Wednesday October 18th 2017

Latin American & Caribbean Digital Primary Sources

This site provides links to open access digitized collections of primary sources that relate to Latin America and the Caribbean. The materials listed are freely available to the public and were created or are hosted at an academic institution associated with SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials), either through institutional membership or through the personal membership of a staff member. The sources linked below range from collections of Mexican incunabula (1559-1600), to  Latin American posters. The site is organized  by format “Historical Texts by Country“, “Historical Texts General“, “Statistics“, “Recorded or Audiovisual Source“, “Visual Material by Country“, “Visual Material General“, and “Miscellaneous.”

Questions about the collections or links should be  directed to the host library or archive. Please note that content is being continuously added to this site. You are encouraged  to revisit  it for updates and for added content to existing collections.


Historical Texts by Country or Region

(digital collection of printed or manuscript texts with value as primary sources covering one country or region)


Acción Socialista

(Host: University of California at Los Angeles)

Digitized issues of a socialist newspaper published in Argentina from 1905 to 1910.


Argentine Theater and Literary Periodicals

(Host: Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut)

Collection of over 6,500 issues of small-format periodicals containing plays, short novels and other literary texts published during the first half of the 20th century. I addition to well-known titles like La Novela Semanal (1917-54), La escena (1918-33) and Bambalinas (1918-34), it includes numerous periodical titles with a more limited circulation.


Marshall Meyer Papers

(Host: Duke University)

This digital collection documents the human rights activism of the Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer in 1970’s and 1980’s Argentina.  The collection consists of the correspondence, project files, subject files, publications, and other documents contained in the Argentina subseries of the Geographic series of the Marshall T. Meyer papers held at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.


La Montaña

(Host: University of California at Los Angeles)

Digitized issues of a socialist newspaper published in Argentina from 1 June 1897 to 15 September 1897.


El Obrero Panadero

(Host: University of California at Los Angeles)

Digitized issues of a workers’ newspaper published in Buenos Aires from 20 September 1895 to 31 October 1900.


La Organización Obrera

(Host: University of California at Los Angeles)

Digitized issues of Communist newspaper published in Argentina from 24 September 1903 to 21 January 1922.


El Perseguido

(Host: University of California at Los Angeles)

Digitized issues of a Communist/anarchist newspaper published in Buenos Aires from 1890 to 1897.


La Protesta Humana

(Host: University of California at Los Angeles)

Digitized issues of a newspaper published in Buenos Aires during the late 19th century, from 1897 to 1898.


Ramón Gómez de la Serna Papers

(Host: University of Pittsburgh);idno=US-PPiU-sc196704

Ramón Gómez de la Serna (1888-1963) was born in Spain, but his literary career developed in Argentina, where his works influenced the avant-garde. This digital collection includes manuscripts, clippings, photographs, and annotated first editions held by the ULS Special Collections at the University of Pittsburgh. In order to access the digitized items, click in the main screen where it says full text, and in the next screen search for the appropriate archive box and folder.



The Alfredo Montalvo Bolivian Digital Pamphlets Collection

(Host: Cornell University)

This collection includes 715 digitized pamphlets documenting a century of Bolivian literate culture, beginning in 1848. It shows a nation’s struggle to establish viable institutions, to develop its economy, to educate its children and the back and forth of political argument. In their aggregate these pamphlets capture the energy of the Bolivian people.



Brasil: Nunca Mais Digital

(Host: Brazilian government project associated with the Latin American Materials Project (LAMP)

The Brazilian government funded the website and digitization of materials that LAMP and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) preserved in the late 1980s. It includes documentation of civil rights violations in Brazil during the period from 1961 to 1970.


Brazilian Government Documents

(Host: Center for Research Libraries)

The Latin American Materials Project (LAMP) at the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) has digitized executive branch serial documents issued by Brazil’s national government between 1821 and 1993, and by its provincial governments from the earliest available for each province to the end of the first Republic in 1930.


