Wednesday, October 18, 2017
On Monday, October 9, 2017, the City of Austin celebrated its first official Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The auspicious occasion also marked the launch of the newly migrated and updated Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA), a digital language archive of recordings, texts, and other multimedia materials in and about the indigenous languages of Latin...Read More
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Members of the Benson Latin American Collection special collections staff have been recognized for their work in the field of Latin American and Black Diaspora archives.
Latina/o Studies Archivist Carla Alvarez was part of a Special Collections team that put together exhibition...Read More
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
A treasure trove of video interviews with groundbreaking Tejano artists, writers, and thinkers will soon be widely accessible to listeners and researchers. A grant of $12,050 was awarded to the Benson Latin American Collection by the Center for Research Libraries...Read More
The University of Texas at Austin Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Pioneer Archival Projects in Latin America
Monday, April 24, 2017
The University of Texas at Austin has received a grant of $700,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a project through LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections titled “Cultivating a Latin American Post-Custodial Archival Praxis.” The project focuses on building local capacity in Latin America to preserve vulnerable human rights documentation and making the resulting documents digitally...Read More
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Austin-based band Grupo Fantasma will perform at the fifteenth annual ¡A Viva Voz! celebration of Latina/o arts and culture, which takes place at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection on Thursday, April 15, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Originated by former head librarian Ann Hartness as a way to highlight the library’s US Latina/o collection and invite the...Read More
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Join the Benson Latin American Collection for the opening of Globalocation, an exhibition celebrating 20 years of Artnauts, a Colorado-based Latino artists' collective founded by Dr. George Rivera, art professor at the University of Colorado–Boulder. Artnauts works globally to use art as a tool for connection, activism, and social change. The Benson Collection is the repository for Rivera’s papers and...Read More
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
A contingent from LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections visited the capital city of Morelia in Michoacán, Mexico, last November to begin work on an Endangered Archives Programme grant awarded by the British Library and funded by Arcadia. The grant will fund the digitization and online publication of 192 deed books, or libros de hijuelas—handwritten records...Read More
Friday, January 6, 2017 to Thursday, June 1, 2017Read More
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections presents its signature event of the fall semester, "Ernesto Cardenal in Word and Action: Poetry, Politics, and Priesthood in 20th-Century Nicaragua.”
The event celebrates the opening of the archive of Nicaraguan poet, priest, and political activist Ernesto Cardenal at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at The University...Read More
Monday, October 10, 2016
JOIN US: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 4 p.m. for "Ernesto Cardenal in Word and Action: Poetry, Politics, and Priesthood in 20th-Century Nicaragua." Event held at the Benson Latin American Collection. Free and open to the public. Public parking at Manor Garage or on Dean Keeton and Red River Streets.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
A decade after the University of Texas Libraries entered into a project with Google to digitize over a half million books from the stacks of the Benson Latin American Collection, a trove of treasures related to Latin America is now accessible online.
Those volumes related to Latin American culture and history have been added to the HathiTrust Digital Library to be fully searchable online across the globe...Read More
Friday, September 9, 2016
Matthew Butler, an associate professor in the Department of History and LLILAS affiliated faculty, has received an Endangered Archives Programme grant of $66,000 to support a project titled “Conserving Indigenous Memories of Land Privatisation in Mexico: Michoacán’s Libros de Hijuelas, 1719–1929.” The...Read More
Thursday, September 1, 2016
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $248,039 to Susan Smythe Kung and Anthony C. Woodbury in support of their upcoming project, "Transforming Access and Archiving for Endangered Language Data Through Exploratory Methodologies of Curation." The grant will help fund the work of the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (...Read More
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Beloved University of Texas at Austin director of public affairs Robert Meckel, 67, died peacefully on August 1, 2016, at his home in Austin after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, ready with a joke for every occasion. He will be dearly missed.
Robert was born on September 29, 1948, in Hidalgo County, Texas, to Elmer and Esther Meckel, the...Read More
Monday, August 1, 2016
by Susanna Sharpe
Recipients of the LLILAS Benson Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges Summer Research Travel Fellowships have been escaping the Texas heat inside the cool, quiet Benson Collection. LLILAS Benson offers four such fellowships a year, funded by a Title VI grant from the US Department of Education and dedicated specifically to supporting research at the Benson by...Read More
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Professor Virginia Garrard-Burnett has been chosen as the new director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. A faculty member at...Read More
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Mexico launched its national digital library in 2010, Biblioteca Digital Mexicana (BDMx), a multi-institutional digital repository. We are pleased to announce that the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection has become the first U.S. member of the BDMx.
The Benson Collection, arguably the richest Mexican archive outside of Mexico, receives dozens of visiting Mexican...Read More
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
An exhibition of visual works from the Benson’s Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers will be on display in Mexico for the first time ever, in an exhibition that opens at Casa de Cultura de la UAEMéx en Tlalpan, a cultural center of the Universidad del Estado de México.
The exhibition Between Word and Image: A Gloria Anzaldúa Thought Gallery, curated by Benson director Julianne Gilland, opens in...Read More
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Melissa Guy has joined LLILAS Benson as Head of Collection Development at the Benson Latin American Collection. Her arrival in Austin this past November is something of a homecoming.
Guy earned an MS in Information Studies from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information (iSchool) in 2008, focusing on academic librarianship and archives. She comes...Read More
Monday, December 21, 2015
Rachel E. Winston has joined the staff of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections as Black Diaspora Archivist. The position is brand new, and one of few of its kind in the world. As part of her position, Winston will lead efforts, working with faculty and other library professionals, to establish the Black Diaspora archive, to be housed at the Benson Latin American Collection.
A self-described...Read More