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Celebrating the Life

Event Date

April 18, 2013 - 4:00pm - April 19, 2013 - 9:00pm

Location

Benson Latin American Collection map
Room SRH 1.208

Category

Conference

Description

The Mexican American Archival Enterprise at the Benson Latin American Collection: An Historical Appraisal.

The Mexican American and Latin@ Collections (originally the Mexican American Library Program) was established in 1974 as the result of an initiative by the Mexican American Graduate Association, with funding provided by the University of Texas General Libraries, the sponsorship of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), and the continuing support by the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. The intent of the collection was to establish a major repository that would collect, preserve, and make available to researchers the necessary historical records to advance the Mexican American archival enterprise and enhance scholarly production in Mexican American Studies. The symposium, taking place April 18-19, 2013, will demonstrate how these collections have brought, and will continue to bring, distinction and merit to The University of Texas at Austin.

The evening reception and one-day symposium will provide the foundation for a scholarly examination of the rich holdings of the Mexican American and Latin@ Collections at The University of Texas at Austin. Proceedings of the symposium will be published so as to reach a wider audience of researchers, librarians, archivists, and other supporters of the Mexican American archival enterprise. Invited scholars who have made use of the archives will highlight the depth and breadth of the collections and pay special attention to significant holdings in history, media, cultural arts, and literature that have helped to advance the study of Mexican Americans in the United States.

Sponsored by: The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection.