Our History

Established in 1834 in a city with economic and cultural ties with the Caribbean, Tulane University has an historic orientation toward Latin America and the Caribbean. The Latin American Library reflects the university's long-term commitment to Latin American studies. The library was established in 1924 to support the Middle American Research Institute. A generous donation from an anonymous donor made possible the acquisition of a substantial portion of the William Gates Collection which formed the cornerstone of Tulane University's library. The initial focus was the archaeology, anthropology and history of Mesoamerica but after the collection was relocated to Howard-Tilton in the early 1960s, the scope was broadened to cover most subject disciplines and all of Latin America and the Caribbean. Today, the collection is one of the most comprehensive of its kind, including materials from the contact period to the present day.

The Richard E. Greenleaf Library Fellowships

The Latin American Library at Tulane University is pleased to announce the Richard E. Greenleaf Fellowships to support research at the Library. Their purpose is to offer researchers who permanently reside in any country of Latin America or the Caribbean short-term residential fellowships to use the resources of the Latin American Library at Tulane to conduct research in any field of the humanities or social sciences.

Application Information and Deadline
 The call for papers 2015-2016 is closed. The next call for papers will be in February 2017.

Latin American Studies at Tulane

  • Center for Inter-American Policy and Research
  • Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute
  • The Stone Center
  • Middle American Research Institute at Tulane University


Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials The Latin American Library hosts the Secretariat of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), the foremost professional association of Latin Americanist libraries and librarians.