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Latin America

Overview

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.

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Herbert S. Klein

Curator, Latin America Collection / Research Fellow

Herbert S. Klein is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and curator of the Latin America collection in the Hoover Institution Library and Archives. He had been a professor of history and the director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford Universit...

Workshop on Latin American Studies

Jointly sponsored by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives with the Center for Latin American Studies of Stanford University and other institutions

Detail of photograph of participants in the 2016 workshop

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Hoover Co-Hosts Conference On Peruvian Politics And History

This week, Hoover Institution Library & Archives joined Stanford Center for Latin American Studies to host the conference “The Shining Path: Maoism and Violence in Peru.” This two-day event brought together renowned scholars, archivists, students, and journalists to discuss the Shining Path guerilla movement in Peru, and the vicious war that engulfed the country between 1980 and 1992.

January 25, 2016
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Mexican Communist Leader’s Papers Open to Public

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

February 24, 2014
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Javier Benedet’s Spanish Civil War Collection

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.

January 10, 2013
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Interviews by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray Digitized

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.

October 25, 2012
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Colonel Enrique Bermúdez, military head of Nicaraguan Resistance Forces in 1980s

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the assassination in Managua of Colonel Enrique Bermúdez Varela, the founder and for ten years the top official military commander of the Nicaraguan Resistance Forces (Fuerza Democrática Nicaragüense; FDN-Northern Front) the so-called contras. The Hoover Archives, which has long had major resources on the FDN, Robelo, and Pastora, is now adding, by periodic increments, the personal archive of Bermúdez.

August 22, 2011
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Chile’s Chicago Boys and Latin America’s Other Market Reformers

University of Chicago (UC) free market economists have turned up for decades around the world, from the winners’ circle at Nobel ceremonies to hands-on reforming of economic systems in South America. But the first truly methodical though flexible implementation of market reforms in the mid–twentieth century was by the Chicago Boys in Chile. The collection consists primarily of interviews with the Chicago Boys, Chile’s cadre of market-oriented economists mostly trained at the UC who sprang to public attention after the military coup that ousted Socialist president Salvador Allende in September 1973.

April 26, 2011
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Sandinistas and Contras Documented

The Hoover Archives has long had one of the world’s richest repositories of documentation on the domestic and international policies of modern Nicaragua. Major collections relate to both the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) and the armed opposition to the Sandinistas, loosely designated in popular parlance as the “contras.” The latest addition is a collection of twenty-three letters written to Fonseca in 1969–70 by his wife, Maria Haydée Terán, while he was in prison in Costa Rica.

February 28, 2011
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Classical Liberal Commentaries on the Americas (1991 - 2010)

The Hoover Institution Archives has acquired a major collection of 8,788 Spanish-language newspaper commentaries (op-eds) written between 1991 and mid-2010 by 734 authors for the Agencia Interamericana de Prensa Económica. Most of the authors are prominent classical liberal analysts from some twenty countries, mainly in Latin America though several are Hoover Institution fellows.

December 29, 2010
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Papers of Vladimir Chelminski, former Executive Director of the Caracas (Venezuela) Chamber of Commerce

Hoover has recently opened most of a major collection on modern Venezuela, beginning more than two decades before the election of Hugo Chavez as president in December 1998 and continuing through 2008. It includes notes, correspondence, printed matter and video tapes on economic, social and political conditions in Venezuela over more than three decades.

December 06, 2010
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