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SC&A includes manuscripts and archives, medieval to modern; early and finely printed books, and science fiction collections.

Latin-American Collection

Nearly 700 16th - 20th century printed works on Latin-America, with an emphasis on Peru and Brazil, Mexico, the Argentine and the River Plate.

image from 1876 Guide to Mexico showing man and woman in traditional dressPart of the wider History of the Americas collection, and a resource of national significance. It is founded on the University's long-standing importance in Hispanic Studies, and the University's status as one of the five centres for Latin-American studies (at the universities of Liverpool, Glasgow, London, Cambridge and Oxford) established following the publication of the Parry report in 1965.

The collection includes travel accounts from the 16th century onwards, many with maps and other illustrations, natural histories, contemporary accounts of the Lima earthquake and tsunami of 1746, facsimiles of ancient Mexican codices, and sources for the study of European conquest and colonialism, slavery and abolition, and independence movements. There are works in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Latin.

Image taken from SPEC S/F1208.G21


There is related material in other collections:

Blanco White Collection
Grenfell Papers
Rathbone Papers (RP XXIV.2.36: file of correspondence from South America. Montevideo, etc; 1853-1872).
Society for Latin American Studies

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