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Univ. of Florida Library Travel Grants, January 2006

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 resources.

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 information:

*Application Procedure*

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
Program Coordinator
Center for Latin American Studies
University of Florida
319 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115530
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
tel: 352-392-0375 ext 806
fax: 352-392-7682

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.

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