HISTORY: Noted professor of Latin American Studies at Duke University. Professor Lanning studied and wrote about numerous topics relating to the Spanish Colonies in the Americas. To this end he was the author of numerous works including Academic Culture In The Spanish Colonies and The Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment In The University Of San Carlos De Guatemala. In addition he served as editor for The Hispanic American Historical Review. The collection was purchased by the University of Missouri St. Louis in 1977, soon after the death of Professor Lanning.
SCOPE: The collection is composed of approximately 40,000 photocopies collected by Professor Lanning during more than forty years of historical study and investigation. Many taken from archives in Latin America and Spain.
HOLDINGS: 1800 individual items representing, 40,000 photocopies in various formats, approximately 75 linear feet.
ACCESS: A finding aid written in Spanish is available as well as a list of periodicals within the collection.