Margarita Melville Papers

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Copyright 2008

Descriptive Summary

Title: Margarita Melville Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0272
Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Languages: Spanish; Castilian
Physical Description: 5.6 Linear feet (14 archives boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1964 - 2003
Abstract: Papers of Margarita Melville, a former Maryknoll sister and human rights activist, that document revolutionary movements in Guatemala from the 1960s through 1993. Revolutionary groups represented in the collection include Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes (FAR), Guatemala Human Rights Commission and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG). The collection mainly consists of subject files, fliers and newsletters published by activists and revolutionary groups, with an additional series related to Thomas Melville's book about Ron Hennessey, Through a Glass Darkly: The U.S. Holocaust in Central America.
Creator: Melville, Margarita B., 1929-
Creator: Melville, Thomas

Acquisition Information

Acquired 2005, 2012.

Preferred Citation

Margarita Melville Papers, MSS 0272. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.


Margarita Melville (née Marian Peter) was born in 1929 in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. She joined the Catholic Maryknoll Sisters in St. Louis, Mo. in 1949; attended Mary Rogers College in Ossining, N.Y. and graduated with a bachelor of education degree in 1954. She was sent by her order that year to Jacaltenango, a remote community in Huehuetenango in Guatemala's western highlands. Melville started a number of the Maryknoll Sisters' key social programs including Girl Scout troops and an experimental school called Monte Maria. Beginning in 1966, she began to associate with members of rebel groups in Guatemala, including FAR (Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes), the military wing of the Guatemalan Labor (Communist) Party or PGT. Her work with these groups continued until 1967, when the Maryknoll Sisters supervisor expelled Melville and a few others from Guatemala for their activism.
She married Thomas R. Melville, a former Catholic Maryknoll priest, who had worked in Guatemala for ten years before also being expelled in 1967 by Guatemalan and Church authorities for his role in planning the formation of a Christian unit to graft onto the guerrilla movement that was fighting Guatemala's military rulers. Together the Melvilles participated in anti-war activities, burning selective service records in Baltimore, Md., and became part of a group known as the Catonsville Nine. Melville graduated with a M.A. in Latin American studies and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the American University, Washington, D.C. She joined the University of Houston in 1976, where she continued her work as an activist for women's and Chicano causes. She left the University of Houston for the University of California, Berkeley in 1986, where she has been a Professor and Associate Dean. Melville is the author of Twice A Minority: Mexican American Women (1980), while Thomas Melville wrote Through A Glass Darkly: The U.S. Holocaust in Central America (2005), the story of Ron Hennessey, an American Catholic priest in Guatemala.

Scope and Content of Collection

Papers of Margarita Melville, a former Maryknoll sister and human rights activist, that document revolutionary movements in Guatemala from the 1960s through 1993. Revolutionary groups represented in the collection include Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes (FAR), Guatemala Human Rights Commission and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG). The collection mainly consists of subject files, fliers and newsletters published by activists and revolutionary groups, with an additional series related to Thomas Melville's book about Ron Hennessey, Through a Glass Darkly: The U.S. Holocaust in Central America (2005).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes (Guatemala).
Maryknoll Sisters.
Melville, Margarita B., 1929- -- Archives
Communisim -- Guatemala
Guatemala -- Politics and government -- 1945-1985
Guerrillas -- Guatemala



Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 1) CORRESPONDENCE: Miscellaneous personal correspondence from 1985 to 1986.
Box 1, Folder 1

Carmen to Melvilles 1985 - 1986

Box 1, Folder 2

Cruz, Willy and Gustavo 1972

Box 1, Folder 3

Eugenia, Caly 1986

Box 1, Folder 4

Miscellaneous Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 5

Vasquez, Miguel and Marina 1986



Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 2) ORGANIZATIONS: Contains manifestos, founding documents, and other materials (1967-1993) on revolutionary groups in Guatemala, including the Centro de Derechos Humanos de Guatemala (CDHG), the Ejercito Guerrillero de los Pobres (EGP), the Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes (FAR), the Guatemala Human Rights Commission (CHRCC), the Guatemala News and Information Bureau (GNIB) and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG).
Box 1, Folder 6

