Collection’s subject strengths
This page includes a brief description of member collection’s strengths, links to additional information about the collections, and each participating institution’s commitment in the Distributed Resources component of the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP). For links to the online catalogs, Latin American resources, access, and contact information go to the Member Institutions section of this webpage.
Brown University Library
The collections are of research-level strength in most fields, focusing on Spanish and Latin American literature; Mexican, Cuban, and Brazilian history; Portuguese history and literature; and other materials concerning the Lusophone world.
The collection is strong in coverage of Mexico, Brazil, and Southern Cone countries, with subject strengths in architecture, economic development, fine arts, history, law, literature, political science, sociology, and anthropology. Please see website for more information.
Strength in the Central Andes (Peru and Bolivia). For details, see collection development policy at
A very strong overall collection, with extensive holdings in the social sciences and humanities for most countries and from the late eighteenth century to the present. The above link is for Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, which offers summertime research fellowships.
The Library of Congress
LC has a very strong collection of approximately 2.2 million books and periodicals and a total of 10.5 million items relating to the entire Luso-Hispanic and Caribbean areas. Special strengths include government publications (colonial as well as post-independence for Latin America), laws and jurisprudence, history and literature. The best link is to the Hispanic Reading Room home page which lists collections, programs, and offers other links.
ARL: Presidential messages
The New York Public Library
A comprehensive historical collection ranging from manuscripts and imprints from the discovery and exploration period to present day publications. The Latin American collections are spread across the four Research Libraries: Humanities & Social Sciences Library, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library. The collections are rich in monographs, serials, pamphlets, government and institutional publications from all of Latin America and include large numbers of unique and scarce research materials. Strong collections exist on broad subject areas such as art, history, literature, economics and anthropology, as well as on distinctive topics such as the African diaspora, Amerindians, biography, human rights, maps, music, popular culture, and women.
Special collections include extensive holdings of manuscripts and correspondence of major 20th century writers, cultural figures, and intellectuals. Library also has extensive ephemera collections on social and political movements of the 1970s and after. A strong overall collection with deep coverage of Cuba, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, and extensive holdings of current serials.
For a review of primary sources and special collections at Princeton, click here.
For information on research fellowships for use of rare books and special collections, click here.
ARL: Chile (political science, domestic policy issues, social issues, indigenous affairs)
Rutgers University Libraries Latin American collection
This collection ranges from the earliest migrations to the present. Major emphasis include the European discovery and the colonial period. A strong emphasis is in the 19th and 20th centuries. Collections tends to emphasize Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Southern Cone and Brazil, with subject strengths in history, economic development, political science, sociology, labor history, gender, anthropology and Latinos in the USA. Its holdings include the Robert Alexander Papers and the Frances R. Grant papers. Please see website for more information and finding aids.
University of Connecticut – Storrs
The main library collection is strong on history and social science about Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in the U.S. Increasing emphasis in Mexico, especially border issues and immigration and Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S. Multimedia materials include a wide variety of films from or about Latin America and the Caribbean and Hispanics/Latinos in the US.
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center’s Special collections and archives housed the Hispanic History and Culture collection, which focuses mostly on the 19th century, includes newspapers from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain, and books and periodicals collections such as the Chile Collection, Medina Collection, and Puerto Rican Collection. Click on these links to see newspapers from Latin America or from Spain.
ARL: Puerto Rico
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania has Latin American holdings of long standing and modest size, but there are some areas of strength. Exceptional are those in archaeology and anthropology, housed at the library of the University Museum. A related special collection is the Berendt Linguistic Collection of grammars and lexicons of Native American languages. Other areas of emphasis include all Spanish-American literatures, ethnohistory, and the history of colonial Spanish America, particularly Mexico. Special collections pertinent to history include the Henry Charles Lea Library with its materials on the Inquisition and the late medieval and early modern Catholic Church, and the Sydney Keil Collection of colonial Mexican history. Full collection development description is at http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/policies/latin.html
ARL: Migration studies, folklore, ethnohistory, public health, and popular Brazilian music (sound recordings)
The Yale collections are notable for their historical, political, and economic materials relating to most Latin American countries but with a strong emphasis on Peru and Mexico. The collections are rich in manuscript material and pamphlets for the 16th-19th centuries which cover civil, social and religious history, especially for Peru and Mexico. The Economic Growth Center Collection contains extensive holdings of statistical publications issued by government agencies, private institutions and central banks from every country in Latin America.
ARL: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico