Gloria selecting pamphlets and programas from the Helguera Collection in Special Collections.
"My work with the collection has made me realize that in my academic work the historical analysis cannot be restricted to the 20th century and must reach back further, because the roots of the current Colombian problems are still traceable to key issues in the 19th century. While this may not greatly affect my career path, it significantly impacts how I view my academic project." — Gloria Perez
The Colombian Helguera Collection contains rare broadsides, pamphlets, and programas which are of great value to scholars engaged in 19th-century Latin American history worldwide. Broadsides were often posted in public places to describe upcoming events from circuses to meetings or serve as political diatribes about current leaders. Gloria selected pamphlets and programas to be prioritized for digitization and worked with library staff to design an online exhibition of images and text that reflects the central problems of 19th-century Colombia: a weak economy, lack of education, conflicts between state and religion, and poor transportation. She wrote descriptions of the materials to be included in the digital collection and in the online exhibition.
Gloria Clemencia Perez is a first-year doctoral student in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, conducting work on how internally displaced groups bargain and navigate their environment in difficult times. For ten years, Gloria worked as a physician in the Colombian Andes, followed by research at the Immune Disease Institute at Harvard Medical School. A native Colombian, Gloria holds an M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. She is the 2013 recipient of The Bob Shirley Prize in Anthropology and also the recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Fellowship, the most important award for social scientists in Canada.
Gloria presented her project at the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Institute at Vanderbilt University. She also presented on her project at the November 2014 All Staff meeting and at a brown bag at the Center for Latin American Studies. Gloria's project was the focus of a cover story for the Center for Latin American Studies newsletter in spring 2014 and a presentation at the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Materials in Salt Lake City, UT.