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Latin American Film Collection

Identifier: MSS-532-BC

Scope and Content

The collection contains DVDs of 15 black and white or color 16mm films. The films, mostly instructional, contain documentary footage filmed in Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ecuador and the United States. The films contain information about Latin American countries and U.S.-Latin American relations. The collection also includes World War II era films promoting the Good Neighbor Policy. Films are in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

The films were originally used for instruction at the UNM Modern Languages Department. Descriptions of the films, when available, are from the film company's promotional material.


  • 1942-1950s

Language of Materials

English Spanish Portuguese

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

DVDs may not be duplicated. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws.


1 box (15 DVDs)

Separated Material

Original 16mm films, DVCPro Tapes and master DVDs are stored in B3.

Processing Information

In 2009, 33 films were withdrawn from the collection, the remaining 15 were reformated to DVD. Some of the original films are in poor condition. The films that were removed can be found on YouTube, Internet Archive, Prelinger Archives or at other institutions such as University of California, Berkeley, University of South Carolina and Ball State.
Finding Aid of the Latin American Film Collection, 1942-1970
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131