Major Research Tools

Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920

Digital collection of over 1,200 books, pamphlets, almanacs, broadsides and ephemera covering the history of the Caribbean Islands. Can be searched or browsed by subject, genre, place of publication, language, etc.

Handbook of Latin American Studies

Coverage: 1935-present

A searchable annotated bibliography of articles, books and reports on Latin America. Produced by the Library of Congress.

Historical Abstracts

Time period covered: 1450 to present; Publication coverage: 1954 to present

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history of the world, except the United States and Canada. Subjects include diplomatic history, economics, international relations, and political science.

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History

In depth articles on major topics and trends relating to the study of Latin American history. Written (and periodically updated) by scholars and peer-reviewed.

Other Suggested Research Tools

AHA Guide to Historical Literature

Location: Skillman Ref; Call #: D20 A46 1995x

Highly selective, annotated bibliography of books and articles in every field of historical scholarship. Bibliographies are organized geographically and further subdivided by time period and topic.

Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera

Coverage: 1900 to present
Pamphlets, flyers, posters, postcards, and other ephemera created by social activists, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, political parties, public policy think tanks, and other types of organizations  to publicize their views, positions, agendas, policies, events, and activities. The majority of materials are from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Venezuela, but almost every country in Latin America and the Caribbean is represented.

Digital Library of the Caribbean


Collection of digitized documents, books, newspapers, and other materials relating to Caribbean culture and history.

Early Americas Digital Archive

Full-Text, Gateway

"Collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820."

Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980

Digitized collection of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. Includes many titles published bilingually in Spanish and English.

Latin American Newspapers, 1805-1922

Collection of digitized Latin American newspapers published in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Features titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and elsewhere. Most of the content is in Spanish, with some in Portuguese or English.

Specialized Collections

Archives Unbound


Collection of seven different document archives covering Freedom Riders in the South (1961), Foreign Relations Between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean States (1930-44), Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers (1942-45), the National Farm Worker Ministry (1939-85), the Mexican Revolution (1910-24), the National Domestic Workers Union (1965-79), and the U.S. Civilian Advisory Effort in Vietnam (1950-54).

Brazilian Government Documents

Executive branch serial documents issued by Brazil’s national government between 1821 and 1993, and by its provincial governments from the earliest available to the end of the first Republic in 1930.

Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro–Latin American Biography

Full-Text, Reference

Information on the lives of Caribbeans and Afro-Latin Americans who are historically significant. Covers the entire Caribbean, and the Afro-descended populations throughout Latin America, including people who spoke and wrote Creole, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750


Index of works about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. "Covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples." Note that the full text of English language titles may be found in Early English Books Online or Eighteenth Century Collections Online; for the full text of French titles, check Gallica.

Hemeroteca Digital


Digitized Spanish-language periodicals from the 19th century through the 1930s. Most titles are from Spain, but some are from other Spanish speaking countries. From the National Library of Spain.

J. León Helguera Collection of Colombiana


Collection of primary sources on 19th-century Colombian history and culture.

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books


Collection of declassified United States government documents on foreign affairs and national security since World War II. Documents are grouped by topic or region of the world and cover nuclear history, U.S. intelligence and government secrecy, humanitarian interventions, the 9/11 attacks, and more.

Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Perspectives


Part of the American Memory project from the Library of Congress, this site focuses on writings about the early history of Puerto Rico.

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database


Detailed data on trans-Atlantic slaving voyages from the 16th through 19th centuries.

Wilson Center Digital Archive


Declassified historical materials from archives around the world covering the Cold War, Korea, and nuclear proliferation.