Mexico: Political Pamphlets

Scope and Content

Pamphlets, programs, reports, newsletters, bulletins and histories issued by Centro de Coordinacin de Proyectos Ecumnicos (CECOPE), Centro de Investigaciones Histricas sobre Sindicalismo Universitario (CIHSU), Comit Nacional de Auscultacin y Organizacin, Confederacin Revolucionaria de Obreros y Campesinos, Delegacin para Amrica Latina de la Comisin de las Comunidades Europeas, Equipo de Redaccin, Fdration Internationale des Droits de l'Homme, Frente Nacional Contra la Represin (Mexico), Frente Popular Pro-Derechos Humanos, Garantias Constitucionales y Libertades Democraticas, Organizacin Revolucionaria Punto Crtico (Mexico), Partido Mexicano de los Trabajadores(PMT), Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), and the U.S. Committee for Justice to Latin American Political Prisoners.

Administrative / Biographical History

Throughout the period covered by the materials held here Mexico was governed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, or PRI) although the relatively small number of party political documents in the collection may be seen as testimony to the limited party political challenges to its hegemony. However, increasing concern with the maintenance of internal order in the 1960s was both cause and consequence of the rise in opposition by other organisations to de facto one-party rule, as evinced in these materials by the publications of revolutionary movements, human rights organisations and groups expressing solidarity with the students massacred at Tlatelolco in 1968. Subsequently, the economic crisis which gradually enveloped Mexico in the 1970s and 1980s (as a consequence of high government expenditure and an increasing reliance on falling oil revenues) is reflected in the workers and peasants' movements represented here which prefigure the Zapatista uprising of 1994.


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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.