Diario de Pernambuco

(Host: University of Florida)

Digitized issues of Diario de Pernambuco, acknowledged as the oldest newspaper in circulation in Latin America (from 1825 to 1923). The database offers insights into early Brazilian commerce, social affairs, politics, family life, and slavery. Includes 19th century reports on the rise of Brazilian nationalism as the Empire gave way to the early expressions of the Brazilian Republic. Documents 20th century  years of economic and artistic change, with surging exports of sugar and coffee pushing revenues and allowing for rapid expansions of infrastructure, popular expression, and national politics. Digitization funded by the Latin American Materials Project (LAMP).



Caribbean Sea Migration Collection

(Host: Duke University)

The Caribbean Sea Migration Collection consists of photographs, letters, refugee camp newsletters from the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and other primary documents on the history of more than 220,000 Cubans, Dominicans and Haitians who have set out in fragile vessels between 1960 and 2012 in an effort to migrate to the U.S. or other countries in the Caribbean Basin.


Digital Library of the Caribbean

(Host: University of Florida)

A cooperative digital library of resources from and about the Caribbean from the University of Florida Libraries and other libraries in Florida and in Caribbean countries. It contains government documents, legislation, newspapers, and other primary sources useful for historical research.



The J. León Helguera Collection of Colombiana

(Host: Vanderbilt University)

A database that provides access to unique primary sources on 19th-century Colombian history and culture. The collection is one of the largest and most wide-ranging in the United States, including newspapers, pamphlets, novenas, programs, and broadsides. Thus far, selected broadsides and pamphlets have been digitized with online exhibits and accompanying essays on 19th-century Colombian themes.


Manuel Zapata Olivella Collection

(Host: Vanderbilt University)

Digital project to capture selections from Zapata Olivella’s papers housed in the Vanderbilt Libraries’s Special Collections. Afro-Colombian novelist, anthropologist, folklorist, physician and playwright, his papers provide a unique window on the history and society of Colombia and on people of African descent in the Americas as a whole. Thus far, digitization includes: selected correspondence relating to his literary output, Congresses of Black Culture, and Colombian identity; and the Voz de los Abuelos oral history interviews. The goal is to include additional materials in the fields of literature, cultural studies, history, folklore and anthropology to serve those engaged in Afro-Hispanic studies.



CHC Books

(Host: University of Miami Libraries)

This digital collection focuses on books from and about Cuba published before 1923. It includes primary sources for research on the cultural, social, and political history of Cuba, like Juan Gualberto Gomez’s La cuestion de Cuba en 1884 (Madrid, 1885) and Rafael Serra’s Para blancos y negros (Havana, 1907).


CHC Periodicals

(Host: University of Miami Libraries)

Selected issues of journals, newspapers, magazines, and newsletters about Cuba or published in Cuba before 1923. These periodicals are invaluable primary sources for research in cultural,  political and social history.


Collazo Family Papers

(Host: University of Miami Libraries)

The Collazo Family Papers document the commercial activities of Bernardo Collazo (1820s-1830s); Juan Collazo y Gil and Viuda de Collazo e Hijo, and Enrique Collazo (1830s-1890s) through correspondence about their commercial activities in the Caribbean. The entire collection has been digitized.


Cordovés and Bolaños Collection

(Host: University of Miami Libraries)

Collection including letters and documents from Cuba Wars of Independence, as well as clippings, documents, and photographs regarding the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, in which the collection donor, Julio Mestre, was involved. Genealogical materials including correspondence and photographs related to the family history of Julio Mestre, a descendant of the Cordovés and Bolaños families, have also been digitized.


Cuba: Capitanía General Collection

(Host: University of Miami Libraries)

Collection of “bandos” (edicts), royal decress, and official forms from 1896 to 1898 published during the governments of Valeriano Weyler and Ramón Blanco, Captain Generals of the Island of Cuba. Weyler was a central figure in Cuba’s 1895 War of Independence against Spain, known for his relocation of  people living in the countryside or outside urban areas into fortified towns and cities.


Cuban Historical & literary Manuscript Collection

(Host: University of Miami Libraries)

Collection of Cuban manuscripts from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Acquired as individual pieces or in small groups, manuscripts in this collection include books, slave sales and property documents, wills, and correspondence.



