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Latin American History: UPDATES

An introductory guide to sources for Latin American history.


Recently acquired databases and online resources

BBC Monitoring

[Includes Latin American coverage] "BBC Monitoring (BBCM) is a specialist service within BBC News that tracks, translates, analyses and summarises global media to help you make sense of world events. This service has been capturing essential media insights for governments, NGOs, academia, corporates and intergovernmental organisations since 1939. From social media to TV, digital news sources and radio, BBCM monitors a wide spectrum of publicly available information." Access via SOLO.

Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876

"Created in cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society, this collection gives scholars access to more than 150 years of Caribbean and Atlantic history, cultures and daily life. Featuring more than 140 newspapers from 22 islands, it chronicles the region’s evolution across two centuries through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries and other news items." Access via SOLO.

Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969

"The series originated out of a need to preserve the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. The collection consists of the Confidential Print for Central and South America and the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Topics covered include slavery and the slave trade, immigration, relations with indigenous peoples, wars and territorial disputes, the fall of the Brazilian monarchy, British business and financial interests, industrial development, the building of the Panama Canal, and the rise to power of populist rulers such as Perón in Argentina and Vargas in Brazil. The collection begins in the aftermath of independence for the former Spanish and Portuguese colonies of Latin America." Access via SOLO.

Cuartel General del Sur, 1910-1925

"The collection contains correspondence addressed to Emiliano Zapata; combat reports; relations with troop commanders and officers; promotion and appointment requests; allegations of abuses committed by military personnel; applications for food, uniforms and ammunition; letters and telegrams on the transfer of prisoners." Access via SOLO.

Emiliano Zapata, 1901-1919

"This collection comprises documentation related to the activities of Emiliano Zapata and the Liberation Army of the South. It consists mainly of correspondence exchanged between the headquarters and the camps and regional commands." Access via SOLO.

Feminism in Cuba: nineteenth through twentieth century archival documents

"This collection, compiled from Cuban sources, spans the period from Cuban independence to the end of the Batista regime. The collection sheds light on Cuban feminism, women in politics, literature by Cuban women and the legal status of Cuban women." Access via SOLO.

History Lab - Freedom of Information Archive (FOIArchive)

[Includes Latin American coverage] "Drawing on US and UK declassified documents, History Lab analyses rich but fragmented documents to explore key political topics and international relations of the global 20th century. By bringing together fragmented collections in a common database, the user can use natural language processing and machine learning tools to explore them. The ultimate goal is to develop history as a data science so that citizens can keep government accountable in the age of big data. Access via SOLO.

LACLI [Open Access Resource]

LACLI is an international collaboration creating a repository of free online resources for Latin American, Caribbean, Latinx, and Iberian studies. An essential tool for finding websites that provide access to a great variety of resources such as audiovisual materials, books, data, ephemera, government documents, oral histories, periodicals, reference works, visual materials, web archives and more. LACLI is managed by the Latin America Northeast Libraries Network (LANE), a regional affinity group with ties to the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM). Access via SOLO.

Latin American & latinx visual culture

"Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing the most current international research on the visual culture of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, as well as that created in diaspora." Access via SOLO.

Latin American Newspapers, Series 2 (1805-1922)

"This second series of digitised Latin American Newspapers significantly expands the number of searchable titles made available from this region in Series 1. It provides issues from more than 250 additional titles and contains newspapers published in English, Spanish and Portuguese from 20 countries, including some countries and cities not represented in the first series." Access via SOLO.


"LatinNews is the most important source of analysis and news provider for our institution when it comes to authentic information and accurate, insightful analysis on Latin America." Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, Heideliberg University. The Library had a long-standing subscription to the print Weekly and Regional Reports. During the pandemic subscriptions were changed to online only. Weekly reports, Regional reports.

Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Latin American History

With just under 200 articles available, this Oxford Research Encyclopedia provides in-depth overviews of the major areas of research and will continue to grow with the field over time. Access via SOLO.