Margarita Melville Papers, 1964 - 2003 (MSS 0272)

Extent: 5.6 Linear feet (14 archives boxes)

Papers of Margarita Melville, a former Maryknoll sister and human rights activist, that document revolutionary movements in Guatemala from the 1960s through 1993. Revolutionary groups represented in the collection include Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes (FAR), Guatemala Human Rights Commission and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG). The collection mainly consists of subject files, fliers and newsletters published by activists and revolutionary groups, with an additional series related to Thomas Melville's book about Ron Hennessey, Through a Glass Darkly: The U.S. Holocaust in Central America.

Margarita Melville (née Marian Peter) was born in 1929 in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. She joined the Catholic Maryknoll Sisters in St. Louis, Mo. in 1949; attended Mary Rogers College in Ossining, N.Y. and graduated with a bachelor of education degree in 1954. She was sent by her order that year to Jacaltenango, a remote community in Huehuetenango in Guatemala's western highlands. Melville started a number of the Maryknoll Sisters' key social programs including Girl Scout troops and an experimental school called Monte Maria. Beginning in 1966, she began to associate with members of rebel groups in Guatemala, including FAR (Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes), the military wing of the Guatemalan Labor (Communist) Party or PGT. Her work with these groups continued until 1967, when the Maryknoll Sisters supervisor expelled Melville and a few others from Guatemala for their activism.

She married Thomas R. Melville, a former Catholic Maryknoll priest, who had worked in Guatemala for ten years before also being expelled in 1967 by Guatemalan and Church authorities for his role in planning the formation of a Christian unit to graft onto the guerrilla movement that was fighting Guatemala's military rulers. Together the Melvilles participated in anti-war activities, burning selective service records in Baltimore, Md., and became part of a group known as the Catonsville Nine. Melville graduated with a M.A. in Latin American studies and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the American University, Washington, D.C. She joined the University of Houston in 1976, where she continued her work as an activist for women's and Chicano causes. She left the University of Houston for the University of California, Berkeley in 1986, where she has been a Professor and Associate Dean. Melville is the author of Twice A Minority: Mexican American Women (1980), while Thomas Melville wrote Through A Glass Darkly: The U.S. Holocaust in Central America (2005), the story of Ron Hennessey, an American Catholic priest in Guatemala.

Papers of Margarita Melville, a former Maryknoll sister and human rights activist, that document revolutionary movements in Guatemala from the 1960s through 1993. Revolutionary groups represented in the collection include Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes (FAR), Guatemala Human Rights Commission and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG). The collection mainly consists of subject files, fliers and newsletters published by activists and revolutionary groups, with an additional series related to Thomas Melville's book about Ron Hennessey, Through a Glass Darkly: The U.S. Holocaust in Central America (2005). Some of the materials are in Spanish.


Container List


Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 1) CORRESPONDENCE: Miscellaneous personal correspondence from 1985 to 1986.

Box: 1 Folder: 1
Carmen to Melvilles, 1985 - 1986
Box: 1 Folder: 2
Cruz, Willy and Gustavo, 1972
Box: 1 Folder: 3
Eugenia, Caly, 1986
Box: 1 Folder: 4
Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box: 1 Folder: 5
Vasquez, Miguel and Marina, 1986


Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 2) ORGANIZATIONS: Contains manifestos, founding documents, and other materials (1967-1993) on revolutionary groups in Guatemala, including the Centro de Derechos Humanos de Guatemala (CDHG), the Ejercito Guerrillero de los Pobres (EGP), the Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes (FAR), the Guatemala Human Rights Commission (CHRCC), the Guatemala News and Information Bureau (GNIB) and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG).

Box: 1 Folder: 6
Agencia Centroamericana de Noticias ACEN-SIAG, June, 1986
Box: 1 Folder: 7
Amnesty International, 1984
Box: 1 Folder: 8
Amnesty International

"Guatemala: Extrajudicial Executions and Human Rights Violations Against Street Children", July, 1990.

