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Honduras: Political Pamphlets

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 3032 EP 320 PAM
Held at: Institute for the Study of the Americas
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Full title: Honduras: Political Pamphlets
Date(s): 1964-
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 3 boxes
Name of creator(s): Institute for the Study of the Americas


Administrative/Biographical history:

From 1963 to 1978 Honduras endured a series of military coups and disputed elections as well as the 1969 war with El Salvador and the devastation caused by Hurricane Fifi which killed an estimated 10,000 in 1974. Though the country moved towards an ostensibly civilian form of government from 1978, culminating three years later in an election win for the Partido Liberal de Honduras (PLH), the growing insurgencies in neighbouring El Salvador and Nicaragua during this period led to an upsurge in regional tensions, and a growing influx of refugees. As Honduras became drawn into the US-backed Contras' struggle against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua the army used the opportunity to crack down on dissent at home, and reports of human rights abuses began to increase. When the Sandinistas lost the 1990 Nicaraguan election the significance of Honduras to the United States largely disappeared, as did the aid that had formerly been liberally provided, leaving the country facing the same economic concerns as in the 1970s. The materials held here date primarily from the late 70s to the end of the main Central American guerrilla struggle, and deal with both the country's economic situation and with the war and its human rights consequences. The material comes from trades unions and political groups, though not from the major parties, as well as from external human rights organisations and NGOs.


Scope and content/abstract:

Pamphlets, leaflets, reports, court reports and testimonies from 1964 onwards, issued by Americas Watch Committee (U.S.), Asociación Centroamericana de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos, Catholic Institute for International Relations, Centro de Documentación de Honduras, Centro de Estudios Pesquisa e Planejamento (CENPLA), Christian Aid Education Department, Comité de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos en Honduras, Comisión para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos en Centroamérica, Comité para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos en Honduras, Confederación Universitaria Centroamericana, Coordinadora en Apoyo a la Lucha del Pueblo Hondureño, Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (Honduras), EPICA (Organization), Instituto de Investigaciones Socio-Económicas (Tegucigalpa, Honduras), Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte (IGFM), Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Programa de Defensa de la Autonomía y Solidaridad con las Universidade, Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores Centroamericanistas de Honduras, Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Industria de la Bebida y Similares, Unión Nacional de Intelectuales Democráticos de Honduras, Washington Office on Latin America

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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