About the Project

The Biblioteca Amazónica: History and Politics Between the Forest and City
Project Grant

This project will digitize rare documents of historical and cultural importance at the Biblioteca Amazónica in Iquitos, Peru. Founded in 1992, the public institution constitutes the second most important archive of Amazonian studies after the Biblioteca in Manaus, Brazil. Since the Amazonian Rubber Boom (1850–1920), Iquitos has been a centre of Amazonian culture and politics. The archive includes difficult-to-find publications on Amazonian culture and history, photographic and cartographic documentation, and magazines and newspapers on myriad topics.

Project Leads

  • Amanda Smith, UC Santa Cruz
  • Sydney Silverstein, Wright State University

Host Institution

University of California, Santa Cruz

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