Register of the Enrique Bermúdez Varela papers, 1980-1990

Finding aid prepared Daniel Case
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Enrique Bermúdez Varela papers
Date (inclusive): 1977-1990
Collection Number: 2011C43
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of the Material: In Spanish and English
Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.0 linear feet)
Abstract: Reports, memoranda, clippings, and other printed matter relating to political conditions and civil war in Nicaragua.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Bermúdez Varela, Enrique, 1932-1991


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Enrique Bermúdez Varela papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2011.


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Biographical Note

Enrique Bermúdez Varela was the founder, and for ten years the top official military commander, of the Fuerza Democrática Nicaragüense (FDN-Northern Front), also known as the contras. In that capacity, he and more overtly political leaders, (including Alfonso Robelo, Adolfo Calero, and Arturo Cruz,) met with United States president Ronald Reagan and other top officials. The contras' opposed the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN), or Sandinista, government.
Bermúdez graduated from the US Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and from the Inter-American Defense College in Washington. He served as chief of the Nicaraguan Delegation at the Inter-American Defense Board in Washington, DC in 1976 and as military attaché of the Nicaraguan Armed Forces at the Nicaraguan Embassy in Washington during the Nicaragua civil war. The civil war formally ended in 1987 with the Esquipulas II Peace Agreement, brokered by Costa Rican president Oscar Arias. In 1991 Bermúdez was lured back to Managua, where he was shot in a hotel parking lot with a small-caliber East German assassination pistol, one of several that had been delivered to Sandinista defense minister Humberto Ortega some years earlier.

Scope and Content of Collection

Reports, memoranda, clippings, and other printed matter relating to political conditions and civil war in Nicaragua.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Fuerza Democrática Nicaragüense.
Nicaragua--Armed Forces.
Nicaragua--Foreign relations--United States.
Nicaragua--History--Revolution, 1979.
Nicaragua--Politics and government--1979-1990.
Nicaragua--Social conditions--1979-
Prensa (Managua, Nicaragua)

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Correspondence, 1982-1988


Printed matter, 1977-1990

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Brochures, 1983-1988

Box/Folder 1 : 3-5

Clippings, 1980-1990

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Directiva Economica-Strategica, 1990

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Foro Democracia Para Nicaragua "Foundacion Romulo Gallegos" - Venezuela, 1989

oversize Box 5

Newspapers, 1980-1990


Periodicals, 1987-1989

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Nicaragua Hoy, 1987-1989

Box/Folder 1 : 9-14, Box 2, Box 3, Box/Folder 4 : 1-2

Photocopied periodicals, 1977-1990


Office files, 1980-1990

Box/Folder 4 : 3-4

Memoranda, 1980-1990

Box/Folder 4 : 5

Reports, 1980-1990

Box/Folder 4 : 6

ADREN, 1980-1990

Box/Folder 4 : 7

Comandante Franklin, 1989


Speeches and Writings, 1989-1990

Box/Folder 4 : 8

Transcripts, 1989-1990


Legal Documents, 1988-1991

Box/Folder 4 : 9

Briefs, 1988-1991

Box/Folder 4 : 10

Petition, 1988

Box/Folder 4 : 11

Maps, 1988