Latin Americana Collection


The Latin Americana Collection supports the teaching, curriculum and research of ASU faculty and students studying the literature, history, culture, art, social sciences, indigenous history and languages of Latin America, Spain and Portugal. These scholars are primarily in the following ASU schools and programs: School of International Languages and Cultures (SILC), American Indian Studies, Art History, The School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC), Transborder Studies, and History, but may also be found in other schools at ASU. We seek to expand access to our materials for all patrons, including community members of the greater Phoenix area, and especially for peoples represented in the collection.

What we collect

  • Works of public intellectuals such as diaries, notebooks, correspondence and manuscripts.
  • Artists' books, small press books and zines.
  • Latin Americana faculty papers, manuscripts and personal working collections.

Featured collection

An archival photograph of Rubén Darío, a Nicaraguan man with a mustache, words are handwritten in Spanish on the bottom right.

Rubén Darío Papers (1882-1945)

The Rubén Darío Papers contain approximately 900 handwritten pages of poetry, essays, short stories, diplomatic memos, and personal letters created by Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío (1867-1916). These manuscripts document Darío's life and work as a journalist, diplomat, and poet between 1882 and 1915.

The Rubén Darío Papers physical collection is housed and archived in the Arizona State University Library's Archives and Special Collections. For a description of the physical archival collection, see the Arizona Archives Online Rubén Darío Papers Finding Aid.


Open Stack collection

A woman reads a book in front of library bookshelves.

This collection combines historically important writings with newer scholarship that analyzes the day-to-day practices of life in Latin America, covering topics such as Indigenous history, race, immigration, independence, revolution, enslavement, plantation agriculture, magic, carnival, religion, medicine, cinema, photography, fiction and poetry.

Latin Americana’s open stack collection can be found on the Lower Level of Hayden Library (pdf).


Access the collection

Materials in the Latin Americana Collection can be viewed by appointment in the Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138). Please make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or call 480-965-4932 for more information.


Ask an archivist

Seonaid Valiant

Seonaid Valiant, PHD

Assistant Archivist