Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1805-1922
A World Newspaper Archive Collection
Cross-searchable with America's Historical Newspapers ...particularly useful for undergraduates seeking primary sources for this time period.
A. Hicks, University of Colorado, Boulder, in Choice (October 2009)

Quick Facts

  • Online access to more than 280 newspapers published between 1805 and 1922
  • From Argentina to Venezuela—titles from more than 20 countries in the region
  • Created in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries and its contributing members

Overview

Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1805-1922, offer unprecedented coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped this vital region during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and a dozen other countries, these resources provide a wide range of viewpoints from diverse Latin American cultures. Together, both series of Latin American Newspapers chronicles the evolution of Latin America over two centuries through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries and other items.

An integral part of the World Newspaper Archive

Created in partnership with the Center for Research Libraries—one of the world's largest and most important newspaper repositories—Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1805-1922, is a core collection in the World Newspaper Archive. Advancing research and offering opportunities for fresh insights across wide-ranging academic disciplines, the World Newspaper Archive also includes historical newspapers published in Latin America and South Asia. The Center for Research Libraries and its partners are committed to providing sustainable access to a rich and diverse set of international scholarly resources.

Ideal for students, teachers and scholars around the globe, this uniquely comprehensive online resource can be cross-searched with America's Historical Newspapers for unprecedented coverage of world history.

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Latin American Newspapers, 1805-1922

The groundbreaking first series features such key publications as La Nacion, La Prensa and Vanguardia (Buenos Aires), Jornal do Commercio (Rio de Janeiro), O Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo), Mercurio (Santiago), La Prensa (Havana), El Guatemalteco (Guatemala City), Daily Chronicle (Georgetown, Guyana), La Revista de Yucatan (Merida, Mexico), La Patria, Mexican Herald and El Monitor Republicano (Mexico City) , El Dictamen (Veracruz Llave, Mexico), La Estrella de Panama and Star & Herald (Panama City), El Peruano and West Coast Leader (Lima), Port of Spain Gazette (Port of Spain), Venezuelan Herald (Caracas) and more than a dozen others.

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Latin America Newspapers Series 2, 1822-1922

An essential complement to Latin American Newspapers, 1805-1922, this second series dramatically expands the number of titles available from this region, including from some countries and cities not represented in the inaugural collection. Latin American Newspapers, Series 2 features important titles from Argentina (Buenos Aires); Belize (Belize City); Bolivia (Cochabamba, La Paz, Oruro, Potosi, Sucre); Brazil (Amazonas, Belem, Rio de Janeiro); Chile (Santiago, Valparaiso); Colombia (Bogotá, Popayán); Costa Rica (San José); Cuba (Havana); Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo); Ecuador (Guayaquil, Machala); El Salvador (Cojutepeque, San Salvador, San Vicente); Guatemala (Antigua, Guatemala, Quetzaltenango); Haiti (Port-au-Prince); Honduras (Comayagua, Juticalpa, Tegucigalpa); México (Matamoros, México City, Monterrey, Morelia, Puebla de Zaragoza, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Veracruz, Toluca de Lerdo); Nicaragua (Granada, León, Managua, Masaya, San Juan del Norte); Panamá (Panamá, Penonomé, Santiago de Veraguas); Paraguay (Asunción); Peru (Lima); and Venezuela (Caracas, Ciudad Bolivar, Cumaná).

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Advisory Board

World Newspaper Archive Advisory Board

Adán Benavides 
Librarian for Research Programs
Benson Latin American Collection
The University of Texas at Austin

Frank Conaway 
Social Science Bibliographer
University of Chicago Library

Chuck Eckman 
Associate University Librarian & Director of Collections
The University of California, Berkeley Library

Sharon Farb 
Associate University Librarian
University of California, Los Angeles

Dan Hazen 
Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Collection Development
Harvard University

Denise Hibay 
Interim Director for Collections Strategy
New York Public Library

John E. Ingram 
Senior Associate Dean of University Libraries
University of Florida

Glenda J Pearson 
Head, Microforms and Newspapers Collection
University of Washington

Mary Stuart 
Professor, History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Latin American Newspapers Advisory Board

Jeffry Archer
Head, Reference and Business Information Center
University of Chicago

Carlos R. Delgado
Librarian for Latin American Collections
University of California, Berkeley

Linda T. DiBiase
Collection Development Librarian
University of Washington

Nelly S. Gonzalez
Head, Latin American and Caribbean Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eudora I. Loh
Librarian for Latin American and Iberian Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

Richard Phillips
Head Librarian, Latin American Collection
University of Florida

Lynn M. Shirey
Librarian for Latin America, Spain and Portugal
Harvard College Library

 

Accolades

“In the detailed account of the outbreak of plague in Santos, or the larger story of the changing epidemiological environment and its consequences in Brazil, there are new digital history tools at our disposal, including Latin American Newspapers, 1805-1922. In the last decade historians have witnessed a revolution in digitizing and OCR technology. This has allowed millions of pages of old newspapers to be digitized, converted to machine readable text, placed within database programs and made accessible on the Internet. As a result, the proverbial needle in the haystack can be now found by typing ‘needle’ into a search bar.”
— Ian Olivo Read, author of The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, Brazil, 1822-1889 (Stanford University Press, 2012)

