Princeton University Library is pleased to announce that an early and vast subset of its renowned Latin American Ephemera Collection that until recently was only accessible in microfilm or in Special Collections is now digitally available on its Digital PUL site.
In time, Latin American Ephemera: Digitized Microfilm Sets will include approximately 350 thematically and geographically organized sub-collections, ranging in size from a handful of items to hundreds of them, that were assembled and microfilmed between the mid-1970s and the early 2000s. Among the topics most commonly addressed by the collections are politics, human and civil rights, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, environment and ecology, education, labor, health, and socioeconomic conditions.
The Latin American Ephemera Collection consists of thousands of pamphlets, brochures, flyers, posters and other printed items created mostly since around the last quarter of the 20th century by a wide array of social activists, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, political parties, public policy think tanks, and other types of organizations across Latin America, in order to publicize their views, positions, agendas, policies, events, and activities. The vast majority are rare, hard-to-find primary sources unavailable elsewhere.
The new site complements but does not duplicate the contents found in the Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera, a steadily growing repository containing thousands of digitized ephemeral items predominantly created after the turn of the 21st century including newly obtained materials being added on an ongoing basis.
For an overview of all ephemera sub-collections, including those that still are not digitally available, see Latin American Ephemera in Microfilm and Special Collections.