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J. León Helguera Collection of Colombiana

About the Project

The pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers and programas in the J. León Helguera Collection form one of Vanderbilt’s most significant special collections and one of the most important Colombian collections worldwide. The Helguera collection provides special insights into the social, political, and cultural life of Latin America through ephemeral materials that few collectors retained. Many of these resources are not held in the national archive in Colombia and many are unique to Vanderbilt. This project builds on a previous fellow’s work in 19th century pamphlets to create a new digital collection of early 20th century materials with an exhibit highlighting principal themes and issues in Colombia’s more recent history. The Helguera collection of pamphlets from 1900-1935 consists of over 1,500 items and is wide ranging in scope.  It includes topics such as: the Panama Canal and secession, presidential messages, government reports, literature, civil war, border disputes, mining, railroads, industry, race, indigenous issues, and homages to heroes.

Jorge Delgadillo


About the Fellow

Jorge Delgadillo is a second-year doctoral student at the History Department. He is interested in the history of the African and African-descended population in the western part of colonial Mexico. Particularly, his research pretends to bring Guadalajara into the Atlantic World. His studies have been funded by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (Mexico). He also was the recipient of the Tinker Summer Research Award 2016, which allowed him to conduct preliminary research for his dissertation prospectus. During this past summer he also had to opportunity to transcribe 16th and 17th century documents for the ESSSS database. Jorge’s research has been published by the University of Guadalajara. He works under the direction of professors Jane Landers, and also works closely with professors Celso T. Castilho and Edward Wright-Ríos.

Fellowship: Helguera Colombiana Collection