Contact Information
  • Librarian: Luis Gonzalez
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E660
  • Phone: (812) 855-7416
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 9/20/2010

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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The Latin American collection at Indiana University supports the advanced research and curriculum needs of several academic units in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that offer both undergraduate and graduate programs in this field of study. Primarily housed in the Herman B Wells Library, the Latin American collection consists of both primary and secondary source materials with a humanities and social cience orientation. The collection is estimated at over 350,000 volumes of monographs, serials, microforms, maps, and videos on Latin America and the Caribbean. Including resources in other branch libraries and repositories on the Bloomington campus, the collection holdings exceed 500,000 pieces of materials for the teaching and research of Latin American topics. The Latin American Collection is a key component of the IU Libraries, a collection exceeding 6.3 million bound volumes, which has been ranked thirteenth among American university research libraries by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

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The strength of the graduate-level research materials in the Latin American collection relates to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru, with history, language and literature, folklore, and anthropology as the subjects best represented in the collection. According to the 1997 North American Title Count, the Latin American collection ranks among the top research collections in the country in the following fields: South American history, Mexican history, colonial Brazilian literature, and South American literature. The collection's holdings in Central American and Caribbean history, modern Brazilian literature, and Mexican literature are of national importance. The collection is also strong in Latin American native language materials, which includes Haitian Creole. Latin America figures prominently in the anthropology, archaeology, economics, folklore, government publications, music, political science, religion, and women's studies library research collections. For more see (Collections Description).

Research Guide

Related Resources at IU

Latin American Collections (Regional Consortia)

last updated: 9/20/2010