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Both Erasmo and Sally Andrade were activists who advocated for the fulfillment of the rights of Mexican Americans to education, social services, economic justice and political participation. With these purposes in mind, Erasmo founded three organizations during the 1960s - Bishop's Committee for the Spanish Speaking, the Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations (PASSO), and the Federation for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (FAMA). Erasmo's portion of the collection includes documents and correspondence from each of these initiatives and materials related to various political campaigns and partnerships with other civil rights organizations. Sally's papers focus on the Governor's Task Force on Inhalant Abuse and also include collected writings on the changing roles of women in Latino families.

Language: English, Spanish
Date:
1931-1994
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


Eustasio Cepeda was a community activist in the Austin, Texas area. Active in Mexican American mutual aid societies and in organizations of Mexican nationals in Texas, Cepeda helped organize celebrations of Mexican holidays in Austin and was instrumental in having a Mexican consul assigned to Austin. The collection contains documents from various organizations Cepeda aided in organizing, as well as correspondence relating to Cepeda's activism against discrimination, aid to Mexican nationals and Mexican consular activities and presence in Texas. The collection also includes news clippings, photographs, programs, patriotic pamphlets, poems, songs and speech notes.

Language: English
Date:
1907-1987
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


Coverage: Latin America

Between the 16th and the first half of the 19th century, approximately 400,000 African slaves were brought to Nueva Granada through the ports of Havana, Veracruz, Buenos Aires and Cartagena. Cartagena received more than sixty percent of the slave traffic destined for the Virreinato Peruano. The late 18th century saw the rise of movements to abolish the institution of slavery, movements that were often part of the struggles for independence from Spain. In 1851 Colombian President José Hilario López signed the Ley de Manumisión o de Liberación de los Esclavos en la Nueva Granada that abolished slavery in Colombia. The collection contains edicts and other historical manuscripts documenting slavery, manumission and related subjects in Colombia.

Language: Spanish
Date:
1779-1852
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


The collection of physician, writer, and community activist, Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia, contains correspondence, printed materials, and publications related to AGIF and Mexican American civil rights. She participated in many community and Mexican American organizations, serving on several advisory and executive boards on the county, state, and national levels. She published historical works dealing with South Texas and northern Mexico.

Language: English, Spanish
Date:
1949-1988, (bulk: 1970-1980)
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


The tutorial is tailored to working with women's human rights archival collections at the University of Texas, but can be useful for anyone doing archival research. The tutorial walks you through finding an archival collection, preparing for research, viewing archival collections, conducting archival research, and emotional and ethical engagement with archival material.

Language: English
Date:
present


Labor organizer, feminist, and journalist Yolanda Alaniz became involved in the labor movement as an employee at the University of Washington where she was one of the founders of the Staff Rights Organizing Committee (SROC). She has also been a member of the Freedom Socialist Party, United Workers Organization, and National Hispanic Feminist Conference, among other organizations. Written works, biographical material, feminist publications and memorabilia, and materials about political or sexual discrimination cases comprise the Alaniz collection.

Language: English
Date:
1971-present
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


Alice Dickerson Montemayor Papers, 1920-1989

An active participant in the national leadership of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) during the late 1930's, a feminist, and, later in life, a folk artist, Alice Dickerson Montemayor joined LULAC and quickly rose within the women's chapter, becoming secretary from 1936-1937 and president from 1938-1939. Having garnered national attention through her reporting of the council's activities in LULAC News, she served as a national delegate at the 1937 Houston LULAC convention. There she was elected to the position of second national vice president general. Alice Montemayor became the first woman elected to a national office in the organization. By 1940 she had become the associate editor of LULAC News and director of Junior LULAC. In her role as vice president she became a leading voice for women at the national level. She promoted the creation of more ladies’ councils and wrote articles and editorials such as “Son Muy Hombres”, which denounced notions of male superiority and pushed for a more active role for women in the organization. The same year Mrs. Montemayor left LULAC. Having retired as school registrar in 1972, Alice Montemayor started painting and establishing herself as a folk artist. In 1988 she was the focus of a presentation at fifty-ninth Annual LULAC Convention and at the Smithsonian Institution. The collection contains articles, clippings, correspondence, interviews, photographs and other papers documenting the life of Alice Dickerson Montemayor as a private individual, activist, feminist, and artist.

Language: English, Spanish
Date:
1920-1989
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


Coverage: Latin America

This annotated guide identifies and describes 2636 ephemeral publications which are part of the Taracena Flores Collection. Most of the publications cited in this guide can be termed street literature, since they were intended to be read or distributed widely and/or posted in public places, and they represent a broad range of organizations and interest groups.
These publications came to the Benson Collection as part of the collection of Arturo Taracena Flores, a Guatemalan bibliophile who spent a lifetime gathering printed and other materials about his country. The Taracena Flores Collection, purchased by the University of Texas at Austin in two installments (1963 and 1970), consisted of some 7,000 books and pamphlets, more than 5,000 broadsides, several hundred periodical and newspaper titles, newspaper clippings, maps, and miscellaneous items on all subjects. The dates of publication for most of the items were between 1821 and 1963. All of the major issues that concerned Guatemalans during this period (except for the Belize question) are reflected in the materials cited in these materials: agrarian reform, freedom of speech, voting rights for illiterates, communism, anticommunism, the labor movement, rural development, the role of the Church in political affairs, and foreign intervention in Guatemala's internal politics are among them. Also well represented are important events related to these issues--elections, strikes, demonstrations, political conventions, May Day celebrations, presidential inaugurations, political assassinations, and student events with political overtones, such as the Huelga de Dolores.
This guide is Part One of three total for the guide Revolution and Counterrevolution in Guatemala, 1944-1963.

Language: Spanish
Date:
1944-1949
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


Coverage: Latin America

The "Archiving the Central American Revolutions" Micro Oral History Collection contains unedited oral history interviews conducted in conjunction with the 2014 Lozano Long Conference, "Archiving the Central American Revolutions." Interviews are with conference participants as well as scholars of Central America's revolutionary period who were unable to attend the conference. The conference was organized by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections.

Language: English, Spanish
Date:
2014
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


Coverage: Latin America

Broadsides and circulars, printed materials, government decrees, photographs, newsclippings collected by Guatemalan bibliophile Arturo Taracena Flores.

Language: English, Spanish
Date:
1814-1968
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


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