The bulk of the archive consists of journal articles, conference papers, reports, dissertations and bibliographies on Latin American topics, also British and Chilean newspapers and press cuttings. The archive also includes : articles, lectures and TV scripts by Harold Blakemore -- Subject files of documents, pamphlets and articles on Chilean politics 1970-1978, and on protest about human rights -- Notes from British business archives on historic Anglo-Chilean business links and the nitrates trade, with a particular emphasis on the Bank of London and South America and its predecessors, the London and Brazilian Bank and the London and River Plate Bank -- Official documents, including copies of British Foreign Office correspondence on Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Peru, 1866-1945 -- Maps, guides, rail and air travel timetables -- Slides and postcards of Latin America.
The Harold Blakemore Latin American Archive
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 532 BLA
- Dates of Creation1930-1991 (photocopies and transcripts of earlier material, 1866 onwards)
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish, Spanish or Castilian, French, German, and Dutch.
- Physical Description12 metres
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Harold Blakemore was born in Mexborough and educated at Mexborough Grammar School. At University College London he specialised in Latin American history : his academic interests remained in the modern history of Latin America and in that of Chile in particular. After teaching History and International Relations at the University of Sheffield, he returned to the University of London to the School of Oriental and African Studies. When, in 1965, the University established the Institute of Latin American Studies he became its Secretary, a post he retained until his retirement in 1987. A prolific author and regular editor, speaker and reviewer, he was editor of The Journal of Latin American studies from 1969 to 1987, joint editor of The Cambridge encyclopaedia of Latin America and the Caribbean (C.U.P., 1985), and a contributor to The Cambridge History of Latin America (Vol. 5, C.U.P., 1986). Beyond the academic world, he was also consulted on commercial matters and was for many years a member of the Latin American Trade Advisory Group. In 1990 Professor Blakemore was invested by the Chilean government with the Bernardo O'Higgins Order of Merit for his "magnificent contribution to Anglo-Chilean understanding". He died in 1991.
Available to researchers, by appointment. Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.
Donated by Mrs. Blakemore, the Professor's widow, in 1993.
English and Spanish. A few items in French, German and Dutch.
Conditions Governing Use
Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of Special Collections staff, subject to copyright law and the condition of the originals. Applications for permission to make published use of any material should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian in the first instance. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.
David J. Fox, "Harold Blakemore (1930-1991): an Appreciation" in Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 10, no. 3, 1991, pp. 333-336.