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Haiti: Political Pamphlets

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 3032 EF 320 PAM
Held at: Institute for the Study of the Americas
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Full title: Haiti: Political Pamphlets
Date(s): 1963-
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 3 boxes
Name of creator(s): Institute for the Study of the Americas


Administrative/Biographical history:

The majority of the materials held here date from the years of Duvalier rule over Haiti, with first François (`Papa Doc', 1957-1971) and then his son Jean-Claude (`Baby Doc', 1971-1986) controlling the country through a mixture of fraudulent elections, populist gestures and the backing of the military. The elder Duvalier in particular took steps early in his regime to purge the army of officers considered potentially disloyal and to augment it with a loyal rural militia known as the tonton makouts. Under this dictatorship Haitians suffered both human rights abuses and increasing hardship as government corruption ensured that little foreign aid reached the population in general. The issues of aid, health, refugees fleeing the regime and human rights consequently predominate in this collection, which originates in the main from overseas NGOs and Christian charities as well as United States government bodies.


Scope and content/abstract:

Pamphlets, reports, statements, programs and other documents and papers, 1963 onwards issued by Americas Watch Committee (U.S.), Centro Editor de América Latina, Christian Aid, Church World Service, F.H.S.C, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, International Student Conference, Komision pontifikal jistis é pè, Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights, Ligue haitienne des droits humains, National Coalition for Haitian Refugees, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, Pax Christi, United States Agency for International Development, United States Dept. of State and USAID/Haiti.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, French, Spanish, Italian and Creole.

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 the rest of Latin America, 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 01/02/2005 AIM25

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