First Blacks in the Americas

(Host: CUNY DSI)

First Blacks in the Americas is a digital educational platform devoted to disseminating sound historical information about the early presence of people of black African ancestry in the first colonial society of the Americas of modern times, the society of the colony named La Española (‘The Spanish One’) by the Spanish colonizers when they arrived in 1492 and throughout the sixteenth-century. This is the same society that, over a process of roughly three hundred and fifty years of settlement and creolization, would evolve into the Dominican ethnicity and Dominican nation, and which we know today as the Dominican people and the Dominican Republic, respectively.



Archivo Histórico de la Policia Nacional

(Host: University of Texas at Austin)

Digital collection containing documents from the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive (AHPN). Product of broad international collaboration, it aims to facilitate scholarly and legal research into a vast cache of historical documentation.


Civil War, Society and Political Transition in Guatemala: The Guatemala News and Information Bureau Archive (1963-2000)

(Host: Princeton University)

Includes over 11,000 records from the Princeton University Library collection of the Guatemala News and Information Bureau, a group created in 1978 to support and inform the public about Guatemalan movements for peace and justice, indigenous rights, and labor rights. To support its activities the GNIB systematically collected a wide variety of material documenting all aspects related to the civil war and human rights abuses in Guatemala between 1963 and 2000. This project was created in collaboration with the Cooperative Digitization of International Research Materials (CDIRM) project, organized by the Council of American Overseas Research Center (CAORC).


Central American Broadsides

(Host: University of Kansas) 

This collection features broadsides from the Kenneth Spencer Research Library’s William J. Griffith Collection of Guatemala and Central America. Dating from the 1820s to 1922, the broadsides are primarily Guatemalan, with a smaller number from Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Many pertain to national and local politics and include election materials, political manifestos, and government pronouncements.



A Colony in Crisis: The Saint Domingue Grain Shortage of 1789

(Host: University of Maryland)

The website is designed to provide online access to both the French originals and the English translations of key primary sources dealing with the grain shortage faced by the colony of St. Domingue in 1789.


Haitian Declaration of Independence

(Host: Duke University)

The collection consists of two documents from the papers of Jean Baptiste Pierre Aime Colheux de Longpré, a French colonizer of Saint-Domingue (Haiti). The first is a very rare manuscript copy of the Haitian Declaration of Independence (1804). This declaration by the army of black Haitians established the first black republic in the world. The second is an excerpted copy of a will for Monsieur de la Martinier (1799) which mentions those with family members who became key Haitian revolutionaries.



Archivo de Lucas Alamán

(Host: University of Texas at Austin)

Database containing 364 digitized images of manuscripts in the archive of Mexican statesman and scholar Lucas Alamán at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. It also includes an inventory of the contents of that archive.


Archivo Mesoamericano/Mesoamerican Archive

(Host: Indiana University)

TICFIA-funded collaborative project of Indiana University Libraries, Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (El Salvador), CIESAS (Mexico), and the Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamérica (Nicaragua). Digital collection of ethnographic, social, and political video materials from Mexico and Central America. It is particularly strong in language and culture material from Mexico, and political movements in Nicaragua and El Salvador in the 1980s.


A Continent Divided

(Host: University of Texas-Arlington)

Digital collection including contemporary prints, books, and other primary sources related to the War of the United States with Mexico between 1846 and 1848 housed at the University of Texas-Arlington Library.


Mesoamerican Manuscripts

(Host: Princeton University)

Digital images of manuscripts at the Princeton University Library Manuscripts Collection. The manuscripts were created by indigenous peoples between the 7th and 8th centuries.


Mesoamerican Painted Manuscripts at the Latin American Library

(Host: The Latin American Library, Tulane University)

Images of the Latin American Library’s holdings of original and rare copies of Mexican manuscripts painted in the native pictorial tradition. They are painted on a variety of materials such as animal hide, maguey, amate or fig bark paper, linen, and European paper; their content dates to the early contact period (A.D. 1500 to 1700). The texts collected here represent a variety of themes: Aztec history and migrations, land claims and grants, property holdings, census data, fiscal and tribute accounts, and royal Mixtec genealogies.


