News and Events
The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) is a digital archive of recordings and texts in and about the indigenous languages of Latin America. Access to AILLA and its resources is always free of charge. Most of the resources in the collection are available to the public, but some have special access restrictions.
The heart of the...Read More
George Lister, once called "Mr. Human Rights" by historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. served as a diplomat at the U.S. Department of State for more than 60 years, from 1941 to 2003. "To our hopeless cause!" was Lister's spirited and humorous way of punctuating a conversation on human rights - the cause to which he dedicated his life.Read More
Monday, October 14, 2013 - 8:00am to Friday, January 31, 2014 - 5:00pm
This collection of historic maps, reproduced at actual size from the Benson’s rare books and manuscripts collection, serve as visual histories of Mexican territory, culture, and identity through three centuries of transformation. Through image and text, these documents trace the intertwined and often contentious relationships between indigenous and European, civil and religious, and “national” and foreign, in...Read More
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 8:00am
The annual LLILAS Benson Student Photography Exhibition kicks off its fourth year with an opening reception in Sid Richardson Hall on September 30. This annual exhibition — sponsored by the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies — features photographs taken by University of Texas at Austin graduate and undergraduate students...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 5:00pm
Archival materials now on view at the Benson commemorate the 1973 coup d'etat in Chile and its political and cultural aftermath.
On exhibit in the Main Reading Room are original LPs from the Benson's extensive music collection, highlighting singers and songwriters of the socially and politically active folk song movements that developed in Chile and spread across Latin America during the...Read More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 3:00pm
Two new exhibitions this fall at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the San Antonio Museum of Art will include rare materials from the Benson Latin American Collection. The Benson is excited to share these amazing works with audiences across Texas.
On view at MFAH October 6, 2013 – January 2014, American...Read More
Monday, September 23, 2013 - 3:00pm
On Monday, September 23, Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz stopped by the Benson Latin American Collection as part of his tour of UT before his keynote appearance at the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies: Reading Race in Literature and Film. Díaz and a group of UT faculty gathered around the...Read More
The Mexican American Archival Enterprise at the Benson Latin American Collection: An Historical Appraisal
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 8:00amRead More
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 8:00am
Benson First Floor Exhibition Hall
This temporary exhibition highlights pioneering achievements in Mexican American history, education, and letters throughout the past century. These milestones are represented in texts, letters and photographs from the U.S. Latino archival collections the Benson Collection has gathered during the past forty years, yielding an unrivaled set of documentary resources that...Read More
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 8:00am
Did you miss the eleventh annual ¡A Viva Voz! A Celebration of Latino Arts and Culture event featuring Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha; co-host of the Los Angeles-based radio program, Pocho Hour of Power, on Pacifica station, KPFK; and faculty member at Otis College of Art and Design? His presentation is now streaming online...Read More
Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 9:00am to Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 11:45pm
The Benson Latin American Collection and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies invite all students doing research on Latin America or Latin@/Mexican American studies to submit photos for the LLILAS Benson 2013 Student Photo Exhibition. This annual exhibition highlights the importance of our students’ research, work, and volunteerism.
This year’s submission deadline is Tuesday,...Read More
The Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) is committed to the long-term preservation of fragile and vulnerable records of human rights struggles worldwide, the promotion and secure usage of human rights archival materials, and the advancement of human rights research and advocacy around the world. The HRDI website highlights the following types of materials...Read More
The Los Primeros Libros de las Américas: Impresos Mexicanos del Siglo XVI en las Bibliotecas del Mundo project is building a digital collection of the first books printed in Mexico before 1601. These monographs are very important because they represent the first printing in the New World and provide primary sources for scholarly studies focused on a variety of academic...Read More
Monday, August 26, 2013 - 1:00pm
Finally, after months of our own hard work, and lots of valuable input from friends, a new institution has emerged: LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections! At first glance, the "only" visible changes are the name, and our beautiful new logo, developed thanks to the extraordinary creativity and generosity of Latinworks, combined with the talent and dedication...Read More
The Mexican American Library Program (MALP), established in 1974 as a unit of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, supports the study and research of all facets of Latino culture and history within the United States and its territories. Upon MALP's 30th Anniversary, David O. Nilsson established this endowment to support the program's objectives in the fields of Mexican American and U.S. Hispanic/...Read More
AUSTIN, Texas (2008-09-09) –The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection of the University of Texas Libraries has opened the Joyce Horman and Edmund Horman Papers to researchers. The papers document the work by Joyce Horman and Edmund Horman to discover the truth behind the abduction, torture and murder of American journalist Charles Horman during the September 1973 coup d'état in Chile by Augusto Pinochet....Read More
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 5:00pm
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection has acquired the extensive records of modernist Brazilian music amassed by Dr. Marion Verhaalen, member of the School Sisters of St. Francis of Milwaukee and faculty member of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since 1978. "The Marion Verhaalen Collection on Camargo Guarnieri and Twentieth-Century Brazilian Music" includes musical scores, LPs, tapes, CDs,...Read More
New Acquisition: Appleby Brazilian music collection acquired by the Benson Latin American Collection
October 17, 2001. A unique resource for the study of Brazilian music of the twentieth century, the David P. Appleby Brazilian Collection, has been acquired by the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.
The collection consists of approximately 2,000 musical scores, both manuscript and published, correspondence with composers, photocopies of manuscripts, books and...Read More
Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 5:00pm
The archive of renowned feminist author, cultural theorist and independent scholar Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa (1942-2004) has been acquired by the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at The University of Texas at Austin. The Anzaldúa archive contains manuscripts of the author's major published works, including "Borderlands/La Frontera" and her "Prieta" stories, as well as unpublished manuscripts,...Read More
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
As part of the ¡A Viva Voz! annual series on U.S. Latino culture, author and playwright David Rice spoke of his influences and interests and also read two of his short stories at a reception organized by the Benson Collection.Read More