Cuba: Political Pamphlets

Scope and Content

Pamphlets, reports, statements, journals, speeches and bulletins issued by American Foundation for Resistance International, Asciacin Cubana de las Naciones Unidas, Caribbean Labour Solidarity, Fidel Castro, Coalition of Committees for the Rights of Man in Cuba, Comisin de Orientacin Revolucionaria de la Direccin Nacional del PURSC, Comit Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba, Cuba Resource Center, Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil, Ernesto Guevara, Instituto Cubano del Libro, Latin American Federation of Journalists, Ministerio de Industrias (Cuba), Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Cuba), Organizacin Continental Latinoamericana de Estudiantes, Partido Comunista de Cuba, Reunin del Comit Internacional Preparatorio.

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection currently consists of materials dating from the three decades that followed the 1959 revolution. Many of the items are official publications originating from either the Communist Party of Cuba or from various government ministries, though in practice the distinction between party and state became increasing blurred. There are also a large number of pamphlets featuring speeches by Fidel Castro. Given Cuba's situation during this period as it faced the antagonism of the United States, sought to maintain a degree of independence within the Soviet orbit and championed the non-aligned movement it is unsurpising that many of these speeches are concerned with foreign policy and foreign affairs (including the wars in Vietnam and Angola and the problems of debt that increasingly faced the whole of Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s). Other materials deal with the transistion of Cuba to a state-controlled planned economy and the problems of reconciling this with civil and human rights, though it must be noted that the majority of the items held here (whether produced internally or externally) are broadly in sympathy with the Castro regime.


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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.