Box: 1 Folder: 9
Association in Solidarity with Guatemala (ASOGUA), "The Voice of the Quetzal", 1980 - 1981
Box: 1 Folder: 10
Central America Research Institute (CARIN), Central America Bulletin, June, 1986
Box: 1 Folder: 11
Centro Exterior de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala (CERI-GUA), 1987 - 1988
Box: 1 Folder: 12
CERI-GUA, 1988
Box: 1 Folder: 13
CERI-GUA, 1989 - 1990
Box: 1 Folder: 14
Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Guatemala (CDHG), 1982 - 1986
Box: 1 Folder: 15
CDHG, Testimonials about the Patrullas de Autodefensa Civil (PAC) en Huehuetenango, November, 1985
Box: 1 Folder: 16
Comité Indio, 1984
Box: 1 Folder: 17
Comité Interamericano de Desarrollo Agricola (CIDA) - Tenencia de la Tierra - Guatemala, 1967
Box: 1 Folder: 18
El Comité Nacional de Unidad Sindical en el Exterior (CNUS-EX), 1985
Box: 1 Folder: 19
Convergencia Revolucionaria, 1987 - 1988
Box: 1 Folder: 20
Ejercito Guerrillero de los Pobres (EGP)
Box: 1 Folder: 21
EGP, Estrategia y Tácticas, 1975
Box: 1 Folder: 22
EGP, Lecturas y Testimonios - El Camino de Paxil, Sebastian Guzman: Principal de Principales, 1982
Box: 1 Folder: 23
EGP - Los Pueblos Indígenas y la Revolución Guatemalteca, 1982
Box: 1 Folder: 24
EGP, Manifesto, 1979
Box: 2 Folder: 1
EGP - Various
Box: 2 Folder: 2
Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes (FAR), 1967 - 1969
Box: 2 Folder: 3
FAR, 1982 - 1989
Box: 2 Folder: 4
FAR - Contribución al Analisis de la Situación Actual
Box: 2 Folder: 5
FAR - Cuestión étnico-Nacional, 1987
Box: 2 Folder: 6
FAR - Guatemala en Lucha, 1982
Box: 2 Folder: 7
FAR Statement, 1984
Box: 2 Folder: 8
FAR Statement - Pablo Monsanto, February, 1986
Box: 2 Folder: 9
Grupo Crater, Directorio
Box: 2 Folder: 10
Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC), 1986 - 1988
Box: 2 Folder: 11
GHRC, 1989 - 1990
Box: 2 Folder: 12
Guatemala News and Information Bureau (GNIB), 1986
Box: 2 Folder: 13
GNIB, 1987
Box: 2 Folder: 14
GNIB, 1988
Box: 2 Folder: 15
GNIB, 1989
Box: 3 Folder: 1
GNIB Contacts
Box: 3 Folder: 2
GNIB Grants
Box: 3 Folder: 3
GNIB Land Reform articles, 1986 - 1987
Box: 3 Folder: 4
GNIB Newsletters, 1976 - 1992
Box: 3 Folder: 5
GNIB, "Report on Guatemala", Vol. 14, Issue 1, 1993
Box: 3 Folder: 6
Guatemala Scholars Network, 1984 - 1985
Box: 3 Folder: 7
La Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilio - Iglesia de Guatemala: "Apprendiendo de la Historia", January, 1987
Box: 3 Folder: 8
La Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilo, Publications, 1984 - 1989
Box: 3 Folder: 9
Informador de Guatemala, October - December, 1982
Box: 3 Folder: 10
Integración de Indigenas Mayas (IXIM), 1988
Box: 3 Folder: 11
IXIM, Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo, 1983
Box: 3 Folder: 12
Justicia y Paz - Inter-Religious Task Force, Central America
Box: 3 Folder: 13
El Movimiento Campesino Indigena
Box: 3 Folder: 14
Movimiento Cooperativista Guatemalteco (MCG), Testimonio, 1984
Box: 3 Folder: 15
Movimiento Indio de Guatemala, "Ch'olnoj Maya", 1984
Box: 4 Folder: 1
Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NSIGUA), 1981 - 1987
Box: 4 Folder: 2
Octubre Revolucionario
Box: 4 Folder: 3
Octubre Revolucionario, Opinion Politica, 1985 - 1990
Box: 4 Folder: 4
Guatemala - Organización del Pueblo en Armas (ORPA)
Box: 4 Folder: 5
Panorama Nacional, 1986
Box: 4 Folder: 6
Partido Guatemalteco del Trabajo (PGT), 1987 - 1988
Box: 4 Folder: 7
Programa de Ayuda Para los Vecinos del Altiplano (PAVA) - Displaced Report, 1984
Box: 4 Folder: 8
Reivindicaciones Indígenas Revolucionarias
Box: 4 Folder: 9
Servicio de Información de Análisis de Guatemala (SIAG), El golpe de Mejia Victores, 1983
Box: 4 Folder: 10
Taller Artesanal JA C'amabal I'B, 1986
Box: 4 Folder: 11
TEMAS, 1982 - 1987
Box: 4 Folder: 12
Turcios/MR13, 1965
Box: 4 Folder: 13
Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG), Boletín Internacional, 1986 - 1987
Box: 4 Folder: 14
URNG - Various informational materials


Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 3) NEWSLETTERS AND BULLETINS: Partial and incomplete runs of miscellaneous rare small publications published by revolutionary and activist groups, including: Boletín del Comite pro Justicia y Paz, Boletín Internacional, Centro Exterior de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala (CERI-GUA), Centro Regional de Informaciones Ecuménicas (CARE), Ch' Abuj ri Lxoc (The Voice of the Women), Coyuntura, Enfopresa, Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes Guatemala (FAR), Guatemala en Lucha, Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilio (IGE), In Communion: Fellowship of Evangelicals for Guatemala, Informador Guerrillero (EGP), El Tayacán, Lucha Struggle (by New York CIRCUS Collective), and others. A more complete run of Noticias de Guatemala was removed from the papers in 2015 and added to the general collection of the University Library.

Box: 5 Folder: 1
Boletin del Comite pro Justicia y Paz, 1980
Box: 5 Folder: 2
Boletín Internacional (Frente Popular 31 de Enero), 1983
Box: 5 Folder: 3
Católicos de Nicaragua - "Santo Padre, Esto es Nicaragua", 1983

The fourth part of a popular newsprint folio set issued by CP on the occasion of Pope John Paul II's visit to Nicaragua.

Box: 5 Folder: 4
Centro Exterior de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala (CERI-GUA), 1985
Box: 5 Folder: 5
Centro Regional de Informaciones Ecuménicas (CARE), 1981-1982
Box: 5 Folder: 6
Challenge: Faith and Action in the Americas, 1993 Summer
Box: 5 Folder: 7
Ch' Abuj ri Lxoc (The Voice of the Women), 1983-1985
Box: 5 Folder: 8
Coyuntura, 1984
Box: 5 Folder: 9-13
Enfoprensa: Information on Guatemala, 1984-1987
Box: 5 Folder: 14
Focus: Newsletter of the Office of the Americas, 1997 July
Box: 5 Folder: 15
Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes Guatemala (FAR), 1983-1985
Box: 5 Folder: 16
Guatemala en Lucha, 1984 March
Box: 5 Folder: 17
Guatemala Report, 1973
Box: 5 Folder: 18
Guatemala Vencera, 1984-1986
Box: 5 Folder: 19
Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilio (IGE), 1980-1984
Box: 5 Folder: 20
Infopress: Centroamericana, 1988 April
Box: 5 Folder: 21
In Communion: Fellowship of Evangelicals for Guatemala, 1985
Box: 5 Folder: 22
Informador Guerrillero (EGP, Ejercito Guerrillero de los Pobres)
Box: 6 Folder: 1
El Tayacán, 1984 May
Box: 6 Folder: 2
Lucha Struggle (by New York CIRCUS Collective), 1984 July
Box: 6 Folder: 3
New Perspectives on Chile, 1984 April
Box: 6 Folder: 4
Opinion Politica, 1985
Box: 6 Folder: 5
U.S. newsletters (miscellaneous)


Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 4) SUBJECT FILES: Includes information on the Central America Peace Plan in 1988, files on the Catholic Church in Central America, information collected on the Indians of Guatemala, human rights issues, and the testimonies of refugees from Guatemala.

