The Biblioteca Amazónica: History and Politics between the Forest and City

The city of Iquitos is a cultural, economic, and political center of the Peruvian Amazon. The Biblioteca Amazónica contains invaluable historical documentation and photographs of the social changes instigated by the extraction of rubber and later commodities, including the responses from Indigenous peoples.

This project will digitize rare documents of historical and cultural importance at the Biblioteca Amazónica in Iquitos, Peru. Founded in 1992, the public institution constitutes the second most important archive of Amazonian studies after the Biblioteca in Manaus, Brazil. Since the Amazonian Rubber Boom (1850–1920), Iquitos has been a centre of Amazonian culture and politics. The archive includes difficult-to-find publications on Amazonian culture and history, photographic and cartographic documentation, and magazines and newspapers on myriad topics.

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Location: Peru, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Project partner(s): University of California, Santa Cruz; Biblioteca Amazónica in Iquitos, Peru Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $50,000.00 Commencement Date: 03/2022 Project Status: Active
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