The cultural authorities of Mexico agreed to begin the testamentary succession of the poet Octavio Paz, whose legacy would have as its ultimate depository the National College, informed the Ministry of Culture of the Mexican capital.
The agreement to start the process was decided in a meeting with the Federal Ministry of Culture, the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), the National College and the Legal Counsel of the Government of Mexico City, said the institution in a statement.
The goal is that the heritage of Octavio Paz (1914-1998) "is part of our cultural heritage" so that it can be preserved and consulted "in the times that the poet himself has determined in his will," he said .
The cultural institution has indicated that the actions related to the will of the Nobel Prize for literature 1990 were taken after the recent death of the widow of the poet, Marie José Tramini and that will be a judge that determines the inexistence of a testament of the poet's widow.
The testamentary disposition of the Mexican poet was that the National College, an institution that brings together the most important scientists, artists and writers, is the depositary exclusively of their documents, letters, private correspondence and documents of the collection.
"This does not affect the right of author and property owned by Octavio Paz, which must have another destination in accordance with the legal provisions," he said.
During the meeting, the National College expressed the wish to be depositary of the collection, in accordance with the statement made by Paz in his will.
The INBA also informed that it prepares the Declaration of artistic monument of the archives that are in the property of Octavio and Marie José Paz.
The federal and Mexican authorities agree that conservation of the collection is of the highest priority as "one of the most important literary and intellectual works in the history of Mexico and the world".