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Library Collections

The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries’ Latin American collections are particularly distinctive and strong, reflecting in part Vanderbilt’s founding of the first Institute of Brazilian Studies in the United States (1947) after Chancellor Harvie Branscomb’s 1945 trip to the country. That program grew into the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies, now recognized by the Department of Education as a comprehensive National Resource Center for the study of Latin America. A centerpiece of that distinction is the renowned Latin American collection which supports programs in history, politics, Spanish and Portuguese literature, fine arts, and anthropology.

For questions about these collections, please contact Paula Covington, Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies Librarian and Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies, or the Special Collections staff.

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