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.

Venezuelan Students and Others Sound Off on the Growing Authoritarianism of Hugo Chavez

Monday, December 6, 2010

In 2007 Paris-based sociologist Elizabeth Burgos, a native of Venezuela, filled twenty-six cassette tapes with interviews of student and other critics of the increasing authoritarianism and regressive “twenty-first century socialism” of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Many students are interviewed here as are members of other groups and individuals.


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

Monday, August 22, 2011

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.

Sergio de Castro, minister of finance from 1977 to 1982

Chile’s Chicago Boys and Latin America’s Other Market Reformers

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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.


Audio Interviews of Latin American Leaders Available at Hoover

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A substantial collection of digitized audio interviews of more than one hundred Latin American leaders is available for listening in the Hoover Archives reading room.

La maldición del güegüense (The Curse of the Güegüense)

Sandinistas and Contras Documented

Monday, February 28, 2011

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.

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Classical Liberal Commentaries on the Americas (1991 - 2010)

Wednesday, December 29, 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.


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

Monday, December 6, 2010

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.

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.