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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

Library Research Grants

Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term grants to promote scholarly use of the Library's Special Collections. Grants are meant to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing in Princeton during the tenure of the grant.

Additional information can be found in the Library Research Grants web page. 

Major Collections


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

Latin American Collections news blog

For news about new acquisitions, holdings, and resources, visit the Latin American Collections blog. Visitors may subscribe in order to receive updates via email.