Agencia Centroamericana de Noticias ACEN-SIAG, June 1986

Box 1, Folder 7

Amnesty International 1984

Box 1, Folder 8

Amnesty International

General note

"Guatemala: Extrajudicial Executions and Human Rights Violations Against Street Children", July, 1990.
Box 1, Folder 9

Association in Solidarity with Guatemala (ASOGUA), "The Voice of the Quetzal" 1980 - 1981

Box 1, Folder 10

Central America Research Institute (CARIN), Central America Bulletin, June 1986

Box 1, Folder 11

Centro Exterior de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala (CERI-GUA) 1987 - 1988

Box 1, Folder 12


Box 1, Folder 13

CERI-GUA 1989 - 1990

Box 1, Folder 14

Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Guatemala (CDHG) 1982 - 1986

Box 1, Folder 15

CDHG, Testimonials about the Patrullas de Autodefensa Civil (PAC) en Huehuetenango, November 1985

Box 1, Folder 16

Comité Indio 1984

Box 1, Folder 17

Comité Interamericano de Desarrollo Agricola (CIDA) - Tenencia de la Tierra - Guatemala 1967

Box 1, Folder 18

El Comité Nacional de Unidad Sindical en el Exterior (CNUS-EX) 1985

Box 1, Folder 19

Convergencia Revolucionaria 1987 - 1988

Box 1, Folder 20

Ejercito Guerrillero de los Pobres (EGP)

Box 1, Folder 21

EGP, Estrategia y Tácticas 1975

Box 1, Folder 22

EGP, Lecturas y Testimonios - El Camino de Paxil, Sebastian Guzman: Principal de Principales 1982

Box 1, Folder 23

EGP - Los Pueblos Indígenas y la Revolución Guatemalteca 1982

Box 1, Folder 24

EGP, Manifesto 1979

Box 2, Folder 1

EGP - Various

Box 2, Folder 2

Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes (FAR) 1967 - 1969

Box 2, Folder 3

FAR 1982 - 1989

Box 2, Folder 4

FAR - Contribución al Analisis de la Situación Actual

Box 2, Folder 5

FAR - Cuestión étnico-Nacional 1987

Box 2, Folder 6

FAR - Guatemala en Lucha 1982

Box 2, Folder 7

FAR Statement 1984

Box 2, Folder 8

FAR Statement - Pablo Monsanto, February 1986

Box 2, Folder 9

Grupo Crater, Directorio

Box 2, Folder 10

Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC) 1986 - 1988

Box 2, Folder 11

GHRC 1989 - 1990

Box 2, Folder 12

Guatemala News and Information Bureau (GNIB) 1986

Box 2, Folder 13

GNIB 1987

Box 2, Folder 14

GNIB 1988

Box 2, Folder 15

GNIB 1989

Box 3, Folder 1

GNIB Contacts

Box 3, Folder 2

GNIB Grants

Box 3, Folder 3

GNIB Land Reform articles 1986 - 1987

Box 3, Folder 4

GNIB Newsletters 1976 - 1992

Box 3, Folder 5

GNIB, "Report on Guatemala", Vol. 14, Issue 1 1993

Box 3, Folder 6

Guatemala Scholars Network 1984 - 1985

Box 3, Folder 7

La Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilio - Iglesia de Guatemala: "Apprendiendo de la Historia", January 1987

Box 3, Folder 8

La Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilo, Publications 1984 - 1989

Box 3, Folder 9

Informador de Guatemala, October - December 1982

Box 3, Folder 10

Integración de Indigenas Mayas (IXIM) 1988

Box 3, Folder 11

IXIM, Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo 1983

Box 3, Folder 12

Justicia y Paz - Inter-Religious Task Force, Central America

Box 3, Folder 13

El Movimiento Campesino Indigena

Box 3, Folder 14

Movimiento Cooperativista Guatemalteco (MCG), Testimonio 1984

Box 3, Folder 15

Movimiento Indio de Guatemala, "Ch'olnoj Maya" 1984

Box 4, Folder 1

Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NSIGUA) 1981 - 1987

Box 4, Folder 2

Octubre Revolucionario

Box 4, Folder 3

Octubre Revolucionario, Opinion Politica 1985 - 1990

Box 4, Folder 4

Guatemala - Organización del Pueblo en Armas (ORPA)

