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U-M Library LACS Resources

The U-M Library Latin American & Caribbean Studies Collection spans a wide variety of disciplines and libraries on the U-M campus. Geographically, the collection is strongest in Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, the Andean Region and Mexico. Historically strong subject areas of the collection include colonial history, Caribbean Studies, slavery and bibliography. More recently, race, ethnicity and gender for most areas of LACS have been emphasized, but especially for Brazil and the Caribbean. Literature is also a strong component of the Library collection, representing a variety of countries, periods and genres. Areas currently under development include Argentine culture and history; 19th and 20th century Dominican and Puerto Rican history and culture, film studies and Judaica. Languages represented in the LACS collection include English, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as a variety of indigenous languages, such as Quechua, Aymara, Nahuatl, Maya and Guaraní.

While the collection primarily contains resources in the humanities and social sciences housed in the Hatcher Graduate Library, LACS titles may also be found in other libraries across campus. The Special Collections Research Center contains important collections such as the Cuban Hand-made Books Collection and the Labadie Collection of materials on social protest and marginalized political communities, with a significant portion directly related to LACS. In addition, the Clements Library holds a wealth of primary sources on the history of the Americas until 1900, rich in rare printed books, manuscripts, maps and other graphic materials.

U-M Library Research Guides

U-M Library LACS Specialists

LACS Specialists at the U-M Library provide services in a variety of areas including research consultations, library research instruction, digital scholarship, assistance with using Canvas, and library purchase requests. For more information please contact:

Barbara Alvarez
209 North, Hatcher Graduate Library
913 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190

Edras Rodriguez-Torres
M 117A North, Hatcher Graduate Library
913 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 763-8612

Barbara Alvarez, Head, International Studies; Librarian for Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies, Romance Languages & Literatures, and Comparative Literature
Edras Rodriguez-Torres, Resident Librarian for International Studies