A collection of works on Latin American History purchased from money given by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1948, a further 800 volumes in the subject received in 1950 from the bequest of Professor C H Huberich, further enriched by the deposit during the 1960s and 70s of the archives of important Latin American business houses such as the Bank of London and South America (over 1000 vols) and the Peruvian Corporation, also by the papers of Frederick Huth & Co., the London merchant bankers, the majority of which date from the early 19th century. These and other archive deposits were brought about mainly through the efforts of Professor R.A. Humphries, then Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies and Professor D.C.M Platt as a result of surveys in preparation for a guide to sources for Latin American history. These archives provide invaluable research materials for the study of a wide variety of historical aspects of the region, from national economies, especially the British involvement and influence therein, to social conditions and cultural life.
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P.Walne, A Guide to the Manuscript Sources for the History of Latin America and the Caribbean in the British Isles (Oxford, 1973).
The Archives of the Peruvian Corporation: a handlist, comp. J. Percival (London, 1978).
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