MOLLAS – Collection Strengths
Arizona State University
The ASU Library Latin Americana Collection is strong in literature in the Spanish language, and in the history of Mexico and the Southern Cone (Argentina, Brazil) from the contact period to the present. Of particular interest are over 2,200 books from the colonial period and the 19th century held in Distinctive Collections, concerned with mining, the Church, and travel. The library aims to collect materials on Latin American film theory; Argentine photo books, consumer and food studies, small press literature; archaeology in Mesoamerica, transborder studies for the US/Mexico border, and facsimiles of pre-colombian codices. Additionally, ASU selects publications on indigenous health in Latin America, environmental studies and conservation.
Indiana University Bloomington Libraries
The Latin American collection at Indiana University supports the advanced research and curriculum needs of several academic units in the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences that offer both undergraduate and graduate programs in this field of study. Primarily housed in the Herman B Wells Library, the Latin American collection consists of both primary and secondary source materials with a humanities and social science orientation. The collection is
estimated at over 350,000 volumes of monographs, serials, microforms, maps, and videos on Latin America and the Caribbean.
The strength of the graduate-level research materials in the Latin American collection relates to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru, with history, language and literature, folklore, and anthropology as the subjects best represented in the collection. According to the 1997 North American Title Count, the Latin American collection ranks among the top research collections in the country in the following fields: South American history, Mexican history, colonial Brazilian literature, and South American literature. The collection’s holdings in Central American and Caribbean history, modern Brazilian literature, and Mexican literature are of national importance. The collection is also strong in Latin American native language materials, which includes Haitian Creole. Latin America figures prominently in the anthropology, archaeology, economics, folklore, government publications, music, political science, religion, and women’s studies library research collections.
Michigan State University Libraries
MSU Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean studies collection reflects a very broad range of faculty and graduate student research interests. While the collection focuses generally on social science and humanities disciplines, historically greater strengths are seen in the social sciences. Particular areas of strength include: development, environment and natural resource management, resources for study of the Amazon region, and African Diaspora studies. Current collecting emphases build on these historic strengths, but also include resources for research and study of the Caribbean, especially in history, society, and cultural studies, and NAFTA and other free trade agreements. Mexico and Brazil are the countries of greatest past and current interest. A concerted effort is underway to build the Spanish American literature collections, both retrospectively and in terms of current aquisitions.
Collection development policy
Ohio University Libraries
The Ohio University Libraries maintains an undergraduate level collection covering all Latin American countries and related topics. A collection at the research level is maintained for materials from and about Nicaragua and Guatemala in particular, but there is also a strong emphasis in materials about the Andes, the Caribbean, Central America, the Southern Cone region, and Mexico. The general subject emphases are communications, development studies, economics, geography, political science, and history, with some specific research project interests in tropical medicine, music, literature and cultural studies. Documentaries and films on Latin America are collected. Ohio University Libraries has a fine Children’s Collection which includes books related to Latin America and the Caribbean.
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Libraries
The Latin American and Caribbean Studies collection in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focuses on the social sciences and the humanities. It includes publications from the Spanish and Portuguese speaking societies in Latin America and the Caribbean written in Spanish, Portuguese, and different indigenous languages, in addition to publications in English about Latin America or the Caribbean published in the United States, and publications from Spain and Portugal about Latin America and the Caribbean. While all societies are well represented, its particular strengths are Brazil, the Andes, the Southern Cone, and Mexico. Important collections include Spanish Golden Age literature (1472-1700), Gabriel García Márquez, Mexican pamphlets (1813-1908), the Conde de Montemar Letters (Peru/Spain, 1761-1799), and more recently sport. The original collection of the university library in 1867 already included some books on Latin America, while the first Latin Americanist faculty member on campus was hired in 1909, making Latin America a traditional institutional interest. Agricultural scientists had also traveled to Brazil during the 1890s. Other notable faculty members that have left their papers at our archives include William Spence Robertson (history), Oscar Lewis (anthropology), Julian Steward (anthropology), Werner Baer (economics), among many more. The collection, with nearly one million volumes, ranks among the five largest in the United States, and is believed to be the largest collection for Latin American Studies in the region between both coasts and north of Texas.
