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Latin America and Caribbean Desk

Latin America, a region defined by legendary revolutions and social movements, has always been one of IISH's important collection regions.
The level of activities has been considerably scaled up following the decision in 2010 to subsequently place the emphasis of the collection policy outside of Europe. The IISH research focuses on the transnational study of labour, labour relations and workers’ social movements.  It is important to register and document these trends and movements and the IISH can play a part here.

On these web pages of the Latin America and Caribbean Desk you will find information about our work in research and collections. You will find news about the collections we are receiving, especially in digital form with a brief presentation of its content, see the information about our acquisitions.

Each year the Latin American Desk acquires some books from different countries in Latin America and you can find here a brief overview.  Furthermore, there is a list with interesting links by country of the National Archives as well as the Trade Unions Archives.  Last, but not least you will find the annual call for Fellowships.

The Desk

The Latin America and Caribbean Desk is headed by Bolivian Rossana Barragán, who has her headquarters in Amsterdam and travels to South America twice a year to acquire new collections and to work with other partner institutions. Larissa Rosa Correa is the correspondent in Brazil and works with our partner institution, the Arquivo Edgard Leuenroth of the University of Campinas , a documentation center which is in many ways comparable to the IISH. Pilar Uriona is the Representative in Bolivia working with Cesar Lunasco (responsible for IT) in some projects of digitalization.  Finally in Cuba, we are working with the Oficina de Asuntos Históricos del Consejo de Estado de la República de Cuba, led by Director Eugenio Suárez.

Other staff members and biographies:

  • Larissa Rosa Corrêa - Correspondent in Brazil
  • Pilar Uriona Crespo - Representative in Bolivia
  • César Augusto  Lunasco Cusi - IT-Assistent in Bolivia

Latin American and Caribbean Network on Labour History

The Latin American and Carribean Network on Labour History webpage is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
The aim of the Latin American Network on Labour History is: "to build a community network of scholars who do research on Latin America and the Caribbean Labour History from the XVI century until the present". The pageprovides a database of almost 900 articles from leading journals and books as well as information about archives and collections.


For the Latin American Desk at the IISH, it would be important to stress our collections in the following strands:  

  1. Documents on work and workers in the Economic, Social, Political and Cultural fields (Working Relations, Living Conditions, Social Problems, Social Movements).
  2. Documents about the persecution and political violence linked to the period of dictatorships in the 70’s and 80’s like those of the Truth Commissions and Ombudsman institutions.
  3. Documents on the new social movements particularly strong in the Andean countries.
  4. Documents about Cuban Revolution coming of the visionary and persevering work of Celia Sánchez Manduley (1920-1980).
  5. Documents from some countries which are becoming important in economic or political terms (Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia).

Cooperation IISH - CEDLA

The Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) and the IISH Latin American Desk made an agreement of cooperation for the next years.  The prestigious and well known Journal of CEDLA, the European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (ERLACS or Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe) will add a new section in which the Desk will present a meaningful historical source in the possession of the IISG. It will allow the IISH to strengthen its reputation among Latin American historians and demonstrate the close academic and institutional ties between CEDLA and the IISH.

See also: Acquisitions - Work in Progress - New Books - Links - Fellowships