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Latin America: Political Pamphlets

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 3032 B 320 PAM
Held at: Institute for the Study of the Americas
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Full title: Latin America: Political Pamphlets
Date(s): 1970-
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Institute for the Study of the Americas


Administrative/Biographical history:

The materials held here cover a wide variety of popular movements and issues in recent Latin American history from both internal (in the form of publications by local pressure groups, oppositional parties and governments) and external perspectives (through the reports and bulletins of NGOs, international conferences and foreign political parties). Inevitably (given the military governments, revolutionary movements and increasingly dominant neo-liberal economic policies which have marked this era in the continent's history) major topics include human rights, poverty, economic sovereignty and the condition of indigenous peoples, whilst the role of the United States in the hemisphere is also considered. Another aspect unique to Latin America is the large amount of material originating from Christian groups, many seeking to "exercise an option in favour of the poor" as promulgated by the II Vatican Council (1962-1965).


Scope and content/abstract:

Journals, pamphlets, leaflets, bulletins, handbooks, reports, congress reports, charters, academic papers issued by Amnesty International; Carrefour International; Congreso Latinoamericano de Trabajadores; Centro Libre de Experimentación Teatral y Artística; Comisión Evangélica Latinoamericana de Educación Cristiana; Conferencia Cristiana por la Paz de América Latina y el Caribe; Conferencia realizada por el Centro de Economía Mundial y Países en Desarrollo y el Centro de Economía Marítima de la Univ. Wilhelm Pieck (1988 : Rostock); Congreso Continental de Estudio; Congreso Latinamericano de Trabajadores; Continental Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean Region for Peace, National Sovereignty, and Economic Independence (1978 : Mexico City, Mexico); Continental Encounter Campaign, 500 Years of Indigenous, Black and Popular Resistance; Espacio de Laicos; Fe y Alegría. Asamblea General de Consulta (1a : 1978 : Panamá); Consulta Latino-Americana sobre Empresas Transnacionales (1980 : Itaici, São Paulo, Brazil); Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos; Federación Universal de Movimientos Estudiantiles Cristianos(FUMEC); First Summit of Indigenous Peoples (1993 : Chimaltenango, Guatemala); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for Latin America; Human Rights Watch; Independent Liaison Centre; International Alliance of the Indigenous-Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests; International Labor Office, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean; Joint Working Group for Refugees from Latin America; Labour Party (Great Britain) Executive Committee; Labour Party (Great Britain) Young Socialists; Leicester-Masaya Link-Group; MIEC-JECI (Perú); North American Congress on Latin America; PRIES-Cono Sur (Organization : Buenos Aires, Argentina); Russell Tribunal on the Rights of the Indians of the Americas (4th : 1980 : Rotterdam, Netherlands); Secretariado Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos (SELADEH); Segunda Reunión de Pueblos Indígenas (1993 : Oaxtepec, Morelos); Semana Latinoamericana del Detenido Desaparecido (4th : 1985 : Costa Rica); Seminario de filosofía, ideología y política de la Indianidad (2nd : 1986 : Cosquín, Córdoba, Argentina;, Servicio Colombiano de Comunicación Social; Servicio Paz y Justicia en America Latina; South American Missionary Society; United Nations Conference of Trade and Development (VI : 1983 : Belgrade); UNESCO; World Council of Churches; World University Service (UK).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly Spanish and English, items in German and Mayan.

System of arrangement:

Randomly within boxes (at present).

Conditions governing access:

Open to all for research purposes; access is free for anyone in higher education.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can usually be obtained - apply to library staff.

Finding aids:

Records at item level on library catalogue (SASCAT)

Archival Information

Archival history:

The majority of the materials held in the political archives of the Library Institute of Latin American Studies originate from the Contemporary Archive on Latin America (CALA), a documentation and research centre on Latin America which donated its holdings upon its closure in 1981. This core collection has continued to be supplemented by further donations and by materials acquired through the visits of Institute staff and their contacts to the relevant countries.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Institute for the Study of the Americas

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also Political Pamphlet material for specific countries in the region, as well as related material in the library's main classified sequence, all held in the ILAS library.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description compiled by Daniel Millum, Political Archives Project Officer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 31/01/2005 AIM25

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