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Peruvian Documents

Guide to Government Publications Series

The collection of government publications from Peru is physically stored in the main stack and in the branch libraries. While those publications cataloged are represented in the main card catalog under author, title, and corporate author, many items are within the library system awaiting cataloging. These publications are temporarily recorded only in the Government Document Department card catalog which is the one complete record of all Peruvian government documents in the Stanford University Libraries. Entries in this catalog are only by governmental agency. The Government Document Department catalog is also the one location to secure information on holdings of serials from the Peruvian government.

The strength of the collection rests in the monographic publications, especially as it relates to agrarian reform and to political changes and movements. The agencies dealing with the former include the Direccion de Comunidades Campesinas (38 titles), the Direccion de Promocion y Difusion de Reforma Agraria (6 titles), the Direccion General de Cooperacion Popular y Pueblos Jovenes (3 titles), the Direccion General de Promocion Cominal and the Ministerio de Vivienda. In addition, titles from other agencies include:

  • Campesinado y Revolucion
  • forma Agraria, decreto ley 17716
  • Reglamentacion de la Reforma Agraria en el Peru
  • Reforma Agraria, Exposicion de Motivos y Proyecto de Ley and
    texto Unico de la Ley de Reforma Agraria

Titles concerned with political events include:

  • Manifesto, estatuto y plan del Gobierno Revolucionario
  • Lineamentos de la Politica Economico-social del Gobierno Revolucionario
  • Noventa Dias Despues la Revolucion Esta en Marcha
  • La Revolucion de 1814
  • Terrorismo APRA (1948)
  • La Verdad sobre el APRA (1931)
  • La Burocracia en el Processo Revolucionario
  • La Politica de Gobierno Revolucionario: Discursos Pronunciados por Juan Velasco Alvarado
  • Bases Ideologicas de la Revolucion Peruana
  • La Guerillas en el Peru y su Represion (1966).

Demographic censuses are available for 1876, 1940, 1961 and 1972 and detailed population data is also contained in the Boletin de Analisis Demografico (no. 4-5, 8, 11-16). Further statistical data are in the Extracto Estadistico del Peru for 1918-43 (5 years wanting) and its successor title Anuario Estadistico del Peru for 1944-69 (the last published). Foreign trade is covered by the Estadistica de Comercio Exterior for 1922-49, 51-55, 58, 63 and 1965-70. The complete holdings for Informaciones Comerciales published for 1950-1968 are also in the collection.

Development and economic materials are represented in the various development plans, for 1967-70, for 1971-75 and for 1975-78. The Comite de Plan Regional de Desarrollo des Sur de Peru has issued a 30volume set on development in that region. Actualidad Economica del Peru, nos. 1-59 and the Censo Economicofor 1963 give an insight into the economic situation.

General history is well served by some very specific titles published by the Comision Nacional des Sesquicentenario de la Independencia Del Peru (31 titles) and by the Historia Maritima del Peru ( 7 volumes in 12 physical tomes).

Race relations are considered in Poder Blanco y Resistencia Negra en el Peru, while information on the petroleum industry is contained in Estadistica Petrolera del Peru for 1948-72 (1965 wanting).

To complement the strong materials on agrarian reform reference can be made to the Censo Nacional Agropecuario for 1061 and for 1972.

The strength of the serial collection of government publications from Peruvian agencies rests on four titles:

  • The Presupuesto General which gives budgetary information for 1854/55, 1863/64, 1879/80, 1891/92, 1896-1900, 1904-07, 1915, 1916, 1918-19, 1921-22, 1924-25, 1929-30, 1933-68, 1971 and 1973/74
  • The Memoria of the Ministerio de Hacienda for 1849, 1865/6, 1905, 1907, 1918, 1920, 1923-27, 1931-34, 1936-39, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951-54 (the last published before ceasing was 1955)
  • The Mensaje of the Presidente for 1821-67, 1869-99 (also separates for 1874 and 1879), 1910-14, 1920, 1922, 1927, 1939, 1940, 1943-47, 1949, 1951, 1953-54, 1957-61, 1965-66, 1972-74
  • The Memoria of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores for 1898-99, 1901-13, 1915, 1917-18, 1920-29, 1931, 1936-40, 1940/41, 1942/43, 1957-57 (none published for 1958-61) and 1962/63.

New additions are arriving and include the Anuario de la Legislacion Peruana for 1907-1967, the Memoria of the Superintendencia de Bancos y Seguros for 1931-1972 and the Balance y Cuenta of the Ministerio de Hacienda for various years in the 1930's, 40's and most of the fifties and sixties.

Holdings for government publications in the Coordinate Libraries are not included in the Government Document Department card catalog and the several libraries should be consulted for information on their collections. Of especial importance are the collections in the Hoover Institution, the Jackson Business Library and the Law Library, all of which include useful titles for research.

W. David Rozkuszka
Foreign Documents Librarian
22 August 1977

Last modified: June 23, 2005

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