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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 to an undisclosed person concerning the writer's arrival in Lisbon and his first impressions of the Portuguese.

Creator: Strangford, Percy Clinton Sydney Smythe, Viscount, 1780-1855

Date: April 21, 1804

Call No.: MSS III 017 (Oliveira Lima Library)


Report to the Prince Regent concerning the demands of Napoleon on Portugal in connection with the continental blockade, and other matters of a diplomatic nature.

Creator: Coutinho, Rodrigo de Souza, 1755-1812

Date: August 21, 1807

Call No.: MSS III 172 (Oliveira Lima Library)


Letter to an undisclosed person concerning the defense of Lisbon

Creator: Beresford, William Carr, Viscount, 1768-1854

Date: March 7, 1809

Call No.: MSS III 004 (Oliveira Lima Library)


North American pamphlet on South American affairs (1818)

Author: Brackenridge, H. M. (Henry Marie), 1786-1871

Call No.: AP4 .P186 B797 1818 (Oliveira Lima Library)


Voyage to South America, performed by order of the American government, in the years 1817 and 1818, in the frigate Congress (1819)

Author: Brackenridge, H. M. (Henry Marie) (1786–1871); United States. Commission to Investigate the Spanish Provinces of South America.

Call No.: F2235.B79 V9 (Oliveira Lima Library)

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Call No.: F2235 .B79 1820


Journal of a residence in Chile, during the year 1822, and, A voyage from Chile to Brazil in 1823 (1824)

Author: Callcott, Maria, Lady, 1785-1842

Call No. F2511 .C25 1824 (Oliveira Lima Library)


Processo dos cidadãos Domingos Alves Branco Muniz Barreto, João da Rocha Pinto... pronunciados na devassa a que mandou proceder Joze Bonifacio d'Andrada e Silva para justificar os acontecimentos do famozo dia 30 de outubro de 1822; julgados innocentes por falta de prova (excepto João Soares Lisboa) no Tribunal Supremo da Supplicação da Corte do Rio de Janeiro (1824)

Editor: Bonifácio, José (1763–1838)


A historical and descriptive narrative of twenty years' residence in South America, containing the travels in Arauco, Chile, Peru, and Colombia; with an account of the revolution, its rise, progress, and results. By W.B. Stevenson (1825)

Author: Stevenson, William Bennet, fl. 1803-1825

Call No.: F2213 .S84 1825 (Oliveira Lima Library)


Narrative of a visit to Brazil, Chile, Peru, and the Sandwich islands, during the years 1821 and 1822 : with miscellaneous remarks on the past and present state, and political prospects of those countries (1825)

Author: Mathison, Gilbert Farquhar

Call No.: F2223 .M43 1825 (Oliveira Lima Library)


A view of South-America and Mexico, comprising their history, the political condition, geography, agriculture, commerce, &c., of the republics of Mexico, Guatamala [sic], Colombia, Peru, the United Provinces of South-America and Chile, with a complete history of the revolution, in each of these independent states (1825)

Author: Niles, John Milton (1787–1856)

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Narrative of services in the liberation of Chili, Peru and Brazil, from Spanish and Portuguese domination (1859)

Author: Dundonald, Thomas Cochrane, Earl of, 1775-1860

Call No.: F3094 .D91 1859 (Oliveira Lima Library)


Notas históricas y diplomáticas : Portugal y la independencia americana / por el Dr. D. Simón Planas-Suárez, ministro plenipotenciario de Venezuela de las Reales Academias de Ciencias Morales y Políticas, de la Historia y de Jurisprudencia y Legislación de Madrid, de la Academia Nacional de Historia de Colombia, de la Americana de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales de Filadelfia, etc. (1918)

Author: Planas Suárez, Simón, 1879-

Call No.: F1412 .P69 1918 (Oliveira Lima Library)


Sir Sidney Smith / Painted by J. Eckstein, engraved by Anthy. Cardon

Date: 1803

Artist: Eckstein, John, -approximately 1838

Call No.: ART 1-01-2 SIDS 1803 E19

Description: 1 print : stipple engraving, in frame 70 x 51 cm


Funiculus triplex difficile rumpitur

Artist: Unknown

Date: [ca. 1812]

Call No.: ART 1-01-1 NAP-ALLY [1812]

Description: 1 print : etching and engraving, sheet 79 x 50 cm


[The Embarkation of Genl. Junot, after the Convention of Cintra, at Quai Sodre. To Lieutenant General Sullivan Carr Beresford, K.B., Field Marshall in the Service of Portugal]

Artist: L'Evêque, Henri, 1769-1832

Date: 1813

Call No.: ART 1-01-1 NAP-PT-LB 1813 L657

Description: 1 print : engraving and etching, sheet 40 x 55 cm


Congres de Vienne seance des plenipotentiaires des huit puissances signataires du Traité de Paris

Artist: Godefroy, Jean, 1771-1839

Date: 1819

Call No.:  ART 1-01-1 CONG 1819 G581

Description: 1 print : engraving and etching, sheet 76 x 100 cm