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Programa Puno-Tambopata Records

Identifier: MSS 0561

Scope and Content

The Puno- Tambopata Program Records consist of nine typewritten documents from 1955 to 1960. The collection contains reports, work plans, and research on the Puno-Tambopata Program (PPT) for the Ministry of Labor and Indigenous Affairs of Peru. The collection is useful to researchers interested in Andean Studies, ethnographic research, and topics such as colonialism and cultural assimilation.

The collection contains reports and work plans from the Puno-Tambopata Program from 1957 to 1960. In these reports, they discuss the main activities of the program: vocational training, rural welfare and crafts, agriculture, education, health, migrations, administration, and anthropological studies in the region. The collection contains two ethnographic and one agricultural research conducted in 1958 and 1960. The ethnographic research from 1958 was directed by Pedro Ortíz Vergara and Raúl Galdo Pagaza and it focused on the island "Amantaní" (Province of Puno), where they studied the population’s social organization and economy. In 1960, the research led by Abner Montalvo Vidal and Raúl Galdo Pagaza focused on the traditional crafts and their possibilities for the development of the Chinchera community in Puno. The agricultural research was conducted in 1960 by the geographer, Juan Papadakis on the experimental farming of pastures and forages of exotic species in the highlands of Peru.

The collection also contains one document related to the "Junín" Program, which had the same goals as the Puno-Tambopata Program (PPT) and was also directed by the Ministry of Labor and Indigenous Affairs. National Plan for the Integration of the Indigenous Population (PNIPA).


  • Creation: 1955 - 1960



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Puno-Tambopata Program (PPT) was established in 1955, it was organized and implemented by the Ministry of Labor and Indigenous Affairs with the participation of the Ministries of Public Health and Social Assistance, Education and Agriculture in cooperation with the Andean Mission of the United Nations. The program took place in four rural areas of the department of Puno, in the areas of greatest geographic concentration of the Peruvian highlands, near Lake Titicaca, and the Alto Tambopata valley in the mountains. The program had four main centers of operations: Chucuito (Puno Province), Camicachi (Chucuito Province), Taraco (Huancané Province), and San Juan del Oro (Sandia Province). As part of the program, several anthropological, geographical, agricultural, and public health studies were carried out in different parts of Puno, such as; Ilave, Villurcuni, Vilquechico, Taraco, Chucuito Province, Amantaní, and others.

The Puno-Tambopata Program (PPT) had four main goals: the economic rehabilitation of the indigenous farmers through the introduction of new techniques in agricultural exploitation and the promotion of handicrafts and rural industries, the improvement of general living conditions through the adequate use of the farmer's skills and available resources, the professional training of the labor force that migrates to other parts of the country, and the assistance to spontaneous migrations to the sub-tropical valleys of the region.

In 1961, the program transferred its direction and executive responsibility to Peruvian officials and was included in the "National Plan for the Integration of the Indigenous Population (PNIPA)", which its main objective was the "integration" of the indigenous population to the "national life." The PNIPA program ended in 1968 at the end of the Presidency of Fernando Belaúnde.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


Nine typescript documents containing reports, work plans, and research on the Puno-Tambopata Program (PPT) for the Ministry of Labor and Indigenous Affairs of Peru. The objective of the program was to improve the living conditions of indigenous farmers and their economic rehabilitation through the introduction of new techniques in agricultural development, the promotion of craftwork and rural industries, and the training and assistance of the workforce that migrates to others rural areas in Puno, Peru.


The collection is arranged in alphabetical order.


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Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at

Acquisition Information

Paul Doughty donated the collection in 2017.

A Guide to the Programa Puno-Tambopata Records
Finding aid created by Nelissa E. Caraballo-Ramos
October 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America