Central America: Political Pamphlets

Scope and Content

Pamphlets, reports, statements and bulletins issued by Agencia de Noticias del Istmo S.A. (ANI), Comisin para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos en Centroamrica, Congreso Centroamericano de Sociologa, Socialist International, Taller Continental de Trabajo, and War on Want Parliamentary and Trade union delegation to Central America.

Administrative / Biographical History

The civil wars, guerilla movements, human rights abuses and economic problems afflicting Central America in the 1970s and 1980s are the chief topics discussed in these documents, primarily authored by non-governmental organisations.


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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 specific countries in the region, as well as related material in the library's main classified sequence, all held in the ISA library.