About Latin American Ephemera Collection: Digitized Microfilm Sets

Before the Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera became available in early 2015, access to ephemeral materials was provided by slowly developing thematic sub-collections, cataloging and microfilming them, and, in many instances, creating corresponding finding aids. This Digital PUL collection is gradually making available the approximately 350 sub-collections that were microfilmed over the years. Their content is not included in the Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera. For an overview of all the sub-collections, including those that still are not digitally available, see the Latin American Ephemera in Microfilm and Special Collections.

History of the Latin American Ephemera Collection

Princeton University Library began to collect Latin American ephemera and gray literature in the 1970s. Barbara Hadley Stein, the University’s first Bibliographer for Latin America, Spain and Portugal (1966-1977), initially sought to document some of the major political developments of the period, including the rise to power of military dictatorships, coup d’états, the institutionalization of the Cuban Revolution, and the popular responses to those developments. Her successor, Peter T. Johnson (1977-2003), expanded the geographic and thematic scope of the collection and systematized the process of organizing, cataloging, and preserving it. Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, Princeton’s current Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies, has overseen the collection since 2003.


Princeton University Library makes available the contents of the Latin American Ephemera Collection in order to support research, teaching, and private study. Princeton University does not hold the copyright of any of the materials included. Copyright holders concerned about the infringement of their legal rights may submit a request for the withdrawal of pertinent content here.