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Panama: Political Pamphlets

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 3032 EV 320 PAM
Held at: Institute for the Study of the Americas
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Full title: Panama: Political Pamphlets
Date(s): 1972-
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Institute for the Study of the Americas


Administrative/Biographical history:

The majority of the materials in the collection at present date from the 1970s and 1980s, during which time Panama, despite a democratic façade, was effectively ruled by the military. During the 1970s increasing Panamanian discontent with the 1903 Hay-Bunau-Varilla Canal Treaty led eventually to its renegotiation with the United States in 1977, and it is the canal, these treaties and their consequences for the economy, society and independence of Panama which dominate the content of these items. Bodies from which the items originate include the military junta, the US government, NGOs and homegrown oppositional movements. The increasing repressiveness of the Panamanian regime under Noriega coupled with the post-1982 economic problems of the country are also alluded to in the materials held here, with the plight of the indigenous population in particular being highlighted.


Scope and content/abstract:

Pamphlets, reports, analyses, histories, letters from 1972 issued by Bishops' Conference of Panama, CEASPA, Centro de Estudios Económico-Sociales(CEES), Congreso General Extraordinario Guaymí de Soloy, Chiriquí (1980), Congreso General Guaymí de Kankintú, Bocas del Toro (1st : 1979), Congreso Interamericano de Planification (10th : 1974 : Panama), Diálogo Social, Ecumenical Program for Inter-American Communication and Action, Equipo Promoción de la Mujer, Fe y Alegría (Organization), Instituto Cooperativo Interamericano. Seminar (25th : 1978 : Panamá), Institute of Torrijista Studies, Junta Militar de Gobierno (Panama), Ministerio de Desarrollo Agropecuario (Panama), Movimiento Campesino de Panama, Survival International, United States Dept. of Defense.

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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