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  • Title: David Spencer collection
    Date (inclusive): 1971-1995
    Collection Number: 92022
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: Spanish and English
    Physical Description: 7 manuscript boxes (2.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: Salvadoran military interrogation and other reports, transcripts of interrogations, Salvadoran government press releases, captured guerrilla documents, guerrilla warfare manuals, leaflets, flyers, and photographs relating to guerrilla activities of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front in El Salvador and to allegations of human rights abuses in El Salvador. Includes a summary study with selected translations by David Spencer.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Spencer, David, collector.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David Spencer collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1992.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1974 Received PhD in economics from Texas A&M University
    1974-1975 Visiting professor at Michigan State University
    1975-1979 Taught at Illinois State University
    1975-1986 Taught at Washington State University
    1981 Received tenure at Washington State University
    1988-1989 Visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1990 Received the Best Article Award from the peer-reviewed academic journal Economic Inquiry
    1991 Moved to Brigham Young University and taught as full professor
    1996 Published From Vietnam to El Salvador: The Saga of the FMLN Sappers and Other Guerrilla Special Forces in Latin America
    1997 Received a Fulbright Scholarship to Vietnam
    1998-2001 Chair of Graduate Record Examination Committee
    2005 Received the Alcuin Fellowship Award at Brigham Young University
    2007-2008 Visiting professor at University of Michigan

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The David Spencer collection includes Salvadoran press bulletins, military interrogation transcripts, and captured guerrilla manuals and documents relating to guerilla group activities of the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) during the Salvadoran Civil War. Additional materials include captured correspondence, diaries, memoranda, pamphlets, photographs, battle reports, and a few printed materials pertaining to FMLN activities while at war with the Salvadoran military. There are also two drafts by Spencer on the FMLN Special Forces and the Cold War in Latin America, as well as photographs taking by Spencer while in El Salvador during the Civil War. Note that the majority of the collection is photocopies made by Spencer of materials from the Salvadoran Archives.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Guerrillas--El Salvador.
    Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional.
    Civil rights--El Salvador.