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Helguera Colombiana Independence Project (1790-1830)

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 built 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.

Jessica Fletcher

About the Fellow

Jessica Fletcher worked with Andrea Delgado to create an online exhibition and resource for the J. Leon Helguera Papers, a recent acquisition that builds on the Library’s strengths in Latin American Studies. She selected objects for scanning, wrote metadata and interpretive text, and wrote essays on the topics of early Colombian imprints and printing presses and on Francisco José de Caldas’ scientific explorations. She presented on her work to library staff.

Fellowship: Helguera Colombiana Independence Project (1790-1830)