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Latin American and Caribbean Materials in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library: Rare Print Material

This guide describes major collecting strengths and highlights important collections of manuscript and rare print materials. It is by no means exhaustive.


Books & Periodicals

To search for particular authors, titles, or subjects, simply use the Advanced Search option of the Duke University Libraries, restricting location to Rubenstein.

Several large collections of books were acquired by the Duke University Libraries early in the twenteth century. The Biblioteca Peruana of Francisco Pérez de Velasco was originally assembled by the Peruvian literary historian Manuel de Odriozola. Catálogo de la Biblioteca Peruana Propiedad de Dn. Francisco Pérez de Velasco, Lima, lists the titles, which were divided between what is now the Rubenstein and the main library.

The Rubenstein has acquired a number of artists' books and handmade chapbooks. To find those published by Ediciones Vigía under the auspices of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, search "Ediciones Vigía" as an author in the Duke University Libraries catalog. To find the Argentine cartoneras, search "Eloisa Cartonera" as an author. Examples from Uruguay are cataloged under "Propia Cartonera." Some Spanish examples come from Sevilla (Editorial Ultramarina Cartonera & Digita"Ultramarina") and Madrid ("Meninas Cartoneras.")


Search the Duke University Libraries catalog for historic maps and atlases of Latin America and its entities using subject headings like these:

These collections of manuscript maps are worth highlighting:

Research Services Librarian, Rubenstein Library

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