The UF Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) is one of the leading research collections of 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 www.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/browseu_lacc.htm. 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 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's Price Library of Judaica contains many sources on Jewish communities in the region, and the Map and Imagery Library also has many relevant cartographic holdings. 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.
The Center also offers Library Travel Grants to enable faculty researchers from other U.S. colleges and universities to use the extensive resources of the UF Latin American Collection. These awards are funded by the Center’s Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.