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Duke University

Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Latin American Collections
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Since 1940, the libraries of Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill have divided collecting responsibilities for the countries of Latin America. Both institutions collect general materials from all countries, but have divided responsibilities regarding comprehensive coverage at the sub-national level and items such as government documents and large microform sets according to individual countries. Thus, Mexico, Central America, the Andean region (except Venezuela), Brazilian social sciences and history, and the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean fall under the purview of Duke. Additional collection strengths include cultural studies from most countries; Mexico within the North American context; Brazilian and Argentine labor history; and colonial Peru.

Contact: Holly Ackerman

Emory University

Latin American Collection
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Past collection strengths at Emory University Libraries have included colonial Argentine history, and Spanish American literature.

Contact: Philip MacLeod

Florida International University

Latin American and Caribbean Center
Latin American and Caribbean Information Center (FIU Libraries)
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Over 67,000 volumes, greatest strengths in history, language and literature, economics, political science and international relations. Regionally strongest on Cuba and Central America, with substantial holdings on the Caribbean. Collections of note include: archival records of Dr. Levi Marrero from the Archivo de Indias in Sevilla, Miguel González-Pando’s Cuban Living History Project video archives, and over 2000 Cuban exile pamphlets written between 1960-1963.

Contact: Gayle Williams

Tulane University

Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Latin American Library
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The Latin American Library at Tulane University numbers over 500,000 volumes relating to the social sciences, literature and the arts. When it was founded in 1924, the collection initially focused on Mesoamerica, an area encompassing Mexico from the Central Valley south, the trans-Caribbean region and Central America. In the last sixty years, the collection has expanded coverage to all other areas of Latin America, including Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Peru in particular. The collection is a separate Latin American Library with open stacks, over 14,500 volumes of rare printed material, 4,175 linear feet of unique manuscript collections dating from the 16th century to the present, a photographic archive with over 110,500 images, and extensive holdings of broadsides, newspapers, maps, microfilms, pamphlets, nine original native Mesoamerican pictorial manuscripts and almost 2,000 rubbings of Mayan sculpture.

Contact: Hortensia Calvo

University of Florida

Latin American Collection
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The great depth of book, journal, newspaper, manuscript, map and other library holdings at the University of Florida relate to the Caribbean & Circum-Caribbean. These materials include all subjects and themes, with deepest coverage in the areas of the social sciences and humanities. There are also important holdings in areas of life sciences, such as tropical agriculture and conservation. UF’s collections also have very good strength in Brazilian, Andean and Southern Cone topics.

Contact: Paul Losch

University of Georgia

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute
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The University of Georgia Libraries began acquiring Latin Americana more intensively about 30 years ago. Strengths are in literature, history, and anthropology with particular emphasis on Brazilian literature, Latin American cinema, and Inter-American relations. The Peabody Awards Media Archives contains over 2000 radio and TV entries on Latin American and US Latino topics. At least 100 new entries are added yearly from the national and international nominations

Contact: Laura Shedenhelm

University of Miami

Cuban Heritage Collection
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The Cuban Heritage Collection is one of the largest repositories of materials about Cuba and Cuban-Americans outside the island nation; the collection spans nearly 300 years and contains over 250,000 items, including rare books, periodicals, manuscripts, illustrations, maps, posters, personal papers, and photographs from the early colonial period to the present.

Contact: Beatrice Skokan

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Institute of Latin American Studies
Latin American and Iberian Resources
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Contact: Teresa Chapa

University of Texas at Austin

Institute of Latin American Studies
Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection
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Comprehensive (f. 1926). Special emphasis on Mexico, Brazil, the Río de la Plata countries, and U.S. Latino culture. Unique archival collections for sixteenth-century Mexico, hacienda and mining studies (esp. Mexico and Brazil), and Mexican American organizations and individuals. Statistics: 800,000 books, periodicals, and pamphlets; 2,500 linear feet of manuscripts; 93,500 photographs; 19,000 maps; 60,500 items in other media. 14,000 volumes added annually.

Contact:  José Montelongo

Vanderbilt University

Resources for Latin American Studies
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A collection of long-standing strength, the geographic focus throughout the disciplines in this interdisciplinary field has been on Brazil and Colombia, with a secondary emphasis on Mexico and Venezuela. The collection is particularly strong in nineteenth-century Colombian and Brazilian history and mesoamerican anthropology and archaeology. A recent area of development is in the field of Chilean history. The library has a special strength in eighteenth and nineteenth-century travel accounts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Contact: Paula Covington