Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By José Montelongo, Librarian for Mexican Studies
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce the opening of the María Luisa Puga Papers. Puga (1944–2004) was a Mexican novelist and short-story writer, winner of prestigious literary awards, and highly esteemed by her peers. She left a voluminous diary consisting of 327 notebooks spanning from 1972 through 2004, now available for...Read More
Thursday, September 7, 2017 to Thursday, December 21, 2017
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL), the Benson Latin American Collection presents selected archival materials from the Carlos E. Castañeda Papers. A historian specializing in the early history of Texas and Mexico, Dr. Castañeda played a central role in the early development of the Latin American Collection at The University of Texas at Austin. The following is a glimpse at the...Read More
Monday, June 26, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017
A collaboration between graduate students Julia Detchon (Art History) and Emma Whittington (iSchool/LLILAS and Benson Special Collections GRA), this small exhibition of materials from the Benson's Concrete Poetry collection highlights the overlapping practices of writers and artists engaged with the principles of Concrete Poetry, a movement that combined elements of visual art with traditional poetry.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Contemporary Latin American religious and cultural traditions have undeniable ties to Africa. Now on display in the Benson Latin American Collection main reading room, "Yoruba: Alive in Latin America" highlights elements of Yoruba culture found not only in the rich traditions across Latin America, but also in documentary material produced throughout the region.
Black Diaspora Archivist Rachel Winston has...Read More
Monday, April 17, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Praised by the likes of Octavio Paz and others, Dorothy Schons made impactful gains in the study of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century writer, women’s rights advocate, nun, and scholar.
Schons was a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin from 1919 to 1960. As one of the first Sorjuanistas, Schons contributed many articles and several...Read More
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 to Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Records of the Alianza de Mesas Redondas Panamericanas (AMRP, Alliance of Pan American Round Tables) will be on display in the main reading room of the Benson Latin American Collection until May 2017. AMRP is a nonprofit women's organization with member Tables at the local, state, and international levels.
Florence Terry Griswold founded the first Pan American Round Table in 1916 in San Antonio, Texas, to...Read More
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to Monday, March 20, 2017
The opening of the Ernesto Cardenal Papers at the Benson Latin American Collection was celebrated on November 15, 2016, with a poetry reading by the Nicaraguan luminary himself, preceded by a panel discussion among scholars of literature, religion, and political science. But although the “main event” has come and gone, the presence of Cardenal’s rich and multifaceted archive at The University of Texas at Austin...Read More
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 to Monday, October 31, 2016
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Benson Collection is highlighting material from the archive of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), one of the oldest, largest, and most influential organizations representing the voice of Latinos/as in the United States. LULAC was formed in 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the merger of three Mexican American civic organizations: the...Read More
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Items from the David Adame Papers are currently on display in the Benson Main Reading Room. Adame was a longtime member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #60 in Houston and the Club Recreativo y Cultural México Bello (CMB), a Houston-area social club.
Born in Houston, Texas, in April 1918, Adame joined the Civilian Conservation...Read More
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 to Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Items from three collections relating to Benson and LLILAS history are currently on display in the Benson Main Reading Room. This exhibition was assembled in conjunction with a retrospective event honoring Charles R. Hale, outgoing director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, who leaves his post at the end of the spring semester.
The Nettie Lee Benson Papers
Friday, February 19, 2016
Items from the St. John d'El Rey Mining Company are on display in the main reading room of the Benson Latin American Collection. The recently processed archive contains material pertaining to the operation of the nineteenth-century gold-mining concern in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
The Saint John d’El Rey Mining Company was established in 1830 near Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, by a group...Read More
Rubén Darío (1867–1916) was a Nicaraguan poet, journalist, and diplomat. As a leader of the literary movement known as Modernismo, which flourished at the end of the 19th century, he revitilized and modernized poetry in Spanish on both sides of the Atlantic through his experiments with rhythm, meter, and imagery. Darío developed a highly original poetic style that renewed a tradition. Items on display include...Read More
On exhibit in the Main Reading Room
Internationally recognized cultural theorist, creative writer, and independent scholar Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa worked in a wide variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, anthologies, and children's books. One of the first openly lesbian Chicana writers, Anzaldúa played a major role in redefining Chicana/o, queer, feminist, and...Read More
In conjunction with the April LLILAS Benson event “¡A Viva Voz! Evening of Latin@ Poetry and Spoken Word” and Natinal Poetry Month, currently on exhibit is a collection of materials from various Latina and Latino poets. Two exhibit cases feature poetry manuscripts and other materials of five different writers whose literary papers are held at the Benson Latin American Collection:...Read More
Dr. Joe J. Bernal is a former social worker, teacher, Texas state legislator, and Mexican American civil rights advocate. Bernal grew up in San Antonio, Texas and after graduating from high school he served in the armed forces (he was honorably discharged in 1946). In 1950 he received his BA in sociology from Trinity University and his M.Ed. from Our Lady of the Lake College in 1954.
In 1964 Bernal ran for...Read More
The VOCES Oral History Project, formerly the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project, was begun in 1999 by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, a professor with the School of Journalism and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
It has been estimated that anywhere from 250,000 to as many as 750,000 Latinos and Latinas served in the...Read More
On exhibit in the Rare Books Reading Room
Donald Cordry (b. 1907) was a self-taught Mesoamerican scholar and ethnographer of indigenous arts and crafts of Mexico. He began collecting artifacts and information...Read More
While the roots of the song “La Bamba” trace back to the son jarocho folk tradition of Veracruz, Mexico, the song lives on in popular culture through numerous reinterpretations by generations of Chicano-identified musicians, Latin jazz artists, orchestral and choral groups, punk rockers, and many more. The...Read More
Octavio Paz (1914–1998) was one of Mexico’s foremost public intellectuals in the second half of the twentieth century. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Benson Latin American Collection is currently exhibiting a selection of the author’s work from its holdings in the main reading room. Works on view include first-edition books, rare editions of poetry, an...Read More
Guatemalan bibliophile and print material collector Arturo Taracena Flores collected items published or circulated in Guatemala and other Central American countries during the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of these items, termed “street literature” because they were intended to be distributed widely and/or posted in public places, are broadsides and circulars published by the...Read More