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In Memoriam Prof. Carl Deal

In Memoriam Prof. Carl Deal


Dr. Antonio Sotomayor

Assistant Professor and Librarian of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

September 2017


Emeritus Professor Carl Deal, the first University of Illinois’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies Librarian, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. He was 86. Professor Deal completed an M.A. in Latin American Studies at Mexico City College and an M.S. in library science at Kansas State Teachers’ College. A preeminent leader in the field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and academic libraries, Professor Deal leaves behind a legacy and a professional track-record difficult to replicate. Before coming to Urbana, he held positions in the Kansas State Historical Society, the Wichita Public Library and the University of Kansas Library, where he directed the student exchange program with the University of Costa Rica. In 1965, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois as its first Latin American and Caribbean librarian, where he helped build the university’s Latin American and Caribbean collection into a premier academic repository, which today ranks among the top 3 in the nation with almost one million volumes in numerous languages and formats. In 1970, Professor Deal became the second president of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), the premier association of Latin American librarians. During the academic year 1972-1973, he served as Director of Illinois’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), and from 1978 to 1982 as Executive Director of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) when the Secretariat moved to Urbana.

Professor Deal was among the pioneers in establishing close collaborative relations with Latin American vendors in the field to acquire academic library material for research universities in the United States, which eventually became the “Blanket plans.” Throughout his career, Mr. Deal set and achieved a high standard of excellence in bibliographic and academic research. He is the author of works such as:

  • Latin America and the Caribbean: A Dissertation Bibliography. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International, 1978.
  • “The Latin American Microform Project: The First Decade.” Microform Review vol.15 (Winter 1986): 22-27.
  • Academic Publishing in Mexico. Albuquerque, New Mexico: SALALM Secretariat, General Library, University of New Mexico, 1992.
  • Academic publishing in Ecuador. Albuquerque, New Mexico: SALALM Secretariat, General Library, University of New Mexico, 1994.

From Prof. Deal’s obituary we have the following special notes: “He retired from the UI in 1995 after more than a decade as director of Library Collections. In retirement, he continued his work to advance a system of regional cooperation to help smaller institutions around the world gain access to the resources of major library collections. This was consistent with his core personal belief that all people are equally deserving of the same respect and opportunities. Carl was passionate about social justice and always eager to engage with the issues of the day. He was an active participant in life. He knew the opportunities to love and to be loved were precious and unique. During his last days, he advised his family: ‘Life is full of love, fun and adventure, but you have to make it happen. God help us if we ever forget love. It’s the thing that moves us forward.’”

Personally, Don Carlos was a valued mentor, good friend, and my third abuelo. We spent hours talking about the profession, Puerto Rico and Latin America, his good old friends from SALALM, research, but most importantly, family. He always made sure to ask about my family, how they were doing, and loved seeing pictures of us. You could tell how clear it was for him that the most important thing in life was family and people. Everything else was secondary. I never took for granted that he was still among us and each time I saw him at his house, at a social event, or in town, I thought to myself how lucky I was to be talking with a legend and a leader of Latin American and Caribbean librarianship.

Early in my position Don Carlos and Yolanda sent the library a donation to help in the acquisition of material for the collection. I always and sincerely appreciate anybody’s donation to our collection. But receiving one from Prof. Deal was special. I took extra time to honor him in a thank you letter, which I would like to share now as a tribute to a great professional, noteworthy leader, but most of all, a kind friend. Que descanse en paz el gran Don Carl Deal.

“Muy estimado Profesor don Carlos,

It is with great honor and admiration that I write this letter of appreciation for your generous gift of $100 to the University of Illinois Library. I sincerely appreciate your donation, yet I also humbly express my profound gratitude for the work you did as the first Latin American and Caribbean Librarian in our University Library. As I take charge of this magnificent collection, I often stop and admire the vastness of our holdings and recognize time and again the leadership it took to build it, much of it under your wise and pioneering stewardship. Your leadership was not confined to the University Library at Illinois, but also nationwide and reaches the broadest corners in US academia and higher education. In a time where Latin American and the Caribbean entailed an integral part in US academic inquiry and teaching, you led the field and set examples of excellence in bibliographic and research endeavors, continuing to make Illinois a special place to study Latin America. As we move forward into the twenty-first century, and Latin America and the Caribbean enter a new and equally exciting phase, I am confident in my stewardship of our collection knowing that thanks to you it is as strong as any in the US, and the world for that matter. Your gift of $100 is greatly appreciated. However, your gift in building this extraordinary collection is a generous testament of intellectual excellence, professional commitment, and significant service.”