University of Iowa Libraries
The University of Iowa Libraries maintains a research level collection covering all Latin American countries, but it is strongest in materials from and about Mexico. Also, it collects materials on women’s studies related to Latin America. As far as the disciplines that it covers, it is notable in anthropology, art, economics, history, political science, and in Spanish and Portuguese languages and literatures.
University of Kansas Libraries
The Latin American Studies collection at the University of Kansas Libraries includes some 500,000 titles. On Central Americana, it is among the top three collections in the United States with 106,000 titles, and it is also strong on Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, and Paraguay. It focuses on the social sciences and the humanities, with extensive breadth in literature, language, culture, economics, geography, and political science.
Collection development policies:
Caribbean and Haitian Creole
Latin America – General
University of Michigan Libraries
The University of Michigan’s Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) collection spans a variety of disciplines, primarily those within the humanities and social sciences. Geographically, the collection is strongest in Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, the Andean Region, Mexico and Paraguay. Particularly strong subject areas of the collection include colonial history, especially Andean, Brazilian, and Mexican; Caribbean Studies, especially Cuba; literature and bibliography. More recently, race, ethnicity and gender studies for most areas of Latin America & the Caribbean have been emphasized. Other subject areas currently under development include Argentine culture and history, 19th and 20th century Dominican and Puerto Rican history and culture, film studies, environment and sustainability, and Judaica. Languages represented in the LACS collection include English, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as a variety of indigenous languages, such as Quechua, Aymara, Nahuatl, Maya and Guaraní. Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Brazilian Studies research guides facilitate access to the LACS collection.
Special Collections Research Center contains important collections such as the Cuban Artists’ Books and the Joseph A. Labadie Collection of materials on social protest and marginalized communities, with a significant portion of these materials directly related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Also located on the U-M campus is the William L. Clements Library, a renowned collection of research materials on the history of the Americas up to 1900, that holds a wealth of primary sources on the history of the Americas until 1900, rich in rare printed books, manuscripts, maps and other graphic materials.
University of Minnesota Libraries
The Latin American Studies collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries is strongest in history and literature, and in materials from or about Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. In anthropology, its strengths are in archeology and social anthropology; in economics it is strongest in trade; in geography it is strongest in human geography; in political science it is strongest in secondary literature related to public policy, revolutionary movements, and human rights. In sociology, this collection is strong in secondary literature on grassroots groups. In addition the University of Minnesota Libraries has two special collections that include a large number of books and manuscripts that support research on Ibero-American history and literature. The James Ford Bell Library (lib.umn.edu/bell), a special collection including materials from the 13th century to the 18th century, has remarkable original sources on the Spanish and Portuguese conquests and settlements in the Americas, and on the activities of Catholic missionaries in the area known today as Latin America between 1500 and 1800, including a major collection of letters by Jesuits in their missions of South America. The Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, and Trangender Studies (lib.umn.edu/tretter) has an extensive collection of gay Latin American authors including works such as the first edition in one volume of the plays by Virgilio Pinera by Ediciones R (Havana, 1961).
University of New Mexico Libraries
The University New Mexico’s Latin American & Iberian Studies collections cover most every academic discipline because of the University of New Mexico’s early embrace of Pan-Americanism with strong support for Latin American and Iberian studies. As one of the major repositories of Latin American resources in the United States, our collection amply covers all of the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts as well as several professional fields, including Business Administration. Opportunities for research are particularly strong in Latin American art history and Latin American photography and popular graphics – where we have extensive collections of original source material in a variety of formats. Our Latin American history and Spanish American and Portuguese American Literature collections also offer numerous research opportunities. Though our collection reflects the University of New Mexico’s focus on all of the Americas, historically we have supported larger concentrations on Mexican and Luso-Brazilian materials. Areas currently under development include Latin American cultural and film studies, with a strong focus on ephemeral materials and studies of Indigenous Nations in the Americas.
Collection development policy:
The University of New Mexico’s collection development policies (currently under revision) include specialized attention to each subject field within Latin American and Iberian studies. We endeavor to reflect the historical mission of the University of New Mexico as well as ongoing student and faculty research on Latin American and Iberian topics.
