Roderic A. Camp Collection, 1968-1990s
Professor Camp is the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont Mckenna College. He served as a founding member of the Advisory Board, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian Institution from 2003-2017, and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. He is the author of thirty books on Mexico, six of which have been designated by Choice as outstanding academic books, and five books on Latin America. His most recent publications include: Mexico, What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2017); Politics in Mexico, Democratic Consolidation or Decline? (Oxford University Press, 2014); The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012); Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-2009 (University of Texas Press, 2011); and The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2010. He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Olaf College for his scholarship and teaching on Mexico.
Series 1: Jesús Gutiérrez Rebollo Material. This series is made up of photocopies of records from the Mexican Army's internal investigation of Division General Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo. Gutierrez Rebollo served as head of the Instituto Nacional para el Combate a las Drogas (INCD) when Mexican authorities began investigating his possible connection to organized crime. In 1997, Gutierrez Rebollo was fired from his position after the investigation showed he had received bribes from a drug cartel.
Series 2: Mexican Public Figures. The material is comprised of dozens of letters from prominent Mexican political figures, ranging from presidents, to cabinet members, to members of congress and the senate, and to state governors, as well as notable intellectual figures and opposition politicians. Most of the letters are from the 1970s and 1980s, and represent politicians who were prominent in Mexican political life from the 1940s through the 1980s. They focus on the importance of specific institutions, especially the National Preparatory School and the Law, Economics, and Medical schools of the National Autonomous University of Mexico/Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), in developing personal networks which led to successful careers in public life. They also provide insights into the relationship between the intellectual community and politics, revealing the importance of informal linkages rather than institutional ties. This correspondence led to hundreds of personal interviews from 1970 through the 1990s. The letters and the subsequent interviews significantly contributed to many published articles and books, including Mexico's Leaders: Their Education and Recruitment (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1980); The Making of a Government, Political Leaders in Modern Mexico (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1984), Intellectuals and the State in 20th Century Mexico (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1985); Memoirs of a Mexican Politician (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1988); and Entrepreneurs and Politics in Twentieth Century Mexico (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).
Series 3: Comparative Study Replies. As part of his PhD research, Camp sent a letter to economists in the U.S. and Mexico for his comparative study on President Kennedy's decision to cut taxes and President López Mateo's decision for Mexico to join the Latin American Free Trade Association (LAFTA). The U.S. replies are from former members of the Council of Economic Advisers as well as the U.S secretary of commerce. Camp's contacts on the Mexican decision were interviews but the letters document who he contacted in Mexico.
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Cite as: Roderic A. Camp Collection, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.
Accession numbers: 2008-27, 2009-09
Collection processed by Carla O. Alvarez, 2017.
Further materials are expected for this collection.
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