Finding Aids

Latin America

Archicofradía del Santísimo Sacramento y Caridad. Records

Mexico (City). Archicofradía del Santísimo Sacramento y Caridad. Records of the Archconfraternity of the Blessed Sacrament of the metropolitan cathedral of Mexico City, from 1555 to 1858. Contains legal, financial, and other documents relating to the activities of the confraternity.

Benton, William. Papers

William Benton (1900-1973) was an advertising executive, publisher, university administrator, U.S. senator and diplomat. Contains personal and professional correspondence, reports, legal documents, account books, diaries, manuscripts, speeches, research notes, transcripts of radio and television broadcasts, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, awards, and mementos. Papers highlight Benton's business and investment successes as well as his contributions to education and public affairs. Includes material relating to Encyclopaedia Britannica (1941-1973); Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (1939-1973); America First Committee; the Committee for Economic Development (1942-1973); Muzak (1941-1973); Benton & Bowles (1925-1973); the U.S. State Department (1941-1973); UNESCO (1946-1973); the McCarthy era; the establishment of Voice of America; the University of Chicago Board of Trustees; the Benton Foundation (1958-1973) commitments to Brandeis University, the University of Bridgeport, the University of Connecticut, the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, and the American Shakespeare Festival; and Connecticut and national politics (1948-1973).

Bogue, Donald J. Papers

Donald J. Bogue (1918-2014) was a demographer and longtime University of Chicago Professor of Sociology. The Donald J. Bogue Papers document his life in Chicago and his international work in Latin American, Asian, and African countries. They contain personal material, correspondence, writings, research materials, files pertaining to the University of Chicago research centers, photographs, a small amount of audiovisual material, and miscellaneous artifacts.

Cahusac, Jean Marie, Lettres de Mr. Cahusac, Américain, Juge de Paix à Fleurance. Manuscript (Ms 798)

Copies of 94 pieces of correspondence and other documents concerning the travels of Cahusac to the United States, Guadalupe, St. Thomas, and Haiti. Text in French. Codex Ms 798.

Chicago Committee to Save Lives in Chile Records

The Chicago Committee to Save Lives in Chile (CCSLC) was a coalition of individuals and organizations that worked to restore human rights in Chile following the 1973 military coup. The CCSLC held rallies, conferences, and educational events to raise awareness of problems in Chile. In 1979, members of the Committee created the Pablo Neruda Cultural Center to promote Chilean and Latino cultural activities in Chicago and to develop and foster Latino and Latin American literature, visual and performing arts in the United States. For these purposes, the Center initiated and coordinated programs such as music concerts, conferences, and exhibits of artists and organizations in Chicago.

Francisco Zea, Carlos de

Carlos de Francisco Zea (1936-1991), poet and professor, was a student at the University of Chicago and received his PhD in Germanic Language and Literature in 1970. In 1989, a book of his poems was published, entitled Libros de Poesía. Francisco Zea was an active poet throughout the years 1959-1990, and this collection contains drafts, typescripts, and manuscripts of his work. Also included are his translations of the work of Juan Ramón Jiménez.

Friedrich, Paul. Papers

The Paul Friedrich Papers contains personal and professional correspondence; linguistic and anthropological research and field notes; audiotapes of villagers and lectures by Friedrich; photographs, primarily of life in the town of Naranja; maps; Mexican political ephemera; and manuscripts of published and unpublished papers, articles, and books. Most of the material relates to Friedrich’s fieldwork in the state of Michoacán in southwestern Mexico, 1955-1956, where he studied the Tarascan people and language.

Gunther, John. Papers

John Gunther, journalist and writer. The John Gunther Papers consist of different draft versions of Gunther's books along with correspondence, articles, and notes related to these projects. Papers related to Chicago Revisited.

Hospicio de Pobres. Records

Consists chiefly of deeds and mortgage records of haciendas relating to the Hospicio de Pobres and other charitable institutions of Puebla, Mexico. Also includes a book of minutes, 1825-1831.

International Association for Cultural Freedom. Records

This collection contains the records of the Congress for Cultural Freedom and the International Association for Cultural Freedom. It comprises correspondence, reports, manuscripts, photographs, publications, recordings and clippings. It also includes the records of the Congress for Cultural Freedom affiliated Latin American Institute of International Relations and the Congress for Cultural Freedom Affiliated funded magazine Preuves. The collection dates from 1941-1978, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950-1972.

