The Benson Latin American Collection

Central America Resource Center Records, 1985, 1988-1990

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Central America Resource Center (Austin, Tex.)
Title: Central America Resource Center Records
Dates: 1985, 1988-1990
Abstract: The Central America Resource Center records contain articles, reports, and polls about the 1990 presidential election in Nicaragua as well as correspondence from the Asociación Nicaragüense Pro-Derechos Humanos (Nicaraguan Organization for Human Rights).
Accession No.: 2015-09
Extent: .5 linear foot
Language: English and Spanish
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

From 1983 to 1999, the Central America Resource Center (CARC) compiled a vast collection news articles and informational resources on the current events in the U.S. and Central America. This effort was started by a group of academics at the University of Texas at Austin in response to the large numbers of political refugees from Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. CARC gained a nationally respected reputation for gathering important and timely information. Immigration lawyers nationwide used CARC's resources, which documented human rights violations in Central America, as part of their cases for political asylum petitions. In 1992 CARC changed its name to the Human Rights Documentation Exchange (HRDE) and expanded its mission to collect documentation for asylum cases worldwide.

Source: Human Rights Documentation Exchange.

Scope and Contents Note

The Central America Resource Center Records contains information on the 1990 presidential election in Nicaragua as well as received correspondence from the Asociación Nicaragüense Pro-Derechos Humanos (ANPDH). The first series, Nicaragua Presidential Election, 1990, contains articles, newspaper clippings, poll reports, and other information on the 1990 presidential election in Nicaragua. The materials are mostly in English and are arranged by sugject, in accordance with the folder subject dividers used by the Central America Resource Center.

The second series, Asociación Nicaragüense Pro-Derechos Humanos, contains received correspondence from Asociación Nicaragüense Pro-Derechos Humanos, an organization formerly based in San José, Costa Rica and later moved to Managua, Nicaragua. The correspondence is essentially reports of human rights violations committed by the Sandinistas. In addition to CARC, the ANPDH also sent its reports to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. These materials are in Spanish and are arranged in chronological order.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Central America Resource Center (Austin, Tex.)--Archives.
Asociación Nicaragüense Pro-Derechos Humanos.
Documentation Exchange (Organization)
Nicaragua--Politics and government--1979-1990.

Related Material

Central America Newspak at the Benson Latin American Collection.

Nicaragua Collection, 1933-1997, at the University of Miami Special Collections.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Central America Resource Center Records, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information


Processing Information

Collection processed by Christian Kelleher, June 2015.


No further materials are expected for this collection.

Box and Folder Inventory

I. Nicaragua Presidential Election, 1990 (1985-1990)

Box Folder
1 1 Background Information, 1989-1990
2 Laws and agreements related to elections, 1989-1990
3 Election polls, 1989-1990
4 Election violence, 1990
5 Contra violence, 1989-1990
6 Campaign and finances, 1990
7 Ex-contras accept amnesty, join political process, 1989
8 Political and economic developments, 1990
9 Editorials and U.S. media coverage, 1989-1990
10 Voter registration, 1989-1990
11 Media, 1989-1990
12 Foreign intervention, 1989-1990
13 Candidates withdrawn, undated
14 Elections and the Atlantic Coast, undated
15 International monitors, 1989-1990
16 ONUVEN reports (UN), 1985, 1989-1990
17 Organization of American States (OAS) observers, 1990
18 Carter observers, 1989-1990
19 Hemisphere initiatives, 1989
20 Other international observers, 1989-1990
21 Resources on elections, 1990

II. Asociación Nicaragüense Pro-Derechos Humanos, 1988

Box Folder
1 22 Correspondence, 1988 January 5-18
23 Correspondence, 1988 January 21-27