Mexican Incunabula (1559-1600) at the Latin american Library

(Host: The Latin american Library, Tulane University)

Digitized images of the Latin American Library’s holdings of rare, eaeerly Mexican imprints representing the earliest products of Mexican printing presses during the years between 1539 and 1600. In addition to making available some of the earliest imprints produced in the New World, this collection provides important and rare sources for the study of the first phases of the Spanish enterprise in the New World, as well as initial forms of encounter between Native Americans and Europeans. These works also provide valuable insights into native languages and cultures during the first decades of contact. The texts are in Spanish, Purepecha and Nahuatl.


Mexican Political Pamphlets, Manuscripts, and imprints

(Host: University of Toronto)

The late James McKegney, Professor of Spanish at the University of Waterloo developed this collection pertaining to the independence of Mexico. The research materials, compiled between 1965 and 1980, consists of a bibliographic database of more than 11,000 citations and a listing of over 1,150 photocopies of pamphlets.


Primeros Libros de las Américas

(Host: University of Texas at Austin)

Digital collection containing books printed in Mexico before 1601. These books represent the first printing in the New World and provide primary sources for scholars doing research on 16th-century Mexico and Latin America in general. Although hosted by UT, this project is co-directed by UT, Texas A&M and Biblioteca Lafragua de la BUAP.



The Conde de Montemar Letters, 1761-1799

(Host: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Collection of letters from the family of Diego José Carrillo de Albornoz y Bravo de Lagunas, V Conde de Montemar, ranging from 1761 to 1799 and held at the University of Illinois. The site offers open access to letters from the first of ten boxes, including the years from 1761 to 1765, with diplomatic transcriptions. There are accompanying historical and biographical essays and an annotated bibliography.



Puerto Rican Civil Court Documents Collection

(Host: University of Connecticut)

Database containing materials at the University of Connecticut Libraries, Storrs. It includes civil court case records from the Appellate Court (Corte de Primera Instancia) and selected verbal trials from 1844 to 1845. Digitization funded by the Latin American Materials Project.


Puerto Rican Digital Collections

(Host: University of Connecticut)

Database of materials from the Puerto Rican Collection (aka the Geigel Collection) at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Its contents ranges from books and magazines to government documents from the mid-19th century related to Puerto Rican history.


Historical Texts General

(Digital collections of printed or manuscript texts with value as primary sources covering several countries)

Cultural Magazines of Latin America

(Host: Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut)

Collection of digitized cultural magazines published in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador and Puerto Rico during the period between 1880 and 1930. Publications included may be useful for social history research. DFG viewer allows for enlargement of images.


Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera

(Host: Princeton University)

Digital collection containing a previously unavailable subset of Princeton’s Latin American Ephemera Collection as well as newly acquired materials. The formats commonly included are pamphlets, flyers, leaflets, brochures, posters and postcards. They were originally created by a wide array of social activists, non-governmental organizations, public policy think tanks, and other types of organizations in order to publicize their views.


Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA)

(Host: University of Maryland at College Park)

Digital collection containing texts produced in the Americas between 1492 and 1821. Some texts are in the original Spanish or Portuguese, but a good number of the Spanish America and Brazilian texts are represented in English translation. They vary in contents and genre: from accounts by conquerors and explorers, to political manifests, and poetry.


Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies

(Host: Vanderbilt University)

Ongoing digital project that preserves endangered ecclesiastical and secular documents related to Africans and Afro-descended peoples in the Americas. Other non-European groups, such as Chinese and indigenous groups are also represented. The ESSSS database contains over 4000,000 documents from diverse archives in four countries (Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, and Spanish Florida). While most of the documents contained here belong to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, there are also Cuba and Spanish Florida documents from the sixteenth century and Brazilian documents from the seventeenth century. Directed by Professor Jane Landers at Vanderbilt University.


History of the Left in Latin America

(Host: Cornell University)

Digital collection containing the full text of issues from the Mexican journal La Cultura en México (60 issues, published from March 1987 to April 1988), and from the Argentinian journal Los Libros (44 issues, published from July 1969 to January/February 1976).


