Research Guides

Latin American & Caribbean Studies

About the Collection

The Latin American collection at the University of Miami Libraries contains materials that support doctoral-level research in all disciplines in Latin American Studies.  The collection covers the English, French, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean as well as Mexico, Central American and South America.  Our Iberian collection emphasizes topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences, especially those related to Spain and its relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.

The core strength of our circulating and archival collections is material in all formats on Cuba.  The Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) is an unique source of primary and secondary materials for Cuban and Cuban-American studies, housing materials dating from colonial times to the present.  These materials document Cuba's history and culture as well as the experience of Cuban diasporas and, especially, Cuban-Americans. The holdings of the CHC include a collection of approximately 50,000 volumes of rare and contemporary books; periodical publications from Cuba; Cuban exile periodicals or 'periodiquitos' published around the world; manuscript collections of personal and corporate papers; and collections of photographs, posters, maps, and postcards and more.  Items from selected collections have been digitized, forming the CHC Digital Collections.  Online access to the finding aids for these and other manuscript collections are available.

The Caribbean content in the Special Collections department is remarkable for its breadth and depth. The holdings include all but three of the dozens of books published in or about Jamaica between its conquest by the English in the 1650s and the end of plantation slavery in the British Empire in 1834.  Accounts in various languages describe the slave rebellion as well as the revolution itself and its aftermath. Travel narratives and other first-hand accounts describe the societies and histories of the major West Indies islands, as well as the smaller countries like Barbados, Antigua, Trinidad, and St. Lucia.

The Division also contains a number of remarkable rare titles on Guyana and Suriname, countries on the South American mainland which are historically, culturally, and economically tied of the West Indies.  The Caribbean Collection stands as an important companion to the Florida Collection, and together they provide a vital link to the history of the entire region.

UM Resources

Beatrice Skokan

  • Head of Manuscripts & Archives Management, Curator of Caribbean Collections & Subject Liaison for French and Francophone Studies
  • (305) 284-3580

Stefanie Rodriguez

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Latin American Government Documents Archive
"The Latin American Government Documents Archive (LAGDA) seeks to preserve and facilitate access to a wide range of ministerial and presidential documents from 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries. " Archivo Digital de la Legislacion en el Peru
Digital copies, in PDF, of the Peruvian constitutions dating back to the 19th century, as well as the Leyes de Indias, and past and current legislative materials. Portal de Archivos Españoles
This portal to over 19 million documents is a great resource for historical documents. This portal provides online access to all the digitized material currently in Spanish archives. Digital Collection of Mexican and Argentine Presidential Messages
A project of the Latin American Research Resources Project and LANIC containing digital images of Mexican and Argentine presidential speeches from the 19th century. Latin American Open Archive Portal (LAOAP)
The Latin American Open Archive Portal (LAOAP) is a project of the LARRP, in collaboration with LANIC, to improve access to social sciences grey literature produced in Latin America. Cuban Theater Digital Archive
Memorias Reveladas: Centro de Referencia das Lutas Politicas no Brasil (1964-1985)
This digital archive of photographs and other primary documents chronicling the social and political history of Brazil from 1964 to 1985 is part of the Brazilian National Archives efforts to digitize their content. Saint Domingue Etat Civil
This digital archive brings to life hundreds of documents from Haiti's colonial past. Access to many documents is still limited, as the archive is a work in progress, but do check it out.
UM Digital Projects
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Digital Libraries

The Digital Libraries in this section include primary sources such as newspapers, or the complete writings of a historical figure, or photographs.  These are all great for using in your research.

