Curtis Wilgus Talks Audio Recordings
Dr. A. Curtis Wilgus served as professor of Latin American history at the University of Florida,
where he organized and directed the School of Inter-American Studies. Prior to moving to
Florida, he taught at the University of South Carolina and George Washington University.
Wilgus authored many books and articles on Latin America and was appointed by President John
F. Kennedy to the board of foreign scholarships as coordinator in the Office of Inter-American
In 1967, Wilgus left the University of Florida and moved to Miami where he continued to write
and consult on Latin America. Throughout his career, Wilgus concentrated on bibliographic
work, which he viewed as key to fostering progress in Latin American Studies. (description from
the A. Curtis Wilgus Graduate Fellowship Fund at the University of Florida).
The recordings were made in March 1976 by Dr. A. Curtis Wilgus. The recordings were digitally
remastered by Peter Steelquist in March 2005.
Individual Audio Files
1. Interest in bibliographical and library work; father's influence; maps
2. Interest in Latin American History, education, text books, teaching jobs, book reviewing,
bibliographies, Inter-American Relations, National Geographic Index, Hispanic
American Review, World Affairs editorship, Doors to Latin America
3. Inter-American bibliographical and library association; conferences; book series; Medina
Award; bibliographical survey
4. Interest in bibliographies; various publications, maps, syllabus bibliographies, high
5. Reading of paper presented at the University of Florida Caribbean Conference, February
1975, "25 years in 25 minutes"
6. Comments on the Caribbean Conferences; personal reflections on: Alcoa Steamship Co.
funding, Latin American Reference Library Association conferences; Inter-American
Bibliographical Review; professional organizations; Journal of Interamerican Studies
founding; consultant to Latin American Institute
The edited collections that grew out of the Caribbean Conference are available online in the
Digital Library of the Caribbean, digitized by the University of Florida from local holdings.
The University of Miami Special Collections house the A. Curtis Wilgus Papers, which has an
online finding guide: