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Research Guides

About This Guide

These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the French language and literatures collections of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus).  For questions or more information, please contact the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Librarian.

Image: Common geographical regions of Latin America

UW Libraries: Collection Goals

The UW Libraries is committed to providing convenient and timely access to collections and information resources that are outstanding with respect to their quality, depth, diversity, format and currency to support the research and teaching missions of the University of Washington.

Subject Definition

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) collection supports the students and faculty in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and related programs at the University of Washington.   Fifty-two faculty across the three campuses are affiliated with the program, representing departments such as Human Rights, Geography, Spanish & Portuguese Studies, French & Italian Studies, History, the Information School, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and more.

The LACS collection includes materials about the entire Latin American and Caribbean hemisphere south of the United States.  Although no nation is excluded, the collection’s geographic focus traditionally has been on Mexico, the Andean region, and Central America.  Emphasis within the geographical guidelines is on the social sciences, although not to the total exclusion of other fields like agriculture and the environment.

French, Spanish, and Portuguese languages and literatures are covered by the French & Italian Studies and the Spanish & Portuguese Studies collections.  Cinema Studies primarily purchases film and film criticism for the region. Materials about Latinx communities in the United States are collected by the American Ethnic Studies Librarian.  Music, art, architecture and science-related materials are primarily covered by those selectors.

Subject Classification

Library of Congress classification (LC):

  • Major subject areas fall within:
    • BL2540-2592 Religion in Latin America
    • BR600 Christianity in Latin America
    • E65 History: Latin America (Pre-Columbian America)
    • F1201-3799 History: Latin America and the Caribbean
    • GN Anthropology
    • HD - Industries. Land Use. Labor
    • HN - Social history and conditions. Social problems.
    • HQ - The family. Marriage. Women.
    • HV640s - Refugee Relief
    • JC599 Human Rights - Latin America
    • JL599-3899 Political Science. Political institutions and public administration. Latin America & The Caribbean
    • M - Music
    • N - Fine Arts
    • PC - Romance Language Linguistics
    • PN1990-1999 Broadcasting, Motion Pictures
    • PN4930-5106 - Journalism in Latin America
    • PQ - Romance Language Literatures