Biblioteca Ayacucho Digital
Libros en formato PDF / Electronic Books. Site and resources are in Spanish.Este novedoso compendio bibliografico en la red pone al alcance del internauta las obras mas relevantes de la literatura de esta region en formato PDF, los que tambien pueden ser leidos en voz alta por un lector de pantalla. Los libros de la Biblioteca Ayacucho Digital son concebidos y editados siguiendo los mismos parametros de calidad que caracterizan las obras impresas de nuestro fondo editorial. This novel compendium puts important works of literature from this region online, in pdf format. World Digital Library
The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary source materials from countries and cultures around the world. Biblioteca Virtual de Prensa Historica, Spain
The Virtual Library of Historical Newspapers is one of the main digitization projects being carried out in Spain. The database includes almost 2000 headlines from 45 libraries, with 3,906,000 pages from 140 places where newspapers were printed. Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña [Puerto Rico]
The Puerto Rican Digital Library includes online access to primary source materials like postcards, photographs, newspapers, and caricatures, among others. A great resource! 1899 Cuban Census [Cuba]
This searchable book made available through the University of South Carolina Libraries gives a rather nice idea of Cuba's demographic at the turn of the twentieth century. The Luso-Hispanic New World in Early Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library [Caribbean, Central and South America]
"Hundreds of photographs and prints, in albums and rare published volumes, present the territories and countries associated with Portugal and Spain in the New World, from Mexico to Argentina, and parts of the Caribbean." Biblioteca Digital del Bicentenario [México]
This digital library presents texts relevant to the history of Mexico along three crucial periods: Independence, Revolution, and looking to the 21st century. Items can be downloaded, printed, or viewed on the screen. Digital Library of the Caribbean: dLOC
The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.
Institutes and Research Groups
Asociación para el Fomento de los Estudios Históricos en Centroamérica
Researchers interested in the study and dissemination of the history of Central America contribute original research to the AFEHC. In the website you can find full-text articles, as well as a chronology, some primary sources, and useful links.
EIU Viewpoint (Formerly Economist Intelligence Unit)
In-depth country analysis and data, including descriptions of the politics, economy, risk, regulation, and business environment of a country. Also includes analysis of global automotive, consumer goods, energy, financial services, healthcare, and telecommunications industries. This service's Data tool can be used to compare economic data across or within countries. LANIC: Statistics
Gateway to statistics from and about Latin American countries. Organized by Regional and Country Resources. Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA or CEPAL)
This link will take you to the Publications page of the UN's Economic Commission for Latin America. There you can view and download the annual Statistical Yearbook for Latin American and the Caribbean. Oxford Latin American Economic History Database (OxLAD)
The Oxford Latin American Economic History Database contains statistical series for a wide range of economic and social indicators covering over 20 countries in the region for the period 1900-2000.
Quantitative Data
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
ICPSR is the world's largest archive of research and instructional data in the social sciences. Data collections available for secondary analysis include national opinion polls, attitude surveys, census and economic data. The University of Miami is one of over 500 member colleges and universities, and UM faculty and students can download data and documentation for their own research and instructional purposes. iPOLL
iPOLL's online database contains survey results from academic, commercial and media survey organizations. iPOLL is a source for US nationwide public opinion. A full-text retrieval system, iPOLL is organized at the question-level providing the tools to sift through nearly a half million questions asked on national public opinion surveys since 1935. Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University
The Center focuses on Latin American and Latino research on immigration and development. The website provides free access to a data archive of unique studies on the LAS migration field and to the Working Paper Series in the area.
Polls and Public Opinion
Latin American Public Opinion Project
LAPOP surveys analyze citizen views on system support, political tolerance, citizen participation, local government, corruption, and views on authoritarianism. Florida International University's Cuba Poll (2007)
The poll, the product of a collaboration between the Institute for Public Opinion Research and the Cuban Research Institute at FIU, is updated every few years. The link will take you to the current poll.
University of Miami Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Over the past couple of years, the University of Miami Librariesand the Graduate School have worked together to make theses anddissertations available online.  To find electronic theses anddissertations (ETDs) from the University of Miami, please visit the ETDwebsite at

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Theses and Dissertations around the world
La Base de Datos REDIAL-TESIS recoge las referencias bibliográficas de más de 8.000 tesis doctorales de temática latinoamericana, leídas en Universidades europeas desde 1980.
Tesis españolas sobre América Latina Tesis Digitales -- Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Here you'll find number of theses related to the Latin American and Caribbean Studies field, most of which are available full text. Latin American Jewish Studies Association Theses and Dissertations
A list compiled by the members of the Association, here you can find material on the Jewish presence in Latin America. NB: This is a list only, the theses and dissertations are not linked. You can request an item from the list through the Library's Inter-Library Loan Request form: Biblioteca Digital Academica Venezolana
Enlace a las tesis doctorales de universidades venezolanas.
University of Miami Theses and Dissertations

How to find Latin American and Caribbean Studies Theses from the University of Miami:

  1. Go to the Library's website:

  2. Select the second tab - Catalog
  3. Change from Title to Subject in the drop-down menu and type in "Latin American and Caribbean Studies -- Theses"


