Nicaragua: Political Pamphlets

Scope and Content

Pamphlets, government documents, reports, programs, manifestos, newspaper cuttings, newsletters and conference proceedings issued by AMNLAE, Asociacin de Mujeres ante la Problemtica Nacional (AMPRONAC), Central de Trabajadores de Nicaragua (CTN), Centro de Estudios y Publicaciones, Centro Internacional de Informacin Latinoamericana, Centro Victor Sanabria, Comisin Evanglica Latinoamericana de Educacin Cristiana (CELADEC), Comisin Nacional de Autonomia de la Costa Atlntica (Nicaragua), Comisin Nacional de Promocin y Proteccin de los Derechos Humanos (Nicaragua), Comisin para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos en Nicaragua, Comisin Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Nicaragua, Comit Costarricense de Solidaridad con el Pueblo de Nicaragua, Comit Nicaragense de Solidaridad con los Pueblos, Comit Pro Justicia y Paz de Guatemala, Comunidades Cristianas de Nicaragua, Comunidades Cristianas por la Paz, Conferencia Episcopal de Nicaragua (1977 : Managua), Conferencia Permanente de Partidos Polticos de Amrica Latina, Coordinadora de Solidaridad con el Pueblo de Nicaragua (Mexico), Equipo de Escuelas Radiofnicas de Nicaragua, Fondo Internacional para la Reconstruccin de Nicaragua, Frente Amplio Opositor, Frente Sandinista de Liberacin Nacional, Institute of Current World Affairs, Instituto de Promocin Humana, Instituto Histrico Centroamericano, International Commission of Jurists, International University Exchange Fund, Leicester City Council, Libertad, Movimiento Estudiantil Revolucionario de Secundaria, Movimiento Pueblo Unido, Narciso, National Conference in Solidarity with the people of Nicaragua (1st : 1980 : London), National Emergency Committee of Nicaragua, Nicaragua Embajada (Gran Bretaa), Nicaragua Gobierno de Reconstruccin Nacional, Nicaragua Solidarittskomitee, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, Nicaraguan Student Association in the United States of America, Resistencia Nicaragense, Unidad Nicaragense Opositora, Universidad Nacional Autnoma de Nicaragua.

Administrative / Biographical History

Most of the materials held in this collection at present date from period surrounding the 1979 revolution, dealing with the decline and fall of the Somoza dynasty and the progress of the Sandinista government which replaced it. Thus there are reports from NGOs concerned with human rights abuses and economic and social conditions under the old regime alongside publications by and about opposition groups of both gradualist and revolutionary persuasions. Post-revolutionary materials detail the struggle against the US-backed Contra forces, the controversial elections of 1984 and the progress of the Central American Peace Plan. A large proportion of these are authored either by the Frente Sandinista de Liberacin Nacional (FSLN) themselves or by organisations expressing solidarity with them, including some Church groups despite the antipathy of the Catholic heirerchy to the revolution. It must be noted that the overwhelming majority of the items held here are can be judged to be sympathetic towards the Sandinistas, reflecting inevitably the priorities of those who collected and housed the material.


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Access Information

Open to all for research purposes; access is free for anyone in higher education.


Description compiled by Daniel Millum, Political Archives Project Officer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Institute for the Study of the Americas

Other Finding Aids

Records at item level on library catalogue (SASCAT)

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can usually be obtained - apply to library staff.

Custodial History

The majority of the materials held in the political archives of the Library of the Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) originate from the Contemporary Archive on Latin America (CALA), a documentation and research centre on Latin America which donated its holdings to the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) upon its closure in 1981. In 2004 ILAS merged with the Institute of United States Studies (IUSS) to form ISA, which inherited the political archives. The core collection has continued since 1981 to be supplemented by further donations and by materials acquired through the visits of Institute staff and their contacts to the relevant countries.


Further accruals are expected

Related Material

See also Political Pamphlet material for other countries in the region, as well as related material in the library's main classified sequence, all held in the ISA library.