Jack Ray Thomas combines an extensive review of Latin American historiography with biographical sketches of historians who were Latin Americans to form a resource tool unique in its format, content, and uses. Thomas begins with an overview of Latin American historiography from the colonial period to the present. Following this extended review, Thomas provides bio-bibliographical sketches of Latin American historical writers, both amateur and professional. These sketches examine the individual's contribution and career and provide a bibliographical summary of primary and secondary materials. Four appendixes list and cross-reference historians according to birthplace, year of birth, career, and subjects researched.