Rachel Schneiderman

A strong linguist, Rachel Schneiderman was active in SALALM and at UF Libraries in a number of capacities ; she was a warm and caring person ; a delightful and pleasant individual, Rachel bonded with colleagues quickly, and sincerely ; she loved cycling, and rode her bicycle in Gainesville to and from our campus.

We worked with her on a number of projects, and she was an enthusiastic team member.
I truly admired her solid knowledge of languages and cultures.


This is sad news ; she will be missed.

Richard Phillips
U of Florida

Micaela Chávez Villa, receives the Homage to the Librarian at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara (FIL)

Photo credit: Diario de Yucatan

SALALMISTA, Micaela Chávez Villa, chair of Local Arrangements for SALALM 63, received the Homage to the Librarian at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara (FIL) on November 29, 2017. This award recognizes Micaela’s accomplishments after 45 years of librarianship and most recently as the Director of the Daniel Cosío Villegas Library of the Colegio de México (COLMEX).

Micaela used the opportunity to address the importance of building connections between libraries, schools and communities through educational models that use information resources made accessible through well-funded libraries where information professionals provide access to titles, databases and publishers that are not accessible through google and other “open” access platforms.

Micaela generously extended the recognition to many individuals and communities, including SALALM, which have enabled her to learn and teach over the past 45 years while developing self-sufficient library professionals and researchers who can search, retrieve and ethically advance information in different environments. Linked here is a copy and link to video of Micaela’s acceptance speech.

Raúl Padilla López, president of FIL de Guadalajara, praised Micaela as an experienced professional whose constant interest in dissemination of and access to various information resources has opened doors through the development of digital projects for the benefit of communities throughout Mexico.

Receiving the Homage to the Librarian at the largest and most important annual book fair in the Spanish-language industry is no small matter. In addition to welcoming a total of 815,000 people with nearly 21,000 professionals, FIL2017 attracted book people from all over the world, including more than 2,000 publishers from 45 countries, 620 authors, illustrators or editors presenting their works, and many excited fans, including secondary school children.

If we are known by the company we keep, consider the news stories linked below (cites/sitios), where Micaela is named alongside writers:  Azar Nasifi, Muriel Barbery, Mircea Cărtărescu, Nona Fernández, Carlos Yushimito, Paul Auster and Emmanuel Carrère, editor Juan Casamayor; to the architect Carme Pinós; bibliophile Alberto Ruy-Sánchez; the cartoonist Helguera and photographer Graciela Iturbide. She was also celebrated along with Juan Rulfo; Cien años de soledad, Juan Goytisolo, Antonio Sarabia, Eduardo del Río Rius, Javier Valdez and Sergio González Rodríguez. In Micaela’s company, SALALM fares very well.

The impact of Micaela’s mentorship, activism and love for the profession of librarianship and for the people with whom she shares this work, including fellow SALALMISTAS, extends far beyond the boundaries of a single country.

We are fortunate to count Micaela Chávez Villa and the entire team at the Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas as well as their colleagues at COLMEX among our leadership for SALALM 63.  Thanks to Adan Griego, chair of SALALM’s Membership Committee for this video, honoring the occasion and Micaela.

As reported elsewhere:

Micaela Chávez recibe el Homenaje al Bibliotecario – Diario de Yucatan

Video of the award ceremony where Micaela speaks (minute 14, 19 seconds) 

Darle a cada quien el honor que merece – El Diario NTR

Integrar las bibliotecas a la vida social – El Diario NTR

“Quienes dicen que las bibliotecas son obsoletas, no saben de su importancia” – Cronica

La FIL Guadalajara sigue mostrando crecimiento año con año: Raúl Padilla – Cronica

La fiesta de los libros, en números – El Economista

Concluye la FIL 2017; Madrid fue la ciudad invitada – SDP Noticias 

Exito de ferias de libro no se mide por Premios Nobel: Marisol Schulz –  El Universal 

La SALALMISTA, Micaela Chávez Villa, actual coordinadora de la logística local para la Conferencia No. 63 del Seminario para la Adquisición de Materiales Latinoamericanos (SALALM), recibió el Homenaje al Bibliotecario en la Feria Internacional del libro de Guadalajara (FIL) el 29 de noviembre de 2017. Este galardón reconoce los éxitos de Micaela después de 45 años como bibliotecaria y mas recientemente como directora de la biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas del Colegio de México (COLMEX).

