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Guillermo Hernández de Alba collection of Latin Americana

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0019

Scope and Contents note

This collection is one portion of a library collection purchased in 1969 by the UWG history department in support of a developing Latin American studies program led by Dr. Eugene Huck. It is said this collection was the genesis of the university’s Special Collections and comprised over 600 books. The bulk of it was cataloged into the library stacks holdings when it was acquired, and it doesn’t appear that the catalog records make reference to the books’ origins. Therefore, it’s not possible to formulate an inventory of what was acquired from Hernandez de Alba, though Dr. Eugene Huck said it was anywhere from 600 to 1,000 books. In Special Collections, there are two boxes of materials containing primarily pamphlets and other ephemera related to Bolivár and Santander, exhibits, celebrations of the anniversaries of their deaths, etc.

According to Huck in a 2009 interview, the collection cost $6,000 and was eventually stored in the library basement after the initial scholarly interest died down. Huck said Hernandez de Alba sold the collection to pay for his ill wife’s medical care. Ordinarily, Latin American scholars would donate their collections to institutions within their own countries. To sell their collections would have been dishonorable. According to Huck, the transaction was done covertly in order to not expose Hernández de Alba to that dishonor.

Dates

  • 1838-1969

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights have been transferred to the University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

Guillermo Hernández de Alba was born in Bogotá in 1906. A rigorous historian, Hernández de Alba was the most prominent colonial historian of his time. He was a member of the Academies of History of Colombia, Venezuela and Panama, several academies of American history and geography, and Spanish and American Studies of the Société des Paris. He died in 1988.

Extent

2.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)

Language

Spanish; Castilian

Overview

This collection is one portion of a library collection purchased in 1969 by the UWG history department in support of a developing Latin American studies program led by Dr. Eugene Huck. It was acquired from Guillermo Hernández de Alba, an esteemed scholar of Colombian colonial history, who focused primarily on the history of Simon Bolivar and General Francisco de Paula Santander.

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Acquired by Dr. Eugene Huck, professor of history at West Georgia College, around 1969.

Processing Information note

Processed by Suzanne Durham in 2009 and Candice Larson in 2013.
Title
Guide to the Guillermo Hernández de Alba collection of Latin Americana MS-0019
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Written by Suzanne Durham and Candice Larson
Date
2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States