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Puerto Rico: Political Pamphlets

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 3032 EH 320 PAM
Held at: Institute for the Study of the Americas
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Full title: Puerto Rico: Political Pamphlets
Date(s): 1965-
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Institute for the Study of the Americas


Administrative/Biographical history:

Puerto Rico has been dominated by the United States since its seizure from Spain in 1898. Its ambiguous status, resolved first by making it an unincorporated territory of the United States in 1917 and then by according it Commonwealth status in 1952, persists to this day. Puerto Ricans are citizens of the United States, serve in its armed forces and yet cannot vote in Presidential elections. Unsurprisingly constitutional issues feature prominently in the materials held here, with both pro-independence groups on the island and in the United States represented as well as the United Nations Commission on De-Colonization. However, there is a lack of material from those parties which have successfully won referenda to maintain the island's current status, as well as from those who campaign for Puerto Rico to become the 51st state, and probably a disproportionate quantity from the anti-American left.


Scope and content/abstract:

Articles, factsheets, conference documents, pamphlets, bulletins, programs, reports and histories, 1965 onwards, issued by American Friends Service Committee, Asociación Cubana de las Naciones Unidas, Caribbean Labour Solidarity, Committee for Puerto Rican Decolonization, Committee for Puerto Rican Independence, Conferecia Internacional de Solaridad con la Independencia de Puerto Rico, Liga Socialista Puertorriqueña, Movimiento de Izquierda Nacional Puertorriqueño, Movimiento de Liberación Nacional (P.R.), Movimiento Ecumenico Nacional de Puerto Rico, New Movement in Solidarity with Puerto Rican Independence and Socialism, Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño, Partido Socialista Puertorriqueña, Russell Tribunal on Repression in Brazil, Chile, and Latin America, United Nations Comité de Puerto Rico, and United States Dept. of State.

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 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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