The Benson Latin American Collection

Warren D. Kress Collection

Descriptive Summary

Creator Kress, Warren D.
Title Warren D. Kress Collection
Dates: 1957-1983
Abstract Collection of photographic slides of travel in Mexico and the Caribbean, and of Latin American currencies.
Accession No. 2002-19
OCLC Record No. N/A
Extent 1 linear foot
Language Spanish and English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Warren D. Kress was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He served as a military government officer in Europe during World War II, and remained in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1964, attaining the rank of Major. Kress received his bachelor's degree in International Relations (1946) and Ph.D. in Geography (1962) from the University of Minnesota. He was professor of Geography at North Dakota State University from 1957 until his retirement in 1991. Dr. Kress died 23 August 2001 at the age of 80.

Scope and Contents Note

The Warren Kress Collection consists of photographic slides, Latin American monies, and a small series of stamps.

764 photographic slides of travel in Mexico--especially northern Mexico and the D.F.--and the Caribbean, including Aruba, Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The slides are from the teaching collection of Dr. Warren D. Kress of North Dakota State University. The collection is currently unprocessed; no item description is available.

The series Latin American Coins is an assembled collection of currency from Latin America. While the bulk of collected monies come from Mexico, many other countries are represented, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Venezuela, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Bermuda and others. Of note is the collection of coins from varying countries all featuring Queen Elizabeth. A number of coins feature information supplied by Kress, including the grade of the coin, and type of metal it was printed on. In the collection there are 12 sleeves of Mexican coins, and 26 sleeves of coins collected from other parts of Latin America.

The next series, Latin American Paper Money, consists of a variety of paper monies dating from the early to mid-twentieth century. Of interest is a bill that is stamped “Falso,” indicating this is a counterfeit note.

The final series is comprised of one sheet of Latin American stamps, featuring background of artwork provided by Kress.


Access Restrictions

Access to the slides is unrestricted, but due to the nature of the collection of currencies, access to that material is by special request only.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

The Warren D. Kress Collection is classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Mexico--Description and travel--Photographs
Caribbean Area--Description and travel--Photographs
Document Types
Slides (Photographs)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Warren D. Kress Collection, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory



A printed description of the collection is currently available in the first folder of the slides.
1 764 slides of Mexico and the Caribbean, 1957-1983


Latin American Coins, Bills, and Stamps

Note: Access to this series is restricted. Special permission and special access guidelines are required for use.
2 Latin American Coins, Bills, and Stamps