By now you know that Artstor’s Public Collections provide approximately 1.3 million freely accessible images and other materials from library special collections, faculty research, and institutional history materials. The collections are constantly growing, and as we browsed for Latin American content in preparation for Hispanic Heritage Month, we were delighted by what we found. Here are some notable highlights:

Clary. Conferencia Latinoamericana Sobre la Integracion de la Mujer en el Desarollo Economico y Social. 1977

Clary. Conferencia Latinoamericana Sobre la Integracion de la Mujer en el Desarollo Economico y Social. 1977. Image and data from Wofford College: The Lindsay Webster Collection of Cuban Posters.

Wofford College: The Lindsay Webster Collection of Cuban Posters
The collection features approximately 350 works created in Cuba from the revolution through the 2000s. Many of the posters focus on Cuba’s efforts to spread messages of the revolution worldwide and to inspire others in the fight against oppression stemming from the legacies of imperialism and colonialism, as well as posters focused on promoting Cuban national pride, conservation, production, and culture.

Dartmouth: Ediciones Vigia Collection
In 1985, a Cuban poet Alfredo Zaldivar and an artist Rolando Estevez established a literary forum for a group of Cuban artists in Matanzas, Cuba and called it Ediciones Vigía. For over twenty years now the goal for these artists has been to create beautiful handmade books. Through all of the social and political shifts, and even a severe paper shortage, the artists have found ways to create works of enormous artistry, imagination, and creativity by using found and recycled materials.

Albright College David Schwartz’ Collection Nicaraguan Revolution
David Schwartz was a talented photographer and emeritus economics professor for 35 years at Albright College who also taught Latin American studies courses and was a foreign-student advisor. He visited Nicaragua and took thousands of photographs during the period of the Sandinista revolution.

Rice University in Houston is sharing two fascinating collections of iconography around the second and third most-populated cities in Brazil:

Marc Ferrez, Campo da Aclamação, 1880

Marc Ferrez, Campo da Aclamação, 1880. Repository Instituto Moreira Salles. Image and data from Rice University: Rio de Janeiro Iconography

Rice University: Rio de Janeiro Iconography
Historical maps, architectural plans, and views from different media created by artists visiting or resident in the city of Rio de Janeiro from 1502 to the present.

Rice University: Brasilia Iconography
Views, maps, and plans from iconographic, cartographic, and architectural archives of Brazil’s Federal District and its capital city, Brasilia.

The City College of New York, home to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, offers several collections related to Dominican history and Dominican-Americans.

Ruins of the Church and Convent building complex of San Francisco

Ruins of the Church and Convent building complex of San Francisco. Photographer: Anthony Stevens Acevedo. CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, First Blacks in the Americas collection. Contact information: Anthony Stevens-Acevedo, Assistant Director and Colonial Historian. 160 Convent Avenue NA 4/107, New York, NY, 10031, 212-650-7496,

  • City College Dominican Library First Blacks in the Americas
    A history project devoted to disseminating research and rigorous information about the history of the earliest people of Black African descent that arrived, resided and stayed in the Americas from 1492 onwards, and whose continued presence in the New World ever since is clearly shown on historical records.
  • City College: Dominican Artists in the United States
    A digital project devoted to disseminating the work of artists of Dominican descent living in the United States, starting with the work of two talented women: Doris Rodríguez and Josefina Báez.
  • El Musico y el Pintor
    The exhibit consists of documents, photographs, musical scores, and paintings from the Dominican Archives collections that highlight the careers of musician Rafael Petitón Guzmán (1894-1983) and painter Tito Enrique Cánepa (1916-2014). Both were enormously influential, contributing to the development of new hybrid artistic forms that combine traditional and modern elements and incorporate styles from different cultures. Cánepa used his art to express political themes, chiefly his opposition to tyranny and imperialism, while Petitón Guzmán used eclecticism and formal innovation as the vehicle of his revolt.
  • City College: Fighting for Democracy: Dominican Veterans from World War II
    A pioneering exhibit about courage, valor, and commitment consisting of 12 panels in which photographs, documents, correspondence, newspaper articles, and short biographies tell the stories of Dominicans that served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II.
Xochicalco, base of pyramid, detail of human figure

Xochicalco, base of pyramid, detail of human figure. Photographer: Richard Eugene Fuller. Image and data from the Seattle Art Museum Libraries

Seattle Art Museum Libraries’ Richard E. Fuller Travel Slides of Art and Architecture of Mexico
Dr. Richard E. Fuller, director of the Seattle Art Museum from 1933-1973, made excursions to Mexico between 1944 and 1948, where he captured examples of Mexican architecture, sculpture, and painting. These photographs encompass historic Toltec sites, interiors and exteriors of various Colonial Period buildings, monuments and civic structures, and other rural and urban scenes of early-20th-century Mexico.

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