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Venezuela: Political Pamphlets

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 3032 V 320 PAM
Held at: Institute for the Study of the Americas
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Full title: Venezuela: Political Pamphlets
Date(s): 1967-
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Institute for the Study of the Americas


Administrative/Biographical history:

The period of Venezuelan history covered by the majority of the pamphlets currently held in this collection is one dominated politically by the consequences of the 1958 Pact of Punto Fijo. This was an agreement between the main civilian parties of the day, Accion Democrática (AD), the Partido Social Cristiano de Venezuela (COPEI) and the Unión Republicana Democrática (URD) on a common programme and an informal sharing power sharing arrangement, which basically saw AD and COPEI alternate in government until 1989. Though this system provided electoral stability, it gradually eroded trust in the democratic process and in the accountability of Venezuela's leaders to the needs of its people, culminating in the 1989 riots precipitated by AD President Carlos Andrés Peréz's economic reforms. As well as materials produced by the mainstream parties there are also items originating from left-wing groups and guerrilla organisations ostracised from the political process, trade unions and pressure groups concerned with issues such as the rights of women and indigenous peoples. Venezuela's economy is largely sustained by its state-owned oil industry, and there are several government-produced pamphlets here appertaining to that.


Scope and content/abstract:

Pamphlets, histories, speeches, programs, obituaries, reports and conference reports, 1967 onwards, issued by Amnesty International, Bandera Roja, Comite Homenaje a Americo Silva, Confederación General de Trabajadores de Venezuela, COPEI, Curso-Seminario Latinamericano de Cooperativismo-Sindicalismo, Equipo de Formación, Frente de Liberación Nacional (FLN), Información y Publicaciones (Venezuela), Instituto de Asuntos Internacionales, Juventad del Movimiento al Socialismo, Juventud Venezolana, Ministro de Energía y Minas (Venezuela), Movimiento Obrero de Base (Venezuela), Partido Comunista de Venezuela, Seminario Internacional sobre la Historia del Movimiento Obrero Latinoamericano.

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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