Box: 6 Folder: 6
Alvarez-Marroquin, Maria Concepción - Request for Asylum in the U.S.
Box: 6 Folder: 7
Anthropology Resource Center (ARC) - Sandy Davis
Box: 6 Folder: 8
Captura de E. Toj, 1981
Box: 6 Folder: 9
Central America Peace Plan, 1988
Box: 6 Folder: 10
Central America Resource Center
Box: 6 Folder: 11
Church History in Costa Sur, Guatemala
Box: 6 Folder: 12
Declaración de Jeronimo Camposeco Rojas
Box: 6 Folder: 13
Declaration of the Meeting of Communist Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean, 1975
Box: 6 Folder: 14
Farnsworth Interviews, 1987- "Voices from Guatemala"
Box: 6 Folder: 15
Father Giron and the Land Movement in Guatemala, 1987
Box: 6 Folder: 16
FTN Development Project, 1975
Box: 6 Folder: 17
Guatemala Land Reform
Box: 6 Folder: 18
Guatemala's Bureaucracy of Death - G-2
Box: 6 Folder: 19
Guatemalan Co-ops
Box: 6 Folder: 20
Guatemalan Evangelicals, 1988
Box: 6 Folder: 21
Guatemalans "Disappeared", 1984 - 1985
Box: 6 Folder: 22
Historia de la Iglesia desde 1954
Box: 6 Folder: 23
Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilio (IGE)
Box: 6 Folder: 24
Indian Question - ORPA, EGP, PGT
Box: 6 Folder: 25
Indian Refugees - Articles
Box: 6 Folder: 26
Interview: Lider Movimiento Pro - Tierra/Manz
Box: 6 Folder: 27
Ja C'Amabal I'B Cultural Center
Box: 7 Folder: 1
Jesuits in Zone 5 of Guatemala
Box: 7 Folder: 2
Legislative Update on Guatemala, 1989
Box: 7 Folder: 3
Letter to the Friends of EGP, February, 1984
Box: 7 Folder: 4
Luya/Talks - Newsclippings
Box: 7 Folder: 5
Massacres and Human Rights
Box: 7 Folder: 6
Mayan Revitalization
Box: 7 Folder: 7
Military in Guatemala (various)
Box: 7 Folder: 8
El Movimiento Indígena - Tojil
Box: 7 Folder: 9
Responses to "Bureaucracy of Death" - The New Republic, 1986
Box: 7 Folder: 10
Socialization Interviews
Box: 7 Folder: 11
Story of Antonio Alvarado - Sr. Marian Pahl
Box: 7 Folder: 12
Testimonios de Refugiados Guatemaltecos en México - Raquel Saravia
Box: 7 Folder: 13
Testimony of Rene de Leon Schlotter
Box: 7 Folder: 14
Testimony of Soldado via Chavez, 1986 - 1988
Box: 7 Folder: 15
Vatican, 1991


Scope and Content of Series

SERIES 5) WRITINGS OF OTHERS: The Melvilles' collection of writings on the situation in Guatemala from the 1960s to the 1980s. The writings include articles on the indigenous people of Guatemala, the background of the conflict between the government and the rebel groups, land issues, and racism. Additonal works by others may be found in the subject files in Series 7.

Box: 7 Folder: 16
"II Consulta Ecuménica. Aporte de los Pueblos Indígenas de America Latina a la Peologia Cristiana", 1986
Box: 7 Folder: 17
Alvarez, Francisca. "Derechos Indígenas en Guatemala," December 1, 1986

Ponencia Presentada.

Box: 7 Folder: 18
Barros, Sally Margaret. "International Aid: An Indigenous View"

"The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Guatemala, 1950-1960", May, 1983.

Box: 7 Folder: 19
Bodenheimer, Susanne. "Crucifixion By Adams", BERKELEY JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 1971 - 1972
Box: 7 Folder: 20
"Breve Análisis Sobre la Situación en Guatemala", January, 1986
Box: 8 Folder: 1
Brockett, Charles D. "Background to the Conflict: The Right to Food, Agrarian Change and U.S. Aid Policy...", 1983
Box: 8 Folder: 2
Brown, Charles E. "Motivation for Guerilla Warfare", August 20, 1973
Box: 8 Folder: 3
Camposeco, Jeronimo. "El Movimiento Indígena Frente a la Represión en Guatemala"
Box: 8 Folder: 4
Carmack, Robert M. "Indians and the Guatemalan Revolution", Cultural Survival, Inc., 1983
Box: 8 Folder: 5
Cojti-Cuxil, Demetrio. "Problemas de la Identidad Nacional Guatemalteca"
Box: 8 Folder: 6
Dennis, Philip A., Gary S. Elbow and Peter L. Heller. "Development Under Fire: The Playa Grande..."

Texas Tech University, 1984-1986.

Box: 8 Folder: 7
History of "Diocesis de Huehuetenango"

In Spanish.

