Greetings! Yes, I promised a few more posts than I was able to complete this spring semester, but, well, work happens! I do hope you find whatever I put on here to be helpful or at least of interest. For the future, I’ll come up with topics and work on them more gradually in drafts, rather than setting aside a bunch of time to do a whole posting at once.
Today’s post is about the Latin American Collection at the Princeton Theological Seminary (scroll down the linked page to see Spanish and Portuguese translations of the collection’s description.) Religion, of course, has been a central force throughout Latin America, and these online offerings should greatly advance research in this field. I found this full-text treatise on Bartolomé de las Casas, a history of how early colonial missions were founded and operated in the region, and even a 1605 text about Portuguese Jesuits in Asia and Brazil. Note that the default, once you are “in” a text, is to search within the book, but it is quite easy to change the kind of search you want to do. If you own a Kindle, you will likely also be able to download whatever you find onto the device. As with any online resource, check its FAQ as well for important information about the collection.
If you are particularly interested in Latin American colonial history and culture, particularly in the Andes, you may also be interested in our Peruvian Manuscripts Collection in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections on the top floor of Lauinger. Although it is not a digitized collection, nonetheless it is easy enough to request particular materials for your own research.
I will add the PTS collection to my relevant research guides soon. Have a good rest of the week and stay cool!