concert, 2002 [1 of 2] [original: CD]
AV1 - June Day Concert, 2002 [2 of 2] [original: CD]
41 - Latino Leaders, Most Influential Latinos award coin, 2014
21 12 Macalester College (Saint Paul, Minnesota) honorary degree, 2013
34 4 Macalester College (Saint Paul, Minnesota) honorary degree, 2013
AV1 - Martin, Jorge, Before Night Falls, 2010 [original: CD]
41 - Medal, unidentified, undated
41 - Metal badge, Clifford A. Hart, Jr., Consul General, undated
41 - Mug, Barack Obama HOPE, undated
AV1 - Nahmias, Alysa and Benjamin Murray, Unfinished Spaces, 2011 [original: DVD]
AV1 - Photographs, childhood, undated [original: CD-ROM]
21 13 Photographs, headshots and contact sheets, 2013 [photographer: Craig Dilger]
21 14 Photographs, Iolani School, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2017 January
21 15 Photographs, Lesley University commencement ceremony, 2016
21 16 Photographs, Limerick City of Culture, visiting writers, 2014
21 17 Photographs, negatives, undated
21 18 Photographs, other, 2013
22 1 Photographs, other, undated
35 5 Photographs, "Shadow Song," undated [photographer: Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo]
22 2 Photographs, White House events, 2013
22 3 Planner, 1993
22 4 Planner, 1997
41 - Plaque, Georgia State University keynote speaker, 2014
41 - Plaque, Iolani Innovation, undated
33 2 State of Florida Board of Engineers certificate, 1998
22 5 St. Brenden High School report card and Florida Mathematics League certificate of merit, 1982
AV1 - Surprise party, Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club, unknown year October 10 [original: CD
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