Latin American Studies



Hortensia Calvo


Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 314-7828

Librarian Email

Program Description

As an area studies program, Latin American Studies has 69 core faculty in a variety of academic departments across the campus. There is thus no single department or book chair. The Latin American Library has three bibliographers who communicate with the Latin Americanist faculty in the different departments or schools with which they are associated. There are Latin Americanists in the departments of Anthropology; Art History; Biology; City, Culture, Community; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Economics; French; Geology/Geography; History; Linguistics; Political Science; Sociology; Spanish and Portuguese; and Tropical Ecology; and in the Schools of Architecture; Business; Law; Public Health; and Tropical Medicine. The Latin American Studies program at Tulane has majors at the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. levels. There are also students at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels who are pursuing degrees with a Latin American specialization in the individual academic departments and in the professional schools. For a directory of the Latin Americanist faculty at Tulane and their areas of research, see Latin Americanist faculty.

Subject Resource Guide


The collection focuses on all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences from and about all countries in the region, including the non-Spanish-speaking Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. Collection strengths are history, archaeology, anthropology, linguistics and art history for all periods.


Printed monographs, monographic series, serials, reference works, popular works, conference proceedings, printed ephemera, rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and images in a variety of media.


Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, and to a lesser degree, Italian, are the primary European languages represented in the collection; native Mesoamerican languages such as Nahuatl, Quiche, Cakchiquel, Yucatec, Kekchi, Zapotec, Mixtec and Otomi are strongly represented.

Chronological Period

All periods are covered, from the Paleo-Indian period (c. 10,500 BC) to the present.

Imprint Date

The Latin American Library's collection contains imprints from the earliest printed European works about the New World, to the most recent publications from and about the region.  The earliest printed work in the collection is a first edition of Pietro Martire d'Anghiera's De orbe nouo decades (Alcala, Spain, 1516). The collection houses nine Mexican incunabula, the earliest of which is Maturino Gilberti's Di├ílago de doctrina christiana, en la lengua de Mechuaca (Mexico City, Mexico, 1559).  

Geographical Considerations

The collection includes all countries in the region, but historic strengths are Central America (including Panama and Belize), the Southern states of Mexico, especially the Yucatan Peninsula, Chiapas and Oaxaca, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and circum-Caribbean.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, which makes available Latin American resources such as newspapers, microfilm sets, and dissertations to Tulane users for extended periods.  In addition, the Latin American Library participates in several regional and international consortia and distributed resources projects.  The Latin America Southeast Resources (LASER), a consortium of major Latin American research collections in the region, provides union lists of newspapers and microforms; borrowing policies at each institution are also listed.  The Latin American Library is also a member of LAMP and the Latin American Research Resources Project (LAARP), which are under the auspices of CRL.  Within LAARP, the LAL is responsible for in depth collecting of Central American materials, including Belize.   

Supply Sources

We have at least one book dealer in almost every country represented in the collection. In addition, Iberbook supplies European and Spanish imprints about Latin America; YBP supplies U.S. and British trade and university press imprints about the region.

Endowed Funds

Doris Stone Endowment for Special Acquisitions
Richard E. Greenleaf Endowed Fund
Jim and Penny Morrill Endowed Fund for Mesoamerican Art History
Christian-Pradel Endowed Fund
Abbye and Steve Gorin Endowed Fund for Photographic Materials