WNA - Latin American Newspapers

In October 2011, the Center for Research Libraries launched a new module of the World Newspaper Archive named “Latin American Newspapers, Series 2 (1822-1922).” CRL member institutions can purchase access to this new module under the terms outlined below.

Latin American Newspapers, SERIES 1

Latin American Newspapers provides more than 35 fully searchable newspapers published in the 19th and 20th centuries from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and elsewhere. Latin American Newspapers offers unprecedented coverage of the people, issues, and events that shaped this vital region between 1805 and 1922.

LAN is the first collection of the World Newspaper Archive, a partnership between the Center for Research Libraries community and Readex, a division of NewsBank, to systematically create an extensive Web-based collection of international newspapers. CRL will ensure the long-term availability of this news content for the CRL community.

These examples of titles included in the Latin American Newspapers collection of the World Newspaper Archive illustrate the breadth and depth of this groundbreaking collection.

  • El Mercurio [1914–22] - An important Spanish-language paper published in Santiago, often considered Chile's newspaper of record.
  • O Estado de São Paulo [1876–1922] - This title (published as A Provincia de São Paulo until 1889) traces Brazil’s history from an empire to a republic, and stands as one of Brazil’s premiere newspapers.
  • La Prensa (Buenos Aires, Argentina) [1869–1922] - This title, founded in 1869 by Dr. Jose Clemente Paz, was considered among the most significant newspapers in the world by the turn of the century.
  • Mexican Herald [1895–1915] - An English-language title bringing international and local news to the American expatriate community in Mexico.

Please refer to the Readex site for a complete list of titles.

The collection contains more than 1.2 million pages of content.

Latin American Newspapers, SERIES 2

Guided by our advisory and selection committees, the newest module, Latin American Newspapers, Series 2 (launched October 2011), deepens coverage of important countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, and Mexico; and extend the reach of WNA into countries not represented in LAN I such as Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Belize.

A complete list of titles is available on Readex's site.

When completed, this second Latin American module will be of equal size to the first, covering the same time period (spanning 1822-1922). Combined, these two collections will provide unparalleled coverage of events of the 19th and early 20th centuries in Latin America. Content is selected from the collections of CRL and partner libraries such as the University of Florida, University of Texas at Austin, Berkeley, Yale, and New York Public Library.

Access and Pricing

Latin American Newspapers (Series 1 and 2) are currently available for CRL members through paid purchase (payments are made directly to CRL).  To access the collection, please visit your library’s homepage for Readex products and click on World Newspaper Archive or visit the collections directly:

For institutions that have purchased both LAN I and LAN II, Readex provides integrated searching (under the general title “Latin American Newspapers”). Institutions with both collections might choose to use the following access URL for transparent searching and browsing.

If you cannot view the collection and believe your institution has purchased this module, contact wna@crl.edu.

CRL member access fees

Access fees are scaled to each participant’s library materials expenditures. Payment schedules are designed to minimize the impact on library acquisition budgets. Please see CRL's eDesiderata entry for more information on access and pricing.

CRL will continue to maintain the microfilm copies of the WNA papers as well, and will make them available to its community as a regular benefit of CRL membership.

Please contact wna@crl.edu for additional information on access for your institution.

Technical support

Access is provided to CRL members through IP authentication. In the event of difficulties viewing the resources, assistance will be provided by Readex Customer Service and Technical Support Group: CustService@newsbank.com

For libraries using proxy servers such as EZ Proxy for remote access, a system configuration may be required to enable proper viewing of the collection. Network administrators should visit the following site for information on this configuration: www.usefulutilities.com/support/db/newsbank.html


CRL welcomes thoughts and comments on this release at wna@crl.edu.