Register of the David Spencer collection

Finding aid prepared by Daniel B. Case
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: David E. Spencer collection
Date (inclusive): 1971-1992
Collection Number: 92022
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: 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 E. Spencer.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Spencer, David, collector.

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], David Spencer collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1992.

Accruals

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 Ph.D. 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 in 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

This collection includes Salvadorian press bulletins, military interrogation transcripts, and captured guerrilla manuals and documents relating to guerilla group activities of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front during the El Salvadorian Civil War. Additional materials include captured correspondence, diaries, memoranda, pamphlets, Photographs, battle reports, and a few printed materials pertaining to the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front activities while at war with the Salvadorian military. There are also two drafts by David E. Spencer on the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front 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 El Salvadorian Archives.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional.
Civil rights--El Salvador.
El Salvador--History--1979-1992.
Guerrillas--El Salvador.

 

Speeches and Writings, 1992

Box-Folder 1 : 1

FES: The Special Forces of the FMLN, 1992

Box-Folder 1 : 2

The External War: The Argentine Dirty War in Central America, 1992

 

Research File, 1971-1992

 

General, circa 1980-1990

Box-Folder 1 : 3

Historia Del FMLN, 1989

Box-Folder 1 : 4

El Proceso De Paz En El Salvador, circa 1980-1990

 

Press Bullitens, 1989-1992

Scope and Contents note

Press Bullitens in this collection published by the Salvadoran government on events occuring during the Civil War. Arranged in chronological order.
Box-Folder 1 : 5-7

1989

Box-Folder 1 : 8, Box-Folder 2 : 1-2

1990

Box-Folder 2 : 3-6

1991

Box-Folder 3 : 1

1992

 

Correspondence, circa 1980-1990

Scope and Contents note

Captured correspondence between FMLN guerrillas and a letter from Archbishop Leonidas Proano of Riobamba, Ecuador to the FMLN.
Box-Folder 3 : 2

General, 1980

Box-Folder 3 : 3

Letter from Proano, Leonidas Archbishop of Riobamba, Ecuador, 1980

Box-Folder 3 : 4

Letter to Javier, 1983

 

Diaries, 1992

Box-Folder 3 : 5

"Dairio Latino," 1992

 

Manuals, 1971-1988

Scope and Contents note

Manuals confiscated from the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, covers guerrilla military strategy and tactics, political and policy guidelines, and how to create and run a political party. The manuals originate either from Cuba or the Soviet Union and borrow military and political knowledge from other Cold War conflicts in Vietnam and Latin America. Arranged in chronological order.
Box-Folder 3 : 6

General, circa 1980's

Box-Folder 3 : 7

1971

Box-Folder 3 : 8

1979

Box-Folder 3 : 9

1981

Box-Folder 3 :10

1985

Box-Folder 3 : 11

1986

Box-Folder 3 : 12

1987

Box-Folder 3 : 13

1988

 

Memoranda, 1980-1995

Scope and Contents note

Arranged chronological order.
Box-Folder 4 : 1-4

General, circa 1980's

Box-Folder 4 : 5

1980-1981

Box-Folder 4 : 6

1986-1987

Box-Folder 4 : 7

1988-1989

Box-Folder 4 : 8

1990-1991

Box-Folder 4 : 9

1992-1993

Box-Folder 4 : 10

1994-1995

Box-Folder 4 : 11

Microfilm duplicates, circa 1980-1990

Box-Folder 4 : 12

Pamphlets, 1986-1991

 

Photographs, 1980-1991

Scope and Contents note

Photographs taken by David E. Spencer cover over a decade’s worth of history, illustrating the mood and atmosphere during the Salvadoran Civil War. The photographs are of Salvadoran military exercises and graduation ceremonies of the Atlacatl Battalion (an alleged death squad), Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front guerrilla contraband, and weapons captured by the Salvadoran military. There are also photographs of Salvadoran political and military leaders and other notable figures of the era.
Box-Folder 4 : 13

Photocopies, circa 1980-1990

Box-Folder 5 : 1-60

1980-1991

 

Reports, 1978-1992

Box-Folder 6 : 1

General, circa 1980's

Box-Folder 6 : 2

1978-1979

Box-Folder 6 : 3-4

1980-1981

Box-Folder 6 : 5

1982-1983

Box-Folder 6 : 6

1984-1985

Box-Folder 6 : 7

1986-1987

Box-Folder 6 : 8

1988-1989

Box-Folder 6 : 9

1992

 

Transcripts, 1980-1990

Box-Folder 6 : 10

General, circa 1980-1981

Box-Folder 6 : 11

1980-1990

 

Interrogations, 1981-1990

Scope and Contents note

Salvadoran military transcribed interrogations of captured FMLN guerrillas. The transcripts contain family, academic, and personal information as well as information relating to FMLN movements, locations, and munition stockpiles.
Box-Folder 7 : 1

Alvila-Rodriguez, Milton Sifredo, 1987

Box-Folder 7 : 2

Caceres-Galindo, Jose Antonio, 1982

Box-Folder 7 : 3

Castillo-Morales, Juan Jose, 1986

Box-Folder 7 : 4

Diaz-Umana, T. Gilberto, 1984

Box-Folder 7 : 5

Hernandez-Hespinosa, Ricardo de Jesus, 1989

Box-Folder 7 : 6

Hernandez-Portillo, Jose Justiniano, 1985

Box-Folder 7 : 7

Mijango-Flores, Jose Humberto, 1985

Box-Folder 7 : 8

Morales-Galvez, Santos Salome, circa 1980-1990

Box-Folder 7 : 9

Rivas-Melendez, Jose Herminio, 1987

Box-Folder 7 : 10

Romero-Tavaver, Jolio Santiago, 1981

Box-Folder 7 : 11

Torrez-Richards, Federico Ruben, 1985

Box-Folder 7 : 12

Valle-Hernandez, Cesar Alberto, 1985

Box-Folder 7 : 13

Zepeda-Gonzalez, Carlos Rolando, 1990

Box-Folder 7 : 14

Printed Matter, 1983

Scope and Contents note

Miscellaneous materials such as small pamphlets, correspondence, and memoranda.