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The Alfredo Montalvo Bolivian Digital Pamphlets Collection

Pamphlets-brief, printed works with paper covers-are an important mode of publication in Latin America. Both a format and a genre, pamphlets provide a vehicle for rapid and cheap dissemination of ideas. They are, in many ways, the analog ancestor of blogs.

This is a collection of 715 digitized pamphlets documenting a century of Bolivian literate culture, beginning in 1848. They show a nation's struggle to establish viable institututions, to develop its economy, to educate its children and the back and forth of political argument. In their aggregate these pamphlets capture the energy of the Bolivian people-sometimes misdirected, often contentious, but never quiescent.

This collection comes principally from a donation made to Cornell by the Bolivian bookseller, Alfredo Montalvo, who has supplied the university with library materials for over a quarter century.

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The Alfredo Montalvo Bolivian Digital Pamphlets Collection is open to the general public, in accordance with the terms set forth in the Guidelines for Using Using Public Domain Text, Images, Audio and Video Reproduced from Cornell Digital Library Collections.