Box: 8 Folder: 8
"Documento Básico del FGEI (Frente Guerrillero Edgar Ibarra) de las FAR y que origino el EGP", 1967
Box: 8 Folder: 9
Elbow, Gary S. "Determinants of Land Use Change in Guatemalan Secondary Urban Centers"


Box: 8 Folder: 10
Falla, R. "Análisis de la Declaración de la Urng Con Ocasión de la Vista del Papa a Guatemala", 1983
Box: 8 Folder: 11
Falla, Ricardo. "El Movimiento Indígena", GUATEMALA: DRAMA Y CRISIS SOCIAL, June, 1978
Box: 8 Folder: 12
Falla. "Situación del Movimiento Revolucionario Guatemalteco", November, 1984
Box: 8 Folder: 13
Feder, Ernest. "The New Penetration of the Agricultures of the Underdeveloped Countries..."


Box: 8 Folder: 14
Galileo, Jacinto. "La Hora de Nuestro Pueblo", 1982
Box: 8 Folder: 15
Green, Linda. "Fear as a Way of Life", CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, 1994
Box: 8 Folder: 16
Greenlee, Mel. "Asylum Policy in Action: The Case of Guatemala's Kanjobals", May, 1990

International Development Policy and Law Final Paper.

Box: 8 Folder: 17
Gruzmán, Sebastián. "Camino de Paxil"
Box: 8 Folder: 18
"Guatemala 1984-1986: Un Pronóstico Sobre el Acontecer Economico y Politico", INFOPRESS CENTROAMERICANA, 1984
Box: 8 Folder: 19
"Guatemala: Crisis Social y Actualidad de la Revolución"
Box: 8 Folder: 20
"Guatemala Indian Problem"
Box: 8 Folder: 21
Guatemalan Military in Quiche...

Article in Spanish.

Box: 8 Folder: 22
Guerra-Borges, Alfredo. "La Cuestión Agraria, Cuestión Clave de la Crisis Social en Guatemala", November, 1983
Box: 8 Folder: 23
Guerra-Borges, Alfredo. "La Politica Agraria de la Reforma Liberal en Guatemala, 1871-1885", 1983
Box: 8 Folder: 24
Horizontes, Colectivo. "Las Corrientes Politico-Ideologicas Dentro del Movimiento Indio Guatemalteco", 1988
Box: 8 Folder: 25
Instituto Nacional de Transformación Agraria (INTA). "Proyecciones del INTA en el Agro Guatemalteco", 1968
Box: 8 Folder: 26
Lopez y Rivas, Gilberto. "Programa de la Materia Sobre la Cuestión Etnico-Nacional de la Maestria..."
Box: 9 Folder: 1
Lovell, W. George, Christopher H. Lutz. "The Primacy of Larger Truths: Rigoberta Menchu..."
Box: 9 Folder: 2
Lykes, M. Brinton. "Speaking Against the Silence: One Maya Woman's Exile and Return", 1994


Box: 9 Folder: 3
Lykes, M. Brinton. "Terror, Silencing and Children: International, Multidisciplinary Collaboration...", 1994


Box: 9 Folder: 4
Lykes, M. Brinton, Mary M. Brabeck, Theresa Ferns and Angela Radan. "Human Rights and Mental Health..."


Box: 9 Folder: 5
Maloney, Thomas J. "EXMIBAL/INCO: Regional and National Impact of Nickel Minting in East-Central..."

November 20, 1983.

Box: 9 Folder: 6
Manger C., Sebald G. "Land Relationships and Development of the Agricultural Sector in Guatemala"
Box: 9 Folder: 7
McCreery, David. "An Odious Feudalism: Mandamiento Labor and Commercial Agriculture in Guatemala, 1858-1920"


Box: 9 Folder: 8
Melville, T. "Insurgency in the Modern World" (Review), August, 1981
Box: 9 Folder: 9
Moore, Alexander G. Jr. "Old and New Patterns of Leadership in a Guatemalan Town", December, 1967

A Paper for the American Anthropological Association.

Box: 9 Folder: 10
Moors, Marilyn. "Work and Fieldwork: American Anthropologists Look at the Migratory Labor of Guatemalan...", 1986

Draft, prepared for NEH Summer Seminar.

Box: 9 Folder: 11
Paul, Benjamin D. "Fifty Years of Religious Change in San Pedro La Laguna, A Mayan Community...", November, 1987

Prepared for meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

Box: 9 Folder: 12
Payeras, Mario. "Que Implicaciones Tendria para el Actual Regimen Guatemalteco la Consumación..."


