Researchers in Latin American and Caribbean History now have access to Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969, a terrific database recently acquired by the Bodleian Libraries that focuses on the subject area through a British diplomatic lens.
[Information from Adam Matthew Digital/Archives Direct website]
“The series originated out of a need to preserve the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. These range from single-page letters or telegrams to comprehensive dispatches, investigative reports and texts of treaties. All items marked ‘Confidential Print’ were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet and to heads of British missions abroad.
“This collection consists of the Confidential Print for Central and South America and the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Topics covered include slavery and the slave trade, immigration, relations with indigenous peoples, wars and territorial disputes, the fall of the Brazilian monarchy, British business and financial interests, industrial development, the building of the Panama Canal, and the rise to power of populist rulers such as Perón in Argentina and Vargas in Brazil. …
“The collection begins in the aftermath of independence for the former Spanish and Portuguese colonies of Latin America, addressing the politics of state-building and the Latin American nations’ establishment of their place in the fast-expanding global economy.”
Scope of the collections
Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969 includes the following file classes from The National Archives, Kew in their entirety.
- FO 420/1-294: Central and South America general, 1833-1941
- FO 467/1-5: Brazil, 1947-1951
- FO 486/1-10: Mexico, 1947-1956
- FO 495/1-10: River Plate countries (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), 1947-1956
- FO 497/1-10: South America general, 1947-1956
- FO 533/1-11: Central America and Caribbean general, 1946-1957
The following selected files are also included:
- FO 118/276, 281, 287, 305, 317, 331: South and Central America general, 1906-1913
- FO 177/297: Chilean Revolution, 1891
- FO 461/14-22: Americas general, 1958-1969
- FO 508/8: South and Central America general, 1908-1909
Material types included:
- Profiles of leading political, military, diplomatic and economic figures
- Incoming and outgoing diplomatic dispatches
- Statistical charts and tables
- Descriptions of leading personalities
- Accounts of tours
- Minutes of meetings and conferences
- Texts of treaties
- Political summaries
- Economic analyses
- Annual reports and calendars of events, by country
Searching the collection
There are multiple ways of searching the full text database. A simple box on the home page that enables you to search the collection via its dedicated portal, as well as giving you the option, once you’ve clicked through to the next interface, to cross-search one or more of the other collections on the platform that the Bodleian Libraries subscribes to.
In addition, you can use the advanced search that enables you to select multiple keywords and you can also click out to search by country using an interactive world map.
There is a useful set of search tips.
Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969 is available via SOLO or Databases A-Z. University members should use Single Sign On for remote access. The individual newspapers are also discoverable in SOLO.