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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.

  • 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.

    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
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • 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.

    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.

    Perry-Castañeda Library
  • This collection features documents, photographs, bibliographies, and links to outside resources on prominent Black women in U.S. national politics, from Angela Davis to Condoleezza Rice. Full-text of information available for download.

    Harriet Tubman Literary Circle
  • Printed materials, including announcements, handbills, invitations, newsletters, posters, programs, and tickets, document the activities of several gay Hispanic organizations in Houston, Austin, and El Paso, Texas, and Guadalajara, Mexico. The bulk of the collection consists of publications of Houston's Gay Hispanic Caucus (later Gay & Lesbian Hispanics Unidos). Also includes newsletter of the Austin Latino/a Lesbian & Gay Organization (ALLGO).

    English, Spanish
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • 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.

    English, Spanish
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • Fannie Hurst (1889-1968) was an American short story writer and novelist who was also engaged with social and political issues such as racial equality, women's rights, Jewish causes, and anti-Fascism. The incoming correspondence series of her papers at the Ransom Center reflects these interests and contains correspondence from a variety of people and organizations, including: the American Birth Control League, the ACLU, the American Jewish Congress, Elizabeth Arden, Authors League of America, Lillian Becker, Albert Berg, B'nai B'rith, Books & Authors War Bond Rally, Theda Bara Brabin, Madeleine Borg, Pearl S. Buck, Jonathan Cape, Jacques Chambrun, the City Wide Citizens' Committee on Harlem, Alma Clayburgh, Louis Cohen, Cosmopolitan, Hume Cronyn, Curtis Brown, the Democratic National Party, Theodore Dreiser, Marie Dressler, Edna Ferber, Daniel Frohman, Zona Gale, Hadassah, Harpers, the Constance Hope Foundation, Zora Neale Hurston, Blanche Knopf, Fiorella H. La Guardia, Sinclair Lewis, NBC, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the New York Times, Charles and Kathleen Norris, Ruth Bryan Owen, Paramount Pictures, PEN, RKO, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Edward Russell, the Salvation Army, and Carl Van Vechten.

    ca. 1910s-1965
    Harry Ransom Center
  • The papers document Frances "Sissy" Tarlton Farenthold's support of women’s rights and women’s increased involvement in politics; activism in the nuclear disarmament and peace movements; promotion of civil and prisoners’ rights; international relations in China, the U.S.S.R., South Africa, and other countries; as well as education, health, militarization, and other social and political issues in developing countries. The archive covers her career as a Texas state legislator, lawyer, professor, college president, and founder of two women's equality organizations. Papers consist of legal, political, and personal correspondence; legal, political, legislative, and committee files; newsletters, reports, and bulletins; research material; newspaper clippings; maps; video cassettes; audio tapes; and photographs. An online collection exhibit is hosted by the UT Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

    Briscoe Center for American History