Box: 9 Folder: 13
Payeras, Mario y Hector Diaz-Polanco. "Dialogo Sobre la Cuestión Etnico-Nacional", 1990
Box: 9 Folder: 14
"Peasant and Worker Organization in Guatemala"
Box: 9 Folder: 15
Peckenham, Nancy E. "Land Colonization in the Peten", August 6, 1979
Box: 9 Folder: 16
"Pueblos Indigenas y la Revolucíon Guatemala", 1982
Box: 9 Folder: 17
Racismo, 1978
Box: 9 Folder: 18
Santos, Agustin. "La Nueva Politica Centroamerica de la Administration Bush", June 21, 1989
Box: 9 Folder: 19
"La Segunda Fase de la Politica de la Administración Bush", CENTROAMERICANA, February 14, 1990
Box: 9 Folder: 20
Sintesis de 3 Textos Indigenistas - Guatemala, 1985
Box: 9 Folder: 21
Smith, Carol A. "Economic Reorganization as a Continuation of War: Military Impact...", September, 1987
Box: 9 Folder: 22
Smith, Sheldon. "Plantations and Underdevelopment: The Views from Jardin and Westby", 1983
Box: 9 Folder: 23
"Testigos Del Reino Para Los Hombres de Hoy, Breva Historia de la Confrerencia de Religiosos de Guatemala..."
Box: 9 Folder: 24
Trudeau, Robert H. "The Recent Restructuring of the Guatemalan Political System", September, 1983

Prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Box: 9 Folder: 25
"Violencia Politica en Guatemala", September - October, 1977

Typed report in Spanish.

Box: 9 Folder: 26
Whetten, Nathan L. "Land Reform in a Modern World". RURAL SOCIOLOGY, vol. 19, no. 4, December, 1954
Box: 9 Folder: 27
Woodward Jr., Ralph Lee. "Liberalismo, Conservadurismo y La Actitud de Los Campesinos de La Montaña..."


Box: 9 Folder: 28
Originals of Preservation Photocopies


Scope and Content of Series

Series 7) THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY: Thomas Melville's correspondence and research files for his book on Ron Hennessey, an American Catholic priest in Guatemala, published in 2005. Arranged in three subseries: A) Publisher Files, B) Correspondence, and C) Research Files, Notes and Drafts.

Publisher Files

Box: 10 Folder: 1-4
Correspondence and photographs, circa 1981-2003


Box: 10 Folder: 5
Miscellaneous, 1982-1986
Box: 10 Folder: 6-16
Hennessey letters, 1964-1988

Arranged in approximate chronological order, with some files containing letters Melville associated with specific topics or regions, including Quetzaltenango and El Salvador.

Research Files, Notes and Drafts

Box: 11 Folder: 1
Ad Hoc Committee on Guatemala (LASA) report, 1973 April 15
Box: 11 Folder: 2
Amnesty International - Guatemala, 1985-1986

Memorandum and report on disappearances.

Box: 11 Folder: 3
Arevalo notes
Box: 11 Folder: 4
Armas, Castillo and Rios Montt
Box: 11 Folder: 5
Calder, Bruce. Historical patterns of foreign influence in the Guatemalan Catholic church, 1991
Box: 11 Folder: 6
Canciones revolucionarias del grupo Guatemala
Box: 11 Folder: 7
Cardinal Mario Casariego chapter - Draft
Box: 11 Folder: 8
Cardinal Mario Casariego chapter - Notes and ephemera
Box: 11 Folder: 9
Chapter IV: Politics, Vatican and Guatemalan Style
Box: 11 Folder: 10
Chapter XII: The Pressure Builds
Box: 11 Folder: 11
Chapter XIX: Plan Desarrollo notes
Box: 11 Folder: 12
Chapter XVI: U.S. Embassy to the Rescue
Box: 11 Folder: 13
Chapter XXVIII: Finale
Children of war
Box: 11 Folder: 14

Short interviews with children.

Restrictions Apply

Box: 11 Folder: 15-16
Research materials
Box: 11 Folder: 17
Photos and negatives
Box: 12 Folder: 1
Coca-Cola worker's trade unions in Guatemala

Includes article by Henry J. Frundt.

