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Mexico : Political Pamphlets

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 3032 D 320 PAM
Held at: Institute for the Study of the Americas
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Full title: Mexico : Political Pamphlets
Date(s): 1961-1985
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Institute for the Study of the Americas


Administrative/Biographical history:

Throughout the period covered by the materials held here Mexico was governed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, or PRI) although the relatively small number of party political documents in the collection may be seen as testimony to the limited party political challenges to its hegemony. However, increasing concern with the maintenance of internal order in the 1960s was both cause and consequence of the rise in opposition by other organisations to de facto one-party rule, as evinced in these materials by the publications of revolutionary movements, human rights organisations and groups expressing solidarity with the students massacred at Tlatelolco in 1968. Subsequently, the economic crisis which gradually enveloped Mexico in the 1970s and 1980s (as a consequence of high government expenditure and an increasing reliance on falling oil revenues) is reflected in the workers and peasants' movements represented here which prefigure the Zapatista uprising of 1994.


Scope and content/abstract:

Pamphlets, programs, reports, newsletters, bulletins and histories issued by Centro de Coordinación de Proyectos Ecuménicos (CECOPE), Centro de Investigaciones Históricas sobre Sindicalismo Universitario (CIHSU), Comité Nacional de Auscultación y Organización, Confederación Revolucionaria de Obreros y Campesinos, Delegación para América Latina de la Comisión de las Comunidades Europeas, Equipo de Redacción, Fédération Internationale des Droits de l'Homme, Frente Nacional Contra la Represión (Mexico), Frente Popular Pro-Derechos Humanos, Garantias Constitucionales y Libertades Democraticas, Organización Revolucionaria Punto Crítico (Mexico), Partido Mexicano de los Trabajadores(PMT), Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), and the U.S. Committee for Justice to Latin American Political Prisoners.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Spanish and English

System of arrangement:

Randomly within boxes (at present)

Conditions governing access:

Open for reference purposes to all researchers and postgraduate students.

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 other countries in the region, as well as related Mexican 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 01/02/2005 AIM25

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