Manuel and Carmen Paredes letters and scrapbooks
This collection consists of letters, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting Manuel Paredes's journey through the Peruvian Amazon.
Manuel Paredes was born in Arequipa, Peru on May 29, 1924. After college, he became a Petroleum Geologist, working in oil exploration in Peruvian Amazonia from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. During this time, he wrote letters to Carmen Amado Nuñez, his childhood friend in Lima. In 1952, they were married.
After doing graduate work at Stanford University, Manuel Paredes lived between Peru and the United States. The Paredes family moved to Houston in 1976. Manuel Paredes passed away on April 22, 2002. Carmen Paredes passed away on January 18, 2021.
The original materials are held by the Woodson Research Center in Fondren Library. Search the finding aid/inventory for the Manuel and Carmen Paredes letters and scrapbooks, MS 971.
Content warning: Please be aware that within the scrapbooks there are photographs taken of indigenous people. Their consent and whether the photographs might violate any customs or traditions is unknown.