¡Bienvenidos! This guide highlights items from the Library of Congress collections that pertain to the period leading up to, and the aftermath of, the September 11, 1973 coup d’état, a defining event in modern Chilean history. The guide was created as a collaboration between reference librarians in the Hispanic Reading Room of the Library of Congress and graduate students from the Center of Latin American Studies at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. These materials —newspapers, oral histories, legislation, photographs, and posters, etc.—demonstrate U.S. government support of the coup and the post-coup Chilean dictatorship and roiling debates within the U.S. Congress regarding human rights violations in Chile.
The guide also includes resources that document efforts by Chilean exiles and their allies in the U.S. to raise awareness of human rights violations under the Pinochet dictatorship and encourage international solidarity.
Begin your research by consulting books, such as the ones listed below, that discuss and document U.S. foreign policy toward Chile and Latin America more broadly. All the books listed below are available at the Library of Congress. If you cannot visit the Library in person, please contact us using Ask a Librarian for assistance. In many cases, you can also find these materials at your local library. Use the bibliographies or works cited within these books to find other published works relevant to your research.