The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida will
again offer Library Travel Research Grants for Summer 2006. These awards
are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Their
purpose is to enable researchers-faculty and graduate students-from
other U.S. colleges and universities to use the extensive resources of
the Latin American Collection in the University of Florida Libraries,
thereby enhancing its value as a national resource.
At least three awards of up to $750 each will be made to cover travel
and living expenses. Awardees 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. Researchers’ work at the Latin American Collection may be
undertaken at any time during the summer, starting May 15th, but must be
completed by August 14, 2006. At least one grant will be made to a
scholar from a Florida college or university.
*The UF Libraries Latin American Collection*
The UF Libraries Latin American Collection contains one of the finest
collections of Latin American materials in the United States. It
consists of over 400,000 volumes, some 50,000 reels of microfilm (many
unique and very scarce), renowned newspaper and government-document
holdings, and a growing access to computer-based electronic information
Areas of collection focus include all disciplines, although literature,
the humanities and the social sciences are best represented. All regions
of Latin America are also well represented, with the Caribbean,
Circum-Caribbean and Brazil having the deepest holdings, while the
Andean and Southern Cone regions are developing strengths. Other units
of the UF Libraries also contain important resources and researchers are
encouraged to utilize them as well. The UF Map Library houses
approximately 500,000 maps and atlases, some 50,000 of which deal with
Latin American topics. The Science Library has important book and
journal holdings on agriculture, tropical conservation and development.
The Special Collections Department has manuscript holdings such as the
Rochambeau, Jeremie, Braga Brothers Sugar Company, and Dussell papers.
Information on the UF Latin American Collection is available on the
Internet. You can also e-mail
Richard Phillips, Director of the Latin American Collection, for further
To apply for a Library Travel Grant, send a letter of intent, brief
library research proposal, travel budget and a curriculum vitae to:
Victoria Gómez de la Torre
Center for Latin American Studies
University of Florida
319 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
tel: 352-392-0375 ext 806
The deadline for all application materials is March 01, 2006.
For more information on the Library Travel Grant, write to the above
address or call (352) 392-0375.