CU-Boulder provides researchers a rich set of resources for research on Latin America. The University Libraries provides researchers access to a wide array of research databases on Latin America and Latin American newspapers, as well as an extensive set of archives about Latin America.
CU-Boulder holds the most extensive archive in the United States on human rights violations in El Salvador, comprising more than 100 boxes of casefiles. The procurement of this precious resource is due to the efforts of the curator of the Archives, Bruce P. Montgomery, and Library Instructor and Archivist Yolanda Maloney of University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries, who traveled to San Salvador to collaborate with non-governmental organizations in El Salvador. With these organizations, they arranged the photocopying of the records in order to bring back a copy of these records for preservation. The archive is also supplemented by documents donated by the National Security Archives.
The archive consists of 5 collections:
- Tutela Legal Collection
- Comision de Derechos Humanos de El Salvador Collection
- Socorro Juridico Collection
- Marin County Interfaith Task Force Collection
- National Security Archives: This collection is 50 linear feet from the 1980s. It consists of photocopies of Spanish language records regarding El Salvador human rights abuses in the 1980s. The materials were sent to the National Security Archives and subsequently donated to the University of Colorado. The collection is currently unprocessed.
Scholars can utilize this collection for such fields as Latin American studies, peace and justice studies, and gender and human rights. The originating purpose for these records is to record and bear witness to the atrocities committed during the Civil War period. Thus, in post-conflict El Salvador, these records stand as primary evidence for legal forums.