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Argentine Theater and Literary Periodicals

This unique collection is dedicated to a type of small-format periodical, containing plays, short novels and other literary texts, which used to be very popular in the Río de la Plata region during the first half of the 20th century.

Cultural Magazines of Latin America

This collection contains retrodigitized cultural magazines from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru and Puerto Rico dating back to the period between 1880 and 1930.

Glass Plates

The Ibero-American Institute's glass plate collection contains photographic documents of different types and origins from the period between around 1870 and 1940, including rare and largely unpublished documentary images that span the fields of archaeology, ethnography, history and regional geography.

Papers of Hans Steffen (1865-1936)

The collection bequeathed by the German geographer Hans Steffen (1865-1936) contains important information on the geography and geology of the border region between Chile and Argentina as well as materials documenting ethnological research and scientific developments.

Biblioteca criolla

This collection contains pulp magazines and regional literature from Argentine. The first pulp magazines were published in the 1870s and belonged to the Biblioteca criolla Robert Lehmann-Nitsche, the last titles appeared in the 1990s. The collection provides an insight into popular fiction in the Rio de la Plata region.

Mexican prints

This collection contains works of mexican popular culture from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th centuries with illustrations by José Guadalupe Posada (1854-1913).

Zarzuela collection

The Zarzuela collection contains the libretti of Spanish and Hispanic American musicals and musical comedies, totaling over 1,600 titles which date back to the 19th and 20th centuries. The core of the collection comprises works which were printed in Spain between 1800 and 1930. The generic term "zarzuela" also encompasses genres such as entremeses and sainetes. In addition, the collection contains vocal and piano sheet music from the zarzuelas.

Papers of Max Uhle (1856-1944)

Max Uhle was a German archaeologist and linguist. Max Uhle is viewed as the father of Peruvian archaeology and the founder of systematic archaeology in South America.

Papers of Paul Ehrenreich (1855 - 1914)

Paul Ehrenreich (1855-1914) studied medicine and natural sciences in Berlin, Heidelberg and Würzburg. He worked as an ethnologist and physical anthropologist in North and South America, Mexico, India and Eastern Asia.

Papers of Roberto Arlt (1900-1942)

Roberto Arlt was an Argentinian writer, journalist and dramatist.
Among other topics, his writings examined the lives of European immigrants in Buenos Aires at the start of the 20th century.

Papers of Teobert Maler (1842-1917)

Teobert Maler was a German-Austrian architect and photographer.
In 1865 he made his first trip to Mexico as part of the entourage of Emperor Maximilian.

Portuguese-language theater and novel magazines

The collection is devoted to Brazilian and Portuguese magazines from the first half of the 20th century that printed in their issues entire novels, chapters of novels, plays or stories, whether original works or translations.
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