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Ecuador: Political Pamphlets

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 3032 J 320 PAM
Held at: Institute for the Study of the Americas
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Full title: Ecuador: 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 held in this collection date from the country's last period of military dictatorship (1972-1979) and its subsequent return to democracy following the introduction of a new constitution in 1979. The dictatorship had overseen the growth of the country's external debt to record levels, which exacerbated the effects of the economic crisis of the 1980s, when global recession coupled with a fall in petroleum prices forced Ecuador to adopt stringent austerity measures in order to meet debt-rescheduling requirements. It is these economic conditions and the continuing inequality of Equadorian society which dominate the materials held here, which originate mainly from univerisities and institutes, trade unions (notably the Central Ecuatoriana de Organizaciones Clasistas(CEDOC)) and peasant and indigenous organisations rather than from the established political parties. Their concerns range from rural conditions and the need for agricultural reform, across the struggles of the trade union movement, to the situation of the Indian population of Ecuador.


Scope and content/abstract:

Pamphlets, reports, manifestos, programmes, seminar papers and conference reports, 1972 onwards issued by Central Ecuatoriana de Organizaciones Clasistas(CEDOC), Confederación Ecuatoriana de Organizaciones Sindicales Libres, Confederation of British Industry, Cotacachi (Ecuador), Frente de Defensa de Comerciantes Minoristas de Guayaquil (FREDECOMI), Fundación Ecuatoriana de Desarrollo Social, Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Políticas (Universidad de Guayaquil (ILEP)), Instituto Latinoamericano de Investigaciones Sociales (ILDIS), Ministerio de Recursos Naturales y Energéticos (Ecuador), Movimiento Revolucionario de los Trabajadores(MRT), Unión Regional de Organizaciones Campesinas del Litoral (Ecuador), Universidad Central del Ecuador Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Spanish, French, English, Quechua.

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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