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Vanderbilt's Colombiana


The J. León Helguera and Manuel Zapata Olivella collections, in addition to Vanderbilt’s Colombian travel accounts, are all invaluable resources that narrate Colombia’s rich and complex cultural, social, and political histories in the 19th and 20th centuries. The first exhibit of Vanderbilt’s Colombiana illustrates Colombia’s profound regional differences in geography and culture, as evidenced through its transportation conditions in rural Colombia to the cosmopolitan lifestyle in Bogotá. The second exhibit displays Colombia’s most renowned figures in early modern history, from political leaders to anthropologists, students, and novelists.

The physical exhibit is on display in the Vanderbilt Special Collections Library through September 2017 and permanently available in this gallery.