Rare Books and Manuscripts
The Rare Books and Manuscripts section is a closed stack area which houses not only rare books and archival collections but also software, audio-visual materials, photographs, sheet maps, memorabilia, and ephemera. The oldest volume in the collection was published in Paris in 1491 (formerly owned by Genaro García), and the oldest New World imprint was published in Mexico in 1543/44. Manuscript and archival collections are subdivided into those relating to Latin America (over 1,450 linear feet of materials) and those relating to Mexican Americans (over 1,200 linear feet).
Access to the holdings is through the Library Catalog or through in-house files available in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room (SRH 1.101). There is also an online listing of manuscript collections processed by the Benson Latin American Collection.
The Benson Collection is also participating in the TARO project (Texas Archival Resources Online) and many finding aids have already been contributed to this site.
Who May Use
Materials in the Rare Books and Manuscripts section are available to anyone who needs to use them and who agrees to abide by its regulations. Patrons must present picture identification: either a UT ID card or for visitors, a drivers license, passport, or similar identification. Materials may be used only in the section's reading room. Pencils or computers are permitted for taking notes; however, any kind of ink pen is prohibited. Patrons may photocopy materials in good physical condition with permission of staff.
The following photoduplication services are available: photocopying, microfilm duplication, and photographs (including slides and transparencies). Digitizing is not available. Photoduplication rates are available on the following fee schedule and requests may be sent to the Benson Collection's reference email address or by directly contacting library staff for additional information.