Latin American Studies

The Benson Latin American Collection supports teaching, learning and research through the Ph.D. level in Latin American Studies and Latino Studies. We acquire library materials which relate to Latin America, or which are written by Latin American authors, with special emphasis on the social sciences and humanities. We also collect library materials which relate to Latinos in the US, with an emphasis on immigration, education, and borderland issues.    

Spanish, Portuguese and English are the primary languages of the collection. We also collect recordings and texts in and about the indigenous languages of Latin America, particularly through the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA).

Electronic and print format materials are collected to meet the needs of users, including archives, manuscripts and serial publications.


Christina Bleyer, Head of Special Collections
Melissa Guy, Head of Collection Development
AJ Johnson, Head of Public Services, Librarian for Caribbean Studies
José Montelongo, Librarian for Mexican Studies

Related collections

Latin@ Studies

Call Number Range Subject
F 1201-2250 Latin America
F 2251-3799 South America (individual countries)
GR 114-134 Folklore of Latin America
GT 623-719 Clothing of Latin America
GV 1626-1641 Dancing
HB 122-124 Latin America
HC 121-239 Economic History and Conditions - Latin America
HD 1790.5-1915 Land Use - Latin America
HN 110.5-369 Social History and Conditions - Other regions or countries - Latin America
JL 1-3899 Political Institutions and Public Administration - Latin America
LA 420-619 History of Education - Latin America
LE 1-78 America (except United States)
PM 3001-7356 Native American languages
PQ 1-9999 Romance Literatures