Box: 12 Folder: 2-4
Church - Religion in Guatemala
Box: 12 Folder: 5
Civil Patrols

Includes notes on Rios Montt for Chapter 25.

Box: 12 Folder: 6
Confrontation at the U. S. Embassy
Box: 12 Folder: 7
Consejo Nacional de Planificación Económica. Guatemala merece mejor destino, 1966
Box: 12 Folder: 8
Coordinadora Interinstitucional Departamental (CID) - Huehuetenango, 1985
Box: 12 Folder: 9
Ecumenical Program for Inter-American Communication and Action (EPICA), 1971
Box: 12 Folder: 10
Box: 12 Folder: 11
Franja Transversal del Norte colonization, 1979-1986
Box: 12 Folder: 12
Fundación del Centavo - Voluntary Land Distribution program, 1971-1972
Box: 12 Folder: 13
Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo por el Aparecimiento con Vida de nuestros Hijos, Esposos, Padres y Hermanos - Open Letter to the people of Guatemala, 1984 November 2
Box: 12 Folder: 14
Guatemalan military forced recruitments, 1987
Box: 12 Folder: 15
Box: 12 Folder: 16
"Hasta encontrarlos: la lucha por los desaparecidos en Guatemala"

Possibly attribution to Regis Debray.

Box: 12 Folder: 17
Health issues in Guatemala
Box: 13 Folder: 1
Hennessey family
Box: 13 Folder: 2
Iglesia Guatemalteca en el Exilio (Guatemalan Church in Exile)
Box: 13 Folder: 3
Israel and Guatemala
Box: 13 Folder: 4
Ixtahuacan notes
Box: 13 Folder: 5
Kennedy, John F. - Notes
Box: 13 Folder: 6
Massacres - San Mateo and San Francisco

Notes and manuscripts.

Box: 13 Folder: 7
Mejía Victores, Oscar Humberto - Coup notes
Box: 13 Folder: 8
Margarito Castañeda and Caminero notes
Box: 13 Folder: 9
Mullen, Bill. Notes and correspondence re: Hennessey, 1989
Box: 13 Folder: 10
Munson, Donn. "America's top secret jungle war"
Box: 13 Folder: 11
National Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA), 1982-1983
Box: 13 Folder: 12
Negro, Julio
Box: 13 Folder: 13
Polos de Desarrollo
Box: 13 Folder: 14
Preface - Notes
Box: 13 Folder: 15
Program to Assist Victims of the Violence in the Highlands (PAVVA) - Report on the Crisis in the Highlands of Guatemala, 1983
Box: 13 Folder: 16
Protestant fundamentalists
Box: 13 Folder: 17
El Quiché
Box: 13 Folder: 18
Box: 13 Folder: 19
Religion as a weapon

Includes pamphlet, "El clamor por la tierra" by the Carta pastoral Colectiva del Episcopado Guatemalteco; correspondence re: the Solidarity Plan, and the rise of the religious right.

Box: 13 Folder: 20
Religious personalities
Box: 13 Folder: 21
Rother, Father Stanley
Box: 13 Folder: 22
South Texas Aid to Refugees (STAR)
Box: 13 Folder: 23
San Juan Acul / Hennessey, 1969-1982
Box: 14 Folder: 1
Testimonios de la Represion Realizada por el Ejercito en las Aldeas de Patzun (Chimaltenango), 1985 January-February
Box: 14 Folder: 2
Transcription of Testimonies of Arcatao, 1986 May
Box: 14 Folder: 3
U.S.-Guatemalan history

Includes correspondence with Ron Hennessey, partial manuscript drafts, and testimony of a survivor from the massacre of Coya (July 1981).

Box: 14 Folder: 4
United Nations - Programa de Asistencia tecnica - Servicio de Fomento de la Economia Indigena de Guatemala, 1959
Box: 14 Folder: 5
Vatican politics - Notes
Box: 14 Folder: 6
Women for Guatemala, 1983-1986

See also the publication Ch' Abuj ri Lxoc (The Voice of the Women). Includes 3 issues of Ixquic: The Woman in Guatemala.

Box: 14 Folder: 7
Woods, Bill / Hennessey, 1977-1988

Documents on the investigation of the plane crash and death of William (Bill) Woods, a Maryknoll missionary in Guatemala. Includes a pamphlet, "The Bill Woods Story."

Box: 14 Folder: 8
Yacá incident, 1984