Latin American History Collections

Find out more about the Latin American History Collections in the IHR Wohl Library. We collect historical sources and guides to finding and using sources. This page shows examples from the collections.


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. Mexican history is a particular strength, further information about which can be found on our separate collection guide.

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.