The Benson Latin American Collection

Roderic A. Camp Collection, 1968-1990s

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Camp, Roderic A.
Title: Roderic A. Camp Collection
Dates: 1968-1990s
Abstract: Papers of Roderic Ai Camp, a professor and scholar of Mexican studies.
Accession No.: 2008-27
Extent: 1 linear foot
Language: English and Spanish
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Professor Camp is the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont Mckenna College. He served as a founding member of the Advisory Board, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian Institution from 2003-2017, and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. He is the author of thirty books on Mexico, six of which have been designated by Choice as outstanding academic books, and five books on Latin America. His most recent publications include: Mexico, What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2017); Politics in Mexico, Democratic Consolidation or Decline? (Oxford University Press, 2014); The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012); Mexican Political Biographies, 1935-2009 (University of Texas Press, 2011); and The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2010. He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Olaf College for his scholarship and teaching on Mexico.

Scope and Contents Note

Series 1: Jesús Gutiérrez Rebollo Material. This series is made up of photocopies of records from the Mexican Army's internal investigation of Division General Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo. Gutierrez Rebollo served as head of the Instituto Nacional para el Combate a las Drogas (INCD) when Mexican authorities began investigating his possible connection to organized crime. In 1997, Gutierrez Rebollo was fired from his position after the investigation showed he had received bribes from a drug cartel.

Series 2: Mexican Public Figures. The material is comprised of dozens of letters from prominent Mexican political figures, ranging from presidents, to cabinet members, to members of congress and the senate, and to state governors, as well as notable intellectual figures and opposition politicians. Most of the letters are from the 1970s and 1980s, and represent politicians who were prominent in Mexican political life from the 1940s through the 1980s. They focus on the importance of specific institutions, especially the National Preparatory School and the Law, Economics, and Medical schools of the National Autonomous University of Mexico/Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), in developing personal networks which led to successful careers in public life. They also provide insights into the relationship between the intellectual community and politics, revealing the importance of informal linkages rather than institutional ties. This correspondence led to hundreds of personal interviews from 1970 through the 1990s. The letters and the subsequent interviews significantly contributed to many published articles and books, including Mexico's Leaders: Their Education and Recruitment (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1980); The Making of a Government, Political Leaders in Modern Mexico (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1984), Intellectuals and the State in 20th Century Mexico (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1985); Memoirs of a Mexican Politician (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1988); and Entrepreneurs and Politics in Twentieth Century Mexico (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989).

Series 3: Comparative Study Replies. As part of his PhD research, Camp sent a letter to economists in the U.S. and Mexico for his comparative study on President Kennedy's decision to cut taxes and President López Mateo's decision for Mexico to join the Latin American Free Trade Association (LAFTA). The U.S. replies are from former members of the Council of Economic Advisers as well as the U.S secretary of commerce. Camp's contacts on the Mexican decision were interviews but the letters document who he contacted in Mexico.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Camp, Roderic A.--Archives.
Mexico--Politics and government.
Mexico--Officials and employees--Education.
Document Types

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Roderic A. Camp Collection, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information


Accession numbers: 2008-27, 2009-09

Processing Information

Collection processed by Carla O. Alvarez, 2017.


Further materials are expected for this collection.

Box and Folder Inventory

Jesús Gutiérrez Rebollo Material

Box Folder
1 1-5 Files (#1-5), 1997
Box Folder
2 1 Files (#6), 1997

Mexican Public Figures

Box Folder
2 2 Educational background letters (last name A-G), 1972-1976, 1982
3 Educational background letters (last name H-Z), 1972-1975
4 José Vasconcelos presidential campaign, 1973-1976
Letters in response to the writer's participation in the historic Jose Vasconcelos presidential campaign of 1929, including one from a co-founder of the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN).
5 Letters identifying Mexican intellectuals, 1978, 1980
Letters from Mexican intellectuals and public figures identifying the most influential intellectuals from 1920-1970 and from American Mexicanists.
6 Letters, 1978, 1980, 1987, 1996-1997, 1999
Letters from prominent bishops and intellectuals about their personal formation as well as letters from U.S. professors who taught prominent Mexican politicians.

Comparative Study Replies

Box Folder
2 7 Mexican perspective, 1968-1970
8 U.S. economists, 1968-1970