Box 4, Folder 5

Panorama Nacional 1986

Box 4, Folder 6

Partido Guatemalteco del Trabajo (PGT) 1987 - 1988

Box 4, Folder 7

Programa de Ayuda Para los Vecinos del Altiplano (PAVA) - Displaced Report 1984

Box 4, Folder 8

Reivindicaciones Indígenas Revolucionarias

Box 4, Folder 9

Servicio de Información de Análisis de Guatemala (SIAG), El golpe de Mejia Victores 1983

Box 4, Folder 10

Taller Artesanal JA C'amabal I'B 1986

Box 4, Folder 11

TEMAS 1982 - 1987

Box 4, Folder 12

Turcios/MR13 1965

Box 4, Folder 13

Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG), Boletín Internacional 1986 - 1987

Box 4, Folder 14

URNG - Various informational materials



Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 3) NEWSLETTERS AND BULLETINS: Partial and incomplete runs of miscellaneous rare small publications published by revolutionary and activist groups, including: Boletín del Comite pro Justicia y Paz, Boletín Internacional, Centro Exterior de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala (CERI-GUA), Centro Regional de Informaciones Ecuménicas (CARE), Ch' Abuj ri Lxoc (The Voice of the Women), Coyuntura, Enfopresa, Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes Guatemala (FAR), Guatemala en Lucha, Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilio (IGE), In Communion: Fellowship of Evangelicals for Guatemala, Informador Guerrillero (EGP), El Tayacán, Lucha Struggle (by New York CIRCUS Collective), and others. A more complete run of Noticias de Guatemala was removed from the papers in 2015 and added to the general collection of the University Library.
Box 5, Folder 1

Boletin del Comite pro Justicia y Paz 1980

Box 5, Folder 2

Boletín Internacional (Frente Popular 31 de Enero) 1983

Box 5, Folder 3

Católicos de Nicaragua - "Santo Padre, Esto es Nicaragua" 1983

General note

The fourth part of a popular newsprint folio set issued by CP on the occasion of Pope John Paul II's visit to Nicaragua.
Box 5, Folder 4

Centro Exterior de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala (CERI-GUA) 1985

Box 5, Folder 5

Centro Regional de Informaciones Ecuménicas (CARE) 1981-1982

Box 5, Folder 6

Challenge: Faith and Action in the Americas 1993 Summer

Box 5, Folder 7

Ch' Abuj ri Lxoc (The Voice of the Women) 1983-1985

Box 5, Folder 8

Coyuntura 1984

Box 5, Folder 9-13

Enfoprensa: Information on Guatemala 1984-1987

Box 5, Folder 14

Focus: Newsletter of the Office of the Americas 1997 July

Box 5, Folder 15

Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes Guatemala (FAR) 1983-1985

Box 5, Folder 16

Guatemala en Lucha 1984 March

Box 5, Folder 17

Guatemala Report 1973

Box 5, Folder 18

Guatemala Vencera 1984-1986

Box 5, Folder 19

Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilio (IGE) 1980-1984

Box 5, Folder 20

Infopress: Centroamericana 1988 April

Box 5, Folder 21

In Communion: Fellowship of Evangelicals for Guatemala 1985

Box 5, Folder 22

Informador Guerrillero (EGP, Ejercito Guerrillero de los Pobres)

Box 6, Folder 1

El Tayacán 1984 May

Box 6, Folder 2

Lucha Struggle (by New York CIRCUS Collective) 1984 July

Box 6, Folder 3

New Perspectives on Chile 1984 April

Box 6, Folder 4

Opinion Politica 1985

Box 6, Folder 5

U.S. newsletters (miscellaneous)



Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 4) SUBJECT FILES: Includes information on the Central America Peace Plan in 1988, files on the Catholic Church in Central America, information collected on the Indians of Guatemala, human rights issues, and the testimonies of refugees from Guatemala.
Box 6, Folder 6

Alvarez-Marroquin, Maria Concepción - Request for Asylum in the U.S.

