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Francis Daniel Althoff, Jr. Collection on Afromexican Spanish

Identifier: MSS 0589

Scope and Content

The Francis Daniel Althoff, Jr. Collection on Afromexican Spanish houses the research and related materials for his doctoral dissertation, “The Afro-Hispanic Speech of the Municipio of Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero.” The collection dates from 1985 to 1993 and consists of field interviews preserved on audiocassettes, transcripts of the interviews, an audiocassette with traditional music from the Cuajinicuilapa region, conference reports from the 1985 Segundo Congreso Nacional Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudios Afroasiáticos, and newspaper articles related to the topic of Afromexican Spanish in the Cuajinicuilapa region. The transcripts are paper copies of what is found in his dissertation and are excerpts.

The collection contains data pertaining to the contribution of African legacy into the formation of Afromexican Spanish. The collection contains field interviews with members of the town of San Nicolás de Tolentino in the Cuajinicuilapa region of México. The study gathers oral samples of the speech patterns of community members, descendants of Africans who had settled in Costa Chica, Cuajinicuilapa as early as the 16th century. The research and audio recordings are an invaluable resource for researchers given that this geographical area of México was relatively isolated at the time of the interviews between 1991 and 1992.


  • Creation: 1985 - 1993



The collection can only be seen by academic researchers or students in the Special Collections Reading Room. No reproduction will be allowed.

Biographical/Historical Note

Francis Daniel Althoff, Jr. was born November 8, 1955 in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned a B.A. in Spanish in 1979 from Florida State University, an M.A. in Spanish in 1985 from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Florida in 1998. He is Professor Emeritus from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he taught Spanish from 2010-2021. Dr. Althoff’s professional interests include the African diaspora in México and Latin America and he has published on the subjects of Afrohispanic language and Afromestizo speech. He has written multiple reviews and participated in professional conferences related to the topic of the African cultural legacy in México with emphasis on Afromexican Spanish. Dr. Althoff served in various academic and professional committees, including being the secretary of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of University Professors in 2016-2017.


.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


Field interviews, transcripts, and other materials related to Francis Daniel Althoff’s doctoral dissertation “The Afro-Hispanic Speech of the Municipio of Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero.”


The collection is arranged into two series: “Series 1, “Field Interviews”, 1991-1992 and “Series 2”, “General Documents”, 1985-1993.


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Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr. Francis Daniel Althoff, Jr. in October, 2022.

Related Materials

The theme for the Segundo Congreso Nacional Aladaa was “Etnohistoria e identidad cultural. La cuestión étnica en los estudios de Asia y África”. For a full description of the conference and program presentations see “Segundo Congreso Nacional Aladaa (Jalapa, 3-5 de Julio de 1985).” Estudios de Asia y Africa 20, no. 4 (66) (1985): 697–706.

Dr. Francis Daniel Althoff’s dissertation, “The Afro-Hispanic Speech of the Municipio of Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero.”, can be found here

Processing Information

Some of the numbered informant interviews on several audiocassettes were corrected to keep sequential order. The interview for Informant 10 is mostly inaudible and only the last 5 minutes are available on the audiocassette. The interview for informant 13 has no paper transcript due to echo in the audio recording but it is available in its entirety on the audiocassette. The interview for Informants 18 and 19 is located on one audiocassette and one transcript as they were interviewed together because they were sisters. The oral interview and transcript for Informant 4 was removed due to restrictions related to minors. The oral interview for Informant 16 was removed due to privacy restrictions but the transcript is available in the collection as it is free of content that needs to be restricted.

A Guide to the Francis Daniel Althoff, Jr. Collection on Afromexican Spanish
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December 2022
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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