This work compels admiration for the compiler’s industry and determination. British and Irish archival collections are numerous, diverse in purpose, and often difficult to access. Oliver Marshall gives us, almost 30 years after Peter Walne’s A Guide to Manuscript Sources for the History of Latin America and the Caribbean in the British Isles (Oxford Univ. Press, 1973), a systematic and inclusive survey of all manuscript materials relating, even tangentially, to Brazil. The volume surveys some 80 depositaries, several with multiple holdings, and includes information on conditions for use and times of opening. A good index facilitates consultation of the volume’s contents. Scholars who perceive Brazil and its past in terms broader than the Western Hemisphere will welcome this volume, and Marshall merits our warmest thanks and commendation.

What is the nature of the collections that Marshall has identified? The British archives contain (perhaps...

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