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Latin American Studies: Primary Sources

Selected online collections

There are a growing number of impressive digital projects to make historical documents and visual materials freely available online. Below are a few examples. Check the websites of relevant national institutions and universities.

Print compilations

The UI Libraries own many volumes of primary sources that have been collected and edited for publication. Some include facsimile images of the original documents and some include transcriptions. Most are only available in Spanish, though some are available translated into English.

Subject headings are useful to narrow a search for primary sources. Common terms include collected works, correspondence, description and travel, diariesinterviewsmanuscriptspersonal narratives, and sources. For example:

America -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish -- Collected works.

Mistral, Gabriela, 1889-1957 -- Correspondence.

Puerto Rico -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800.

Guevara, Ernesto, 1928-1967 -- Diaries.

Authors, Panamanian -- 20th century -- Interviews.

Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986 -- Manuscripts -- Facsimiles.

Cuba -- History -- Revolution, 1959 -- Personal narratives.

Yucatán Peninsula -- History -- Sources.

Use the advanced search in InfoHawk:

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Subject Guide

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Beyond UI Libraries

Check these sources for primary sources (and other material!) not owned by the UI Libraries. Use Interlibrary Loan to request items of interest.