Digital Collections Open Access resources for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) hosts more than 300 outstanding digital collections, containing over 8 million pages, covering over 78 thousand subjects in rare books, manuscripts, antique maps, children’s literature, newspapers, theses and dissertations, data sets, photographs, oral histories, and more for permanent access and preservation. Through UFDC, users have free and Open Access to full unique and rare materials held by the University of Florida and partner institutions.

Caribbean Collections

Photograph of church in town square at Fond Verettes, Haiti
Photograph of church in town square at Fond Verettes, Haiti

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. The University of Florida has contributed to many collections including the:

South American Collections

This is a subset of the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) with a geographic focus on South America.  This selection of digitized materials serves to illustrate deep intellectual coverage of South America in the University of Florida Libraries.  For decades the Libraries have acquired books, journals, newspapers, maps and other materials in print and computer based formats covering all countries and cultures of the region.  These holdings are primarily housed in the University’s Latin American Collection, but also include important resources in the other units of the UF Libraries, such as the Science Library, Map & Imagery Library, the Art Library, and the Legal Information Center.  The South American Collections include the:

  •  Charles Wagley Papers Digital Collection, documenting anthropological field work in the cultures of Latin America, especially Guatemala and Brazil.
  •  Ralph della Cava Collection, consists of varied holdings on the social, religious and political history of the Brazilian Northeast. Among its more prized components and dimensions are hundreds of late 19th-century and early 20th-century archival and printed sources, many rare and unique, that deal with the life and times of Padre Cícero Romão Batista (1844-1934) and the popular religious movement he inspired.
  • Peter Henry Rolfs Collection, contains Rolfs’ publications and unpublished papers, some written in collaboration with Clarissa Rolfs. Also included are photographs taken by the Rolfs, correspondence with Professor Rolfs and Clarissa Rolfs, and administrative reports written by Rolfs during his years in Brazil.
  • Digitized Brazilian newspapers
  • Jaqi Collection, of language resources for Aymara, Jaqaru, and Kawki

Other TOpical Collections

Women in Development

Women in Development collects research on societal structures in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. These materials reflect the impact of women in rural and urban settings. They discuss issues of education, economic growth and legal rights among other topics. Collected here is the research of scholars such as Elsa ChaneySusan PoatsHelen Safa, Anita SpringMarianne Schminkand others who have pioneered research into women’s issues in developing countries. These resources serve not only as a research archive, but also as a means for building infrastructure to better support women in developing societies.

Jewish Diaspora Collection

The Jewish Diaspora Collection (JDoC) is a collaborative and cooperative digital library designed to preserve and provide wide access to Jewish heritage materials from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Modelled on the Digital Library of the Caribbean, JDoC provides a host site and portal for digitized versions of hidden and/or endangered Jewish cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

JDoC also preserves digital copies of materials held in the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica. Thanks to the breadth and depth of its collections, the Price Library is considered the foremost Jewish studies research collection in the southeastern United States, and its rare, late 19th to early 20th century imprints place it among the leading academic research libraries in the world.