Latin America

These collections concentrate on political and economic developments during the twentieth century. The Cuban revolution, Juan Perón and the Perónist movement, and various civil wars in Central America are well documented. Numerous materials concern relations with the United States, including US military interventions in several countries. Others focus on the adoption, in recent decades, of free-market economic policies by Latin American governments.

Detail of a mural by Diego Rivera

Thoracic surgeon and medical advisor to Frida Kahlo

The opening ceremony of the Chinese School in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Explore materials on post–World War II China’s connections with Latin America


Bartley, Russell Howard., and Stuart L Wagner. Latin America In Basic Historical Collections: A Working Guide. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1972.

Chilcote, Ronald H. Revolution and Structural Change In Latin America: A Bibliography On Ideology, Development, and the Radical Left (1930-1965). Stanford: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, 1970.

Duignan, Peter, ed. The Library of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1985.

Horvath, Laszlo. A Half Century of Peronism, 1943-1993: An International Bibliography. Stanford: Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1993.

Horvath, Laszlo. Peronism and the Three Perons: A Checklist of Writings On Peronism and On Juan Domingo, Eva, and Isabel Peron, and Their Writings, In the Hoover Institution Library and Archives and In the Stanford University Libraries. Stanford: Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1988.

Palm, Charles, and Dale Reed. Guide to the Hoover Institution Archives. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1980.

Interviews by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray Digitized

Thursday, October 25, 2012

More than seventy sound recordings of interviews by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray are available for immediate access at the Hoover Archives. Included are the interviews of Rigoberta Menchú that formed the basis of her autobiographical book, I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala (London: Verso, 1983), compiled by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray. Other interviewees had participated in guerrilla warfare in Venezuela, Guatemala, Colombia, and Peru, as well as several who were survivors of Che Guevara's rebel army in Bolivia.

A 1941 poster promoting a concert and dance in the San Francisco Masonic Auditor

Javier Benedet’s Spanish Civil War Collection

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The recently acquired Javier Benedet collection contains significant materials relating to the Spanish Civil War and to fundraising efforts in Northern California on behalf of the Republican side in that conflict. The Benedet papers also provide documentation on the plight of Republican refugees in the aftermath of the Civil War and on the political life of the Spanish anti-fascist diaspora in France, Mexico, and other countries. In terms of volume, the Benedet papers now constitute the second largest collection (after the Burnett Bolloten papers) in the archives pertaining to the Spanish Civil War.

Miguel Aroche Parra papers, Box 55, Hoover Institution Archives

Mexican Communist Leader’s Papers Open to Public

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired the papers of Miguel Aroche Parra, a Mexican railroad unionist, Communist Party leader, and poet.

Detail of a mural by Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Materials in the Hoover Institution Archives

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The large crowds visiting the Frida Kahlo exhibit now at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art testify to the enduring interest in the life and works of this unusual artist, whose fame now eclipses that of her husband, Diego Rivera, the celebrated Mexican muralist.

Earl E. T. Smith

Hoover Archives Acquires the Papers of Earl E. T. Smith, the Last US Ambassador to Pre-Castro Cuba

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In November the Hoover Institution Archives received the papers of Ambassador Earl E. T. Smith, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Cuba from June 1957 until January 1959 and, as such, was an eyewitness to the collapse of the government of Cuban strongman Fulgencio Batista and the advent of Fidel Castro.

Elizabeth Burgos is shown with Fidel Castro in 1970

Interviews Document Long but Largely Ignored anti-Castro Guerrilla War from 1959 to 1966

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Hoover Archives now has more than five dozen audiocassettes of interviews conducted in 2003-4 with Escambray war survivors by Paris-based sociologist Elizabeth Burgos, herself a Castroite activist during the 1960s. The interviews were mostly with guerrillas and long-held prisoners, or “Plantados,” the immovable ones who refused to cooperate with prison authorities and were often held many years longer than their already long prison terms.


Hoover Archives adds rare Evita Peron document and exile archive of Juan Domingo Peron

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Hoover Library and Archives has just acquired a rare handwritten political manuscript by Evita Peron and the bulk of Juan Domingo Peron's archive.

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Juan Domingo Perón portrayed on a 1950 calendar issued by the Argentine government.

Juan Domingo Perón Papers

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives have long collected materials relating to Peronism, a movement, founded by Argentine leader Juan Domingo Perón...

Berlin Civilians watching an airlift plane land at Templehof Airport, 1948

Papers of Argentine Juan Atilio Bramuglia, President of UN Security Council during the Berlin Blockade

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Hoover Institution has long had the best collection in any public archive in the world on Juan Domingo Perón and Peronism in Argentina. An important part of the Peronism collection, which relates more directly to world politics than most other Perón materials, has long been the personal archive of Juan Atilio Bramuglia (d. 1962), which was recently been strengthened by the acquisition of new materials related to the Berlin Blockade that began in 1948. This collection now includes cables and private correspondence between Bramuglia and Perón on the Berlin crisis and other materials, including speeches, interviews, and photographs, relating to international and Argentine domestic affairs.