Box 6, Folder 7

Anthropology Resource Center (ARC) - Sandy Davis

Box 6, Folder 8

Captura de E. Toj 1981

Box 6, Folder 9

Central America Peace Plan 1988

Box 6, Folder 10

Central America Resource Center

Box 6, Folder 11

Church History in Costa Sur, Guatemala

Box 6, Folder 12

Declaración de Jeronimo Camposeco Rojas

Box 6, Folder 13

Declaration of the Meeting of Communist Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean 1975

Box 6, Folder 14

Farnsworth Interviews, 1987- "Voices from Guatemala"

Box 6, Folder 15

Father Giron and the Land Movement in Guatemala 1987

Box 6, Folder 16

FTN Development Project 1975

Box 6, Folder 17

Guatemala Land Reform

Box 6, Folder 18

Guatemala's Bureaucracy of Death - G-2

Box 6, Folder 19

Guatemalan Co-ops

Box 6, Folder 20

Guatemalan Evangelicals 1988

Box 6, Folder 21

Guatemalans "Disappeared" 1984 - 1985

Box 6, Folder 22

Historia de la Iglesia desde 1954

Box 6, Folder 23

Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilio (IGE)

Box 6, Folder 24

Indian Question - ORPA, EGP, PGT

Box 6, Folder 25

Indian Refugees - Articles

Box 6, Folder 26

Interview: Lider Movimiento Pro - Tierra/Manz

Box 6, Folder 27

Ja C'Amabal I'B Cultural Center

Box 7, Folder 1

Jesuits in Zone 5 of Guatemala

Box 7, Folder 2

Legislative Update on Guatemala 1989

Box 7, Folder 3

Letter to the Friends of EGP, February 1984

Box 7, Folder 4

Luya/Talks - Newsclippings

Box 7, Folder 5

Massacres and Human Rights

Box 7, Folder 6

Mayan Revitalization

Box 7, Folder 7

Military in Guatemala (various)

Box 7, Folder 8

El Movimiento Indígena - Tojil

Box 7, Folder 9

Responses to "Bureaucracy of Death" - The New Republic 1986

Box 7, Folder 10

Socialization Interviews

Box 7, Folder 11

Story of Antonio Alvarado - Sr. Marian Pahl

Box 7, Folder 12

Testimonios de Refugiados Guatemaltecos en México - Raquel Saravia

Box 7, Folder 13

Testimony of Rene de Leon Schlotter

Box 7, Folder 14

Testimony of Soldado via Chavez 1986 - 1988

Box 7, Folder 15

Vatican 1991



Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 5) WRITINGS OF OTHERS: The Melvilles' collection of writings on the situation in Guatemala from the 1960s to the 1980s. The writings include articles on the indigenous people of Guatemala, the background of the conflict between the government and the rebel groups, land issues, and racism. Additonal works by others may be found in the subject files in Series 7.
Box 7, Folder 16

"II Consulta Ecuménica. Aporte de los Pueblos Indígenas de America Latina a la Peologia Cristiana" 1986

Box 7, Folder 17

Alvarez, Francisca. "Derechos Indígenas en Guatemala," December 1 1986

General note

Ponencia Presentada.
Box 7, Folder 18

Barros, Sally Margaret. "International Aid: An Indigenous View"

General note

"The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Guatemala, 1950-1960", May, 1983.
Box 7, Folder 19

Bodenheimer, Susanne. "Crucifixion By Adams", BERKELEY JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY 1971 - 1972

Box 7, Folder 20

"Breve Análisis Sobre la Situación en Guatemala", January 1986

Box 8, Folder 1

Brockett, Charles D. "Background to the Conflict: The Right to Food, Agrarian Change and U.S. Aid Policy..." 1983

Box 8, Folder 2

Brown, Charles E. "Motivation for Guerilla Warfare", August 20 1973

Box 8, Folder 3

Camposeco, Jeronimo. "El Movimiento Indígena Frente a la Represión en Guatemala"

Box 8, Folder 4

Carmack, Robert M. "Indians and the Guatemalan Revolution", Cultural Survival, Inc. 1983

Box 8, Folder 5

Cojti-Cuxil, Demetrio. "Problemas de la Identidad Nacional Guatemalteca"

Box 8, Folder 6

Dennis, Philip A., Gary S. Elbow and Peter L. Heller. "Development Under Fire: The Playa Grande..."

