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About the Collections at the University of Kansas Libraries

The Latin American collection in the University of Kansas Libraries includes 500,000 titles; its collection on Central Americana is among the top three in the nation with 106,000 titles. It contains particularly strong holdings on Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Cuba, Haiti, and Mexico. The collection has extensive breadth in literature, language, culture, history, political science, economics, geography, and other fields in the social sciences and the humanities. For more specific information on our collection, please read our Collection Development Policies.

Other special research collections include the Griffith Collection, the George Boehrer Collection, the Juan Natalicio González Collection, the Amzalak Collection, the Jorge A. Lines Collections and the Palmerlee Map Collection located at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Below is a list of our newest special collections:

Flores Andino Collection - early Honduran imprints, consisting of 400 rare books, government reports, official messages, broadsides, and pamphlets, mainly from the nineteenth century.

Casement Collection – Collection of approximately 100 photos, as well as postcards and correspondence of Dan Casement, an engineer from Manhattan, KS. Materials date from the 1890’s and document the building of the Costa Rican Pacific Railroad and 1890’s Costa Rica.

Tobías Zúñiga Montúfer Collection – Scrapbooks and papers of well-known international lawyer, congressman and twice foreign misiter of Costa Rica in the period 1900-1940. Focus includes the Enlgish loan, the railway, the canal project and the reforms of González.

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