Latin American Periodicals
Instructions for Searching Latin American Periodical Titles
Bibliographic records for individual titles in the Latin American Periodical Collection
appear in FindIt!, the PTS
Library catalog, and, when the exact title is known, can be searched using the Journal
title field. To retrieve a list of all the titles in the collection, type in the Title
"Latin American Periodicals"
The titles that have been fully cataloged and bound are located by Library of Congress
call number in the periodical section on the Lower Level of the library. The titles that
are still in the process of being cataloged have a local call number designation of LAP
and are available for use but must be retrieved from a holding area by a member of the
Service Desk staff. A list of the titles in process can be retrieved by using the call
number search and typing 'lap.'
A number of these materials have also been digitized and included in the Theological
Commons, a digital library of materials on theology and religion, developed in
partnership with the Internet Archive. Browse the Latin American Collection within the Theological Commons.
A Treasure Field to be Explored and Exploited:
By: Luis N. Rivera-Pagán
PTS Latin American Periodical
Last October, a friend died in Puerto Rico and I was asked to go home and preach a
memorial homily to celebrate his life of commitment to the Reign of God. Drafting the
sermon, I remembered that a small book, published 1965 in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico,
included a contribution of his on theological education in Latin America. I went to
Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) library and, eureka! there was a copy of the book.
It also happens to be the first book ever edited by Justo L. González.
years ago I had to write a lecture on Oscar Amulfo Romero, for Drew’s Hispanic
theological program. I found then that PTS library has one of the best bibliographical
collections on the martyr Archbishop. This year, I devoted my inaugural address as PTS
Henry Winters Luce Professor of Ecumenics to the last writings of Bartolomé de las
Casas. PTS library, as Gustavo Gutiérrez discovered when he was visiting professor
several years ago, has excellent sources on the sixteenth-century Christianization of
the Americas. Its periodical collection of Latin American ecclesiastical and theological
matters is probably the best in the United States and certainly one of the best in the
world. It includes journals one did not even know existed!
There are historical reasons for the wealth of this collection. As always in history,
there are names to be remembered, administrators like John A. Mackay, PTS President from
1936 to 1959, who was fluent in Spanish, had traveled and worked for a good number of
years in Latin America and Spain, and had written a dissertation on Unamuno; scholars
like Richard Shaull, PTS Professor of Ecumenics from 1962 to 1980, fluent in Spanish and
Portuguese, and well known and respected through Latin America. Enrique Dussel has
rightfully considered him one of the antecessors of Latin American liberation theology.
They made the right decisions to make sure that PTS library would be home to a splendid
Latin American bibliographical collection.
PTS library has shown its serious engagement to house and preserve a rich and diverse
Latin American ecclesiastical and theological bibliographical collection. During the
last years, under the influence of the growing U.S. Hispanic/Latino/a theologies and
some of its institutional expressions, like the Hispanic Theological Initiative and the
Hispanic Summer Program, the collection has expanded to include matters regarding the
U.S. Hispanic/Latino/a churches. It houses, for example, the last doctoral dissertations
written by Hispanic theologians.
Alas! This seems to be unbeknownst to many students, professors, researchers, and
ministers with interest in the variegated field of Latin American and Hispanic/Latino/a
religiosities. The good news is that it is there; the bad news is that it is there. It
is a treasure field waiting to be explored and exploited. What is a library for? A
paradisiacal labyrinth to lose one’s way and, in the process, find oneself, would be
Jorge Luis Borges reply.
- Dr. Rivera-Pagán, HTI 2000–2001 mentor and the Henry Luce Professor of Ecumenics and
Mission at Princeton Theological Seminary. Originally published in Journeys 3, no. 1, p.
6. Reproduced by permission from Luis N. Rivera-Pagán.