Latin American History and Culture: Series 5: Civil War, Society and Political Transition in Guatemala
About this Collection
Introduction; Latin American History and Culture: Series 5: Civil War,Society and Political Transition in Guatemala: The Guatemalan News andInformation Bureau Archive, 1963-2000: Parts 1-3
Scope and Organization
The GuatemalaNews and Information Bureau (GNIB) Archive is the product of over two decadesof effort on the part of the GNIB to document Guatemalas political and socialprocesses from multiple angles and through a wide variety of sources. It is anextensive collection of often rare and unique ephemera, serials, studies, andreports spanning a range of dates between 1963 and 2000.
The collectionis divided into three groups. The first two groups comprise ephemera; the thirdgroup encompasses 1) serials; 2) studies, reports and other publications; and3) news clippings:
Ephemeraconsists of both unpublished and published documents, correspondence,propaganda, bulletins, action alerts, clippings and other types of ephemeralmaterial. In terms of intended audience, documents range from reports directedto the US general public, to clandestine publications produced by revolutionaryorganizations.
The originalfiling system, in which The GNIB organized and subdivided materials accordingto subject, has been retained. Small adjustments for clarity and consistencyhave been made, where necessary, to the numbering, labeling, and contents offiles. The number of items in each file and the range of dates represented bythese has been added to each files original listing.
The followingare the major subject divisions established by the GNIB for its filing system.Descriptions provided here are general and incomplete. For a detailed outline,proceed to the inventory.
This sectionincludes runs of over 125 serials received and collected by the GNIB. Theserials are arranged alphabetically by title and/or corporate body orpublishing organization. Cross referencing with ephemera files and otherserials in the collection has been provided.
Reports, Pamphlets, and Other Publications
Consists mostly of published pamphlets and reports on humanrights and politics. A complete list of titles is included in this inventory.The last item in the inventory, a file labeled Miscellaneous human rightsreports and action alerts, contains hundreds of faxed and e-mailed documents.These have been arranged chronologically.
By far thesmallest section of the collection, Section 4 consists of dozens of newsclippings arranged by subject and filed by the GNIB. The clippings were cutprimarily from newspapers from Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States.