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Digital Collection of Mexican and Argentine Presidential Messages

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Last Updated: September 10, 1996

About the Latin American Research Project

These digital images of Mexican and Argentine presidential speeches from the 20th century represent the second phase of the Latin American Resources Pilot Project. The project's overall goals are to broaden the array of Latin Americanist resources available to students and scholars, to restructure access to these collection on a comprehensive scale and to assist libraries in containing costs.

In phase two 25,000 frames of microfilmed Spanish-language government documents were converted to digital format. The Library of Congress has filmed Argentine presidential messages, while the Mexican material has been filmed by Preservation Resources. The following pages will allow you to view GIF files of the scanned images as well as download larger TIFF files for printing.

How to Navigate

Main Menu Main Menu
This page. Choose between Mexican and Argentine presidential messages.

Go to Mexican Presidents Go to Argentine Presidents Presidents Lists
One for Mexican presidents, one for Argentine presidents.

Go to Mexican Speeches Go to Argentine Speeches Table of Contents to groups of speeches
If the Mexican or Argentine president selected has speeches grouped together, this is the first main subdivision.

Next Index Index to Mexican Speeches Previous Index Next Index Index to Argentine Speeches Previous Index Index
If an index is available, this link will show a list of speeches and provide links to that speech. Arrows allow access to the previous and next index.

Previous Page Next Page Previous and Next Arrows
Allow paging through documents.

Downloading Files

Currently, there are 500 image files on display. From each originally scanned page, two images have been created. The original scans are 300 dpi TIFFs, and are generally 75-80K with CCITT Group 4 compression. The uncompressed size of each page is approximately 600K. GIF versions of these pages are shown here for viewing. They are scaled down in size and resolution to facilitate transfer. GIF files average approximately 45K each.

Both GIF and TIFF files are available for downloading at this site. Files are arranged in directories which closely mirror the structure of this document. There are separate directories for Mexican and Argentine documents and subdirectories for each president. TIFF files are in a subdirectory by year. Files are named according to year, for example 830004.tif is a 1983 speech, the fourth in the sequence of files. Files which mark the beginning of a speech end in the letter "d," for example 830005d.tif. Links are provided at the bottom of each page to download the TIFF and GIF files for the scanned page shown.

To view TIFF files, you need a viewer or software program which supports Group IV compressed TIFFs. Searching for shareware graphics programs at sites such as C|Net and ZDNet may prove helpful. Windows 95 and NT users should try PolyView, which opens many graphic images. Mac users try Graphics Converter.