Archive of Rafael Fernández-Shaw


Archivo Rafael Fernández-Shaw.
10.0 m.

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Biographical/Historical note

Guillermo’s younger brother Rafael Fernández-Shaw was born in Madrid in 1905 and died in 1967. Although Rafael made his career in the civil service, in the Economic Studies Service of the Bank of Spain and later as restorer of the building, he also cultivated literature, especially poetry, and wrote libretti, with some works for spoken theatre and above all zarzuela. He was also interested in cinema.

Around 30 of his works premiered, written either alone, with his brother Guillermo or with other collaborators. The first one that premiered in spoken theatre was La incógnita, in collaboration with Juan de Leyva, in 1926; the first musical was La barbiana, with music by Leopoldo Magnenti, in 1932. They were soon followed by Un pueblecito andaluz, with Fernando Carrascosa, in 1935, and above all by Tiene razón Don Sebastián, with a score by Jacinto Guerrero, perhaps the most applauded since it opened at the Teatro Principal in Zaragoza.

His creative activity earned him the National Theatre Prize in 1949, the Ruperto Chapí Prize for lyrical works that same year and First Prize in the National Lyrical Contest in 1950. Like his father and brother, he contributed toward raising the status of Spanish lyrical theatre. (Biography by José Prieto Marugán, 2014)

Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscripts, clipping newspapers, photos, programmes, private documentation and correspondance.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Biblioteca Española de Música y Teatro Contemporáneos de la Fundación Juan March.

C/ Castelló 77
28006 Madrid

Conditions governing reproduction

Reproduction is permitted for research and study purposes.

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Legal Status note

Copying allowed for research and study purposes.

Custodial History note

Donated in 2002 by his heirs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note


Appraisal note

Given their historical interest, all of the documents are to be preserved permanently in accordance with Law 16/1985 of 25 June 1985 on Spanish Historical Heritage.

Existence and Location of Originals note

The Spanish Library of Contemporary Music and Theatre of Fundación Juan March. Madrid.


Inventary Collection

Series I. Works of Rafael Fernández-Shaw

This series includes handwritten and typescript works of Rafael Fernández-Shaw consisting of poems, plays, film and radio scripts, lectures, song texts. Some of these works are unpublished. Also included are some original Guillermo Fernández-Shaw.


Original manuscripts and typescripts


Original manuscripts and typescripts

Other texts (screeplays, lectures, magazine articles, interviews..)
Original manuscripts and typescripts

Series II. Documentation on his life and work

Organized chronologically in bound volumes, "Leaves of services" contain all information relating to private and professional career of Rafael Fernández-Shaw from 1924 to 1967. Miscellaneous materials make a documentary and tribute poems by Rafael Fernández-Shaw, reviewed press, handbills and related photographs premieres of his works and correspondence. Some documents (releases, photos) on Carlos Fernández Shaw are also included.

Documentation on his life and work

Series III. Correspondence

The correspondence file is composed original letters, mostly addressed to Rafael Fernandez and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw-Shaw. Also includes a letter from Carlos Fernández Shaw.