Collection Development Policy

Latin American Studies - Social Sciences



PROGRAMS AND CLIENTELE SUPPORTED:

The Latin American Studies collection at the Hesburgh Library supports research by faculty and fellows at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and in the departments of political science, history, economics, sociology, and anthropology. Within the disciplines mentioned above, the main topics of specialization will be the social role of religion, economic development, political development, and the popular sectors.

SUBJECT LIBRARIAN:

David Dressing


GENERAL COLLECTION GUIDELINES:

Languages:  Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, and German. Translations will not be collected, except for translations into English of important works or under extraordinary circumstances.

Chronological:  The emphasis of our collection is on contemporary issues, meaning the 20th century; however, some historical works will be purchased on account of their importance in the literature on Latin America or because of their emphasis on economic or political issues.

Geographical:  We collect extensively materials on Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. More selectively about South American countries not mentioned above and Central America. Spanish Caribbean nations will be considered, but we will collect them between a 1 and 2 level.

Treatment of Subject:  Research level; selected popular works when valuable as primary sources. The libraries' approval plan for books in English includes books published by major presses in the United States.

Types of Material:  Primary sources for original research: specialized bibliographical aids (bibliographies, indices, and abstracts); a wide assortment of academic journals on relevant subject areas; and serial publications containing factual information (newspapers, news weeklies) from relevant geographic areas. It will also include specialized monographs and monographic series on core areas of study as well as general works issued by major publishers. Collections of primary sources or government documents in microtexts. Microfilm editions of those newspapers collected permanently.

COLLECTING LEVELS:      

Subject LC Class
Collecting Level
Official Documents - Argentine, Brazil, Chile,
  Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay
J 201
3
Latin America (General)
    History and Description F 1404-1419
3
    Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico,
      Chile, and Peru - History
F 2273 - F 3611
3
    History and Principles of Religion - Liberation
      Theology
BL 2490 - BT 83.57
4
Statistical Data - Latin America HA 751-1100
3
Economic Theory - Latin America HB 122-233
3
Economic Conditions
    Mexico HC 131-140
3
    Central America HC 141-148
2
    Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico HC 152.5-154.5
3
    Argentina HC 171-180
3
    Bolivia HA 181-185
3
    Brazil, Chile, and Colombia HC 186-200
3
    Ecuador and Paraguay HC 201-225
2
    Peru and Uruguay HC 226-235
3
    Venezuela HC 236-239.5
3
Agriculture
    Mexico HD 1791-1795
2
    Central America HD 1796-1830
2
    Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru HD 1861-1905
2
    Venezuela HD 1911-1915
2
Industry and Labor (Latin America) HD 4010.5-8370
3
Commerce (including Commercial Policy) HF 1480.5-3212
3
Finance (including banking, investment, income,
  public finance, and credit)
HG 660.5-9412
3
Social anthropology (General. Latin America) GT 4813-4841
3
Social History and Conditions
    Latin America - the Church and Social
      Problems
HN 39
4
    Mexico HN 111-120
4
    Central America HN 121-190
3
    South America HN 251-370
4
The Family, Marriage, Woman-Feminism (Latin
  America)
HQ 1460.5-1585
4
Communities, Classes, Races-Urban Groups, the
  City and Urban Sociology
HT 127.5-129
4
Social Pathology. . ., Welfare-Charity
  Organizations and Practices
HV 110.5-235
4
Socialism, Communism, anarchism (Latin
  America)
HX 110.5-235
4
Political Theory and Constitutional History (Latin
  America)
JC 255-JL 3899
4
Foreign Relations (including International
  Agencies)
JX 1516-1977/42/ECN12
4
The Military (Latin America) UB 510-589
4