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Opening the Archives: Documenting U.S.-Brazil Relations, 1960s-80s (Brown University and Universidade Estadual de Maringá)

April 1, 2014 · Leave a Comment

I read an article in today’s Post about the 50th anniversary of the coup that began over 20 years of dictatorship in Brazil. I just checked out the online archive that is mentioned at the end of the article, and it is here. At this time, it contains over 3800 documents, mostly from the US State Department, about this turbulent time in Brazil. Para falantes nativos do português, note que é possível escolher a língua do site. I didn’t find many materials from the CIA at this point, but it appears more will be added later.

Once you are “in” the archive via the link on the home page, take note of the menu on the right to narrow or broaden your search as needed. My librarian brain hopes that at some point these are placed in alphabetical order, but for now it is easy enough to browse and find more specific terms. Also important to know is that the search box on the home page does not search the archive, but rather the informational pages attached to the home page; you have to “enter” the archive first in order to search it using the box at the top. The documents themselves are easy to read and can be manipulated in several ways. Click on the down arrow on the bottom right to navigate and zoom, and you can share links to the document with the symbol on the upper right corner. Finally, you can view the document in other formats at the bottom, including pdf for printing, under “More Ways to View this Item.”

Many thanks to Brown University and the Universidade Estadual de Maringá for providing this important resource about this troubled time in Brazil’s history. I will be adding this to my Latin American Studies and Brazilian Studies research guides later today. Full link:

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New resource: Sabin Americana (Gale-Cengage)

August 21, 2013 · Leave a Comment

This year, our American Studies librarian, Maura Seale, spearheaded the purchase of Sabin Americana, a database of primary resources from the Western Hemisphere. There are over 800 texts in Spanish, and nearly 100 in Portuguese, all from the colonial period until the early 20th century. Sample texts include early editions of Fray Bartolomé de la Casa’s Brevissima relacion, Francisco López de Gómara’s Historia de Mexico, and works by Antonio Vieira from the early 1700s. The scans are very clear and searchable by full-text, printable as a PDF, and can also be increased greatly in size for readability. Note the source citations at the bottom of each image as well. As usual, I recommend using the advanced search; it gives a lot of great options (language, subject area, etc.)

If you are teaching a class on colonial-era Latin America, need primary resources for your paper for this era, need to find original editions of colonia-era texts, or just want a look at some often beautiful and rare materials, this is a great place to start. More about the collection is here. And New York Times obituary for Joseph Sabin, who developed the original library collection, is here as a pdf. Happy searching!

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Mexican Presidential Election 2012 web archive (UC San Diego)

July 17, 2012 · Leave a Comment

During the 2012 Mexican Presidential campaign, the UC San Diego Libraries began archiving websites from all the major political parties and putting them on the web here. There is not much in the “Site list” at the moment, but I did get good results from the general “Search” tab (my trial search was “Guadalajara”.) If I recall correctly, I believe I found out about this on the SALALM listserv before I began all my various travels. I hope you this new (newish?) kind of primary source is useful for researching and analyzing the campaign, and please let me know if you know of other similar projects, I’d be happy to post them here.

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Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)

May 17, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Georgetown’s Special Collections Research Center is on the top floor of Lauinger, and is open to anyone who wishes to use the materials housed there. For Latin American and Iberian materials, it can be invaluable for your research, especially (but not only) if you are in need of primary resources. I highly recommend that you consider it in your research strategy, you may be surprised by what useful sources you find there.

In a previous post I discussed how to use search limits in GEORGE to find films. It is not so different to find things in the Special Collections Research Center. Using the advanced GEORGE search (here), use the drop-down box under “Location” to limit the search to “LAU Special Coll.”

One great thing about special collections, besides simply looking through cool stuff, is that they have a wide variety of materials. For example, start by putting “Latin America” in the search box, limit the location, and then material type “Maps & Atlases.” There are two results, one of which dates from 1758, and the other appears to be a fancy facsimile edition of Columbus’s diaries that includes many maps. So, few results sometimes does not mean bad results!

Again, the SCRC’s webpage is here. Feel free to get in touch with anyone there if you would like further assistance, they will be more than happy to help you. Students, faculty, and outside researchers are all welcome.

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