Yale University Library
Latin American Collection
Web address http://www.library.yale.edu/latinamerica/
Access policyhttp://www.library.yale.edu/about/accessuse.html
ContactDorothy C. Woodson
Email addressdorothy.woodson@yale.edu
Number of photographsApprox. 200
Date range1890-1980
Geographic coverage

The Caribbean; Central America; Mexico; South America


Andrew St. George; David C. Stone; others


There are photographs, numbering from a few dozen to several thousand, in most of the manuscript collections relating to Latin America housed in the Department of Manuscripts and Archives and in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. For example, there are additional materials in the Puerto Rican Nationalist Papers, as well as other smaller collections.

The largest collections is the Cuban Revolution Collection with 5,000 photographs documenting periods in the Cuban Revolution, particularly the years 1957–1960, 1964, and 1969, primarily created by photographer Andrew St. George and filmmaker David C. Stone. St. George’s photographs provide extensive documentation of the 26th of July Movement from 1957 to 1959, and of Fidel Castro during his first year as prime minister.

The Yale Peruvian Expedition Papers contain many photographs of the three expeditions to Peru sponsored by Yale University from 1911 to 1915 and led by Hiram Bingham III, professor of Latin American history at Yale. The most celebrated discoveries, the finding of Machu Picchu and of Vitcos, were studied during the expeditions by scientific specialists drawn principally from the Yale faculty. There are photographs of the sites, of Quechua Indians, and of Peruvian artifacts. These photographs are distinctive, because Bingham donated his entire archive of correspondence, records, and photographs on the Machu Picchu expeditions to Yale University.

Another notable collection, the George Alexander Kubler Papers, contains photographs of Kubler’s study of pre-Hispanic art, Maya glyphs, and of his service as chief of the UNESCO mission to Cuzco, Peru, after the earthquake in that city on May 20, 1951. Kubler was a noted professor of art history at Yale University from 1938 until his retirement.

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