Paraguay: Political Pamphlets

Scope and Content

Press cuttings, reports, project reports, pamphlets, manuals, presidential pronouncements, and pamphlets issued by Anglican Council of South America, Asociacion Indigenista del Paraguay, Centro de Investigacin y Planes, Comit de Iglesias (Asuncin, Paraguay), Conferencia Episcopal Paraguaya, Equipo de Pastoral de los Paraguayos en la Argentina, Instituto de Bienestar Rural, International League for Human Rights, Ligia Bolivar O, Misin de Amistad, Movimiento Argentino Contra el Sistema de Represin del Gobierno Paraguayo, Movimiento Argentino por la Liberacin de los Presos Polticos del Paraguay, Patria (Asuncin), President (Paraguay), Pro Mundi Vita (Society), PROMURI, Proyecto Educacin Sanitaria, Proyecto Guarani, Proyecto Pa-Tavyter, Proyecto Urbano, Servicio Ecumnico para Migraciones, United Nations Development Programme.

Administrative / Biographical History

The majority of the materials held in this collection at present originate from the 1970s and 1980s, during which time Paraguay was effectively a military dictatorship under the rule of President Alfredo Stroessner. In the 1970s the country enjoyed a period of sustained economic growth, significantly fuelled by its joint participation with Brazil in the Itaip hydroelectric plant, but this growth was to evaporate following the completion of the project in the 1980s, and the Stronato was eventually overthrown in a February 1989 coup. The limits of the aforementioned economic boom can be seen in the fact that the most prominent organisation represented here is the Misin de Amistad, the church group which through its various projects sought to alleviate poverty and faciliate rural development amongst Paraguay's peasantry and indigenous peoples. Furthermore the price paid by the country for its political stability was a record of repression which helped produce the growing international isolation that preceded Stroessner's deposition, and which is reflected here in a number of items issued by human rights organisations based abroad in Argentina and elsewhere.


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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 the rest of Latin America, as well as related material in the library's main classified sequence, all held in the ILAS library.