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Primary Sources & Special Collections: Latin America, Spain and Portugal : Primary Sources & Special Collections

What's in this Guide

The Major Collections section to the right and the 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.  Links to catalog records or finding aids that describe in considerable detail the contents of the collections are provided whenever relevant.

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 Library Catalog or by exploring the resources listed under Beyond Princeton.

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

Research assistance

Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez
Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies
Firestone Library A 16J.2
Tel. (609) 258-3193

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
    This guide 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). A miscellany of items digitized from the three collections is available in the Princeton University Digital Library.
  • Latin American Medals and Orders
    The Robert L. Ross Collection at Princeton University spans the two centuries from the rise of movements for political independence through to the present. It includes the Spanish religious-military orders that had their origin in the Crusades and the Reconquista, the first medals issued in colonial Latin America, the many decorations awarded during the nineteenth century, and a new generation of twentieth-century republican orders for diplomatic, military, political, and cultural achievements.


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