International Congress of Americanists. Records

The International Congress of Americanists Records contain materials related to the XXIX Congress of 1949, held in New York City. Originally part of the Sol Tax Papers, this collection consists largely of materials regarding Tax's efforts to publish the proceedings of the congress. The Congress explored such themes as: the art of the Americas, early man in America, physical Anthropology, language and culture, population in Native America, etc.

Jones, Wellington D. Papers

Wellington Downing Jones (1886-1957) Professor of Geography, 1913-1945. The bulk of the collection is photographs taken by Jones on research trips to China, India, Japan, and South America and at the University of Chicago. Also includes research materials, correspondence, notes, reports, student work, and marked maps of the Chicagoland area. Materials date from 1909 to 1948, with the bulk dating between 1909 and 1929.

Katz, Friedrich. Papers

Friedrich Katz (1927- 2010) was an historian of Mexico. He was a Professor of History at the University of Chicago from 1971 until his death in 2010. Katz was born in Vienna and spent time in Mexico as a refugee during the 1940s, which inspired his interest in the country’s history. His early work focused on indigenous civilizations, while he later transitioned to studying the revolutionary era, peasant movements, and Francisco “Pancho” Villa, always with an effort toward understanding Mexican history in an international context. The largest portion of this collection consists of Katz’s copies of archival documents, books, and articles, which he gathered over decades of research at institutions throughout the Americas and Europe. The collection also includes correspondence, research notes, writings by and on Katz, and a smaller amount of personal, teaching, and conference material.

Martinez, Maria Elena. Papers

María-Elena Martínez (December 2, 1966 - November 16, 2014) was an associate professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Martinez’s first book, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico received numerous accolades following its publication. At the time of her death, she was working on her second book project, provisionally titled “The Enlightened Creole Science of Race and Sex: Naturalizing the Body in the Eighteenth-Century Spanish Atlantic World.” This collection contains essays and notes from Martinez’s undergraduate and graduate years; personal and professional correspondence; photocopied archival sources; article drafts and published articles written by Martinez; articles written by other academics and annotated by Martinez for her research; syllabi; teaching notes; materials from academic conferences; CD-ROMs; VHS tapes; cassette tapes; microfilm; and maps.

McQuown, Norman A. Papers

Norman A. McQuown (1914-2005) was an anthropologist and linguist best known for his efforts to document and study indigenous languages in Mexico and Central America and for his work in the field of non-verbal communication. He studied, conducted field and archival research, taught, and wrote on a wide range of languages, including Huastec, Quiche Maya, Yucatec Maya, Nahuatl, Totonac, Turkish, Russian, and Esperanto. He published in English, Spanish, and German, was comfortable writing and conversing in a large number of additional languages, and wrote frequently on the process of language teaching and learning. McQuown spent nearly his entire career at the University of Chicago, with the exception of numerous visiting appointments at institutions in Europe and the Americas.This collection documents his research, writing, teaching, and administrative work and contains a small amount of personal material. It range in date from 1850-2004, with the bulk dating from roughly 1945-1975.

Nash, Manning. Papers

Manning Nash (1924-2001), anthropologist, taught at the University of Chicago from 1957 through 1994, first as an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Business (1957-1968) and then as a member of the Anthropology Department (1968-1994). An expert on economic and social modernization in developing nations, Nash carried out fieldwork in such places as: Guatemala, Mexico, Burma, Iran, and Malaysia. The Manning Nash Papers consist largely of Nash's field notes and research findings. Additionally, they contain a small collection of teaching materials and a moderately sized series devoted to Nash's writings.

Platt, Robert S.. Papers

Contains correspondence, manuscripts, student notes, lectures, field notes, teaching materials, letters of recommendation, maps, biographical material, postcards, offprints, book reviews, photographs, slides, and a motion picture film. Includes notes taken while Platt was a graduate student in the Department of Geography at the University of Chicago, notes and research papers from the Department's field courses in the upper Great Lakes region, correspondence relating to professional organizations such as the Association of American Geographers and the Library of Congress where Platt was Chief of the Division of Maps. Also includes editorial correspondence of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers (1961-1963).

