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What's in this Guide

The Major Collections section to the right and the country name tabs near the top of this page direct to a wide range of archives, documents, manuscripts, ephemera, prints and collections from and about Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula held by the Princeton University Library.  Corresponding call numbers are provided whenever relevant, as well as links to finding aids or to catalog records that describe in considerable detail the contents of collections.

Most of the collections listed here are available in the Department of Special Collections, in the Microforms Collection, or online.  Also included are a small number of collections from the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) which are easily available to Princeton affiliates through Borrow Direct.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of primary sources available at Princeton.  Additional resources may be identified searching the Main Catalog or the resources listed in the Beyond Princeton box to the far right. 

Research assistance

Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez
Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies
Firestone Library B-14-P
Tel. (609) 258-3193
Fax (609) 258-6950

Major Collections

  • Latin American Posters Digital Collection
    This extensive and growing collection of posters is a subset of the broader collections of Latin American ephemera.  It includes posters created by a wide variety of social activists, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, political parties, and other types of organizations across Latin America, in order to publicize their views, positions, agendas, policies, events, and services.
  • Mesoamerican Manuscripts at Princeton
    Describes the holdings of the three collections of Mesoamerican manuscripts available at Princeton University Library: Garrett-Gates Mesoamerican Manuscripts Collection (C0744), Garrett Collection of Mesoamerican Manuscripts (C0744), and Princeton Collection of Mesoamerican Manuscripts (C0940).

For a narrative survery of Princeton's major holdings of primary sources ranging from the 16th century to the 20th century, please read Beginning the Search for Latin America.

Illustration: Burundanga babilónica. Print by Lorenzo Homar, 1970. Lorenzo Homar Collection, Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University Library.

Beyond Princeton

  • LANIC Archives
    Links to the web pages of numerous archives based throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe.