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Albumen prints of Aymara indians from Bolivia, by Rodrigo y Cia. and Ricardo Villalba (active 1870s). Church Collection

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  • Fernando Birri Archive of Multimedia Arts
    Fernando Birri (born Santa Fe, Argentina, 1925) is a film maker, artist, writer, and educator described by many as the founder of New Latin American cinema. He studied filmmaking at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia di Roma where he shot his first documentary film Selinunte (1951). He has made at least 17 films the most well-known of which are Tire dié (1954), Los inundados (1961), and Un señor muy viejo con unas alas muy grandes (1988); written numerous books on film theory and poetry; created numerous works of art in a wide range of media from pencils, watercolors, and collage to computer graphics. He has taught numerous film classes and founded or assisted with the creation of 3 film schools: Escuela de Cine y Televisión de Tres Mundos (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba; Instituto de Cinematografía de la Universidad del Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina; Laboratorio Ambulante de Poéticas Cinematográficas at the Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela. He is also the founder of the Fundación del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in Havana, Cuba. The collection contains films, videos, film scripts, diaries, writings, art work, correspondence, poems, photographs, posters, audio recordings, and objects. The films were created by Birri during his career while the videos are copies of his films as well as videos he collected and received from other film makers. His writings relate to his books of poetry and prose as well as his work as an educator and theoretician in film studies. Birri is also a prolific artist and has created a wide variety of artwork using all types of media including pencil, watercolor, collage, photography, and computer graphics. His artwork ranges from simple and abstract pencil drawings to complex works full of color and mixed media. ...more information

  • George Earl Church Collection
    Church's 3,500-volume collection is largely composed of 18th and early 19th century monographs on Latin American politics, history, and geography -- with substantial attention to contemporary anthropological studies on the indians of South America. Materials on Amerindian languages are also well represented. The collection's most unique item is perhaps the 18th century manuscript history of Potosi, a Bolivian mining town. The collection contains a considerable number of items that pertain to other areas of the world, particularly in North America, Europe and Asia. Spain and Portugal are best represented for their connection to the New World. Through his association with geographic societies Church began to collect, in his later years, studies on Asia Minor and China. An appreciable number of volumes concern the United States and Canada, including subjects such as the U.S. Civil War, the New England Indian wars, and anthropological studies of Native Americans. ...more information

  • Jose Rodrigues Migueis Archives
    The Jose Rodrigues Migueis Archives contain the personal papers and selected volumes from the private library of the late Portuguese writer, donated by his widow. The collection includes drafts and typescripts of his writings, personal and professional correspondence, notebooks, postcards, diplomas, calendars, diaries, photographs, legal and medical documents, drawings, newspaper clippings, book reviews, and monographs. Migueis' correspondence includes letters to Camara Reys, Raul Proena, Jaime Cortes, Mario de Castro, Antonio Sergio, Manuel Mendes, Mario Dionsio, Manuel Rodrigues Lapa, David Mour Ferreira, Jacinto Baptista, Mario Neves, Jose Gomes Ferreira, Jose Cardoso Pires, Natalia Correira, Raul Hestnes Ferreira, Jorge de Sena, John Austin Kerr, Aquilino Ribeiro, and Jose Saramago among others. A finding aid and a microfilm copy of the collection are available to researchers. Restrictions on access and reproduction apply.
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  • Latin American Imprints before 1800, Selected from Bibliographies of Jose Toribio Medina, Microfilmed by Brown University
    A collection of 2,339 titles on 250 microfilm reels.

    The idea of acquiring film copies of selected titles in the collections of the Biblioteca Nacional de Santiago de Chile, the Biblioteca Nacional de Peru, and other South American libraries was developed during 1939 by Lawrence C. Wroth and Henry B. Van Hoesen. In 1940 a grant was obtained from the Rockefeller Foundation to carry out the program. Originally scheduled for three years, it was extended to five. That part of the plan calling for the filming of books in the Chilean library was accomplished. The filming of books in the Biblioteca Nacional de Peru had to be given up because of the unfortunate destruction of that library by fire. Preliminary arrangements had been made for carrying on the work in Mexico, but due to the scarcity of film and the difficulties of transportation brought about by World War II, this part of the project was finally given up in 1943. Cataloging of individual titles by the Library of Congress, in exchange for a positive copy of the films, was completed in 1945. ...more information

  • Paul R. Dupee Jr. '65 Mexican History Collection
    With but one exception, the Dupee Collection's more than 340 books, broadsides, pamphlets, and periodicals were published after the Mexican republic secured its independence in 1821. (The exception is the splendid Portolan atlas of New Spain, Portulano de la América Setentrional [Madrid: 1809].) Most are Spanish-language sources written by Mexican citizens and published in Mexico. The bulk of the materials falls into the period 1821-50, covering the first decades of Mexican independence and that nation's war with the United States.

    The collection was acquired as part of the Library's Three Millionth Volume celebration. ...more information

  • Schirmer Collection on Anti-Imperialism

    This collection, assembled by Daniel Boone Schirmer, currently numbers 964 titles dealing with the Anti-Imperialist movement of 1898 and its repercussions in United States, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Filipino history. It deals with the debate within the United States during and after the Spanish-American War over the appropriate relationship between the English-speaking and Spanish speaking Americas.

    Searching for AUTHOR "Schirmer Collection" in JOSIAH pulls up a complete list of titles in the collection.

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  • The Fells Library (John Milton Hay and family)
    A collection of books compiled by the family and descendants of John Milton Hay (1838-1905) at the Hay family summer home on Lake Sunapee near Newport, New Hampshire. The collection represents the taste and reading habits primarily of John Hay and his son, ethnologist Clarence Leonard Hay (1884-1969), as well as John Hay's wife Clara and daughters Alice and Helen (a poet and children's book author), and Clarence Hay's wife Alice Appleton and son John (born 1915, a renowned nature writer). Many titles were author presentation copies to members of the Hay family, and a some contain personal inscriptions. A few volumes may have been added later by staff at the Fells as references on the Hay family and their social circle. ...more information

  • Thomas E. Skidmore Collection
    The collection consists of approximately 5,000 items donated to Brown University Library by Thomas E. Skidmore in April 2006. The collection was originally Skidmore's private library and it reflects over thirty years of collecting materials on Brazil and other areas of Latin America. It contains many rare Brazilian books on subjects related to race, nationalism, politics, economics, and Brazilian history. See also the Thomas E. Skidmore papers (MS-1UF-S4) for his research, teaching and writing materials. ...more information

  • Thomas E. Skidmore papers
    This collection documents the career of Thomas E. Skidmore who was a professor in the Latin American Studies department at the University of Wisconsin (1967-1987) and then at Brown University (1988-1999). His area of focus was Brazil and he was the pre-eminent expert in the United States on the topic of its history and politics. The collection relates primarily to his professional life as a student, professor and scholar wit materials related to his personal life interspersed throughout. See also the Thomas E. Skidmore Collection for information about the books he donated from his personal library. ...more information

Image Source: Albumen prints of Aymara indians from Bolivia, by Rodrigo y Cia. and Ricardo Villalba (active 1870s), 10 x 6 cm, undated. George Earl Church Collection. John Hay Library.

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