Library Travel Grants

Attention: The University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies is again sponsoring Library Travel Research Grants for Spring & Summer 2015

Their purpose is to enable faculty researchers from other U.S. colleges and universities to use the extensive resources of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection in the University of Florida Libraries (www.uflib.ufl.edu/lac), thereby enhancing its value as a national resource. The grants are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Seven or more travel grants of up to $1000 each will be made to cover travel and lodging expenses. Grantees are expected to remain in Gainesville for at least one week and, following their stay, submit a brief (2–3 pp.) report on how their work at UF Libraries enriched their research project and offer suggestions for possible improvements of the Latin American Collection.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Application Deadline

We will be accepting applications for Library Travel Grants for Spring & Summer 2015 until February 16, 2015. All travel must be completed by July 30, 2015.

The UF Libraries Latin American Collection

The UF Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) is one of the leading research collections its kind. It consists of over 500,000 volumes, and includes all disciplines, although literature, the humanities, and the social sciences are best represented.  Interdisciplinary strengths include, but are not limited to, tropical conservation and development, gender issues, and religion in the Americas.  All geographic regions are well-represented, with the Caribbean, circum-Caribbean, and Brazil having the deepest holdings of published material.    

UF also holds valuable collections of primary sources on Caribbean History, including archives and manuscripts related to agriculture, labor, empire and revolution in the region.  For links to descriptions and finding aids, please see http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/prf.php?account_id=26007.  A relatively small part of these materials has been included in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (www.dloc.com), which scholars may want to consult before visiting Gainesville.  There are also some 50,000 reels of microfilm in the LACC (including scarce historical newspapers) and these are described at http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/laccmicrofilm.  

Other units of the UF Libraries also contain important resources of interest to those conducting research on Latin America and the Caribbean. For example, the UF Map Library houses approximately 500,000 maps and atlases, of which some 50,000 are specific to the region. The Science Library has important holdings on tropical agriculture and natural resources, and other branches may also contain relevant materials.  Please see the online catalog to further explore the holdings across the UF library system at http://uf.catalog.fcla.edu/uf.jsp?To=1 .

Application Procedure

All applications must be filed electronically.

To apply for a Library Travel Grant, please send a letter of intent, a brief library research proposal, a travel budget, and a CV to:

Ms. Nathalia Ochoa, Program Coordinator
Center for Latin American Studies 
Telephone: 352-273-4715 
E-mail: nochoa@latam.ufl.edu

 

For questions about the collection, please contact:

Mr. Paul Losch, Interim Head Librarian
Latin American and Caribbean Collection
Telephone: 352-273-2745
E-mail: plosch@uflib.ufl.edu