General note

Texas Tech University, 1984-1986.
Box 8, Folder 7

History of "Diocesis de Huehuetenango"

General note

In Spanish.
Box 8, Folder 8

"Documento Básico del FGEI (Frente Guerrillero Edgar Ibarra) de las FAR y que origino el EGP" 1967

Box 8, Folder 9

Elbow, Gary S. "Determinants of Land Use Change in Guatemalan Secondary Urban Centers"

General note

Box 8, Folder 10

Falla, R. "Análisis de la Declaración de la Urng Con Ocasión de la Vista del Papa a Guatemala" 1983

Box 8, Folder 11

Falla, Ricardo. "El Movimiento Indígena", GUATEMALA: DRAMA Y CRISIS SOCIAL, June 1978

Box 8, Folder 12

Falla. "Situación del Movimiento Revolucionario Guatemalteco", November 1984

Box 8, Folder 13

Feder, Ernest. "The New Penetration of the Agricultures of the Underdeveloped Countries..."

General note

Box 8, Folder 14

Galileo, Jacinto. "La Hora de Nuestro Pueblo" 1982

Box 8, Folder 15

Green, Linda. "Fear as a Way of Life", CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 1994

Box 8, Folder 16

Greenlee, Mel. "Asylum Policy in Action: The Case of Guatemala's Kanjobals", May 1990

General note

International Development Policy and Law Final Paper.
Box 8, Folder 17

Gruzmán, Sebastián. "Camino de Paxil"

Box 8, Folder 18

"Guatemala 1984-1986: Un Pronóstico Sobre el Acontecer Economico y Politico", INFOPRESS CENTROAMERICANA 1984

Box 8, Folder 19

"Guatemala: Crisis Social y Actualidad de la Revolución"

Box 8, Folder 20

"Guatemala Indian Problem"

Box 8, Folder 21

Guatemalan Military in Quiche...

General note

Article in Spanish.
Box 8, Folder 22

Guerra-Borges, Alfredo. "La Cuestión Agraria, Cuestión Clave de la Crisis Social en Guatemala", November 1983

Box 8, Folder 23

Guerra-Borges, Alfredo. "La Politica Agraria de la Reforma Liberal en Guatemala, 1871-1885" 1983

Box 8, Folder 24

Horizontes, Colectivo. "Las Corrientes Politico-Ideologicas Dentro del Movimiento Indio Guatemalteco" 1988

Box 8, Folder 25

Instituto Nacional de Transformación Agraria (INTA). "Proyecciones del INTA en el Agro Guatemalteco" 1968

Box 8, Folder 26

Lopez y Rivas, Gilberto. "Programa de la Materia Sobre la Cuestión Etnico-Nacional de la Maestria..."

Box 9, Folder 1

Lovell, W. George, Christopher H. Lutz. "The Primacy of Larger Truths: Rigoberta Menchu..."

Box 9, Folder 2

Lykes, M. Brinton. "Speaking Against the Silence: One Maya Woman's Exile and Return" 1994

General note

Box 9, Folder 3

Lykes, M. Brinton. "Terror, Silencing and Children: International, Multidisciplinary Collaboration..." 1994

General note

Box 9, Folder 4

Lykes, M. Brinton, Mary M. Brabeck, Theresa Ferns and Angela Radan. "Human Rights and Mental Health..."

General note

Box 9, Folder 5

Maloney, Thomas J. "EXMIBAL/INCO: Regional and National Impact of Nickel Minting in East-Central..."

