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Benson Latin American Collections



I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research through the Ph.D. level in Latin American Studies and various joint degree programs. Also to support the programs of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. As a special collection, the Benson Latin American Collection acquires as exhaustively as possible all library materials which relate to Latin America, or which are written by Latin American authors.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: All Languages, including Indian dialects of Latin America, are included. Translations into any language of works written by a Latin American or about Latin America are acquired.

B. Chronological Guidelines: No limitations.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Materials published anywhere in the world pertaining to Latin American, which is defined as all countries and areas of the Western hemisphere from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego and all Caribbean islands is appended to these general guidelines.

D. Treatment of Subject: All materials dealing with Latin America in any aspect or any level are acquired.

E. Types of Material: In addition to the usual types of materials, the collection acquires:
  1. Archives, manuscripts, and broadsides
  2. Atlases and maps: include flat and relief maps, exclude globes unless acquired as unsolicited gifts. Collecting practices are detailed in Map Collection of The University of Texas Libraries: Map Collection of the Benson Latin American Collection.
  3. Audiorecords: include discs and tapes of music—popular, folk, and classical—literary adaptations, interviews, proceedings of conferences, meetings and seminars, lectures; exclude language exercises.
  4. Children's literature
  5. Government documents
  6. Adult-level filmstrips and motion pictures
  7. Pictures and ephemera: include drawings, photographs, art prints, and posters; exclude art originals, post cards, newspaper clippings unless acquired as parts of larger collections or as unsolicited gifts
  8. Microforms
  9. Typescripts and mimeographed works
  10. Newspapers
  11. Pamphlets
  12. Slides and transparencies
  13. Musical scores: include those relevant to ethnomusicology and folklore studies
  14. Telephone directories
  15. Theses and dissertations

F. Date of Publication:Both current and retrospective works are acquired. All editions of reprints are acquired even though the collection has the original.

G. Other General Considerations: Materials are acquired through purchase, gift, or exchange. Latin American materials are frequently duplicated, usually in not more than two copies.

Generally, publications imprinted in the 19th century or earlier and held in the Briscoe Center for American History will not be duplicated.

For materials on Spanish-speaking segments of the U.S. population, see the Mexican American Library Program Statement; for maps see the statement Map Collection of The University of Texas Libraries: Map Collection of the Benson Latin American Collection.

All materials deemed necessary for research and programmatic support of Latin American Studies, joint degree programs, and the Teresa Lozano LongInstitute of Latin American Studies in any and all subject areas and subject subdivisions are collected in so far as possible at an exhaustive (E) level with the following exceptions noted:

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level Notes
Agriculture: D -
Astronomy: C -
Human Ecology: C -
Law: C -
Marine Sciences: C (Includes Maps)
Mathematics: C -
Medicine: C (includes Pharmacy and Nursing). A collection of Mexican medical theses emphasizes local public health practices.
Meteorology: C (Includes Climatology; Maps)
Microbiology: C (Emphasis on Public Health Aspects)
Physics: C -
Zoology: C -

III. LATIN AMERICA includes these geographical entities:

Antigua (Leeward Islands)Guadeloupe (Lesser Antilles)Surinam (formerly Dutch Guiana)
ArgentinaGuatemalaTobago (West Indies)
Aruba (Lesser Antilles)Guyana (formerly British Guiana)Trinidad (West Indies)
Bahama Islands (West Indies)Guyane (formerly French Guiana)Uruguay
Barbados (Lesser Antilles)HaitiVenezuela
Barbuda (Leeward Islands)HispaniolaVirgin Islands (Leeward Islands)
BoliviaHonduras -
Bonaire (Lesser Antilles)Jamaica -
BrazilMalvinas (Falkland Islands) -
British HondurasMartinique (Lesser Antilles) -
Cayman IslandsMexico -
ChileMonserrat (Leeward Islands) -
ColumbiaNevis (Lesser Antilles) -
Costa RicaNicaragua -
CubaPanama -
Curacao (Lesser Antilles)Paraguay -
Dominica (Windward Islands)Peru -
Dominican RepublicPuerto Rico -
EcuadorSt. Croix (Lesser Antilles) -
Easter Island (Chilean)St. Kitts (Lesser Antilles) -
Galapagos (Ecuador)Saint Vincent (Windward Islands) -
Grenada (Windwards Islands)Santa Lucia (Windward Islands) -
Grenadines (Windward Islands)Salvador, El -


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