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  • 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.

    English
    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.

    English
    1971-present
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • 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.

    English, Spanish
    1920-1989
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • 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.

    Latin America
    Spanish
    1944-1949
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • The Black Queer Studies Collection includes works in the circulating and archival collections, in multiple formats and multiple languages. The Black Queer Studies Collection is a virtual designation added by UT Libraries catalogers to individual records. This means that you’ll see "Black Queer Studies Collection" listed as a "Local Note" in records included in the collection. The note is being added to and improves access to records in the UT Libraries Catalog for materials by and about Black Diasporic LGBTQ people. For more information, click here.

    English
    1975-present
    Perry-Castañeda Library
  • Clemente Nicasio Idar, American Federation of Labor (AFL) organizer, writer, and orator was the first Mexican American organizer in the mainstream labor movement and fought to improve wages and working conditions for Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the United States. In 1911, Clemente and his family members organized El Congreso Mexicanista, a conference in Laredo that brought together delegates from across Texas to build a federation of community organizations that could work together to improve the social, economic, and cultural status of Mexican Americans. In 1918, Samuel Gompers, president of AFL, selected Idar to help coordinate and translate at the Pan American Federation of Labor Conference in Laredo. Soon thereafter, Idar began working as an AFL organizer. The collection includes correspondence, personal documents, photographs and ephemera from the AFL and other organizations’ campaigns.

    English, Spanish
    1875-1938, (bulk: 1905-1934)
    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.

    English, Spanish
    1949-1988, (bulk: 1970-1980)
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) is a national organization founded in 1980 by American activists to fight against U.S. military intervention in the Salvadoran civil war. CISPES and other organizations advocated for U.S. non-intervention in this and other Central American conflicts and the right of undocumented refugees to sanctuary in the U.S. CISPES is best known for the series of law suits it brought against the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the late 1980s following FBI infiltration and surveillance of the organization. This collection includes materials from the Dallas branch of CISPES that operated from approximately 1981 to 1990 and it documents the FBI infiltration and subsequent law suits, the CISPES sanctuary work in the Dallas area, and Holy Cross community initiatives for the urban poor in Dallas.

    English, Spanish
    1968-1990
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • Texas author and journalist Dick J. Reavis has written much on the topic of the Mexican people, including pieces on undocumented immigrants, guerrilla movements and their leaders, Mexican American civil rights activists, and the cultural formation of modern Mexico. The collection is comprised of personal papers of Texas author and journalist Dick J. Reavis, and more specifically those materials relating to Mario Cantú, Güero Medrano and the Partido Proletario Unido de America, and the Campamento 2 de Octubre, a squatter camp outside of Mexico City. These include articles, photographs and reflections composed by the Reavis, as well as various newspaper clippings on each subject.

    English, Spanish
    1968-2002
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • The Dirección Federal de Seguridad (DFS) was a government security agency created in 1947 during the presidency of Miguel Alemán. Organizationally part of the Secretaria de Gobernación, the DFS was assigned the duty of preserving the internal stability of Mexico against all forms of subversion and terrorist threats. During Mexico's Guerra Sucia (c. 1960s-1980s), the security forces were implicated in the Tlateloco Massacre and the El Halconazo attack on peaceful student protesters in 1971. The group was disbanded in 1985 after decades of monitoring and collecting intelligence on leftist organizations, students and university faculty. The collection includes the Dirección's daily reports to the president from 1970 to 1977. The reports detail the proceedings of meetings and activities in Mexico City and other regions of Mexico, as well as information regarding abductions and killings of organization leaders.

    Latin America
    Spanish
    1970-1977
    Benson Latin American Collection