General note

November 20, 1983.
Box 9, Folder 6

Manger C., Sebald G. "Land Relationships and Development of the Agricultural Sector in Guatemala"

Box 9, Folder 7

McCreery, David. "An Odious Feudalism: Mandamiento Labor and Commercial Agriculture in Guatemala, 1858-1920"

General note

Box 9, Folder 8

Melville, T. "Insurgency in the Modern World" (Review), August 1981

Box 9, Folder 9

Moore, Alexander G. Jr. "Old and New Patterns of Leadership in a Guatemalan Town", December 1967

General note

A Paper for the American Anthropological Association.
Box 9, Folder 10

Moors, Marilyn. "Work and Fieldwork: American Anthropologists Look at the Migratory Labor of Guatemalan..." 1986

General note

Draft, prepared for NEH Summer Seminar.
Box 9, Folder 11

Paul, Benjamin D. "Fifty Years of Religious Change in San Pedro La Laguna, A Mayan Community...", November 1987

General note

Prepared for meeting of the American Anthropological Association.
Box 9, Folder 12

Payeras, Mario. "Que Implicaciones Tendria para el Actual Regimen Guatemalteco la Consumación..."

General note

Box 9, Folder 13

Payeras, Mario y Hector Diaz-Polanco. "Dialogo Sobre la Cuestión Etnico-Nacional" 1990

Box 9, Folder 14

"Peasant and Worker Organization in Guatemala"

Box 9, Folder 15

Peckenham, Nancy E. "Land Colonization in the Peten", August 6 1979

Box 9, Folder 16

"Pueblos Indigenas y la Revolucíon Guatemala" 1982

Box 9, Folder 17

Racismo 1978

Box 9, Folder 18

Santos, Agustin. "La Nueva Politica Centroamerica de la Administration Bush", June 21 1989

Box 9, Folder 19

"La Segunda Fase de la Politica de la Administración Bush", CENTROAMERICANA, February 14 1990

Box 9, Folder 20

Sintesis de 3 Textos Indigenistas - Guatemala 1985

Box 9, Folder 21

Smith, Carol A. "Economic Reorganization as a Continuation of War: Military Impact...", September 1987

Box 9, Folder 22

Smith, Sheldon. "Plantations and Underdevelopment: The Views from Jardin and Westby" 1983

Box 9, Folder 23

"Testigos Del Reino Para Los Hombres de Hoy, Breva Historia de la Confrerencia de Religiosos de Guatemala..."

Box 9, Folder 24

Trudeau, Robert H. "The Recent Restructuring of the Guatemalan Political System", September 1983

General note

Prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.
Box 9, Folder 25

"Violencia Politica en Guatemala", September - October 1977

General note

Typed report in Spanish.
Box 9, Folder 26

Whetten, Nathan L. "Land Reform in a Modern World". RURAL SOCIOLOGY, vol. 19, no. 4, December 1954

Box 9, Folder 27

Woodward Jr., Ralph Lee. "Liberalismo, Conservadurismo y La Actitud de Los Campesinos de La Montaña..."



Box 9, Folder 28

Originals of Preservation Photocopies



Scope and Content of Series

Series 7) THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY: Thomas Melville's correspondence and research files for his book on Ron Hennessey, an American Catholic priest in Guatemala, published in 2005. Arranged in three subseries: A) Publisher Files, B) Correspondence, and C) Research Files, Notes and Drafts.

Publisher Files

Box 10, Folder 1-4

Correspondence and photographs circa 1981-2003



Box 10, Folder 5

Miscellaneous 1982-1986

Box 10, Folder 6-16

Hennessey letters 1964-1988

General note

Arranged in approximate chronological order, with some files containing letters Melville associated with specific topics or regions, including Quetzaltenango and El Salvador.

Research Files, Notes and Drafts

Box 11, Folder 1

Ad Hoc Committee on Guatemala (LASA) report 1973 April 15

Box 11, Folder 2

Amnesty International - Guatemala 1985-1986

General note

Memorandum and report on disappearances.
Box 11, Folder 3

Arevalo notes

Box 11, Folder 4

Armas, Castillo and Rios Montt

Box 11, Folder 5

Calder, Bruce. Historical patterns of foreign influence in the Guatemalan Catholic church 1991

Box 11, Folder 6

Canciones revolucionarias del grupo Guatemala

Box 11, Folder 7

Cardinal Mario Casariego chapter - Draft

Box 11, Folder 8

Cardinal Mario Casariego chapter - Notes and ephemera

Box 11, Folder 9

Chapter IV: Politics, Vatican and Guatemalan Style

Box 11, Folder 10

Chapter XII: The Pressure Builds

Box 11, Folder 11

Chapter XIX: Plan Desarrollo notes

Box 11, Folder 12

Chapter XVI: U.S. Embassy to the Rescue

Box 11, Folder 13

Chapter XXVIII: Finale


Children of war

Box 11, Folder 14


General note

Short interviews with children.