  4. Your search results should display on the screen.


Other Theses and Dissertations
Digital Dissertations Online
Proquest Digital Dissertations includes more than 1.6 million doctoral dissertations and master’s theses from 1861 to the present. Dialnet-Portal Tesis
Here you can also find doctoral theses from Spain on various topics, not necessarily only about Latin America.
Discussion Networks


Latin American Newsstream (ProQuest)
A selection of full-text Latin-American newspapers and newswires covering international and Latin-American regional topics. Includes over 35 Latin American newspaper in Spanish and Portuguese, with some additional content in English. Leading newspapers include: Mural (Mexico), El Norte and Reforma (Mexico), O Globo and Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), La Nacin (Argentina), El Pais (Uruguay), El Nuevo Dia (Puerto Rico). Latin American and Caribbean Newspapers
This link will take you to a comprehensive list of links to country-specific newspapers, as well as to regional news sources. Zona Latina: Latin American Newspapers
Latin American Data Base (LADB): A News and Educational Service
Latin America North East Libraries Consortium (LANE) Union List
Caribbean Newspaper Imaging Project (CNIP)
UM Special Collections
UM Special Collections
Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC)
Manuscript & Archival Collections from UM Special Collections
Digital Resources & Online Exhibits from UM Special Collections
UM Libraries Digital Initiatives
Digital Initiatives features a growing collection of digital objects, projects, and publications developed to preserve and support digital scholarship and the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University. These initiatives feature materials from the collections at University of Miami Libraries, and from collaborative projects and publications developed with faculty and Students.
Digital Collections/ E-Resources


- This is an image from the Cuban Historical and Literary Manuscript Collection of the Cuban Heritage Collection.

Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA)
Bibliography of Sexuality Studies in Latin America - Stanford University (PDF file)
Border Cultures: Conjunto Music - UT Austin
Caribbean Histories Revealed
Castro Speech Database (LANIC)
This site provides access to Castro's speeches in English from 1959-1996. Center for Brazilian Studies - University of Oxford
Center for International Policy (CIP) - Americas Program
Central American Political History Database - Old Dominion University
Eco-Index (Rainforest Alliance)
Freedom in the Black Diaspora: A Resource Guide for Ayiti Reimagined - Librrary of Congres
Foreign Relations of the United States,Iberia, the Caribbean, and Latin America: Portals to the World (Library of Congress)

Historicizing the Living Past in Latin America
{Internet Resources for Latin America - New Mexico State University},{01Irish Migration Studies in Latin America
Latbook: Books and Serials - Argentina and Brazil
Latindex is an index of online journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal with links to individual journals but no search capacity across journals. Latin American Development Archive (LADARK) - UT, San Antonio
Latin American Network Information Center
LANIC facilitates access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. LANIC's editorially reviewed directories contain over 12,000 unique URLs, one of the largest guides for Latin American content on the Internet. Latin American Microform Project (LAMP), Center for Research Libraries
Latin America North East Libraries Consortium (LANE)
Latin American Open Archive Portal (LAOAP)
The Latin American Open Archive Portal (LAOAP) is a project of the LARRP, in collaboration with LANIC, to improve access to social sciences grey literature produced in Latin America. Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection
Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents (LAPTOC)
Mexico: From Empire to Revolution
Online Bibliography on Latin American Environmental History (Cal State Long Beach)
Political Database of the Americas (PDBA)
The PDBA offers centralized and systematized information about institutions and political processes, national constitutions, branches of government, etc. Populism and Anti-Americanism in Modern Latin America
Religion in Latin America - Wabash Center
Twentieth Century Latin American Pamphlets, Part I: Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay) - Rutgers University Libraries
University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art (UECLAA)
Zapatistas! (LANIC)
Virtual Health Library
Social Science Virtual Library - CLACSO
Andean Digital Library
South American Collections (University of Florida Libraries)
Latin American & Caribbean Government Documents Project (Cornell University)
Brazilian Government Document Digitization Project
Caribbean Histories Revealed
Evita Perón Historical Research Foundation
Evita: 50 Years as a Symbol (BBC News)
Hugo Chavez (BBC News)
Fujimori's Controversial Career (BBC News)
Mexican Revolution, ca. 1910-1917 (Yale University)
Latin American Travelogues (Brown University)
International Collections Database (Univ. of Washington)
Deena Stryker Photographs
Photographs taken in Cuba by Deena Stryker in 1963 and 1964, including many of the most important figures of the Cuban Revolution, including Fidel and Raul Castro, Ernesto Che Guevara, and Celia Sanchez. From the Duke University Libraries Digital Collection.

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