Micaela aprovechó la oportunidad para destacar la importancia que tiene el crear conexiones entre las   bibliotecas, las escuelas y la comunidad en general a través de modelos educativos que utilicen recursos de información accesibles ofrecidos por bibliotecas bien financiadas donde los profesionales en la preservación y administración de  la información proporcionen el acceso a títulos, bases de datos y editores, los mismos que no son accesibles a través de Google y otras plataformas de acceso “abierto”.

Micaela generosamente extendió el reconocimiento a muchas personas y comunidades, incluyendo a SALALM, quienes le han permitido aprender y enseñar por más de 45 años a profesionales autosuficientes e investigadores de las bibliotecas capaces de buscar, recuperar y éticamente actualizar la información en diferentes entornos. Encuentra aqui el enlace a una copia y el video del discurso que ofreció Micaela al recibir este homenaje.

Raúl Padilla López, Presidente de la Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) de Guadalajara, elogió a Micaela como una profesional experimentada cuyo constante interés en difundir y acceder a diversos recursos de la información ha abierto varias puertas a través del desarrollo de proyectos digitales para el beneficio de las comunidades académicas en todo México.

Recibir este honor en el marco de la mayor y más importante feria anual del libro en la industria de la lengua española no es algo ordinario o de mínima importancia. Además de dar la bienvenida a un total de 815.000 personas con casi 21.000 profesionales, FIL 2017 atrajo a gente de todo el mundo, incluyendo más de 2.000 editores de 45 países, 620 autores, ilustradores y editores que presentan sus obras, y muchos fans entusiastas, incluyendo a los chicos de secundaria.

Si se nos conoce por la compañía que frecuentamos, consideremos las noticias que se divulgan en el enlace que  se encuentra en la parte de abajo (CITES/sitios), donde Micaela está mencionada junto a escritores tales como: Azar Nasifi, Muriel Barbery, Mircea Cărtărescu, Nona Fernández, Carlos Yushimito, Paul Auster y Emmanuel Carrère, el redactor Juan Casamayor; el arquitecto Carme Pinós; el bibliófilo Alberto Ruy-Sánchez; el caricaturista Helguera; la fotógrafa Graciela Iturbide, así como los homenajes a Juan Rulfo; Cien años de soledad, Juan Goytisolo, Antonio Sarabia, Eduardo del Río Rius, Javier Valdez y Sergio González Rodríguez.

En compañía de Micaela, a SALALM le ha ido muy bien. El impacto que ha tenido la asesoría de Micaela, su activismo y el amor por la profesión de bibliotecario y por las personas con las que comparte este trabajo, incluyendo a sus compañeros SALALMISTAS, se extiende mucho más allá de los límites de un solo país.

Tenemos la suerte de contar con Micaela Chávez Villa y todo el equipo de la biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas, además de sus colegas en COLMEX como parte integrante de nuestro liderazgo para La Conferencia 63 SALALM.  Gracias a Adan Griego y el Comité de Membresía por este video, honrando la ocasión y a Micaela.

Ver esta noticia reportada en otros lugares.

Micaela Chávez recibe el Homenaje al Bibliotecario – Diario de Yucatan

Video de la ceremonia de reconocimiento donde Micaela habla (minuto 14, 19 secondos) 

Darle a cada quien el honor que merece – El Diario NTR

Integrar las bibliotecas a la vida social – El Diario NTR

“Quienes dicen que las bibliotecas son obsoletas, no saben de su importancia” – Cronica

La FIL Guadalajara sigue mostrando crecimiento año con año: Raúl Padilla – Cronica

La fiesta de los libros, en números – El Economista

Concluye la FIL 2017; Madrid fue la ciudad invitada – SDP Noticias 

Exito de ferias de libro no se mide por Premios Nobel: Marisol Schulz –  El Universal 

Welcome, new members!