Restrictions Apply
Box 11, Folder 15-16

Research materials

Box 11, Folder 17

Photos and negatives

Box 12, Folder 1

Coca-Cola worker's trade unions in Guatemala

General note

Includes article by Henry J. Frundt.
Box 12, Folder 2-4

Church - Religion in Guatemala

Box 12, Folder 5

Civil Patrols

General note

Includes notes on Rios Montt for Chapter 25.
Box 12, Folder 6

Confrontation at the U. S. Embassy

Box 12, Folder 7

Consejo Nacional de Planificación Económica. Guatemala merece mejor destino 1966

Box 12, Folder 8

Coordinadora Interinstitucional Departamental (CID) - Huehuetenango 1985

Box 12, Folder 9

Ecumenical Program for Inter-American Communication and Action (EPICA) 1971

Box 12, Folder 10


Box 12, Folder 11

Franja Transversal del Norte colonization 1979-1986

Box 12, Folder 12

Fundación del Centavo - Voluntary Land Distribution program 1971-1972

Box 12, Folder 13

Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo por el Aparecimiento con Vida de nuestros Hijos, Esposos, Padres y Hermanos - Open Letter to the people of Guatemala 1984 November 2

Box 12, Folder 14

Guatemalan military forced recruitments 1987

Box 12, Folder 15


Box 12, Folder 16

"Hasta encontrarlos: la lucha por los desaparecidos en Guatemala"

General note

Possibly attribution to Regis Debray.
Box 12, Folder 17

Health issues in Guatemala

Box 13, Folder 1

Hennessey family

Box 13, Folder 2

Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilio (Guatemalan Church in Exile)

Box 13, Folder 3

Israel and Guatemala

Box 13, Folder 4

Ixtahuacan notes

Box 13, Folder 5

Kennedy, John F. - Notes

Box 13, Folder 6

Massacres - San Mateo and San Francisco

General note

Notes and manuscripts.
Box 13, Folder 7

Mejía Victores, Oscar Humberto - Coup notes

Box 13, Folder 8

Margarito Castañeda and Caminero notes

Box 13, Folder 9

Mullen, Bill. Notes and correspondence re: Hennessey 1989

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Munson, Donn. "America's top secret jungle war"

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National Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) 1982-1983

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Negro, Julio

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Polos de Desarrollo

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Preface - Notes

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Program to Assist Victims of the Violence in the Highlands (PAVVA) - Report on the Crisis in the Highlands of Guatemala 1983

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Protestant fundamentalists

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El Quiché

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Religion as a weapon

General note

Includes pamphlet, "El clamor por la tierra" by the Carta pastoral Colectiva del Episcopado Guatemalteco; correspondence re: the Solidarity Plan, and the rise of the religious right.
Box 13, Folder 20

Religious personalities

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Rother, Father Stanley

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South Texas Aid to Refugees (STAR)

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San Juan Acul / Hennessey 1969-1982

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Testimonios de la Represion Realizada por el Ejercito en las Aldeas de Patzun (Chimaltenango) 1985 January-February

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Transcription of Testimonies of Arcatao 1986 May

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U.S.-Guatemalan history

General note

Includes correspondence with Ron Hennessey, partial manuscript drafts, and testimony of a survivor from the massacre of Coya (July 1981).
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United Nations - Programa de Asistencia tecnica - Servicio de Fomento de la Economia Indigena de Guatemala 1959

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Vatican politics - Notes

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Women for Guatemala 1983-1984

General note

See also the publication Ch' Abuj ri Lxoc (The Voice of the Women).
Box 14, Folder 7

Woods, Bill / Hennessey 1977-1988

General note

Documents on the investigation of the plane crash and death of William (Bill) Woods, a Maryknoll missionary in Guatemala. Includes a pamphlet, "The Bill Woods Story."
Box 14, Folder 8

Yacá incident 1984