Microforms are books, journals, or other items printed in miniaturized form on rolls of film, sheets of transparent plastic, or opaque sheets. The long rolls are called microfilm, while those on small rectangular sheets are called microfiche. The white, opaque sheets are known as microprints or microcards. Microforms allow materials to be preserved in nonpaper format and conserve storage space.
The Periodicals/Microforms area of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library has special machines (microform reader-printers) for viewing and printing all microform formats.
There are many specialized collections and items of potential interest to researchers in the Microforms area, including current and historical newspapers, periodicals, UMass Amherst dissertations, government documents, and individual and family papers. Examples of microform collections of relevance to Latin American Studies follow:
Latin American Pamphlets From the Yale University Library (Microfiche 598)
Guide Located at Ref Z1431.Y34 1985 (Microforms Collection)
Revolutionary Mexico in newspapers, 1900-1929
Guide to microfilm at F 1234 .R492 2002 (Microforms Collection)
U.S. Military Intelligence Reports: Argentina, 1918-1941
Guide to microfilm at Z1623 .U3 (Microforms Collection)
U.S. Military Intelligence Reports: Mexico, 1919-1941
Guide to microfilm at Z1426.5 U5 (Microforms Collection)
As a member of CRL (Center for Research Libraries), UMass patrons have access to CRL's LAMP (Latin American Microfilming Project) newspapers. An updated list of these newspapers can be found here.