Luiza Wainer is a Brazilian librarian currently working as Metadata Librarian (Spanish and Portuguese Specialty) at Princeton University. They obtained their bachelors in Library and Information Science from Fundação Escola de Sociologia de Política de São Paulo – FESPSP, in 2013, and was the cataloging librarian at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP up until 2015, when they moved to the United States. Luiza obtained an MLIS from the University of Washington, focusing on cataloging, metadata, and linked data. As a new member of SALALM, Luiza has already joined the Latin American and Indigenous Peoples of the Americas SACO Funnel and is anxious to work collaboratively with other SALALM members identify knowledge gaps and correct objectionable headings in LCSH.

Gabriel Jiménez Barrón es bibliotecario Auxiliar en la Biblioteca de Ciencias Bibliotecarias e Informatica(BCBI) de la Universidad de Puerto Rico desde el 2016. Tiene una maestría en bibliotecología y ciencias de la información (2016) de la Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información (EGCTI) de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Sus temas de interes son bibliotecas digitales, web development para bibliotecas, bibliotecas académicas y bibliotecas, museos y archivos especializados en recursos Latino Americanos.


Alejandro Herrera Prada, is the Manager in BOOKS OF COLOMBIA. About BOOKS OF COLOMBIA: We do supply Colombian books and serials to foreign libraries, bookstores and individuals. We furnishes bibliographic information and supplies current well as old books, including the ones to be searched. We are located in Bogota DC -Colombia- and we have direct relationship with the most important publishing houses of the country. We are the best ally in Colombia for acquisitions of libraries and universities, we provide professional work, experience, allied with technology and excellence.

Fall 2017 Dan C. Hazen SALALM Fellowship Award Announced!

Bronwen Maxson, Betsaida Reyes and Alison Hicks have been awarded the Fall 2017 Dan C. Hazen SALALM Fellowship Award for their original research project proposal, “Practices of Information Professionals in Mexico.” The project will gather data about the work of information literacy instruction librarians and other information professionals in Mexico, and seeks to gain insights into how information professionals can prepare students for “global mobility from an information perspective.”

The award will cover expenses for two of the PIs to conduct focus group research in Mexico following the July 2018 SALALM conference. The preliminary results of the first phase of the project, a survey of Mexican librarians that teach information literacy, will be presented at the conference.

Bronwen Maxson is Romance Languages Librarian at the University of Colorado Boulder, Betsaida Reyes is Librarian for Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas, and Alison Hicks is Lecturer in Library and Information Science, Department of Information Studies, University College, London.

Congratulations, Bronwen, Betsaida and Alison!

Edgardo Cozarinsky Papers at Princeton University Library

The Princeton University Library’s Manuscripts Division has recently added the papers of Edgardo Cozarinsky to its extensive collection of archives, manuscripts, and correspondence by Latin American writers and intellectuals.
Cozarinsky is an Argentine-born film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, critic, theater director, and playwright. He was born on January 13, 1939 in Buenos Aires. He began his directing career with the experimental film “…” (Puntos suspensivos) in 1971. In 1974, at the height of the Argentine military dictatorship, Cozarinsky left Buenos Aires for Paris where he devoted most of his creative pursuits to film. His film oeuvre spans more than four decades and includes feature-length and short films, fiction and “essays” written and produced in French, Spanish, and other languages. His film work includes Les Apprentis Sorciers (1976), La Guerre d’un seul homme (1981), Autoportrait d’un inconnu – Jean Cocteau (1983), Haute Mer (1984), Pour Mémoire – Les Klarsfeld, une famille dans l’Histoire (1985), Sarah (1988), Guerreros y cautivas (1989), BoulevardS du crépuscule (1992), Scarlatti à Séville (1994), Citizen Langlois (1994), La barraca: Lorca sur les chemins de l’Espagne (1995), Le Violon de Rothschild (1996), Fantômes de Tanger (1997), Le Cinéma des Cahiers (2000), Tango-Désir (2002), Dans le Rouge du Couchant (2003), Rond Nocturna (2005), Apuntes para una biografía imaginaria (2010), Nocturnos (2011), and Carta a un padre (2013).

