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Princeton University.
Human Rights in Mexico and Central America
Latin American Ephemera Collections
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5 boxes and 1.9 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • review: Box 1-5
Spanish; Castilian


This collection contains pamphlets, flyers, working papers, reports, and periodicals pertaining to human rights in Mexico and Central America during the past thirty years, from 1979 to 2008.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection contains pamphlets, flyers, working papers, reports, and periodicals pertaining to human rights in Mexico and Central America during the past thirty years, from 1979 to 2008. Published by government agencies, human rights activist groups, church and municipal agencies, and a wide range of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the materials cover subject areas such as political violence and civil war, police brutality, political disappearences, social and indigenous struggles, peace negociations, as well as children's, women's, workers', and immigrants' rights. The collection is arranged by geographical area: first Mexico, then Central America and its respective countries. Within each country, items are alphabetically organized by publishing organization.

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 David Michael Ponce, Gabrielle Winkler, in 2009. The finding aid was written by David Michael Ponce and 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:

Human Rights in Mexico and Central America; Latin American Ephemera Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-5964
Storage Note:
  • review: Box 1-5

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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: Civil war, society and political transition in Guatemala: the Guatemala News and Information Bureau Archive, 1963-2000 • Human rights in Nicaragua: pamphlets • Human rights in Nicaragua, II: pamphlets • Publications of the Comisión Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Nicaragua, 1979-1990 • Nicaraguan human rights: publications distributed by Comisión Nacional de Promoción y Protección de los Derechos Humanos, 1981-1983 • Women in Central America, I, 1960-2004

Subject Terms:
Human rights -- El Salvador.
Human rights --Costa Rica.
Human rights --Guatemala.
Human rights --Honduras.
Human rights --Mexico.
Human rights --Nicaragua.
Human rights --Panama.
Central America