Ibero-American Electronic Texts Series

(Host: University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Digital collection of materials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries and the University of Minnesota Libraries.It includes materials from Iberia as well as Latin America. Chronologically its contents includes colonial times to the 20th century, and it varies in topic and genre: from chronicles of the Spanish conquest published in the 16th century to a 20th century political tract.


Latin American Government Documents Archive (LAGDA)

(Host: University of Texas at Austin)

LAGDA seeks to preserve and facilitate access to a wide range of executive agencies and presidential documents from 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries.


Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection

(Host: Harvard University)

Digital collections of pamphlets at the Harvard College Library published in Latin America during the 19th and early 20th centuries containing political or social commentary. Many of the pamphlets in this collection include maps, photographs and other illustrations.


Latin American Travelogues

(Host: Brown University)

This digital collection draws on the expertise of Prof. N. Green; Prof. Carlos Manuel de Céspedes; Patricia Figueroa, Curator of Iberian and Latin American Collections; students; and the staff of the Center for Digital Scholarship at Brown University Libraries. The goal of the project is to create a digital collection of Latin American travel accounts written in the 16th-19th centuries. The works selected are linked to critical essays produced by undergraduate students who enrolled in Prof. Green’s courses on Latin American history. This site will serve as a free-access visual and research tool for students and scholars alike.


The Papers of George Lister

(Host: University of Texas at Austin)

The database includes digitized images of material in the collection of documents of U.S. diplomat George Lister at the University of Texas at Austin Libraries. Some of these papers and videotapes refer to Chile and Central America.


Spanish American Political Texts Series

(Host: University of Minnesota)

Digital collection including materials at the University of Minnesota Libraries. It contains texts with political contents from Spanish America, ranging from colonial times to the 20th century.


Theological Commons. Latin American Collection

(Host: Princeton University)

This digital collection contains books and periodicals in theology, biblical studies, and related fields in the Latin American collection at the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Recorded or Audiovisual Sources

(Digital sound collections)

The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape Online

(Host: U. S. Library of Congress)

Collection of hundreds of recordings of poets and prose writers from Latin America and the Caribbean reading their works, dating back to 1943. Those recordings were made at the U. S. Library of Congress’s Recording Laboratory and at other locations in Latin America and Spain. Most of them were captured ion magnetic tape reels, and, until now, were accessible only at the U. S. Library of Congress itself.


The Louis J. Boeri and Minín Bujones Boeri Collection of Cuban-American Radionovelas, 1963-1970

(Host: The Latin American Library, Tulane University)

Selected titles from the radio programming catalog of america’s Productions, Inc. (API) contained in the physical collection of the same name held by Tulane University’s Latin American Library. Although the radio programs included in this collection were created in the United States, most of their script writers and actors were Cuban exiles continuing in US soil the Cuban radio tradition that had blossomed in the island in the 1940s and 1950s, when Cuban radio programs were recorded to be broadcast by radio stations in the Spanish speaking countries of Latin America.



(digital collections of historical statistics/raw or edited)

 Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA) 

(Host: University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Database includes mortality statistics from Latin America covering the interval between 1848 and 2014 from population censuses, age-specific total death counts, mortality rates, and life tables. The project is supported by research project grants from the National Institute on Aging and a Fogarty International Center award.


Visual Material by Country or Region

(digital collections of images with primary source value-artwork, documentary photographs, maps, etc.)


Chilean Protest Murals

(Host: Harvard University)

Digital collection of photographs by Andrés Romero Spethman of murals created in and around Santiago de Chile between 1983 and 1990. Photographs at the Harvard College Library. These murals document political protest during an important period of Chilean history.



Augustus C. Mayhew, Jr. Photograph Collection

(Host: University of Miami Libraries)

Collection of black and white photographs of the Mayhew and McAbe families during their time living in the American colony of La Gloria in the province of Camaguey, Cuba. The photographs include views of La Gloria from 1901 to 1952, the Mayhew family and neighbors, and the Mayhew apiary “Bee Ranch” and orange groves.


