Current LAMP Projects
Benson Latin American Collection of South American Serials on Microfilm
LAMP and the University of Texas at Austin have recently completed the duplication of 600 serials from across Latin America. These rare materials from the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection include government publications and other serials published primarily from 1821 to 1982.
Sample titles include:
El Bromista (Montevideo, Uruguay) April 1884-January 1886
El Gŕafico (Bogota, Colombia) July 1910-May 1941
La Revista Agricola: Organo oficial de la Direccion de Agricultura (Mexico City, Mexico) 1917-1922
Revista de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Córdoba, Argentina) 1914-1978, and
Revista do Instituto Archeológico e Geográphico Pernambucano (Recife, Brazil) 1863-1919
A finding aid listing the individual titles is available in the Guide to LAMP Collections.
Bolivian Newspapers from the University of Connecticut
LAMP will microfilm Connecticut's holdings of seven rarely-held Bolivian newspapers from the period 1877-1908. These papers represent a cross-section of opinion from Bolivia during a period of political instability and conflict. The titles include Imparcial (published in La Paz) 1888-1897, Industria (published in Sucre) 1881-1908, and Estrella de Tarija (published in Tarija) 1877-1892.
Brasil Nunca Mais
LAMP is supporting the efforts of the Ministério Público Federal in Brazil to digitize nearly one million pages of the collection Brasil: Nunca Mais, which contains court documents (processos) from Brazil’s Military Supreme Court. These proceedings document the cases of over 7,000 persons arrested, convicted, and/or executed by the Court between 1964 and 1979. Copied in secrecy, the official records document human rights violations by the military government in Brazil during this period.
LAMP received the collection in 1987 from the Brasil: Nunca Mais project director Rev. Jaime Wright, who was seeking a location to deposit the microfilm copy of the records for safekeeping and use. CRL stored the 543-reel set, created a reel guide to accompany the 12-volume index to the case files, and made the collection accessible to member institutions.
Copies of the film are now being sent to Brazil for digitization, after which the collection will be openly accessible via a public database.
CESPI Documents on Brazilian/Latin American Children
The Center for Research on Childhood (CESPI) at the Universidade Santa Úrsula (Rio de Janeiro) possesses an archival collection about Brazilian children and youth, including such subjects as the history of child welfare, legislation on children, and guides to research on children throughout Latin America. LAMP has preserved the materials of Dr. Moncorvo Filho, whose work was dedicated primarily to the social aspects of the effects of poverty on Brazilian youth.
These titles are available on microfilm and electronically.
Diario de Pernambuco
LAMP will fund digitization of some of the University of Florida's microfilm holdings of Diario de Pernambuco. This newspaper is the oldest in circulation in Latin America and carried news about commerce, social affairs, and politics. LAMP is providing funding for Florida to begin digitizing this title, which Florida holds for 1825-1923.
LAMP intends to film this Argentine radical periodical, held in part by UCLA. IDC Publishers has filmed a significant run of this title (1903–41) in its Latin American Anarchist and Labour Periodicals (c. 1880–1940) collection, which contains some gaps. LAMP will compare the IDC inventory with other collections to ascertain whether LAMP is able to fill in the gaps.
Senator Abdias Nascimento Archive
Abdias Nascimento was the first Afro-Brazilian senator in Brazil and an activist for Afro-Brazilian rights since the early 1930s. Nascimento’s archive chronicles the evolution of 20th-century Afro-Brazilian consciousness. It includes personal papers, news clippings, manuscripts, correspondence, theses and dissertations, mimeographed materials from various African world events, and other ephemera (including drama works by such groups as the Convicts’ Theater, which Nascimento founded). LAMP is contributing funds to organize and preserve this archive. (See reel guide and the IPEAFRO Web site.)
This illustrated weekly was the foremost chronicle of the cultural, political, and social development for Peru for the first third of the 20th century. Edited by Clementa Palma, Variedades is notable for its satirical character, literary and social content, and political commentary. Palma conceived of the magazine as a critical voice in Peruvian affairs, independent of political postures and partisan polemics, using humor to address political controversies. LAMP has received a copy of the virtually complete collection of this serial acquired by UCLA, from 1908 to 1932.
Latin American Labor Movement Newspapers
UCLA has digitized six early 19th-century labor newspapers. LAMP is keeping track of the process and costs for future consideration, and may consider microfilming select titles.
LAMP is investigating sources for Afro-Cuban serial titles in cooperation with the Biblioteca Nacional Jose Martí, Cuba.
Cuban Pamphlets at the National Library
The National Library of Cuba wants to film and digitize more than 3,000 pamphlets from the 19th century in its collection. LAMP will examine a sampling of holdings to determine whether these are already being filmed by institutions in the U.S. (Harvard, NYPL).
Update: No forward motion. Table for now.
Instituto Nacional de Antropologia y Pensamiento
A preliminary proposal to film the “Coleccion de Folklore de la Encuesta Docente” at the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia y Pensamiento. The archive holds 3,222 dossiers containing songs, tales, testimonies, proverbs, and superstitions from different parts of the country, collected in 1921 by interviewees of elder citizens. A well-organized published index exists for the collection.
Update: The Instituto decided not to pursue at this time.