The Latin@ Studies collection of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection supports teaching, learning, and research through the Ph.D. level in the areas of Latin@ studies, Mexican American studies, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. It also supports the research of faculty affiliated with the Department of Mexican American and Latino Studies (MALS) and the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. For the purposes of this document, Latinas/os are defined as people who recently migrated from or trace their ancestry to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
English is the primary language of the collection; however some works are bilingual (English-Spanish), or are solely in Spanish.
Efforts are made to collect as thoroughly as possible all library materials (audiovisual, print, and electronic) about the U.S. Latina/o experience, particularly those works which treat historical, social (including immigration and transnationalism), educational, cultural, and political aspects. Archival and manuscript material documenting the legacy of Latin@ individuals and organizations are also collected, with an emphasis on, but not limited to, Texas and the greater Southwest.
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Materials are collected from a broad range of social science and humanities call number ranges.