Books from the Letterpress-Taller Gráfica de Comala de Nacho Gómez Arriola (México) at UCB Library!

The library was lucky to acquire only the select titles of a wonderful and well-known letterpress artist and printer Nacho Gómez Arriola from Mexico. These titles are unique and handmade at a letterpress called, “Taller Gráfica de Comala de Nacho Gómez Arriola.” One can see Nacho Gómez Arriola (on the left) sitting next to Juan Pascoe of Taller Martín Pescador. At the Bancroft Library, we do have a collection of Juan Pascoe’s works. Since each of these books are unique in their esthetics and provenance, the Doe Library will be offering these for safekeeping to our sister library-Bancroft Library. Below are some of the pictures of these books that one can enjoy by clicking here!


New exhibition: Illustrating México One Page at a Time: Print Art of José Guadalupe Posada

Title of Exhibit: Illustrating México One Page at a Time: Print Art of José Guadalupe Posada

Time: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (regular Moffitt hours on Saturdays)

Location: Moffitt Library gallery, 3rd floor


In the pantheon of artists who have represented Mexico for the past 150 years, José Guadalupe Posada stands out as a bright constellation. This exhibit, highlighting works by Posada and his artistic descendants, was curated by Liladhar Pendse, librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Collections, using Doe Library materials. See more at

Colombia: Select new books at Doe Library

Below I present you with a recent batch of our new acquisitions of Colombian books. These books represent a rich cultural tradition and print culture of Colombia. Please click on the icon below to get access to the images of these books. Some of the images should not be taken out of their context as these were used on the covers of the book.  One such book might be “1000 caricaturas Afro en la historia de Colombia.” I found some of these images stereotypically racist and precisely this publication by the Universidad de Valle alludes to the nuanced history of the depictions of the Afro-Colombians.

El Salvador: Select new books at Doe Library

Since I took on the responsibility for collection development for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies at Doe Library of UC Berkeley, I set a goal of developing a sustainable collection of Central American imprints. To this end, we began collecting extensively from all of the Central American States. Today, I am glad to present you with an album that showcases some of our recent purchases of books from El Salvador.

There are several important works that we have purchased including the one by Roberto Damas entitled, “Monseñor Oscar Romero y los medios de comunicación.” The tragic assassination of Monseñor Oscar Romero has continued to shake up the society in El Salvador. He was canonized by the Pope last year. Besides, this book there are several contemporary literary imprints such as “Una pequeña dosis de ternura”, by Manuel Vicente Henríquez B., and Roque Dalton’s Patria and others.

Please click on the icon below to get the access to the images of the new books from El Salvador.

Vanderbilt Library Travel Grants: Colombian Collections


The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt is offering two short-term library research grants to promote scholarly use of the library’s extensive Colombian collections during the spring and summer of 2019. The grants are funded by the Title VI National Resource Center grant from the US Department of Education. Recipients are awarded up to $1500 to support travel expenses such as airfare and lodging.

The Latin American collection is one of Vanderbilt’s longstanding strengths. In particular, the Colombian collection is one of the country’s most distinctive collections. The Helguera Collection of Colombiana and the Delia and Manuel Zapata Olivella Collections are two of the library’s prized special collections.


Current scholars at a college or university
Faculty or students at the dissertation level
Demonstrated research and teaching interest in Latin America

The application deadline is January 31, 2019. Questions regarding the collections or the application process should be directed to Paula Covington, Latin American and Iberian Bibliographer. Applications should be sent to the Center for Latin American Studies.

Please submit a current CV, budget, and statement about the research project. Include the topic, a plan of materials to be consulted, and a description of how the resources will enhance your teaching and/or your research project.

Within two weeks following the completion of the access period, grantees are required to submit to the Center for Latin American Studies a one-page report detailing the work carried out during the grant period. Reports will be provided to the U.S. Department of Education for grant reporting purposes.

Colombia: Select new books at Doe Library!

I hope that you have had a great new year celebration. To lighten it further, I will continue sharing some news about our recent purchases and new books from the region. Below is an album of select Colombian books that we have received in our library. These will be made available to our users. Please click on the icon below to get the feel of what we have been purchasing from Colombia. The images of these books might be subject to copyright. I am using them for educational purposes only and to illustrate the books that we are purchasing. I wish you a very healthy and prosperous new year!

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Happy New Year!

The new year is upon us, and I want to wish the readers of this blog- a very Happy New Year 2019. Good health, and peace of mind to you! Below are the new books that we have received from Mexico. I continue to build our collections of Mexican books. Wall or no wall, our academic collections continue to grow. Mexico represents an important niche of UC Berkeley’s collections. Enjoy and Happy New Year once again!

Please click on the icon below to get access to the photos of these new Mexican books.

Select new books from Argentina-December 2019! Happy Holidays!

Readers, We do have a collaborative collection development agreement in the field of Latin American Studies with our counterparts at Stanford University Library. Argentine books- given our existing teaching were was deemed to be of importance for the past 40 years of Latin American Studies related collection development activities. One of the pioneers of Hispanic Collection development initiatives at UC Berkeley was a Hungarian emigre to Argentina- Gaston Somoshegyi-Szokol, Berkeley’s Librarian for Hispanic Collections from 1964 through 1984. The Argentine collection at UC Berkeley Library continues to develop as previously. For some religious people, today is an important holiday- Christmas eve. I present you with an album of our recent Argentine purchases. I wish you a Happy and Safe Holiday Season. There are once again several interesting books in this album. Please click on the icon below to get access to all of the photos that are in this album.