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Richard F. Phillips Latin American Postcard Collection

Identifier: MSS 0346

Scope and Content

The Latin American Postcard Collection is comprised of a total of 95 postcards featuring views of various cities and countries throughout Latin America. Mexico is highly featured in this collection, with a group of black and white photographic postcards with views of Cuernavaca, Morelos, as well as color images of murals painted by Diego Rivera, José Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros.


  • Creation: approximately 1937-2012


Language of Materials

Includes materials written in Spanish, English, and Portuguese.


This collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard F. Phillips was head librarian of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection at the University of Florida (UF) from 1993 to 2014. Before that he worked in cataloging for 15 years at UF, Princeton University, and University of Colorado. He collected many of these postcards during his trips to Latin America as head of the collection.


0.42 Linear feet (95 Postcards)


The collection consists of postcards featuring views of various cities and countries throughout Latin America, as well as images of Latin American art.


The collection is arranged into two series: "Series 1: Landscapes and art" and "Series 2: Mexican Murals." Within each series, the items are organized alphabetically and by region.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at

Acquisition Information

Richard F. Phillips donated the postcards to the University of Florida in 2015.

A Guide to the Richard F. Phillips Latin American Postcard Collection
Finding aid created by Ana D. Rodríguez and Wondy Joseph
December 2015
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

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