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Special Collections and Oliveira Lima Library — Latin American Independence Resources

This research guide represents a collaborative effort between The Catholic University of America’s Special Collections and Oliveira Lima Library to highlight holdings related to Mexican, Venezuelan, and Brazilian Independence.


Letter from Simón Bolívar (December 6, 1828)

Creator: El Libertador [Simón Bolívar]

Call No.: MSS III 117 (Oliveira Lima Library)


Memoirs of Simon Bolivar: President Liberator of the Republic of Colombia: and of his principal generals: comprising a secret history of the revolution, and the events which preceded it, from 1807 to the present time (1830)

Author: Ducoudray Holstein, H. L. V. (Henri La Fayette Villaume), 1763-1839

Call No.: F2235 .B654 1830 (Oliveira Lima Library)


General Miranda, an accurate likeness taken at Barbadoes (1806)

Artist: William Holland (1782–1817)

Call No.: ART 1-02-2 MIRA 1806 H734 (Oliveira Lima Library)


Simón Bolívar, Libertador de Colombia y del Peru, y fundador de Bolivia (1827)

Artists: Turner, Charles, 1774-1857, engraver; Gil de Castro, José, 1785-1841, artist. 

Call No.: ART 1-01-2 BOLI 1827 T944 (Oliveira Lima Library)

Description: 1 print: mezzotint, sheet 61 x 38 cm. Portrait of Simón Bolívar, whole-length, standing, turned to the right, looking at the viewer, wearing uniform with double breasted coat, epaulettes and high collar, with dark neckerchief, and knee-high boots; his right hand on his chest, with fingers inside his jacket, holding sword in his left hand; view of two soldiers from behind in a landscape on the right...