Latin American Studies




Doris Stone Director, Latin American Library

Librarian Phone

(504) 314-7828

Program Description

As an area studies program, Latin American Studies has over 80 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, Applied Development, Art History, Biology, Communications, Economics, French, Geology/Geography, History, 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 so-called Paleo-Indian period (c. 10,500 BC) to the present.

Imprint Date

The Latin American Library's rare books collection contains some of the earliest printed European works about the New World, such as a first edition of Pietro Martire d'Anghiera's De orbe nouo decades (1516) and as well as eight Mexican incunabula. The earliest Mexican imprint is Maturino Gilberti's Diálogo de doctrina christiana published in 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.

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Circulation Desk.

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; Blackwells supplies U.S. and British trade and university press imprints about the region.

Endowed Funds

Funds include the Doris Stone Endowment for special acquisitions, and the Richard E. Greenleaf Endowment.

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