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Lilly Library's Mendel and Boxer rare book collections of interdisciplinary works on Andean and South American countries and Brazil, and an internationally recognized array of material resources. A Latin American area specialist librarian (Luis A Gonzalez, luisgonz[at] is available to assist graduate students in their research. The Main Library also has hundreds of videos and films on Latin America and the Caribbean, which are available to students for in-house viewing.

The Archives of Languages of the World preserve tapes of indigenous languages of Latin America. The Folklore Archives, one of the largest resource and research centers in the United States, contain field collections, bibliographies and articles on Latin America. The Geography and Map Library houses atlases of the region, thousands of flat-file maps, detailed topographical maps and all of the CIA's maps of Latin America. A unique repository of Caribbean and Latin American music is found in the Archives of Traditional Music. Musical scores and biographies of Latin American composers and their discographies can be found in the Music Library and its Latin American Music Center, affiliated with the world- ranked IU School of Music.

Students also have access to Latin American materials at several institutes, including the American Indian Studies Research Institute. The internationally renowned Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction has a strong collection of artifacts from Latin America representing issues of gender and sexuality, to which students who are involved in related research have access. The Art Museum has an outstanding Pre-Colombian collection, most of which is on display. The collection emphasizes Mexico and Peru but includes pieces from other countries such as Panama and Costa Rica. Major periods are represented such as the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Aztec and Mixtec. The William Hammond Mathers Museum also has several Latin American collections.

Special Exhibit: Literatura de cordel: Politics, Religion, Love, Adventure
The focus of this exhibition is on literatura de cordel, the traditional popular poetry chapbook literature from Brazil. Political and social commentary are frequent themes in cordel literature, and the chapbooks are illustrated with woodcuts. The exhibition presents the history and significance of cordel, showing various images of covers representing the extensive holdings of cordel pamphlets from the Latin American Collection in the Wells Library.
This poster exhibition can be seen in the display case located on the sixth floor of the East Tower of the Wells Library.

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LASA Forum

The LASA Forum is the quarterly newsletter of the Latin American Studies Association ( LASA )—which has been headquartered at the University of Pittsburgh since 1986.  In addition to timely, research-based articles, the newsletter provides information about LASA activities—including how to propose panels and papers for the LASA congress—and serves as an important source of information on employment, grant opportunities, and conferences of interest.  Subscription to the LASA Forum is included in membership in LASA.

Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA)

COHA is an independent research and information organization, established to promote the common interests of the hemisphere, raise the visibility of regional affairs and increase the importance of the inter-American relationship, as well as encourage the formulation of rational and constructive U.S. policies towards Latin America.

The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA)

NACLA’s mission is to provide information and analysis on the region, and on its complex and changing relationship with the United States, as tools for education and advocacy - to foster knowledge beyond borders.  To that end, it publishes a bimonthly magazine, NACLA Report on the Americas, hosts an Internet resource center with news and information from Latin America, publishes books and anthologies for classroom and activist use, and convenes conferences, seminars, and teach-ins, and much more.