South America Gramophone Records Collection

Custodial History

The collection belongs to the Social Documentation Collection, also called Center for Social Documentation (CSD). The Department of Social Documentation (CSD) was part of the University Library Amsterdam from 1973 to 1990; then transferred to IISH.


Transferred to IISH 1990


The collection was already on a list for the greater part. It has been checked whether the plates are present and information may have been added to the list. The plates in the collection have been renumbered and plates that were not on the list have been added to the list, some of which have been transcribed.


Gramophone records from country’s such as Argentina, Bolivia, Chili, Colombia, Surinam and Venezuela. Gramophone records consists of various music from South America. It contains different types of genres such as dance music, carnival, latin, folk and freedom songs.

Highlights of the collection are records of Atahualpa Yupanqui, he is considered the most important Argentine folk musician of the 20th century, Martinho da Vila, he is a Brazilian singer and composer who is considered to be one of the main representatives of samba and MPB, and Quilapayún, this is a folk music group from Chile and among the longest lasting and most influential ambassadors of the Nueva Canción Chilena movement and genre.

Processing Information

List edited by Priscilla Cats, 2018.