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 La Gran Tenochtitlan, pintado por Diego Rivera en 1945  (source: Wikicommons)

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Specially Recommended Periodicals!

Periodical Databases

MLA - for critical interpretations of fiction and poetry, especially

ATLA Religion

IIPA - for performing arts

ProQuest Screen Studies Collection - for film

Historical Abstracts

Hispanic American Periodicals Index

ProQuest Politics

Official UN Documents

Special Topics                                           

Feminism in Cuba, 1898-1958 









The Running of the Bulls, by Waldo Peirce, 1927?  (Portland Art Museum)

Primary Sources


                    Latin American Newspapers

                     Hispanic American Newspapers (1808 - 1980)

                     America's Historical Newspapers (1690 - 1922)

                     ProQuest Historical Newspapers (a few major papers, 19th & 20th c.)

                     LA Times (1881 - 1989)

                     Colby Echo (1877 - 2006)

                     New York Times opinion column by Hector Tobár


Papers of Louis Cons in Harvard University Archives

Cherrie Moraga Papers  at Stanford

Julia Alvarez: Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin    

Finding Aid for the Papers of Héctor Tobar at UCLA

Colombia and the United States, 1948-2010 - part of DNSA

Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Covert Operations ... : Guatemala and the US, 1954-99,  Digital National Security Archive      

DNSA (Digital National Security Archive, explore several collections of documents)  

Feminism in Cuba 1898 - 1958, from Archives Unbound



                                                  NPR transcript of interview with Hector Tobár

                                                  Vermont PR transcript of interview with Julia Alvarez

                                                  Ann Patchett Interview with Hector Tobár



                     Cherrie Moraga in Her Own Words - Makers      

                     Julia Alvarez, award recipient   


 "Carlos Alfonso Figueroa Morales" and "batallón jaguar"   

"julia alvarez" AND interview*

"This is what I remember about Guatemala" in ProQuest Politics or in OneSearch


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