Main Gallery

Central America at The Latin American Library

Main gallery wall display


Latin American studies at Tulane University began in 1924 with the acquisition of the collections that later became the core holdings of The Latin American Library. Its founding reflected New Orleans’ longstanding economic and cultural ties with cities along the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as Tulane’s historic orientation towards the region since the early nineteenth century. Today, The Latin American Library is widely regarded as one of the foremost repositories of Central American research material outside the region.

This exhibit celebrates the histories and cultures of the Central American countries–Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama—through the Library’s unique collections.