Carmen Puig Papers

(Host: University of Miami Libraries)

Collection of photographs of the Puig family. Puig’s step-grandfather was Jennings Cox, the American accredited with inventing the daiquiri cocktail, and the collection includes a digital image of the original recipe. Of note are photographs of Santiago de Cuba after the 1932 earthquake.


CHC Viewbooks

(Host: University of Miami Libraries)

Viewbooks are published booklets or souvenir albums primarily consisting of views of particular places, events, and activities. They most often include photographs, photomechanical prints, or postcards. This collection consists primarily of viewpoints published in Cuba or in the United States from the 1850s to the 200s.


Cuban Map Collection

(Host: University of Miami Libraries)

Collection of maps of Cuba in the public domain dating from before 1902 to 1923. It includes general maps of the island, provincial maps, city and town maps, tourist maps, and other specialized map formats in a variety of scales, colors and artistic styles.


The Deena Stryker Photographs, 1963-1964 and undated

(Host: Duke University)

 This collection contains photographs and related materials generated by the journalist, then  known as Deena Boyer, during trips to Cuba between July 1963 and July 1964. It includes photographs of revolutionary leaders and key events and places.



Gary Monroe Photographs, 1980-1998

(Host: Tulane University)

Selection of one hundred prints documenting life in Haiti and in Haitian communities in Florida, including the Immigration Naturalization Service Krome Resettlement Camp in Miami, where refugees were detained.



Abel Briquet Photograph Collection

(Host: University of Texas at Austin)

This digital collection contains digitized images of 64 historical prints by Abel Briquet (also known as Alfred Briquet), a French photographer established in Mexico in the 19th century. Briquet is believed to be one of the first modern commercial photographers in Mexico, and his prints are invaluable visual records of 19th century Mexico.


Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca Pictorial Collection

(Host: University of New Mexico)

Includes digital images of artwork created by a collective of Mexican artists formed during the state of Oaxaca’s 2006 teachers’ strike. The artwork is inspired by political themes, such as land rights, political violence, and government corruption.


Chihuahuan Photographs of Larry G. Humphreys

(Host: University of Texas at Austin)

The Chihuahuan photographs of Larry G. Humphreys document daily life in the San Carlos village in Chihuahua. This digital collection contains images of selected unique prints in the collection.


Early Maps at the Benson Latin American Collection

(Host: University of Texas at Austin)

Database of 33 historic maps of Latin American cities made between 1600 and 1800. Maps were culled from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection of the Benson Latin American Collection for an exhibit mounted at that collection in 2004.


Fernando Gamboa Collection of Prints by José Guadalupe Posada

(Host: University of New Mexico)

Digital images of lithographs, etchings, and engravings by José Guadalupe Posada from a collection compiled by noted Mexican art historian Fernando Gamboa. The collection documents Posada’s work as an illustrator and commercial artist, as well as his satirical acuteness and political engagement.


Mexican Engravings: José Guadalupe Posada

(Host: Iberoamereikanisches Institut)

Collection of more than 400 works of Mexican popular culture from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century with illustrations by José Guadalupe Posada. His political graphic artworks cast a critical eye on the Mexican upper classes and the government of Porfirio Diaz.


Mexico Mining Album

(Host: University of New Mexico)

Digital images of card-mounted photographs documenting mining in Mexico around 1890-95. They include views of San Agustin, La Luz, La Barranca, La Dura, Minas Prietas and Trinidad.


Mexico: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints

(Host: Southern Methodist University)

Collection of over 2,000 digitized images from various visual collections and digitized books and manuscripts at the DeGoyler Library at Southern Methodist University.


Relaciones Geográficas Collection

(Host: University of Texas)

Internet site created by the Benson Latin American Collections at the University of Texas to highlight its collection of documents produced from 1578 to 1586.  Known as Relaciones Geográficas, these documents are replies to questions sent out by King Philip II of Spain to royal officers in his American domains concerning their geography, flora and fauna. This site includes digital images of the request letter and 11 maps that were submitted in response to it.


