Spanning more than four hundred years, The Guatemala Collection concentrates primarily on the national era, particularly 1824-1948. [full date range: 1587-1991]
The vast majority of the documents—correspondence, annual reports, statistics, letters, litigation—found within The Guatemala Collection are copies from the Archivo General de Centroamérica and the Archivo Histórico Arquidiocesano “Francisco de Paula García Peláez” (formerly known as Archivo Eclesiástico de Guatemala) in Guatemala City.
Collection comprises the record cards, correspondence, and reports of the Military Intelligence Division (MID) that relate to conditions in five Central American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador (throughout this period commonly referred to as "Salvador"), Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua—from 1918 to 1941.
Documents focus on United States policy toward El Salvador and events in El Salvador from the Carter Administration's formulation of a new Central American policy in January 1977 through the Salvadoran Presidential elections of May 1984 that brought José Napoleón Duarte to power.
This file includes State Department, FBI, and El Salvadoran government memoranda, correspondence, specimen analyses, photographs of weapons, field reports, newspaper clippings, witness statements, and polygraph examination reports. In addition, there are requests for information by the victims' families to both the U.S. and El Salvadoran governments.
Call Number: F1466.7 .G81 1999 Main (Gardner) Stacks
The Accord of Oslo, signed as part of the Peace Process in 1994, provided for the establishment of the Guatemalan Historical Clarification Commission (CEH), charged with investigating and elucidating the human rights violations and violence connected with the armed confrontation and recommending measures to promote peace and national harmony. This is the report of the Commission.
The collection provides records on all aspects of U.S.-Nicaraguan relations during the 12 years covered, including: U.S. efforts to orchestrate the end of the Somoza regime and prevent a Sandinista victory, the CIA's Contra war, the congressional debate over aid to the Contras, U.S. economic policy toward Nicaragua and U.S. policy toward the 1990 elections.