Digital Collections

La Paz, Bolivia

Latin America and the Caribbean: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints

La Paz, Bolivia, ca. 1873-1878

 [Indian Woman, Trinidad]

Indian woman, Trinidad,
ca. 1879

2433 Peruvian Central R.R., The Verrugas Bridge

2433 Peruvian Central R.R.,
The Verrugas Bridge, ca. 1893

A coffee branch, Costa Rica, ca. 1890s

A coffee branch, ca. 1890s

View of buildings and rubble in St. Pierre, Martinique, after eruption of Mt. Pelee

[View of buildings and rubble
in St. Pierre, Martinique, after
eruption of Mt. Pelee], 1902

Casa Blanca, San Salvador, ca. 1900, by Peter Fassold

Casa Blanca, ca. 1900

No. 2. Governor General's Palace, Havana, 11:45 a.m. January 1, 1899. Surrendering. Spanish Troops Marching Out

[Governor General's Palace,
Havana, Surrendering. Spanish
Troops Marching Out], 1899

Revolution in the streets of Cochabamba, Bolivia

Revolution in the streets of
Cochabamba, Bolivia,
ca. 1873-1878

About the Collection

Holding library: DeGolyer Library

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 Charcarero or small farmer of La Paz, Bolivia


Latin America and the Caribbean: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints provides a sample of the thousands of photographs relating to Latin America and the Caribbean held by SMU's DeGolyer Library.

Collection Materials

The digital collection portrays the landscape, people, and technology of  various countries, including Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia, El Salvador, and Cuba in the late 19th century, and includes a set of photos of St. Pierre, Martinique, before and after the eruption of Mt. Pelee in 1902. The DeGolyer Library also holds significant collections relating to Mexico, which are found in Mexico: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints.

Holdings and Highlights

The collection includes images from several DeGolyer accessions, including:

  • Charles Lummis photographs of Mexico and Peru (cyanotypes of Peru ca. 1890-1906)
  • Costa Rica (views of landscape, coffee plantations, Poas Volcano, Turrialba Volcano, and railroad construction ca. 1885-1890)
  • Edward A. Flint collection of views of Peru and Bolivia (views of scenery and railroads in Bolivia and Peru ca. 1869-1878)
  • Mt. Pelee volcano, St. Pierre, Martinique (album showing Martinique and St. Pierre and before, during, and after the horrific eruption of Mt. Pelee in 1902)
  • Photographs of Jamaica, Trinidad, and Venezuela containing 48 photographs of towns, harbors, people, railroads and 1896 maps of Caracas and Venezuela y Sus Ferrocarriles. Also included are views of sugar cane fields and workers, a photographer with a view camera, plantation houses, workers from India in Jamaica, Spanish Town, Jamaica, and some formal studio portraits of Indian workers in Trinidad by Felix Morin.
  • San Salvador, El Salvador (photographs of parks, a cemetery, and a house in San Salvador ca, 1900 by landscape photographer Peter Fassold)
  • Spanish American War, (series of three photographs showing the ceremony marking the end of Spanish rule in Cuba on January 1, 1899, and the beginning of the U.S. occupation of Cuba)

Latin America and the Caribbean: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints is one of a family of digital collections from the DeGolyer Library that focuses on Texas, the U.S. West, Mexico, and Latin America.

Items in SMU Libraries Digital Collections are digitized following the nCDS Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the Digital Collections Workflow and Metadata Guidelines, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.

Copyright usage terms vary throughout the collection. Each item contains information about usage terms. If SMU does not have the right to publish the item on the Internet, only the item's metadata will be available and the digitized object will be available on a restricted access basis. Such items may only be viewed on campus. When items are available for use, please cite DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting

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