Sonora News Company Mexico Stereographs Collection, 1900-1910

(Host: University of New Mexico)

Digital images of 110 stereographs portraying early 20th-century urban and rural Mexico. Their subjects range from pictures of railroads, mines, and aqueducts to human activities like bullfights, theaters, churches and markets.


Taller de Gráfica Popular Collection

(Host: University of New Mexico)

Digital collection including images of prints, posters, fliers, and calendars printed  from the 1930s to the 1990s by the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP), founded in Mexico in 1937. Most images focus on political issues of the years 1940-1960, including fascism, national socialism, rural and urban workers’ struggles, and the nationalization of the oil industry in Mexico.


Taller de Gráfica Popular Prints and Posters

(Host: Princeton University)

Database of digital images of prints and posters printed by the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP) founded in Mexico in 1937. Rufino Tamayo is one of the prominent Mexican artists represented in it.


UNM CSWR Precolumbian Sites Album

(Host: University of New Mexico)

Digital images of photographs depicting pre-Columbian Mesoamerican archaelogical sites before they were reconstructed (1890-1905). Locales include Acambalam, Chichen Itza, Tantah, Tchpich, Uxmal, Xcakochna, Xkichmol, and Xlottsa.


UNM CSWR Punitive Expedition into Mexico Pictorial Collection

(Host: University of New Mexico)

Digital images of snapshots and postcards related to the punitive expedition led by General Pershing into Mexico in 1916 in pursuit of Mexican general Pancho Villa. In addition to photographic portraits and picturesque postcards, the images document the daily life of soldiers during that campaign.


UNM Spanish Colonial Research Center

(Host: University of New Mexico)

Digital images of maps gathered from historical archives in Spain and Mexico pertaining to New Mexico before 1846.


Western Americana Collection

(Host: Princeton University)

Digital images of 19th century photographs of the western United States and Mexico. It includes views of Mexican towns.



Frank Espada Photographs

(Host: Duke University)

Photographic survey of the Puerto Rican diaspora in over thirty four communities across the United States and its territories from 1979-1981. The Frank Espada Photographs digital collection provides online access to a portion of Espada’s larger project of over 16,000 items.


Visual Material General

(digital collections of images with primary source value-artwork, documentary photographs, maps, etc.)

Early Images of Latin America

(Host: The Latin American Library, Tulane University)

Collection of digital images from Latin American Library’s Image Archive at Tulane University that document urban and rural life across Latin America and the Caribbean from the mid-19th century to c. 1910. The images come from an array of primary sources, such as promotional albums compiled as travel souvenirs for tourists, studio portraits, personal photographic albums, glass lantern slides and stereoscopic images, as well as images captured by professional and amateur photographers.


Glass Plate Collection of the Ibero-American Institute

(Host: Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut)

Digitized images of glass plates from the glass plate collection at the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut from the period between 1870 and 1940. This collection includes rare visual documents about archaeological, ethnographic, historical and regional issues of Latin America.


Jane Norling and Lenora Davis Poster Collection

(Host: University of New Mexico)

Digital images of posters produced in Cuba, Mexico and Spain collected by Jane Norling and Lenora Davis now at the University of New Mexico Libraries.


Latin American Posters Collection

(Host: Princeton University)

Digital collection of posters from the Princeton University Library. The posters in this collection were created by a wide variety of political and social activists across Latin America in order to publicize their views, positions, and agendas.


Sam L. Slick Collection of Latin American and Iberian Posters

(Host: University of New Mexico)

Digital images of politically themed posters from Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba. El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Spain.



 Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America

(Host: University of Texas at Austin)

Digital archive of recordings and texts related to the indigenous languages of Latin America, including recordings, both audio and video, in a wide range of genres (narratives, chants, oratory, conversations, songs, etc.) The archive also contains language documentation materials, such as grammars, dictionaries and field notes, as well as teaching materials for bilingual education and language revitalization programs.


LANIC (Latin American Network Information Center)

(Host: University of Texas at Austin)

This database is hosted by the University of Texas at Austin. It is a library of links to digitized materials related to Latin America and includes collections of government documents and links to other primary sources. It can be searched by country or by subject.

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