Cozarinsky’s other creative pursuits include theater production. In 2005, he wrote and directed Squash and a mini-opera titled Raptos. He has also appeared as a performer, along with his oncologist, in Vivi Tellas’s “documentary theater” piece Cozarinsky y su médico. In 2008, he started work on the libretto for a chamber opera with the musician Pablo Mainetti, Ultramarina, based on his own novel El rufián moldavo. Cozarinsky has been the recipient of the Premio Konex (2004, 2014) and the Premio Cóndor (2004, 2011).

A large portion of the papers include scripts, shooting schedules, printed press, on set photographic stills, subtitle translation texts, audiovisual materials, general reference, and accounting files pertaining to Cozarinsky’s film work. Drafts and printed materials of his theater productions and writing publications are present as well. Correspondence from various friends and collaborators including Néstor Almendros, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Ronald Christ, Frances Korn, Silvina and Victoria Ocampo, Alejandra Pizarnik, Manuel Puig, Severo Sarduy, Susan Sontag, and Julián Ríos, among other individuals, is also present. Other materials include photographs; personal items such as address books, notebooks, planners; printed and ephemeral matter from film festivals; articles and interviews about Cozarinsky; and a newspaper and magazine research collection of varying subject matter that includes articles about Argentine culture, film history, and Jorge Luis Borges.

A detailed finding aid was created by Processing Archivist Elvia Arroyo Ramírez.

Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez
Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies

The Latin American, U.S. Latinx, and Iberian Studies Librarianship Bibliography is now available

Here is the outcome of the research-a-thon during the LXII annual SALALM Conference. Latin American, U.S. Latinx, and Iberian Studies Librarianship: from collection development and cataloging to scholarly communication, reference, archives, instruction, and digital scholarship.

During the research-a-thon, we added nearly 100 resources to the bibliography! This collective effort is mainly developed and maintained by members of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM).

If you are just interested in having a look at it and download/reuse some of our bibliography items into your own personal bibliographies, you can just access it here.

Also, feel free to share this link with non-SALALM members that might be interested in this topic.

If you would like to participate in this initiative and add content, you can join here as well. The guidelines for this project are included in this page.

Hope you find it useful!
Jesus Alonso-Regalado

2017 José Toribio Medina Award Winner

The winner is: The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico published by University of Nebraska Press in 2016 by Antonio Sotomayor.

This is a beautifully written, engaging, and insightful analysis of Puerto Rico’s history as a unique national entity that simultaneously identifies and functions as a U.S. colony and an independent nation-state.  As such, it situates the case of Puerto Rico – as it connects with Latin American and Latino studies more broadly – within a global framework intersecting works on colonialism, nationalism and sport history.  It makes a strong case for the importance of understanding Puerto Rico’s particular and exceptionalist historical experience as an example of the Spanish and the broader Caribbean’s tenuous geo-political position in real and academic iterations of Latin and Latino America.

Presented by Sarah Aponte, Chair of the José Toribio Medina Award Advisory Panel
May 22, 2017


Sonia Silva – Honorary Membership

The Membership Committee would like to nominate Sônia Terezinha Dias Gonçalves da Silva to honorary membership in SALALM.  Sonia Silva has been a constant and active presence in our organization both as a Librarian and as a “Librera.”

She received a law degree in Ribeirão Preto in 1965 and a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Campinas (UniCamp) in 1967, both in her native Brazil. Sonia joined the UniCamp library in 1967, working in several libraries, including as Director of Special Collections, until her retirement in March of 1999. She was influential in building a strong special collections library that includes several important holdings, most notably the 8,000 volume collection of the noted Brazilian historian Sergio Buarque de Hollanda.

Sonia was influential in the evolution of special collections in all of Brazil. An interest in expanding her knowledge and experiences lead her to pursue research and training grants to the University of Texas, Brigham Young University, and Brown University, with smaller experiences at the University of Miami and Florida International University.  She began attending SALALM in 1982 with the Washington meeting. Her regular attendance began with the 1987 meeting in Miami and she has attended, often at great financial sacrifice, all of the meetings since that time.  

She was voted to the Executive Board as member-at-Large from 1996-1998. She was one of the original committee members in organizing ENLACE, with Iliana Sonntag and Mark Grover, and she continues to be active in that committee. She introduced the idea of the SALALM raffle as a way of raising funds for ENLACE at the 1994 Salt Lake City meeting, a successful tradition that continues to this day. In addition, Sonia has served on several other committees, most notably the Marginalized Peoples and Ideas subcommittee. During her library years she made a presentation every year, often in this committee meeting, and some of her papers were published in the SALALM proceedings.

