As you may well know, JSTOR’s Open Community Collections and Artstor Public Collections provide millions of freely accessible images and other primary source materials from library special collections and other repositories for use inside and outside the classroom. The collections are constantly growing. Our colleagues at Artstor recently browsed for Latin American content for National Hispanic Heritage Month, and shared links to the following collections with us.

Wofford College: The Lindsay Webster Collection of Cuban Posters

The collection features approximately 350 works created in Cuba from the revolution through the 2000s. Many of the posters focus on Cuba’s efforts to spread messages of the revolution worldwide and to inspire others in the fight against oppression stemming from the legacies of imperialism and colonialism, as well as posters focused on promoting Cuban national pride, conservation, production, and culture.

A poster from the Lindsay Webster Collection of Cuban Posters collection

Dartmouth: Ediciones Vigia Collection

In 1985, Cuban poet Alfredo Zaldivar and artist Rolando Estevez established a literary forum for a group of Cuban artists in Matanzas, Cuba, and called it Ediciones Vigía. For over twenty years now, the goal for these artists has been to create beautiful handmade books. Through social and political shifts, and even a severe paper shortage, the artists have found ways to create works of enormous artistry, imagination, and creativity by using found and recycled materials.

Part of a collection of handmade books published by Ediciones Vigía under the auspices of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, from Dartmouth: Ediciones Vigia Collection

Albright College David Schwartz’ Collection Nicaraguan Revolution

David Schwartz was a talented photographer and emeritus economics professor for 35 years at Albright College who also taught Latin American studies courses and was a foreign-student advisor. He visited Nicaragua and took thousands of photographs during the period of the Sandinista revolution.

Augusto Sandino with Nicaraguan flag and FSLN flag by David Schwartz, from the Nicaragua Revolution: David Schwartz Collection

Rice University in Houston is sharing two fascinating collections of iconography around the second and third most-populated cities in Brazil:

Rice University: Rio de Janeiro Iconography

Historical maps, architectural plans, and views from different media created by artists visiting or resident in the city of Rio de Janeiro from 1502 to the present.

Rice University: Brasilia Iconography

Views, maps, and plans from iconographic, cartographic, and architectural archives of Brazil’s Federal District and its capital city, Brasilia.

The City College of New York, home to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, offers several collections related to Dominican history and Dominican-Americans.

City College Dominican Library First Blacks in the Americas

A history project devoted to disseminating research and rigorous information about the history of the earliest people of Black African descent that arrived, resided and stayed in the Americas from 1492 onwards, and whose continued presence in the New World ever since is clearly shown on historical records.

City College: Dominican Artists in the United States

A digital project devoted to disseminating the work of artists of Dominican descent living in the United States, starting with the work of two talented women: Doris Rodríguez and Josefina Báez.

City College: Fighting for Democracy: Dominican Veterans from World War II

A pioneering exhibit about courage, valor, and commitment consisting of 12 panels in which photographs, documents, correspondence, newspaper articles, and short biographies tell the stories of Dominicans that served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II.


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