New Mexico State University
The Latin American collection at New Mexico State University supports research, teaching, and learning needs of faculty and students in Latin American Studies at all levels, while it includes unique materials from Northern Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region. The strength of this collection relates to materials published in the northern Mexican states of Chihuahua, Sonora, Baja California, and Durango, as well as in materials published elsewhere in Mexico and other countries that focus on the northern Mexico border region. New Mexico State also collects extensively materials from Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Colombia. The subjects best represented are the social sciences and the humanities, although this collection holds significant publications in art, music, agriculture, and the environmental sciences. It includes some state and municipal documents from northern Mexican border-states. Since 2000 the NMSU Library has applied for and received several mini-grants from the Southwest Border Cultures Institute, an NEH funded program, to make targeted purchases in several subject areas, including: mariachi sound recordings, scores, and books; Mexican and border folk music recordings and books; materials on church history in Colonial Mexico to support research in the Archives of the Archdiocese of Durango, and to expand collections of new literature of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.
University Libraries of Notre Dame
The Latin American Studies collection at the University of Notre Dame Libraries is strongest in the social sciences, and focuses on southern South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay) and Mexico. Latin American literature collections are strongest in Twentieth Century literature for the Southern Cone and Hispanic Caribbean. Rare books collections include the Durand Library, Peruvian cultural intellectual history from the colonial period through the Twentieth Century. The Southern Cone history and literature collections, as well as the Hispanic Caribbean literature collection, include significant manuscripts and rare books.
Collection development policies:
Latin American Studies – Social Sciences
Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese Languages & Literatures
Ohio State University
The Latin America, Hispanic, Spanish, and Portuguese (LAT) collection at Ohio State University Libraries is the largest of its type in the state. Its materials and services are available to institutions of higher education statewide through the interlibrary loan system, OhioLINK. The collection developed consequent to agricultural educational exchanges between OSU and Latin American institutions, fostered by the US Agency for International Development. Thereby the collection presents a core of imprints from the middle decades of the twentieth century focusing on agriculture, statistics, and underdeveloped countries. The US Defense Education Act fostered development of Brazilian Portuguese holdings. The Talfourd Linn Collection of historic translations of Don Quixote comprises a premier Hispanic literary resource with numerous editions available as full-text retrieval. The Mayan classic, Popul Wuj (Popol Vuh) is also digitally accessible. Further specialized holdings include archival material for early twentieth century Brazilian medical history. A developing collection is one on Argentine women and minorities. In general, the collection is a broad, working resource allowing ample study and research materials for the regions of: Mexico, parts of Central America and the Caribbean, Peru and Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil. Resources for Latino studies are an increasing part of the collection due to the growth of Latin American immigration in the state.
Historic Translations of Don Quixote
University of Wisconsin – Madison Libraries
The Ibero-American Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison supports the curriculum and research needs of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS). While all the countries of Latin America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula are represented in the collection, holdings are strongest for Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venezuela. Areas of strength within the collection include anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology, and Hispanic and Lusophone literature and linguistics. This core humanities and social sciences collection is housed in Memorial Library with complementary collections in art, agricultural and environmental sciences, business, law, and music held in their respective libraries on campus. Areas of collection development that have been emphasized in the recent past are cultural studies, women’s studies, film studies, and Mayan languages and linguistics.
The Department of Special Collections also contains important related collections, such as the Cartonera Collection, the largest and most comprehensive cartonera book collection in the United States; the Ayotzinapa Ephemera Collection; over 900 Mexican pamphlets from the 19th century, primarily about European intervention; a nearly complete set of the publications of the Positivist Church of Brazil; and two collections of 20th century poetry in Spanish (the Vanguard Collection and the Biritué Ciplijauskaité Collection).
University of Colorado – Boulder
The University of Colorado, Boulder supports the curriculum needs and research at the University of Colorado’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The collection development emphasis is on acquiring current and retrospective materials to support the present and future needs of faculty and student research and teaching in the areas of culture, language, literature, and linguistics. Curricular emphasis includes peninsular and Latin American literature, linguistics and culture. Research emphasis includes Spanish and Spanish-American literature (prose, poetry and drama; history and criticism; movements) Spanish film (history and criticism; adaptations of literary works), Portuguese and Brazilian literature (works of major authors in prose, poetry and drama; history and criticism) and Spanish linguistics. There is also growing interest in Catalan Studies, with a focus on literature and culture.
Small pockets of Latin American anthropology, women’s studies, history and political science also round out the collection.