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The Briscoe Center for American History has extensive holdings regarding slaves in the U.S. The link above connects to the Center's page for Slavery Research and the finding aids for individual manuscript collections, government documents and slave narratives collected by the WPA. Additionally, the Center's holdings on slavery in the southern United States include collections includes personal and legal papers dating from 1793 to 1864 of slave owners. These papers include slavery bills of sales and business and financial records of ante-bellum businesses and plantations in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Language: English
Date:
1563-1974
Contributing Library: Briscoe Center for American History


Coverage: Latin America

Tejiendo la Memoria is a weekly radio program produced by the Museo de la Palabra y la Image / Museum of the Word and Image (MUPI). Each program is between five and seven minutes and relates an aspect of the social, cultural, or political history of El Salvador. The program was originally broadcast by the news program, Voces en Contacto, by the Association of Participatory Radio and Programs of El Salvador (ARPAS). The program currently airs on Conexión Comunitaria.

Language: Spanish
Date:
2009-present


The career of Terrence McNally (1939– ), the author of plays, musicals, and other works, is well documented by the drafts, scripts, correspondence, and production materials in his papers. Several of his works with homosexual characters or that explore the deepening AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s are represented in the collection, including Lisbon Traviata (1985, 1989), Lips Together, Teeth Apart (1991), Love! Valour! Compassion! (1994), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992), Corpus Christi (1998), the television movie Andre's Mother (1988, 1990), and others. The materials related to these works, as well as the correspondence McNally received from viewers and readers about the stories he depicts, including letters from the mothers of AIDS sufferers, may be of interest to researchers.

Language: English
Date:
1950s-2002
Contributing Library: Harry Ransom Center


Coverage: Latin America

The personal papers of the Guatemalan vice president include correspondence, written works, news clippings, audiovisual materials, and collected publications that document the history of Guatemala and the Central American region in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Language: Spanish
Date:
1962-2001
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


The collection of writer, historian, and professor Ricardo Romo contains correspondence, manuscripts, research papers, publications, clippings, programs, and photographs related to his activities and interests, such as East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio and New Directions in Chicano Scholarship, Mexican American athletes, mural painting, immigration and urbanization, discrimination in education and employment, Mexican American theater, and prominent Mexican Americans.

Language: English
Date:
1967-present
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


The Rethinking Power and Resistance: Gender and Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational Americas Conference Footage collection contains edited footage from the 2012 conference, including several panel discussions, a radio segment aired on KOOP 91.7 fm, and a post-conference promotional video produced by Andrea Zarate. The conference was sponsored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin as part of its Embrey Women’s Human Rights Initiative. The Rethinking Power & Resistance organizing committee envisioned a conference that would bring organizers and activist scholars together and foment collaborative work beyond the conference. As such, the conference centered around three community-university collaborations with the Transgender Jail Project, Conspire Theatre, and the Polochic Evictions Counteraction and foregrounded the themes of arts as advocacy, pedagogies of alliance and resisting criminalization. Videos are in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with some videos featuring consecutive translation into English.

Language: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Date:
2012-2013


Coverage: Latin America

In 1984 Pan American Films released En nombre del pueblo/In the Name of the People, a documentary of the Salvadoran Revolution. The film was directed by journalist Frank Christopher, produced by Alex Drehsler, and narrated by actor Martin Sheen.

Language: English, Spanish
Date:
1982-1983
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


Consists of 59 original photonegatives and corresponding prints showing Mexican American communities in South Texas. The photographs were taken in June, 1941. Images show housing, schools, water supplies, sanitation, and construction techniques in several South Texas counties. Includes pictures of winter housing of migrant agricultural workers, and the small communities of Concepcion, El Sauz, La Grulla, Las Cuevitas, Los Ojuelos, San Ygnacio, and others. The photographs are said to have been taken with a borrowed Kodak as part of a report on conditions in South Texas for the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Language: English
Date:
1941
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


The records of PEN International, a writers' organization, consist of letters and documents dating from 1921 to 1972, including correspondence from writer-members, as well as files relating to the organization's political and social activities. The aims of PEN, as outlined on their website, are to promote literature, defend freedom of expression, and develop a community of writers worldwide. To that end PEN "acts as a powerful voice in opposing political censorship and speaking for writers harassed, imprisoned, sometimes murdered for the expression of their views." The 228 boxes of records at the Ransom Center include materials related to Writers in Exile, BLED (an international gathering organized by the Slovene PEN Centre and the Writers for Peace Committee of International PEN), the Fund for Intellectual Freedom, and the London Fund for Exiled Writers.

Language: English
Date:
1921-1973
Contributing Library: Harry Ransom Center


In 1988, the Political Asylum Project of Austin / Proyecto Asilo Político de Austin (PAPA) began with two employees and by 2003, PAPA had grown into a staff of ten, including four attorneys. Its original mission was to promote the human rights of refugees and immigrants in Central Texas through legal representation, public education, and advocacy. Its mission today is to ensure that asylum seekers and immigrants in Central Texas continue to receive the resources and advocacy that they need to stay in the United States. The organization also provides education for other advocates and for law enforcement on legal and social issues related to immigration issues and political asylum. The collection includes documents from PAPA’s founding in the 1980s as well as PAPA publications and outreach documents from 1990-2001.

Language: English, Spanish
Date:
1987-2002
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


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