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Princeton University.
Politics in Mexico, II
Latin American Ephemera Collections
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11 boxes and 7.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • review: Boxes 1-9; 1A; 9A
Spanish; Castilian Spanish; Castilian


This collection of ephemera from Mexico consists of pamphlets, flyers, serials, and election paraphernalia printed between 1968 and 2008, but the bulk of the materials dates from the early 1990s to 2006.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection of ephemera from Mexico consists of pamphlets, flyers, serials, and election paraphernalia printed between 1968 and 2008, but the bulk of the materials dates from the early 1990s to 2006. The collection is divided into six subject areas. The first section covers Mexican local and national elections between 1970 and 2006, focusing on the 2006 general election, with the candidate of the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the winner of the election, Felipe Calderón, candidate of the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN). Additional sections include political parties and social movements; regional political movements, with an emphasis on the Zapatista uprising in the state of Chiapas as well as urban neighborhood activism in the colonias of Mexico's Federal District; state and municipal government publications, political analysis; and foreign policy. In the first four sections, materials are alphabetically organized by party or publishing organization; at times, items are first grouped by state or region and then sorted by publisher. In the last two sections, materials are alphabetically arranged by title.

Collection Creator Biography:

Princeton University.

The Princeton University Library has developed numerous collections of Latin American ephemera that are unique in their depth and scope. Privileging the popular voices of the region, the collections document numerous political and social movements, and a wide variety of key socioeconomic and cultural developments. Some particularly well-documented topics are grassroots organizing, human rights, electoral politics, indigenous issues, women and gender issues, youth, the environment, health, education, and religion. Types of primary materials collected include pamphlets, non-commercially produced and distributed serials, flyers, posters, working papers, government publications, and other non-traditional formats. Most of the documentation in the collections was produced after the mid 1960s by Latin American nongovernmental organizations of all types, interest groups, political parties, research institutes, and government agencies. The intensive collecting of ephemera was initiated by Barbara Hadley Stein, the University's first Bibliographer for Latin America, Spain and Portugal (1966-1977). She sought to document some of the major political developments of the period, including the rise to power of military dictatorships, coup d'états, the institutionalization of the Cuban Revolution, and the popular responses to those developments. Her successor, Peter T. Johnson (1977-2003), expanded the geographic and thematic scope of the collections and systematized the process of organizing, cataloging, and preserving them. Intensive collecting in this area continues to this date. Over the years, materials have been grouped and organized by country or region, and by topic or subject area. Once collections are fully organized, they are cataloged and microfilmed. A complete list of collections appears in the Guide to the Princeton University Latin American Microfilm Collection (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1993) and subsequent supplements. Many of the collections' finding aids are available online. Original print materials have been preserved in many cases.

Collection History

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Monique McDermoth, David Michael Ponce and Gabrielle Winkler in 2008. Finding aid written by Gabrielle Winkler in 2009.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The Latin American ephemera collections are open for research use.

Originals are stored offsite at the ReCAP facility. Microfilm surrogates can be consulted in Microforms Service, Firestone Library (

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions.

Credit this material:

Politics in Mexico, II; Latin American Ephemera Collections, Princeton University Library

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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • review: Boxes 1-9; 1A; 9A

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Existence and Location of Copies


MICROFILM (Master printing copy. Available for reproduction only.)

Related Materials

Researchers are encouraged to consult Princeton University Library's Finding Aids Site at, as well as the Guide to the Princeton University Latin American Microfilm Collections and its supplements.

Additional material related to the subjects addressed in this collection may also be found in the following collections: Mexican elections 1997 (1990-1997) • Machetearte: periódico satírico y de combate, 1998-2004 • Mexican political parties, elections and electoral reform, 1980's-1994 • Partido Revolucionario Institucional, Political Campaign, 1981-1982 • Politics in Mexico, 1993-1999

Subject Terms:
Campaign paraphernalia --Mexico.
Citizen's associations --Mexico.
Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (Mexico)
Elections --Mexico.
Local elections --Mexico.
Mexico --Economic policy.
Mexico --Foreign policy.
Mexico --Politics and government --20th century.
Mexico --Social policy.
Partido Acción Nacional (Mexico)
Partido de la Revolución Democrática (Mexico)
Political campaigns --Mexico.
Political candidates --Mexico.
Political collectibles --Mexico.
Political participation --Mexico.
Political parties --Mexico.
Social movements --Mexico.