The IHR Library's sources for Latin America cover the history from the period of European colonisation to the twentieth century. The collection is particularly strong in the period up to the mid-nineteenth century. The history of independent Mexico is also well covered. The collection does not contain contemporary history as this is held within Senate House Library.
A range of sources are included, for example baptismal registers, reports on domains and autobiographies. We have a particularly rich collection of travel reports including, for example, Jesuits travelling in the Amazonas district and a German business man in Colombia.
Additionally we hold guides to Latin-American material held in Spanish and Portuguese archives, valuable to researchers wanting in-depth information on the holdings on Latin American History in Europe.