Founded in 1951, Prensa Libre is a leading newspaper published in Guatemala City and distributed nationwide. The newspaper was conceived with the purpose of maintaining an independent voice, to provide impartial reporting on local news and bringing to light transgressions of government and public figures.
Prensa Libre has covered critical moments in Guatemalan and Latin American history, including political upheaval, assassinations, and coups; peace treaties and elections; natural disasters; economic and technological developments; Guatemalans on the international stage; and much more.
Since its founding the newspaper’s popularity has grown and it has earned a reputation as an independent and credible publication, with print circulation topping 800,000 in recent years, and monthly online readership of nearly 5.5 million users.
The Prensa Libre Digital Archive contains all obtainable published issues from 1951 on, with an additional year’s worth of content added on an annual basis. The archive offers scholars the most comprehensive collection available for this title, and features full page-level digitization, complete original graphics, and searchable text.
The Prensa Libre Digital Archive is a part of the East View Global Press Archive®, which is the result of a landmark initiative of Stanford Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to digitally preserve and make more accessible thousands of original print newspaper publications collected by the Hoover Institution and now housed by Stanford Libraries.