Redfield, Robert. Papers

Professor, anthropologist. The Redfield Papers span the years of Robert Redfield's association with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, from the mid-1920s when he began graduate work in anthropology to the end of his professional career in 1958.

Smith, Raymond T. Papers

Raymond T. Smith (1925-), anthropologist. The collection documents research conducted for Smith’s USA & West Indies Kinship Project and consists largely of interviews and mapped genealogies of subjects in Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Chicago.

Starr, Frederick. Mexican Manuscripts. Collection

Manuscripts and imprints from the late sixteenth century to early twentieth century concerning the decline of the Spanish Rule and the construction of the Mexican state. Includes a letter signed Miguel Hidalgo, a recruiting order signed by José María Morelos, as well as correspondence of various independence leaders and catholic church officials. The collection also includes affidavits, receipts, invitations, marriage licenses, and official documents. Of note is a nahuatl manuscript from 1580 written in Latin script.

Starr, Frederick. Papers

Frederick Starr (1858-1933) Assistant professor of anthropology, University of Chicago, 1892-95; associate professor, 1895-1923. Curator of the anthropological section, Walker Museum, University of Chicago, 1895-1923 Contains professional and personal correspondence; research material; field notebooks; diaries; class lecture notes; memorabilia; photographs; bibliographies; and scrapbooks. Correspondents include Frank Boas, W.E.B. Du Bois, Federico Gamboa, William Rainey Harper, John Haynes Holmes, Jenkin Lloyd Jones, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Julius Rosenwald, and Albion Small. Topics relate to Starr's interests and involvement in the former Belgian Congo, Liberia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Central America, and the World's Columbian Exposition.

Stereograph Cards Collection

Collected and uncollected stereographs, as well as related materials, from a number of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century publishers. The bulk of the material dates from ca. 1900.

Tax, Sol. Papers

Sol Tax (1907-1995), Anthropologist. Papers include personal and professional correspondence, ethnographic field notes, published and unpublished articles, papers, and manuscripts, lecture notes and transcripts, student papers, audiotapes, photographs, and memorabilia. Documentation begins with Tax's youth in Milwaukee, continuing through his student years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at the University of Chicago, his field research and writing on Middle American and North American Indians (1932-), teaching and administrative roles at the University of Chicago (1940-), and a wide range of professional activities.

University of Chicago. Department of Anthropology. Chiapas Project. Records

The Department of Anthropology Chiapas Project records document the University of Chicago Department of Anthropology's research projects in the Mexican state of Chiapas in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The projects aimed to investigate the language, culture, environment, and history of local Maya communities. The first phase of research, known as the Man in Nature Project, ran from 1956-1959. The second phase, known as the Chiapas Project, began in 1960, and the final report was produced in 1964. The collection contains project applications and bibliographies; brochures, correspondence, and administrative documents related to project housing, personnel, finances, and equipment; notes; a small amount of research material; financial records; photographs and slide film depicting the project team, indigenous people, and field work locations; and bound copies of final project reports. The material ranges in date from 1942-circa 1990s, with the bulk dating from 1958-1962.

University of Chicago. Department of Anthropology. Records

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago was founded in 1929 under the chairmanship of Fay-Cooper Cole. The collection comprises records of the department from its inception through 1997. It includes the Fay-Cooper Cole Papers, information and data from early archeological, linguistic and socio-cultural anthropological fieldwork, early materials on teaching and curriculum, files on department buildings and space, administrative and financial papers and documentation, faculty and staff information and student files.

Walker, David W. Papers

David W. Walker (b. September 29, 1948, d. July 4, 2001) was an historian of Mexico, professor at Michigan State University, Vietnam War veteran, and alumnus of the University of Chicago. Walker studied the Mexican Revolution and agrarian reform in the northern state of Durango. The collection contains notes and notecards, research materials, writings, and a handful of audio-visual material and digital media. Materials date between 1910 and 2001, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1980s and 1990s. The collection also consists of photocopies of original documents dating from 1768 to the 1940s. The collection primarily documents Walker's extensive research in Durango, on the Martínez del Río family, and on agrarian reform in Mexico at the beginning of the twentieth century.