BLOG: Summer is the Time for Research! Call for Guest Bloggers by Gretchen Pierce

Gretchen Pierce (She/her/hers) Blog Post

Gretchen Pierce is Associate Professor of Latin American History at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She is the co-editor of Alcohol in Latin America: A Social and Cultural History (University of Arizona Press, 2014) with Áurea Toxqui, and has published a number of articles, book chapters, and academic blog posts on temperance, beer, and advertising in Mexico. In addition to serving as an editor on H-LatAm and founding this blog, she is currently working on a book, an article, and a chapter from an edited volume, all of which deal with alcohol in one way or another.

Summer is the Time for Research! Call for Guest Bloggers

Summer is upon us! Some researchers are preparing to head to archives and libraries with Latin American-focused collections for in-person archival work; archivists and librarians are likely gearing up for this onslaught. Others will be using digital repositories or writing from the comfort of their own homes. Still others may be focusing on creating their own digital databases. I would love to hear from all of you! I’ve got another several excellent posts in the pipelines, but I need more guest authors so that I can continue to help you navigate the always-changing, sometimes confusing world of archival research.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Research Corner blog and want to see what others have done, click here: We accept posts from researchers or archivists/librarians on physical or digital repositories with at least one Latin American-oriented collection. We also feature process-driven posts, such as how-to’s on using an un-touched archive or teaching research skills using Research Corner. Over the summer, be on the lookout for posts on the digital tool Tropy, how to acquire publication-quality images and secure permissions for them, and how to balance an active research agenda with other obligations.

If you want to write on any topic, as long as it’s centered on research about Latin America, the Caribbean, or the US-Mexico borderlands, I’d love to hear from you. Posts should be roughly between 700-1000 words and can be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Most authors do two posts, but several have also done one or three. Please contact me at or fill out this Google Form.