After her retirement in 1998, because of her knowledge and experiences in both Brazil and the United States, she was persuaded by many in SALALM to become a book dealer for Brazilian books, which she did between 2000 and 2014. This second phase of her participation in SALALM was different, symbolized by her presence on the opposite side of the book dealer’s desk.

The Membership Committee enthusiastically endorses the nomination of Sônia Terezinha Dias Gonçalves da Silva for honorary membership of SALALM.

Lee H. Williams – In Memoriam

Lee H. Williams [1921 – 2017]

A long-time SALALM member active on various committees, mentor to those entering the organization, and superb collection curator died 24 May at his residence in Fort Myers, Florida. Born in Madison County, Georgia, he escaped the South for Seattle and the University of Washington where he received a BA in Spanish in 1947 after an interlude with the US Army on the Italian front from 1942 – 1945. Seattle’s rains proved motivating enough to accept his first professional position with the US Department of State and its Consulate General in Alexandria, Egypt. His service at a time of increasing civilian and military unrest given King Farouk’s sharply declining popularity and rising Arab nationalism under Gamal Abdel Nasser ended in 1952 with the military coup. Those years proved instrumental in Lee’s understanding of popular dissent, government corruption especially among political and business leaders, and the role of the military in society. Exposure to and implications of US government meddling in the affairs of sovereign states also was a legacy to follow him throughout his career as a Latin American specialist.

Upon return to the US, he enrolled in Columbia University’s MSLS program and graduated in 1954. His library career began at Wesleyan University where he gained experience in acquisitions, rare book cataloging and finally as the head cataloguer before departing in mid-1960 for the Universidad de Puerto Rico – Río Piedras as director of technical services in charge of cataloging, acquisitions, binding and photoduplication. After nearly four years of tropical weather and daunting bureaucracy, Lee toughen sufficiently to handle the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he was the director of technical services until fall 1967. These years of library experience proved critical for his next move: Yale University as Curator of the Latin American Collection where he served until July 1986. Bringing extensive managerial, supervisory and technical experience along with subject knowledge to this new role made him ideal for overseeing one of the country’s foremost efforts in developing a Latin American research collection. Respected by catalogers and administrators because he knew their expectations and proclivities, his unrelenting efforts to secure unique documentation as well as all available imprints of research potential enabled the collections to become even more distinguished, and often unique in depth and extent for the countries and topics of concern to Yale.

In 1970, I met Lee at my first SALALM conference [the 15th] in Toronto. Consistent and reliable acquisitions remained a problem for the area, and more bibliographers were aware that the Latin American Cooperative Acquisition Program [LACAP] required major efforts to supplement those acquisitions and specifically to locate reliable book dealers within Latin America able to expand their business to North American libraries. Acquisition trips became essential not only to assure a steady flow of new and old publications to research collections, but also to gain an edge over competing collections for it was an era of intense rivalry among the leading libraries and their bibliographers. Lee was generous to a younger generation of bibliographers and during acquisition trips with him to Mexico, Chile and Argentina I honed my expertise in this important facet of professional work.

Much of Lee’s success and admiration for his steadfast efforts stem from his voracious capacity to read widely and with great understanding, fitting together historic and contemporary trends into overriding principles to guide in the selection of materials. For many of his Yale years brutal military dictatorships ruled, and where they didn’t, often non-democratic kleptocracies did, so the challenge was documenting as many aspects of those experiences as possible, always with an eye to the backward linkages and potential of acquiring major collections of earlier imprints. Cuba held special interest for documenting the Revolution’s successes and failures as well as Chile under Allende and later the grim years of Pinochet. Throughout all this he gained and held the respect of Latin American book dealers as true partners in the efforts to provide future generations as strong a representation as possible of the thoughts and actions by the women and men, prominent and humble, who shaped the society and histories of the Americas. All this he accomplished with clarity and humor and an unwavering focus on detail that garnered the respect of scholars, faculty and graduate students, as well as his SALALM colleagues. His legacy are Yale’s great collections, enduring friendships and mentees.

Peter T. Johnson
SALALM Treasurer

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