Guide to the Research Collections
Hispanic (Latin) America (Billings HC-HT)
The general collections relating to Hispanic America number over 39,300 volumes. Historically Mexican resources are the most comprehensive, although those for contemporary Cuba are the fastest growing.
The library currently receives about 1,300 periodicals and newspapers from the countries of Latin America. Among the major titles relating to general Latin American history are Cuadernos hispanoamericanos
(1948-), Mundo hispánico
(1948-), and the Publicaciónes
of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (1930-). Periodicals of more specific interest are noted in following paragraphs. Eight newspapers are currently received from Argentina, Panama, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, and New York City. Among the most significant titles are La Prensa
from Buenos Aires (1869-, with gaps), and El Universal
(1951-) from Mexico City. The New York City El Diario
(1932-50) and the current El Diario-La Prensa
(1963-) are held, along with an incomplete file of Las Novedades
(1893-1918). Many other titles are accessible through a research pool established in Chicago by the Association of Research Libraries. The Newspaper Collection of the library holds a list of papers in the pool and provides advice for obtaining them. There are, in addition, numerous files of newspapers in the Spanish language published in Latin America during the nineteenth century. The most important are Mexican, such as El Monitor republicano
and others which appeared during the 1840s. Files of current newspapers are on microfilm.9
Rare materials from the age of Latin American discovery are outstanding and include such items as André Thevet's Les Singularitez de la France antarctique, autrement nommée Amérique
(Paris, 1558) and La Conquista del Peru
(Seville, 1534), the latter title being one of two recorded copies.10
Manuscript materials derive largely from the Obadiah Rich collection of original documents and transcriptions covering most of the countries of Latin America and the former viceroyalty of Granada.
The library has on microfilm or in the original a substantially complete collection of the official gazettes from the earliest periods of the federal
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governments of Latin American countries; this includes many of the gazettes for the states or provinces of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. There is also a strong collection of statute laws in the Economic and Public Affairs Division, with government statistical publications being another area of special interest. These provide excellent resources in demography, foreign trade statistics, and banking statistics. Boundary disputes are particularly well represented in this fine collection of Latin American public documents.