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Chile Collection

 Collection — Container: Chile
Identifier: 1998-0311

Scope and Contents

The approximately 2700 volumes of the Chile Collection reflect the history and politics of Chile from the 16th century through 1940 with particular strength in the period from 1810 to 1940. The nucleus of the holdings was formed by Chilean scholar Jose Promis of Santiago, Chile. Subjects include the boundary disputes of Chile, the Peru-Bolivian Confederation of 1836, and the War of the Pacific, 1879-1884. The collection includes rare books, reference monographs, periodicals, and pamphlets (source: State of Connecticut Preservation Grant Program Report Narrative, University of Connecticut Homer Babbidge Library Preservation Department, 1993.)


  • 1590 - 1940


140 Linear Feet

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Other Finding Aids

The Chile Collection is cataloged and classified as a special collection with call numbers Chile XXXX (for example Chile 2094). Bibliographic information can be accessed via the UConn Library catalog.

Custodial History

The Chile Collection, originally a specialized research collection of the Special Collections Department established in 1965 in the Homer Babbidge Library, included approximately 2800 volumes that reflect the history and politics of Chile from the sixteenth century through 1940. In 1995 with the establishment of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, the collection was moved to Archives and Special Collections. The Medina special collection, approximately 307 volumes of the bibliographical and historical works of the Chilean scholar and bibliographer Jose Toribo Medina (1852-1930) as well as secondary works about him, were separated from the Chile collection and classified as the Medina Collection.

Related Materials

The Chile collection forms part of the internationally-significant collections of rare books, personal papers and periodicals from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain, housed in Archives and Special Collections. Politics, commerce, social life, and other Latin American and Caribbean affairs of the 19th and 20th centuries are covered in over 2000 titles of the Latin American Newspapers Collection. Of special note are the Medina and Puerto Rican Collections, and a rich collection of Mexican pamphlets and broadsides.

No Findingaid Necessary
Language of description
Spanish; Castilian
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
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