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A Guide to Latin American Studies

Research Guide for Latin American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Archive Databases

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Public life in contemporary Argentina an extensive grassroots view of contemporary Argentina (1996 to the present).

Readers, Bibliographies & Reference Sources

Digitized Collections

Empire Online contains over 70,000 images of original manuscripts and printed material from 1492-1962 pertaining to the British empire. It is an excellent source for primary documents on the British colonization in Argentina, Central America, and the Caribbean -- though it is not limited to these regions. Search by "View Names"  "View Topics" or by "View Places."

   Some links from the "View Places" index.                                             Some links from the "View Topics" index

Guatemala Argentina Patagonia Panama                                                      Indigenous Peoples Emancipation

     Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive, Part I  This archive deals primarily with documents, books and newspapers pertaining to slavery in the United States. However, there is also a selection of material on the Caribbean and Latin America that can be pulled out.

  •  I suggest doing an Advanced Search.  Select the field/s Geographic Subject or Title and type in terms such as --Latin America, Cuba, Brazil.

The Making of the Modern World Presents more than 61,000 books from the period 1460-1850, and 466 pre-1906 serials. In almost 12 million pages, it focuses on economics interpreted in the widest sense.

 Eighteenth Century Collections Nearly 150,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800, with full-text searching of material; in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.

  • Go to Advanced Search - input words as Subjects or Titles of documents i.e, Peru, Treatment of Indians

Latin American Travelogues The goal of this project is to create a digital collection of Latin American travel accounts written in the 16th-19th centuries at Brown University. Digitized books are linked to essays written by undergraduate students. Select a book chapter of interest as a primary source.

The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.