"Latin American Newspapers, 1805-1922 and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994 are two databases of great importance for Latin American studies. Together they provide more than 30 newspapers and 400,000 government documents that provide Latin American researchers with access to critical historical information without requiring travel to the United States or neighboring countries. These high-quality Readex collections offer new opportunities to explore, understand and reveal our own history; both are of huge value to historical researchers in many different fields of the humanities and social sciences." — Prof. Kátia Couto, Department of History, Universidade Federal do Amazonas-UFAM

 

Reviews

Latin American Newspapers, Series 2, 1822-1922, is an expansion of the original collection (CH, Oct’09, 47-0599), continuing Readex’s partnership with the Center for Research Libraries….Geographic coverage in Series 2 spans the whole region, from Mexico to the Southern Cone….The majority of the content is in Spanish with some significant material in Portuguese….The images and PDFs are high quality, especially considering the original source material….This database can be acquired as a stand-alone collection but is best seen as an expansion of the earlier series. Libraries that own or are considering purchasing Series 1 should give it strong consideration. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Libraries with the earlier series; lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.”
— L. Gardinier, University of Iowa in Choice (January 2015)

"Latin American Newspapers Series 1, 1805-1922 and Series 2, 1822-1922, contains the full text of nearly 250 newspapers from Mexico and nations of the Caribbean, Central America, and South America scanned from the holdings of libraries such as the University of Texas at Austin, the New York Public Library, and other CRL members. This collection will prove to be another significant contribution by Readex to historical studies of the Americas.

 "These publications are invaluable records of daily life in Latin America as well important documents tracing the nations’ struggle following independence from Spain along with their many debates and conflicts with the US and European powers throughout the nineteenth century and early twentieth. The collection has newspapers in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, and a number of English-language newspapers from Latin America as well. The titles include many publications that are among the first daily newspapers to appear in their respective countries and reflect the social and political currents of era. Some newspapers such as El Universal of Mexico City still hold a prominent place in Latin American journalism.

 "Advertisements, obituaries, and brief notices appear along with the full-length articles, providing a glimpse into the historical context of the times. Researchers can find first-hand reports and commentaries on key events such as rise and fall of the Mexican Empire, the Mexican Revolution, the Spanish-American War in Cuba (there, for example, are many articles in Spanish and English on Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders of interest to US historians), the Brazilian settlement of the Amazon, and many others. Few North American libraries have access to these rare titles, but now both CRL members and non-CRL member institutions can benefit from this unique collection."
— David D. Oberhelman, Professor, Humanities-Social Sciences Division, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University in Reference Reviews (2013, Volume 27, Number 1)

“Readex joined with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries famed for the extent and quality of its newspaper collection, to produce World Newspaper Archive (1800–1922) of which Latin American Newspapers is the first segment to be released. Additional modules in World Newspaper Archive will include newspapers from Africa, Eastern Europe, and South Asia. The Readex projects have made judicious selections because they have been well counseled by the professional staff of CRL and their ongoing Advisory Committees comprised of leading research librarians and scholars in the field. The continuous nature of the advisory project is the key here. The two historical collections from Readex represent decades of collecting and a very deliberate plan to preserve, share, and expand holdings on Latino and Latin American Studies.

“The Readex interface is the same for Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808–1980, and Latin American Newspapers. It is sufficiently distinct and data-rich that it requires a few minutes of study before using it....The five tabs include dates and eras; article type; languages; places of publication; and newspaper titles. Each of these tabs allows further narrowing and sorting. The tabs are also valuable as browsing devices. Clicking on the titles tab and selecting an individual title calls up clearly marked calendars showing the dates of coverage and facilitating browsing of actual issues. Similarly, a search brings up individual results that display a snippet of the actual article image. Images are easy to enlarge or reduce; navigation around the article is intuitive and articles can be easily saved in PDF and/or sent by e-mail.”
— Holly Ackerman, Librarian for Latin America and Iberia, Perkins Library, Duke University in The Charleston Advisor (January 2010)

"Latin American Newspapers, an ongoing joint project from the Center for Research Libraries and Readex, a division of NewsBank, is a database that aims to digitize 35 Latin American newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries. ...The database has a broad scope, currently ranging from Mexico to the Southern Cone, and including major newspapers such as El Mercurio (Chile) and La Razón (Argentina). It has the bonus of including English-language titles--the Mexican Herald, the West Coast Leader (Peru), and the Daily Chronicle (Guyana)--as well as Spanish and Portuguese titles. ...Cross-searchable with America's Historical Newspapers and containing English sources, it will be particularly useful for undergraduates seeking primary sources for this time period. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates."
—A. Hicks, University  of Colorado, Boulder in Choice (October  2009)

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