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 for 2019-2020. 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.

Up to three fellowships will be granted every year. Each fellowship will cover the full cost of round-trip airfare as well as housing expenses and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses for a period of two to three months, as well as full library privileges at Tulane University. Fellowships are available to any qualified scholar - including independent researchers - who resides permanently in any country in Latin America or the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the Anglophone Caribbean). Applications from scholars of any nationality who are permanent residents of any country in the region will be considered, but preference will be given to citizens of Latin American or Caribbean nations, including Puerto Rico. Citizens of Latin American/Caribbean countries currently living outside the region and Puerto Ricans residing outside the island are not eligible.

Fellows are expected to reside in New Orleans, to conduct research at the library for the term of the award, and to deliver a public presentation of their work-in-progress during their stay. Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the merits and significance of the project, and the relevance of the Latin American Library's collections to the development of the project.

Aside from the residential requirement, criteria for selection include:

  • The merit of the research project and proposal, which should be in any field of the humanities or social sciences
  • The relevance to the project of the resources of the Latin American Library
  • The scholarly achievements and merit of the candidate, and the significance of his/her project



Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director. All inquiries and documents regarding the Greenleaf Fellowships must be submitted to the following address:



About Richard E. Greenleaf (1930-2011)

Until his retirement in 1998, Richard E. Greenleaf served as the France Vinton Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History, and as the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. He also served as Chair of the Department of History. Dr. Greenleaf grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and took his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of New Mexico, where he studied under the dean of Inquisition scholars, France V. Scholes. Greenleaf's doctoral dissertation, "Zumárraga and the Mexican Inquisition 1536-1543," served as the basis for his many excellent publications on the history of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in Latin America.

Greenleaf authored eleven major scholarly books, co-authored or contributed to seventeen others, and published almost four dozen articles in the field of Latin American and New Mexico history. He was the recipient of many distinguished awards, among them the Silver Medal, the Sahagún Prize (Mexican National History Award), and the Serra Award of the Academy of American Franciscan History for Distinguished Scholarship in Colonial Latin American History. In his long and distinguished teaching career in New Mexico, Mexico City and New Orleans, Greenleaf served as mentor to 34 doctoral students at Tulane, and countless masters and undergraduate students. Richard E. Greenleaf died on November 8, 2011.

About the Latin American Library

The Latin American Library at Tulane University is among the world's foremost collections of research materials from and about the region and one of only a handful of discreet collections of Latinamericana in the United States. Established in 1924, the collection is one of the most comprehensive of its kind, comprising more than 500,000 volumes, including rare books (14,500 volumes), and a manuscripts collection (4,211 linear feet), an image archive, maps, rare historic newspapers, printed ephemera, and a growing number of electronic resources.

Specific strengths of the collections include but are not limited to:

  • History, politics, socio-economics and cultural production of Latin America in general, from all periods, with an emphasis on Mesoamerica, the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean.
  • Art and art history, for all periods, from ancient Mesoamerican iconography to contemporary Latin American artists, including an extensive collection of 20th and 21st century museum and gallery catalogs.
  • Extensive resources for the study of Mayan cultures and other native Mesoamerican peoples for all periods, including a unique collection of original Mexican pictorial manuscripts (16th -19th centuries), several thousand colonial Mexican manuscripts, rare holdings of native-language dictionaries, grammars, catechisms, legal dossiers and administrative proceedings from New Spain, and extensive collections from Central America that include correspondence, political and religious pamphlets, flyers, and ephemera, as well as several collections of personal papers and correspondence from major anthropologists and art historians dedicated to Mesoamerica, such as Frans Blom, Merle Greene Robertson, Mary Elizabeth Smith, Ross Parmenter, Donald Robertson and others.
  • An extensive image archive with over 120,000 images spanning the region, from the mid-19th century to the present, which includes still photographs, glass lantern slides, postcards, drawings, sketches and other visual materials.
  • For complete information on the collections, visit